Brennan Kraxberger

Brennan Kraxberger

Instructional Designer II at WellPoint

Norfolk, Virginia Area
Hospital & Health Care

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Brennan Kraxberger's Overview

  • Instructional Designer II at WellPoint
  • Author at Self-employed
  • Director at Community food pantry

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Brennan Kraxberger's Summary

Skills / areas of expertise: instructional design, learning technologies, health care, project management, technical writing / editing, graphics design, independent publishing, research, public speaking, training, social media, blogging, Six Sigma

Brennan Kraxberger's Experience

Instructional Designer II


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WLP; Insurance industry

January 2014Present (10 months) Norfolk, Virginia

Support Government Business Division (Medicaid learning). Develop learning solutions for clinical and operations associates. Collaborate with internal business partners, learning consultants, and other Performance Solutions (training department) associates.



May 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Newport News, Virginia

Author of the book Failed States: Realities, Risks, and Responses (released September 2012). Related blog:


Community food pantry

March 2010Present (4 years 8 months) Hampton, Virginia

Our emergency pantry in Hampton, Virginia serves 180-220 individuals weekly. Duties include: program monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, fundraising, training and supervision of 45 volunteers. I also oversaw the launch of this program, which partners with the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula and Feeding America.

Instructional Designer


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

August 2013January 2014 (6 months) Norfolk, Virginia

Supported Government Business Division (Medicaid learning) at WellPoint. Developed learning solutions for clinical and operations associates. Collaborated with internal business partners, learning consultants, and other Performance Solutions (training department) associates.

Technical Editor

Elevate Technology Solutions

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

May 2013August 2013 (4 months) Newport News, Virginia

Performed quality assurance reviews of training materials (text material, audio, video, and websites). Reviewed written materials for clarity of expression, consistency, and content. Served as a narrator for Web-based training products. Collaborated with technical writers, Web programmers, graphic designers, instructional designers, subject matter experts, customers, and project/program managers.

Assistant Professor of Government and Geography

Christopher Newport University

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2005August 2012 (7 years 1 month) Newport News, Virginia

• Taught 8-9 courses per year in comparative and international politics, American foreign policy, political geography, world geography, and African studies.
• Published scholarly articles in the following academic journals: GeoJournal, African Affairs, Space and Polity, Africa Today, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Asian and African Studies.
• Presented at Association of American Geographers annual conferences, and other professional meetings.
• Led study abroad trips to South Africa, which involved managing all travel logistics and a budget of up to $47,000.
• Served as the principal director of a team-taught teacher training institute with a budget of $40,000.
• Reviewed scholarly manuscripts for 9 academic journals.

Assistant Professor

Central Michigan University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2004July 2005 (1 year) Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Taught 9 courses in environmental geography, political geography, and world geography.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Iowa

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2004July 2004 (7 months) Iowa City, Iowa

Taught introductory human geography.

Adjunct Instructor

Scott Community College

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2003July 2004 (1 year) Bettendorf, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa

Taught undergraduate geography courses through distance learning and traditional formats.

Graduate Assistant and Presidential Fellow

The University of Iowa

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 1998July 2003 (5 years) Iowa City, Iowa (and Nigeria)

Taught undergraduate courses in global studies and geography. Conducted research fieldwork in Nigeria, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

August 1995May 1998 (2 years 10 months) Columbia, Missouri

I conducted small group reviews and one-on-one tutoring sessions for college algebra and pre-calculus courses. I worked 10-15 hours per week during each of the three academic years I was at the University of Missouri.



March 1995August 1997 (2 years 6 months) Carthage, Missouri

I initiated and operated a seasonal summer business with an ongoing average of 35-45 clients, which allowed me to earn my bachelor’s degree without incurring student debt.

