Steve Palley is currently Head of User Acquisition and Monetization at Pixelberry Studios, a mobile games publisher based in Mountain View. Prior to joining Pixelberry, he was Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyMap, an EduTech startup building innovative, data-driven web products in the college applications space.

In 2015, he also received his PhD in Political Science at UCLA. His primary interests are in International Relations, Security Studies, and Comparative Politics, with special emphases in environmental security issues, nuclear strategy, proliferation, terrorism, political violence, simulation methods, and diplomatic history. His dissertation investigated state formation in the developing world from a very long-term perspective using agent-based models and participatory simulations.

Finally, he is an avid player and designer of video games. He has served as Chief Editor of Mobile Games at GameSpot and Editorial Guru, US at Vivendi Games Mobile. He is the founder and former CEO of leading iPhone games review site Slide To Play. And he is a proud member of the Los Angeles Game Development Club.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Steve,

    I enjoy reading your blog. Excellent work!

    I am a graduate student at Bond University in Australia. My dissertation focuses on how military doctrine for private military and security contractors developed during OIF/OEF and its impact on military effectiveness.

    I have applied to SWAMOS this year and am waiting to hear the result of my application. In the mean time, I was wondering if you would be so kind as to email me the reading list from last year so that I might begin engaging some of the literature.

    Many thanks,


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