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Research and resources on terrorism (UC Irvine libraries)

Toward Understanding: a list of books published by the University of California Press on terrorism, bioterror, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. Many have sample chapters or full text online.

The following media resource list provides contact information for UC faculty on the Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Francisco campuses who are available to discuss topics related to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.

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UC Berkeley Faculty     back to top

NOTE: Reporters interested in using UC Berkeley's ISDN lines for top-quality radio interviews with professors or the campus's fully-equipped TV studio, which has a direct fiber connection to the Pacific Bell hub in San Francisco, should contact Tom Hutcheson, managing producer/director of Media Services, at (510) 812-7604 (cell) or (510) 642-1305.


Alan Auerbach
Chair of economics department, professor of economics
(510) 643-0711
Interview topics: Impact of terrorist attacks on the national economy, including the stock market and other enterprises.

Severin Borenstein
E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at Haas School of Business, director of University of California Energy Institute
(510) 642-3689 or (510) 642-5145
Interview topics: Oil and gas market prices in the wake of Sept. 11 terrorism.

Richard Gilbert
Professor of economics, author of recent study on California's high gas prices, former deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust in the Clinton administration
(510) 642-1507
Interview topic: Gasoline prices following Sept. 11 terrorism.

David Levine
Professor of business
(510) 642-1697
Interview topics: Macroeconomics, impacts of current conflict on the economy, recession.

Richard Lyons
Professor of business
(510) 642-1059
Interview topics: The terrorist attacks' likely impacts on international finance, economic analysis and policy.


Katharine Hammond
Associate professor of environmental health sciences, certified industrial hygenist. Expert on exposure of construction workers to lead, occupational exposure to tobacco smoke.
(510) 643-0289
Interview topics: Possibility of exposure of rescue workers to asbestos.


Michael Burawoy
Professor and chair, Department of Sociology
(510) 642-4575 (leave messages)
Interview topics: Attitudes toward the United States in a global context; fabric of modern society, fragility of modern society.

Neil Fligstein
Professor of sociology, head of the Center for Culture, Organization and Politics, expert on economic sociology and the politics and organization of large modern corporations
(510) 642-6567
Interview topics: Culture clash between American corporate values and other cultures, including those in the Islamic world. What might physically have been destroyed in the World Trade towers, including documents and records, and the impact of this loss on the global economy.


Jack Glaser
Assistant professor of public policy
(510) 642-3047
Interview topics: Relationship between recent terrorist incidents and their aftermath to hate crimes, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, and racial profiling.


Ann Kring
Associate professor of psychology and director of the campus's Psychology Clinic, expert on the emotional aspects of mental illness
(510) 643-1560
Interview topics: Emotional impact of this disaster, including its impact on children.


Michael Nacht
Dean of the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, professor of public policy, former assistant director for strategic and Eurasian affairs for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, now part of the State Department
(510) 642-5116
Interview topics: National security policy, international relations and public policy.


Amy Gurowitz
Professor of political science
(510) 642-4691
Interview topics: Balance between security and curtailment of rights for people within the United States; how, without apologizing for the attacks, we can begin to question and address the underlying causes; and how to talk about civilians as targets of political violence.

Jerry Sanders
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
(510) 643-8650
Interview topics: Alternative ways of assessing the current international conflict, political culture and credibility, what makes a terrorist.

Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism
(510) 642-5492
Interview topics: Media coverage of the terrorist attack and current international crisis.


Diane Shaver Clemens
Professor of American diplomatic history
(510) 524-6098
Interview topics: American diplomatic history, international relations, World War II,
Vietnam, the Cold War.


Stephen Barnett
Professor of law, expert on torts
(510) 642-5049
Interview topic: Possible lawsuits arising out of the Sept. 11 plane crashes.

Richard Buxbaum
Professor of law, expert on international law
(510) 642-1771
Interview topic: Financial aspects of the tragedy, particularly in the area of insurance and the financial sector.

David Caron
Professor of law
(510) 642-7249
Interview topics: International law, extradition, use of force.

Jesse Choper
Professor of law, expert on Constitutional law, civil rights, civil liberties, war, business (corporations, stocks), government (Congress).
(510) 642-0339
Interview topics: Potential restrictions on civil liberties that might arise out of the tragedy, government liability, the Constitutional power of the government to act - such as passing laws, declaring war - in these circumstances.

Andrew Guzman
Acting professor of law
(510) 642-8074
Interview topics: International law, international business.

Robert Post
Professor of law, expert on civil liberties and Constitutional rights
(510) 642-9523
Interview topics: Invasion of privacy by increased surveillance techniques, suppression of speech.

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The following University of California, Davis, faculty are available to comment on aspects of the recent terrorist attacks. For some, weekend contact information is indicated. If you need assistance on other topics, please call the News Service staff at (530) 752-1930.

