Who is this Guy?

A Long, Winded Bio


I am a lover of alpine skiing, passionate about teaching, and believe our potential as human beings has yet to be seriously tapped. My novels and other writings reflect this optimism. 

My experience in the classroom and on Florida State University's campus shows me the potential of human creativity and capacity every day. I am inspired by my students and what they are willing to do to achieve positive social change. I am also the human that Salomon the Wonder Dog tolerates under the same roof. 

This website is primarily for people interested in my "extracurricular activities"--writing novels, empowering men and women through self-defense coaching, and finding really interesting things in the real world that we sometimes miss. Throughout this website, visitors will find links to my action adventure novels, various other articles I write, my campus-focused self-defense curricula, and my musings on popular culture. 

Formal Education


  • I earned my Ph.D. in public administration with concentrations in public finance and urban planning from The Ohio State University. 
  • I received my M.S. in social and applied economics from Wright State University.
  • I earned my Ph.D. in public administration with concentrations in public finance and urban planning from The Ohio State University. 
  • I studied public choice and Austrian economics as a doctoral student and Bradley Fellow at George Mason University.

Major Affiliations

Florida State University


I am on the full-time faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center, a free market public policy think tank operating from an endowment. I teach course in social entrepreneurship, research methods, urban planning, and urban economics. The DeVoe Moore Center's website can be found here

I am very proud of the face I have built the center from just 4 full-time equivalent staff and faculty to more than 12, with over 20 students working for us in some capacity each year.  More on our unique business model can be found here

The Independent Institute

 I am a Research Fellow and film critic at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California where I write on popular culture and whatever else they let me use their platform for. A list of all my writings (and movie reviews) can be founder on their website here.  The Independent Institute platform has been incredibly important and essential the publication of Contemporary Film and Economics, just published by Routledge.  

Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 I am happy and proud to be part of the SYP Publishing family of authors. SYP Publishing is a small, traditional press that is growing very rapidly. Check out their website and authors.  SYP authors have been doing quite well in the literary awards programs run by the Florida Writers Association and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. For a state with the fourth largest number of professional writers, editors, and publishers the nation, that's not bad.  

Townhall Finance

 I have recently started a column at Town Hall Finance, with the hopes of increasing my contributions so that I regularly post content on social entrepreneurship, managing Millennials and iGen workers, and the movie industry. My meager writings (to date) can be found here.  

Tallahassee Writers Association

 I have been active in the Tallahassee Writers Association since moving to Florida in 2011. TWA is an incredibly diverse talent pool of more than 200 writers in the Tallahassee and North Florida area. I coordinate their Downtown Marketplace mobile book store, so I get to meet lots of great writers and literary-minded folks all the time. If you live in the Big Bend area of Florida, come visit us at Downtown Marketplace from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday (September-November, April-June).  

Q & A

When did you start writing?

What has surprised you most in your career as a writer?

 Earning more than 10 literary awards for my fiction and nonfiction writing. 

Why pirates?