Outside the Beltway

About the Contributors

James Joyner, Editor-in-Chief

    Photo: James Joyner James founded OTB on January 31, 2003 and was its sole author until November 2004.

    He is a management analyst at Lanmark Technology, Inc., a Washington, D.C. area defense contractor and works at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in Falls Church, Virginia. From January 2004 to March 2005, he was also Managing Editor of Strategic Insights, the professional journal of the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School. Previously, he was acquisitions editor for international affairs at Brassey's, Inc. (now, Potomac Books) a Dulles, Virginia book publisher and a political science professor at Troy State University (now, simply Troy University), Bainbridge College, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    He has published academic articles in International Studies Quarterly and Strategic Insights; five book reviews; fourteen encyclopedia articles; over two dozen conference papers; and numerous columns for Tech Central Station. A more-or-less complete listing can be found here.

    James served in the U.S. Army from 1988-1992 and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous service medals and ribbons. He is a graduate of the Airborne and Air Assault schools. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alabama (1995) and B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1988) degrees in Political Science from Jacksonville State University.

Steve Verdon, Business Editor
    Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at the George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry. His interests are in economics,statistics and the evolution-intelligent design debate.

    He also writes at his own site, Deinonychus antirrhopus, which he founded in July 2002.

"Dr. Leopold Stotch," National Security Editor
    Photo of Leopold Stotch aka Professor Chaos"Dr. Leopold Stotch" is an assistant professor of political science at a major research university inside the beltway. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations, and his major areas of interest are security studies and foreign policy analysis. He's published several articles in these areas, and is currently working on a manuscript that seeks to define the global security role of the United States in a post-9/11 world. He also blogs at his own site, Professor Chaos.

Kate McMillan, Style Editor

"Rodney Dill," Features Editor
    Rodney Dill Rodney was a frequent commenter around the blogosphere and occasional guest blogger at Wizbang! before beginning his stint at OTB.

    Rodney has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, back from when people knew what Hollerith cards were, and actually used the toggle switches on the front of computers. He is an IT Manager in the Motor City and working within the Automotive Industry.

    Rodney is a news, science, and politics junkie that would usually much rather read than post, (with the exception of caption contests) which is why he has not attempted his own blog.

    He has the unfortunate gift of seeing something funny in nearly all situations and is the (self-proclaimed) master of caption contests.


    Physics Geek says, "Outside the Beltway hosts what is quite possibly the best caption contest in the history of the Internet. Outside of midget pr0n sites, that is."

    Gaijin Biker says: Look, I know this guy wins a lot. Bottom line is, he earns it. If Rodney Dill ever tires of blogging (at Outside the Beltway), he could easily get a job writing for Conan or Letterman."

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