STABILITY AND INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST -- Those hoping for a solution in Palestine, or for internal forces to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq, or for a rapid reform of the Islamic government in Iran are likely to be disappointed, says sociology professor Jack Goldstone, an expert on revolutions. Outside military action will probably be needed to change the current balance of forces in each of these countries. Goldstone is a UC Davis professor of sociology and international relations, author of "Revolutions of the Late Twentieth Century" (1991), and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions. Contact: Jack Goldstone, Sociology, (530) 752-8220 (office), (858) 793-0698 (home), (available beginning Aug. 15).

MUSLIM EXTREMISM -- Maimul Khan, a visiting professor in the UC Davis School of Law, can offer comment on Muslim extremism and other topics related to the Muslim world and political and legal issues in the Middle East. An Afghanistan specialist for Amnesty International U.S.A., he is currently co-writing a book on Muslim and black militancy. He says the United States must identify mainstream political and religious thoughts in major Muslim countries, neutralize them from extremism, and help to establish a legal and political forum for the expression of civil and political rights. Khan has also published on human rights, Islam, and law and politics in Muslim thought. His book "Human Rights in the Muslim World: Constitutionalism, Fundamentalism, and International Politics" is forthcoming this fall. Khan will teach courses on human rights and the legal system in Muslim nations, and on law and economic development. Contact: Maimul Khan, School of Law,; Julia Ann Easley, News Service, (530) 752-8248,

WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES, COMMUNITIES -- Professor Madhavi Sunder of the UC Davis School of Law is an expert on women's human rights in Muslim countries and communities. With law and culture as the focus of her scholarship, Sunder says international human rights law failed to address women's rights under Taliban rule because such law is reticent to interfere with religion. Sunder, whose article on dissent within cultural groups was published in the Stanford Law Review in 2001, is currently writing about culturally sensitive ways to redress violations of women's human rights, including Muslims', and how international activists are grappling with the rise of cultural relativism. Contact: Madhavi Sunder, School of Law, (530) 752-2896,

RELIGIOUS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS -- John R. Hall, professor of sociology and an affiliated professor of the Religious Studies Program, researches and writes about religious social movements. In recent years, he has concentrated on the study of violence involving movements such as the People's Temple at Jonestown, the Branch Davidians at Waco and Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. His books on the subject include "Gone From the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History" (1987) and "Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe and Japan" (2000), co-authored by Philip D. Schuyler and Sylvaine Trinh. In a forthcoming (2003) essay, he extends his analysis to issues of religious violence in relation to colonialism, civilizational conflicts and social revolutions. Contact: John Hall, Sociology, (530) 752-7035,

BIOTERRORISM, RADIATION SAFETY AND COMPUTER SECURITY BIOTERRORISM AND HUMAN DISEASE -- Frederick Murphy is an internationally known expert on viruses and viral diseases, including rabies, encephalitis and hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. Emerging infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and bioterrorist attacks, for example with anthrax or smallpox, pose a dual threat. Murphy can discuss how such outbreaks can be detected, and what steps authorities can take to prepare for these threats. Murphy is a dean emeritus of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and formerly served as the director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He currently is a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee charged with finding new career opportunities for Russian scientists who formerly were involved in biological weapons research. Contact: Fred Murphy, School of Veterinary Medicine, (530) 754-6175,

PREPAREDNESS FOR TREATING BIOTERROR VICTIMS -- Steven Tharratt, M.D., is a UC Davis professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine and an expert on emergency medical preparedness for bioterrorism. He has served on federal and state advisory councils on bioterrorism and is currently medical director for the California Office of Emergency Services and the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services and Fire Agencies. He teaches hazardous-materials teams how to detect and respond to a bioterror attack. Tharratt also served on a search-and-rescue team at the World Trade Center. Contact: Steven Tharratt, UC Davis Medical Center, (916) 734-3564,

BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS -- Mark Wheelis, a lecturer in the Section of Microbiology at UC Davis, is an expert on biological weapons and the history of biological warfare. As a member of the Federation of American Scientists, Wheelis has acted as a consultant to governments and technical expert on biological weapons control. He can discuss past biowarfare attacks and accidents, how terrorists or hostile governments might mount a biological attack and how it could be detected. Recent work has focused on the implications of biotechnology for biological and chemical weapons control, and on the vulnerability of agriculture to bioterrorist attack. Contact: Mark Wheelis, Microbiology, (530) 752-0562 (phone), (530) 752-3633 (fax),

BACTERIAL DISEASES OF FARM ANIMALS AND HUMANS -- Richard Walker is a UC Davis professor of veterinary medicine. An expert on bacterial diseases, he can discuss bacteria that could be used in bioterrorism, such as anthrax, plague, tularemia and brucellosis. He can describe their transmission, effects, prevention and treatment in animals and humans. Contact: Richard Walker, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System on campus, (530) 752-8754,

