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About Me

Barry Scott Zellen is a writer, editor and scholar with two decades experience writing about and editing all things tech. He also specializes in more theoretical and academic writings about war and strategy, polar and tropical geopolitics, and the tribal dimensions of world politics. He holds non-paying appointments as a nonresident Senior Fellow at both the Center for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and at the Anchorage, Alaska-based Institute of the North. He also holds the glamorously unpaid rank of Research Associate Professor in the Department of Transnational Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Recognizing that unpaid academic appointments can't help pay the rent, his main work since Y2K has been as a tech editor and writer. In 2016, and again in 2017, Zellen's research was kindly funded by the Kone Foundation of Helsinki, Finland. His project was titled "Tribal Buffer Zones and Regional Stability from the Polar to Oceanic Region: Understanding the Interface between Indigenous Homelands and Modern States, and the Foundations for Stable Borderlands."

Zellen has authored over a dozen books, with several new book projects under way. Zellen's authored monographs include: Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic (Lexington Books, 2008); Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic (Praeger Security and the Environment Series, ABC-Clio, 2009); On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty (Lexington Books, 2009); The Realist Tradition in International Relations: The Foundations of Western Order (in 4 Volumes) (Praeger Security International, ABC-Clio, 2011); State of Doom: Bernard Brodie, the Bomb, and the Birth of the Bipolar World (Continuum Books, 2011); The Art of War in an Asymmetric World: Strategy for the Post-Cold War World (Continuum Books, 2012); and State of Recovery: The Quest to Restore Homeland Security After 9/11 (Bloomsbury, January 2013). Zellen is also editor of The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warming World (University of Calgary Press, 2013) and co-editor of Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency (Stanford University Press, 2014) and the Land, Indigenous People and Conflict (Routledge, 2015). He holds his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Lapland; M.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley; and B.A. in Government from Harvard University.

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I edit blogs and have just started to write company sucess stories for information lifecycle management (ILM) vendor vCom.

Company: vCom

I worked there from 7/2017 until now


I edit conference and course materials for continuing professional education (CPE) in the field of accounting. I also helped to administer its disaster recovery communications portal (Agility Recovery) and worked on assorted projects including competitive intelligence and analysis.

Company: California Society of CPAs

I worked there from 8/2013 until now

Web and Journal Editor

I edited the monthly (and later quarterly) Strategic Insights journal published by the Center for Contemporary Conflict (CCC), as well as the quarterly Culture and Conflict Review journal published by the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies (CCS), and edited the website for the Department of National Security Affairs (NSA).

Company: Naval Postgraduate School

I worked there from 10/2004 until 7/2012

Tech Writer

I did freelance tech writing for one quarter, primarily creating and editing in-house software user manuals, for IBM's Applications on Demand (AoD) Group, formerly Coreo.

Company: IBM Applications on Demand Group

I worked there from 10/2005 until 1/2006

Editor, Daily HP CI report

I edited the daily Competitive Intelligence in Action (CIA) Report for Hewlett Packard as a contract writer with Blanc + Otus PR based in Boston.

Company: Blanc + Otus Public Relations

I worked there from 3/2003 until 10/2005

Founder, Editor and Publisher

I started TechnologyInnovator.com with content tracks in enterprise, wireless, and security technologies as well as a HP-specific content track (HPinnovator), for which I served as editor, publishing it continuously until 2010. It now only exists at the Wayback Machine where selected articles can be found.

Company: TechnologyInnovator.com

I worked there from 7/2001 until 6/2010


I served as Editor-in-Chief for ADT magazine for six months just before the tech bubble popped.

Company: Application Development Trends (ADT) Magazine

I worked there from 11/2000 until 5/2001

Senior Editor / Contributing Editor

I served as senior editor, and later as a contributing editor, for HP World magazine, writing news and feature articles on HP, its partners, and its users group, the International Association of HP Computing Professionals (INTEREX). In addition to news and feature articles, I authored the monthly Inside Interex column.

Company: HP World Magazine

I worked there from 3/2000 until 7/2005

Copy Chief

I served as a contract copy editor for The Linux Magazine during its initial startup phase and also copy edited the Open Source Developers Journal's premier issue.

Company: The Linux Magazine

I worked there from 2/2000 until 6/2000

Web Editor and Content Creator

I served as web editor and content creator for Vividata, a Berkeley, CA-basedUNIX imaging company, where I developed and launched its LinuxColor portal on Linux imaging solutions.

Company: Vividata

I worked there from 12/1999 until 3/2000

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