Skills developed: customer relations, marketing, accounting

Brennan Kraxberger's Certifications

  • Six Sigma Certification (Yellow Belt)

    • Aveta Business Institute

Brennan Kraxberger's Skills & Expertise

  1. Technical Writing
  2. Editing
  3. Qualitative Research
  4. Public Speaking
  5. Statistics
  6. Policy Analysis
  7. ArcGIS
  8. ArcView
  9. GPS
  10. Blogging
  11. Grant Writing
  12. Developing Countries
  13. International Relations
  14. Sub-Saharan Africa
  15. Independent Publishing
  16. project management
  17. HTML 5
  18. CSS
  19. Geospatial Technologies
  20. Research Design
  21. Six Sigma
  22. Training
  23. AutoCAD
  24. SQL
  25. Microsoft Publisher
  26. Microsoft Excel
  27. Wordpress
  28. OneNote
  29. PowerPoint
  30. Access
  31. Microsoft Word
  32. Social Media
  33. Twitter
  34. Emerging Markets
  35. Camtasia Studio
  36. SnagIt
  37. Flickr
  38. Creative Commons
  39. Copyright Law
  40. Blackboard Learn (Web-based courseware)
  41. SPSS
  42. Health Care Reform
  43. Research
  44. Instructional Design
  45. Teaching
  46. Curriculum Design
  47. Program Evaluation
  48. Project Management

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Brennan Kraxberger's Publications

  • [book] Failed States: Realities, Risks, and Responses

    • September 30, 2012

    The issue of state failure is both overly sensationalized and under-appreciated in popular discourse. In the West, failed states are too readily associated with terrorist activities. Likewise, publications such as the Failed States Index greatly exaggerate the number of countries with extreme political dysfunction. Too often, huge swathes of the developing world – notably Africa – are perceived as failed. Even so, collapse of effective governance in a minority of states is a pressing problem in Africa, parts of Asia, and elsewhere. In another kind of misperception, policy makers and citizens alike often wrongly assume that fixes for state failure are necessarily expensive.

    This short book seeks to re-energize policy discussions and improve public understanding of the world’s most troubled places. When governments do not or cannot provide basic public goods and services such as physical security, courts, and infrastructure, the effects extend well beyond threats of piracy or terrorism emanating from dysfunctional states. Failed states, or even critically weak states, can export various types of misery and threats to their neighbors and beyond. Dismal economic performance, refugees and displaced persons, illicit smuggling, and health challenges are some of the key negative impacts.

    Drawing on a longer historical view of statehood, this work provides a synthesis of recent calls to revamp the global community’s approach to fragile states. The book recognizes the fact that some countries gaining formal independence in the last century have never had much state building success. And it questions the wisdom of only utilizing status quo methods for (re-) constructing functioning states. The book argues for the re-evaluation of statehood, the United Nations sovereignty framework, and the overwhelming bias toward preserving existing territories. Readers will be delighted to see that novel responses to state decay could be less costly than the status quo.

  • Failed States and Geopolitics blog

    Commentary about the world's most troubled places, and global geopolitics.

  • Re-thinking Responses to State Failure, with Special Reference to Africa

    • Progress in Development Studies
    • 2012
  • Negotiations of ‘tradition’ in Nigeria: Creation of states, the military, and local domains

    • Journal of Asian and African Studies
    • 2009
  • Failed States: Temporary Obstacles to Democratic Diffusion or Fundamental Holes in the World Political Map?

    • Third World Quarterly
    • 2007
  • The United States and Africa: Shifting Geopolitics in an “Age of Terror”

    • Africa Today
    • 2005

Brennan Kraxberger's Education

University of Iowa

Ph.D., Geography


Conducted six months of dissertation fieldwork in Nigeria. Synthesized findings in a book-length manuscript. Completed courses in economic development, public policy, and geographic information systems (GIS). Received the Presidential Fellowship (1998-2003). GPA: 4.0.

University of Missouri-Columbia

B.A., Geography


Completed a general honors curriculum that emphasized writing intensive courses. Cognate natural sciences, math, statistics, and engineering coursework: 37 credit hours. Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Outstanding Geography Senior. GPA: 4.0.

Brennan Kraxberger's Additional Information


Favorite places visited: Cape Town, South Africa; Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan; Nelson County, Virginia; Yankari Park, Nigeria --- Favorite bands: Switchfoot, U2 --- Favorite authors: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, J.M. Coetzee, Niall Ferguson, C.S. Lewis

Groups and Associations:

Association of American Geographers, United Nations Association of the U.S.A., Feeding America

Honors and Awards:

• Presidential Fellowship, University of Iowa (1998-2003)
• Phi Beta Kappa, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998)
• Department of Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998): Jesse H. Wheeler Award (annual award given to the outstanding senior in the Department of Geography)
• Department of Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998): National Council of Geographic Education Outstanding Senior Award

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