RADIATION SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE -- Jerrold Bushberg is a clinical professor of radiology and director of Health Physics Programs at UC Davis. Bushberg oversees the safe storage, use and disposal of radioactive materials at UC Davis and advises medical personnel throughout the nation on the effects of radiation exposure and proper radiation safety procedures. He previously developed the emergency medical response system for the state of Connecticut and chaired an expert panel on radiological emergency preparedness for the state of California. He recently served on a panel that advised California Gov. Gray Davis on methods for disposing of low-level radioactive waste. Bushberg has conducted hundreds of training sessions on radiation safety at hospitals throughout the United States. He currently chairs a subcommittee that will train hospital personnel in radiation safety procedures for a program being developed by the National Health Physics Society and federal agencies. He is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), the nation's most prominent source of expertise on radiation protection. Contact: Jerrold Bushberg, Health Physics Program, (530) 734-5620,

COMPUTER SECURITY -- Matthew Bishop is a principal investigator in the UC Davis Computer Security Laboratory. The lab is one of the nation's leading centers for research in network security and vulnerability, information integrity, cryptography and security policy. It is recognized by the National Security Agency as a center of excellence. Bishop can discuss potential threats to computer networks, how law enforcement might monitor Internet and e-mail use, and the possible implications of surveillance on privacy. More information: Computer Security Lab Web site at . Contact: Matt Bishop, Computer Science, (530) 752-8060, weekend (530) 753-2773, cell (530) 902- 2096,

FOOD-SYSTEM STABILITY -- Gail Feenstra is a community food systems analyst with the UC Davis-based Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). Through its competitive grants program, SAREP funds research and education projects that support the development of comprehensive community food systems, including food security. Feenstra is the lead researcher on USDA and other grants studying community food security, including shopping at local farmers markets, the economic health of small regional farmers and community food-policy councils. She can discuss the possible implications of disruptions to air, train and other transport and how they might affect access to food. More information: UC SAREP Web site at . Contact: Gail Feenstra, UC SAREP, (530) 752-8664,

LAW, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND TERRORISM INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS -- Professor Diane Marie Amann of the UC Davis School of Law is an expert in international criminal law, human rights and constitutional law. In the recently completed manuscript "The U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism," she explores whether the post-Sept. 11 situation justifies the anti-terrorism measures imposed, when the law permits suspension of civil rights because of an emergency and the ability of traditional sources of law to address such questions. Amann, who is co-writing a case book on international criminal law, has recently published "The United States and the International Criminal Court" in the American Journal of Comparative Law and "Spotting Money Laundering: A Better Way to Stop Organized Crime?" in the Syracuse Journal of International and Comparative Law. Amann returned in August from a year's sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the Irish Center for Human Rights. Contact: Diane Marie Amann, School of Law, (available beginning Aug. 14); Julia Ann Easley, News Service, (530) 752-8248,

CIVIL RIGHTS, RACIAL PROFILING -- Kevin Johnson, professor of law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis, says the collateral damage of the domestic war on terrorism has been the civil rights of immigrants and certain groups of U.S. citizens. A specialist in civil rights and immigration law, Johnson says federal government measures have created hardships for immigrants and unfairly made Arabs and Muslims in the United States the subjects of racial profiling. He is co-author of "Race, Civil Rights and Immigration Law After Sept. 11, 2001: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims," forthcoming in a symposium of the New York University Annual Survey of American Law. Contact: Kevin Johnson, School of Law, (530) 752-0243,

9/11 AND RACIAL PROFILING -- Thomas Joo of the School of Law is author of "Presumed Disloyal: Wen Ho Lee, the War on Terrorism, and the Construction of Race," forthcoming in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. In the article, he discusses how Asian Americans are often presumed to be disloyal to the United States. This had disastrous consequences for Japanese Americans during World War II and more recently for Wen Ho Lee, the American nuclear scientist wrongly accused of spying for China. Arab Americans are now presumed to be disloyal terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, with similarly tragic consequences for civil rights. Joo teaches and writes about race and Asian American legal history. Contact: Thomas Joo, School of Law, (530) 754-6089,

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, DETENTIONS -- Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff of the UC Davis School of Law can offer comment on U.S. constitutional law and its application beyond the country's boundaries; military tribunals; the detention of enemy fighters captured in Afghanistan and of U.S. residents like Jose Padilla held in connection with the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks; and the prosecution of alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui. Wolff studies constitutional law, civil procedure and the federal courts, free speech and the First Amendment, and conflict of laws. One of his articles exploring the application of the Constitution outside of the country was recently published in the Columbia Law Review. Wolff teaches courses on constitutional law and the First Amendment. Contact: Tobias Barrington Wolff, School of Law, (530) 754- 6981,

RULE OF LAW -- Professor Anupam Chander of the School of Law studies international law and is author of "Guantanamo and the Rule of Law: Why We Should Not Use Guantanamo Bay to Avoid the Constitution" on "We should not try to avoid our own Constitution by claiming that Guantanamo is, in effect, a foreign country, even though it is entirely within our power," he writes. "We should have more faith in the wisdom of the Founders." Among the courses Chander teaches is one on globalization and citizenship. Contact: Anupam Chander, School of Law, (530) 754- 5304,


HOW WE REMEMBER -- Carole Blair, a UC Davis professor of American studies, is an authority on U.S. commemorative monuments. She has spent the past 10 years studying the evolution and impact of memorials throughout the country. She can discuss the need for a robust and inclusive planning process before a design is selected for any memorial, and describe previous memorials that have succeeded or failed. She also can discuss the issues and conflicts involved in planning Sept. 11 memorials for New York City, the Pennsylvania countryside where Flight 93 crashed, the Pentagon and other American places. Contact: Carole Blair, UC Davis Washington Center, Washington, D.C., (202) 974-6350,

NEED FOR HEROES -- Jay Mechling, professor of American studies, can talk about the public reaction to public safety workers and their transformation into heroes. He writes broadly about heroism and masculinity in American cultures. He also writes and teaches about the formulaic, mythological narratives filmmakers use to explain masculinity, violence and their connections. He has studied mass-mediated images of masculinity in film and television as well as in various organizations. His book, "On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth," was published in 2001 by the University of Chicago Press. Contact: Jay Mechling, American Studies program, by e-mail only at

HISTORICAL CONTEXT -- Kathryn Olmsted, a UC Davis history professor, specializes in 20th century history. She can discuss how Americans have reacted to crises in the past, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Contact: Kathryn Olmsted, History, (530) 753-1271 (including weekend),

HOW ARTISTS HAVE RESPONDED -- Given the significant changes to visual art following other historic political traumas such as World War I, the Holocaust and the Vietnam War, it was inevitable that artists would develop a new sensibility after Sept. 11, says UC Davis art historian Blake Stimson. Exhibitions, artists writings and conferences, such as the Visual Worlds conference at UC Davis just a few weeks after Sept. 11, have grappled with the attacks. Stimson, an assistant professor in the Art History Program and co-director of the Critical Theory Program, writes and teaches about how political events of the 1960s transformed the social role of art. He is author of "Andy Warhol's Red Beard" (Art Bulletin, 2001) and "Art History after the New Art History" (Art Journal, 2002). Contact: Blake Stimson, Art History Program, (530) 752-0105,


ECONOMIC IMPACTS -- Steven M. Sheffrin, dean of the Division of Social Sciences and a professor of economics at UC Davis, can discuss how last year's terrorist attacks affected the economy, and how those effects compare to the aftermath of current business scandals. He can also talk about consumer-confidence issues. A former financial economist with the U.S. Treasury, a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, Sheffrin has served on the board of the National Tax Association. Sheffrin is an expert on fiscal policy and politics. Contact: Steven M. Sheffrin, Economics, (530) 754- 8925,

INVESTOR BEHAVIOR -- Brad Barber, a finance professor in the Graduate School of Management, studies the psychology of investment. He has published on online trading, gender differences in investment and investment clubs. Barber can comment on investor confidence in the stock market and how major events affect investors. Contact: Brad Barber, Graduate School of Management, (530) 752-0512,

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National and international security issues

Caesar Sereseres, associate professor of political science and associate dean of undergraduate studies in the School of Social Sciences, has expertise in foreign policy strategy, national security issues, coercive diplomacy and political violence. Sereseres has worked at the State Department's Office of Policy Planning and the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He also was a research consultant on national security issues at the RAND Corp. for 10 years. Contact: Caesar Sereseres, (949) 824-6334,

Richard Matthew, assistant professor of international and environmental politics in the schools of social ecology and social sciences, and faculty associate of the Centers for Global Peace and Conflict Studies and the Study of Democracy, examines national and international security, including unconventional threats such as terrorism. Matthew has worked with the Foreign Services Training Center, NATO and the State Department on projects related to environment and security. Matthew's field work has been undertaken principally in the developing world, most recently in Pakistan. Contact: Richard Matthew, (949) 824-4852,

Patrick M. Morgan, professor of political science and director of the Global Peace and Conflict Studies Center, specializes in national and international security issues, including deterrence theory, strategic surprise attack, arms control and intelligence. Contact: Patrick M. Morgan, (949) 824-3187, (949) 854-0684 (home),

Crime and public policy issues

Ron Huff, dean of the School of Social Ecology and professor of criminology, law and society, is an expert on crime and public policy issues. Huff holds a doctorate in sociology from Ohio State University, where he was director of the Criminal Justice Research Center for 20 years and director of the School of Public Policy and Management for more than five years. Huff also is president of the American Society of Criminology, the world's largest organization in the field of criminology. He can comment on crimes against humanity and security issues relating to terrorism. Contact: Ron Huff, (949) 824-6094,

Coping with trauma, grief and massive casualties

Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior, has expertise in coping with trauma and grief. She examines cognitive, emotional, social and physical responses to stressful life events in order to identify factors that facilitate successful adjustment to them. Silver also explores long-term effects of traumatic experiences, considering how beliefs and expectations of the social network impact the coping process. Contact: Roxane Cohen Silver, (949) 824-2192,

Dr. Carl Schultz, clinical professor of emergency medicine and emergency department physician at the UCI Medical Center, specializes in medical response to disasters, including terrorism and biological terrorism. Schultz has commented that the medical search and rescue response at New York's World Trade Center buildings is similar to the response needed in a major earthquake. Contact: Kim Pine, (714) 456-7759,

Economic impact of catastrophic events

Martin C. McGuire, Heinz Chair of Economics, Global Peace and Security, specializes in conflict resolution, international trade, peace and security, and the political economy of international conflict, economic development and strategic competition. His consultant appointments include the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he focused on, among other issues, the Israeli economy; the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he consulted on nuclear safety, and the RAND Corp. McGuire is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and studied international economics and international security in Japan. Contact: Martin C. McGuire, (949) 824-6190, (202) 338-2433

Peter Navarro, associate professor of business and government at the Graduate School of Management, is an expert on broad macroeconomic implications of catastrophic events such as terrorist attacks and wars. According to Navarro, the Sept. 11th national tragedy raises two economic and strategic issues: How will the U.S. and global economies respond? What will the likely effects be on the financial markets, including long-term implications? Contact: Peter Navarro, (619) 602-3344,

Middle East ethnic conflict

Lina Haddad Kreidie, lecturer in political science, studies issues dealing with the Middle East, religious fundamentalism, as well as ethnic conflict and collective violence. She has interviewed Islamic fundamentalists, studying their behavior and perceptions. Kreidie is an authority on what she calls the "collision" between the West and Islam, in particular the underlying causes of the deep distrust between the two worlds. Unlike many scholars who focus on religious and cultural divides, Kreidie studies how Islamic fundamentalists perceive themselves and, as a result, how they react to world events. Contact: Lina Haddad Kreidie, (949) 370-1104,

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Terrorism and political impact

Joel Aberbach: Aberbach, a UCLA professor of political science and director of the university’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy, is available to address the effects of terrorism on the Washington bureaucracy, particularly with respect to the formation of the proposed department of homeland security, and the role that coping with terrorism will play in the 2004 presidential campaign. To interview Aberbach, contact Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

John Agnew: Agnew, a UCLA geography professor who taught a class in the geopolitics of Afghanistan and the history and politics of Taliban rule, is available to talk about those areas. To interview Agnew, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

Geoff Garrett: Garrett, vice provost of the UCLA International Institute, can discuss America’s role as a superpower in a changing world. To interview Garrett, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

Michael Intriligator: Intriligator, a professor of economics and director of the UCLA Center for International Relations, is available to comment on the terrorist attacks and retaliatory strikes. His expertise includes international policy issues and U.S. foreign policy. To interview Intriligator, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

David Rapoport: Rapoport, UCLA political science professor, is an expert on terrorism in particular in providing explanations for specific attacks. To interview Rapoport, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

Steven Spiegel: Spiegel, UCLA political science professor, specializes in U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis on the Middle East. To interview Spiegel, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

Marc Trachtenberg: Trachtenberg, UCLA professor of political science, can discuss U.S. foreign policy and military options in the Middle East. To interview Trachtenberg, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

Homeland security

Samuel A. Culbert: Culbert, a professor of human resources and organizational behavior at The Anderson School at UCLA and a clinical psychologist, is available for comment on the proposed department of homeland security and its prospects for success or failure, as well as the effectiveness of Director of Domestic Security Tom Ridge’s management style. Culbert has studied the behaviors and operations of organizations for 25 years, with a focus on executive leadership, teamwork and communication. To interview Culbert, contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Daniel J.B. Mitchell: Mitchell, professor of human resources and organizational behavior at The Anderson School at UCLA, has extensive expertise in labor issues, including unions and the federal government. He is available to discuss the consequences of the war on terrorism and homeland security efforts. To interview Mitchell, contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Amy Zegart: Zegart, a UCLA professor of policy studies who specializes in homeland security, U.S. intelligence problems and U.S. national security organization, can talk about local and federal homeland security issues, including government reform. Zegart, who did her doctoral work at Stanford University under Bush National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, has worked on the National Security Council staff and served as a foreign policy adviser to the Bush 2000 presidential campaign. To interview Zegart, call her directly at (310) 825-2455.

Impact on economy and financial markets
Bhagwan Chowdhry: Chowdhry, UCLA professor of finance, can address the impact on the stock market of the terrorist attacks and retaliatory strikes. Chowdhry’s research focuses on international lending, market structures, multinational corporate financing, international finance, currency crises and corporate finance. To interview Chowdhry, call him directly at (310) 825-5883, or contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Bradford Cornell: Cornell, a UCLA professor of finance and a top finance scholar, can address the financial and economic implications of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and retaliatory strikes. Cornell’s expertise includes banking, asset pricing, government and corporate valuation. He also is a commentator on financial markets for mainstream business publications, television and radio. To interview Cornell, contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Edward Leamer: Leamer, a professor of business economics and director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, can address the financial and economic impacts of the attacks. He has expertise in national and international economic areas, including the IMF, employment, capital markets, interest rates, monetary policy, NAFTA, the consumer price index and other areas. To interview Leamer, call him directly at (310) 206-1452 or (323) 436-5220.

Tom Lieser: Lieser, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and author of the forecast’s quarterly California report, is available to provide perspective on the California economy and its tourism industry, as well as a wider view of economic effects from possible future terrorist attacks. To interview Lieser, call him directly at (310) 206-4642.

Christopher Thornberg: Thornberg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, can discuss the effect of the attacks on the economy and stock market. Thornberg has written special study reports measuring the economic impact of key events, including Sept. 11, 2001, with predictions based on prior disasters and follow-up assessments of actual consequences. To interview Thornberg, contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Mental health issues

Christine Dunkel-Schetter: Dunkel-Schetter, UCLA psychology professor, taught a class exploring stress and how people cope in the wake of a major disaster, including post-traumatic stress disorder, and is available to discuss this topic. To interview Dunkel-Schetter, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or; or Meg Sullivan at (310) 825-1046 or

David Feinberg: Feinberg, medical director of UCLA Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Health Services, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. He is available to discuss how to talk to children about the attacks and their aftermath, and the demand for mental health services. To interview Feinberg, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Irene Goldenberg: Goldenberg, UCLA professor emeritus of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, is a family therapist and author. She is available to discuss family rituals and interactions as they relate to traumatic events. To interview Goldenberg, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Emanuel Maidenberg: Maidenberg, clinical coordinator for the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program and clinical instructor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, is available to discuss anxiety. To interview Maidenberg, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Robert Pynoos: Pynoos, co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and a senior research scientist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is available to discuss the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on individuals, families and communities. To interview Pynoos, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Scott Saunders: Saunders, associate director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service and a psychiatrist who specializes in trauma psychiatry, is available to talk about mental health issues surrounding the terrorist attacks. To interview Saunders, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Margaret L. Stuber: Stuber, director of Psychiatric Consultation to Pediatrics at UCLA, is a professor-in-residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and a senior research scientist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She can discuss childhood bereavement and traumatic loss. Her focus is a family approach to traumatic events. To interview Stuber, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Jill Waterman: Waterman, a UCLA adjunct professor of psychology who specializes in child clinical psychology, is available to discuss how to talk to children about the attacks and their aftermath. To interview Waterman, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; or Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or

Gail Wyatt: Wyatt is a UCLA clinical psychologist, sex therapist and sex researcher. She has studied how men and women use sex for comfort and the consequent risks to their sexual health and psychological well-being. To interview Wyatt, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Religious issues

S. Scott Bartchy: Bartchy, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, is available to discuss the role of religion as it relates to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. To interview Bartchy, contact him directly at; or contact Lauren Bartlett at (310) 206-1458 or

Dealing with biological and chemical weapons

Rick Greenwood: Greenwood, director of UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety, is available to discuss the methods used to detect anthrax and other disease agents in buildings and the detection methods in human exposure. To interview Greenwood, contact Lauren Bartlett at (310) 206-1458 or

Peter Katona: Katona, assistant professor, UCLA Department of Infectious Diseases, is an expert in bioterrorism and was a consultant with the L.A. County Department of Health Services on bioterrorism preparations. To interview Katona, contact Rachel Champeau at (310) 794-2270 or

Paul Krogstad: Krogstad, associate professor, departments of pediatrics and molecular and medical pharmacology, and a member of the UCLA Medical Center’s Bioterrorism Task Force, is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases and also can comment on general issues such as anthrax treatment. To interview Krogstad, contact Amy Waddell at (310) 794-0777 or

Kumar Rajaram: Rajaram, assistant professor of management at The Anderson School at UCLA, studies large-scale manufacturing processes for pharmaceuticals, such as the antibiotics used to treat anthrax. He is available to discuss the challenges of manufacturing these antibiotics to address the national shortage. To interview Rajaram, contact Philip Little at (310) 825-9983 or

Ralph Robinson: Robinson, a chemist in the UCLA Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, can discuss biological and chemical weapons. He has taught courses such as “Biotechnology and Society.” To interview Robinson, contact Harlan Lebo at (310) 206-0510 or; or Stuart Wolpert at (310) 206-0511 or

David Pegues: Pegues, assistant clinical professor of medicine/infectious diseases, and chair, UCLA Medical Center Task Force on Bioterrorism Preparedness, specializes in biologic weapons and infectious diseases, including clinical recognition, management and control, and is available to discuss those topics. To interview Pegues, contact Rachel Champeau at (310) 794-2270 or; or Roxanne Moster at (310) 794-0777 or

Engineering issues

J. “Woody” Ju: Ju, professor in the UCLA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is an expert on blast-resistant structural design and retrofitting, primarily for Department of Defense buildings and embassies. To interview Ju, contact Chris Sutton at (310) 206-0540 or

Stefano Soatto: Soatto, assistant professor of computer science and director of the UCLA Vision Lab, is available to talk about his research into endowing machines with dynamic vision the ability to recognize shape, track moving objects and process images in real time, much like the human visual system. This allows machines to perform “real world” tasks in such areas as military surveillance, face recognition security systems, image-guided surgery and movie making. To interview Soatto, contact Chris Sutton at (310) 206-0540 or

Emergency preparedness

Linda Bourque: Bourque, associate director UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, is an expert in disaster preparedness. To interview Bourque, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Michael Karpf: Karpf, a physician who is director of UCLA Medical Center, is available to discuss the readiness of UCLA’s main hospital and the planning needed to prepare a hospital to treat a large number of disaster victims. To interview Karpf, contact Roxanne Moster at (310) 794-0777 or

Victor H. Kennedy: Kennedy, director or building, safety and security at UCLA Medical Center, is an expert in disaster preparedness, response and planning, and on disaster drills and response. He has extensive experience with decontamination, hazard recognition and personal protective equipment. To interview Kennedy, contact Roxanne Moster at (310) 794-0777 or

Kimberley Shoaf: Shoaf, research director at the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, is an expert on agency utilization in disasters, including planning for, responding to and recovering from large-scale health emergencies. Shoaf speaks Spanish. To interview Shoaf, contact Dan Page at (310) 794-2265 or

Hollywood during wartime

Jonathan Kuntz: Kuntz is a UCLA film historian and scholar who can comment on Hollywood during wartime and offer historical perspective. To interview Kuntz, contact Teri Bond Michael at (310) 206-3235 or

Hollywood and terrorism, violence in the media

Richard Walter: Walter, a UCLA screenwriting professor, is an author of several books on screenwriting and expert in storytelling and the origins of drama. He is a frequent contributor to television talk shows on violence in society. To interview Walter, call him directly at (310) 206-6855.

How Hollywood has changed since 9/11, the impact on storytelling and television network dramas:

Myrl Schreibman: Schreibman, an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, can comment on trends in television, television production, television producing, directing or performance, as well as the content of programming along the television spectrum. To interview Schreibman, call him directly at (310) 206-6879.

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University of California, Riverside international banking and stock market authority, Dr. Sarkis Joseph Khoury, is a professor of finance and international finance in the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. He can answer questions on the effects of the bombings on the US stock market and specifically on foreign exchange markets. He has written extensively on international banking issues and on international investing. He is fluent in Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as English. He has consulted in the Middle East and published in "The Middle East Business." He earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a degree with distinction at Centre Belge Beirut, Lebanon. Office (909) 787-3750; Cell (909) 283-1198; You may view his Web site at:

Peter Chung, associate professor of finance in the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR, has specific expertise in international finance, emerging capital markets and investments. He can respond in Korean, as well as in English. His degrees include a Ph.D. in finance, a B.S. in international trade, and a B.S. in foreign service. Cel (714) 488-8771 Please see his Web site at:

Chunsheng Zhou, assistant professor of finance in the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR, studies financial markets and credit risk. He can respond in Chinese, as well as in English. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Office (909) 787-6448; View his Web site at


Barbara Tinsley is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She has expertise in child psychology and can explain how parents might help children understand the scope of the horrendous events of Sept. 11 without scarring them psychologically.
Cell: (949) 293-6822;

Steven Clark, associate professor of psychology, researches questions about eyewitness testimony and memory. Clark is a nationally known expert on the following issues: 1. Relationship between recall and recognition, 2. Effects of similarity in recognition, 3. Confidence and accuracy, 4. Social group processes in retrieval. The relationship between recall and recognition is important because people initially recall events when talking to the police, and later are asked to recognize a suspect in a police line-up. Twenty years of research shows that confidence does not predict accuracy.
Home: (626) 449-3490; Cell: (213) 760-7699;

Austin Turk, a professor of sociology, studies conflict theory, inequality and social control, political criminality (including terrorism), policing, and sociolegal studies. Turk is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Criminology. He has served as Chair of the Criminology Section of the American Sociological Association, and is a former Trustee of the Law and Society Association. Office: (909) 787-4760; Home: (909) 684-0339;

War and Society

UC Riverside English Professor Katherine Kinney has written extensively about the effects of war on society and can comment on the implications of U.S. officials calling Tuesday's events an "act of war." Her works include the 1960's and the Vietnam Era. She is the author of "Friendly Fire: American Identity and the Literature of the Vietnam War" (Oxford University Press, 2000). She has published articles about women and war, black soldiers and war and the way Hollywood depicts war. Kinney is currently working on a book entitled "Liberal Hollywood: Race, Politics and Style (1945-1975)." Home (909) 276-0490, Office (909) 787 5301, x1900,

Religion and Ethics

June O'Connor, Religious Studies Professor studies comparative religious ethics and focuses on issues such as violence, nonviolent social change and third world theologies. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion. She was the principal organizer of the UC Riverside scholarly conference on "Religion and Ethnic Conflict," in April 1995. Office: (909) 787-3743;

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The following UC San Diego faculty members can provide commentary to members of the news media on a broad range of issues related to the war on terrorism, including diplomatic efforts and foreign policy repercussions, domestic security measures, bioterrorism, and psychological and economic responses to terrorist acts.

International Relations, Politics, and Economic Issues

Peter Cowhey is the director of the UCSD-based UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. A leading expert on the international communications and information industries, he can provide commentary on the international and global repercussions of the war on terrorism. A professor of political science, Cowhey is incoming dean of UCSD’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) and is the former chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Cowhey can be reached at 858. 534.3352 /

Susan Shirk is an authority on U.S.-China relations, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S. diplomatic relations. A professor of politics at UCSD’s IR/PS, Shirk served in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary of state for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from 1997-2000. Shirk can comment on the foreign policy and diplomatic repercussions of the September terrorist incidents, especially in Asia. Shirk can be reached at 858.534.3352 /

Gershon Shafir, a professor of sociology, is an authority on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a member of the Israeli peace movement. Shafir can comment on the state of Israeli-Arab relations and the future peace process in light of the recent terrorist attacks. Shafir can be contacted at 858.538.2530/

Dan Hallin, a professor of communication, is well known for his research on media coverage during war time, and has authored several publications on the role of the news media in Vietnam, Central America, and the Gulf War. Hallin can comment on the impact of the news media in shaping public policy and public opinion surrounding the recent terrorist strikes. Hallin can be reached at 858.534.9981/

Sanford Lakoff, a professor emeritus of political science, is an authority on international politics and national defense. He can comment on U.S. defense and military policies relative to the war on terrorism. Lakoff is the co-author of Science and the Nation: Policy and Politics, Energy and American Values, and A Shield in Space: Technology, Politics, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. Lakoff can be reached at 619.296.1039/

Barbara Walter, a professor of international relations at IR/PS, is an authority on international security, with an emphasis on internal wars, conflict termination, and bargaining and cooperation. She can discuss how to create a durable rebuilding of Afghanistan and can also comment on the effects of terrorist violence on U.S. foreign policy. Walter can be reached at 858.822.0775 /

Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of pacific international relations at IR/PS and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He can comment on the global political and economic repercussions of the campaign against international terrorism and the conflict in Afghanistan. Kahler can be reached at 858. 534.3078 /

Ross Starr, a professor of economics, is an expert on the financial markets, the U.S. banking system, and general economic trends and conditions. Starr can comment on the current economic downturn in the aftermath of the terrorist events and how these events are affecting consumer behavior as well as U.S. monetary and fiscal policy. Starr can be reached at 858.534.3879/858.455.1630/

Neal Beck, a professor of political science, specializes in the politics of U.S. economic policy. He can provide commentary on the political dimensions of the current economic downturn. Beck has studied the political implications of activity in the financial markets, including how economic fluctuations in the economy can impact presidential elections and other political events. Beck can be reached at 858.534.4296/619.625.8350/

Michael Bernstein, a professor of history, is an authority on the economic and political history of the U.S. since the Civil War. He is the author, most recently, of “A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in 20th Century America,” and can provide a historical perspective on the economic and political repercussions of the recent terrorist attacks. Bernstein can be reached at 858.534.1070/619.294.3202/

Abe Shragge, a lecturer of history and coordinator of public programs for the UCSD Civic Collaborative, teaches courses on the history of San Diego and war and American society. He can provide a historical perspective on current events and can discuss the history of civilian-military relations in San Diego. Shragge can be reached at 858.822.3124/

Media contact for social science experts: Dolores Davies, 858.534.5994/; for IR/PS experts: Paula Cichocka, 858.534.1465/

Science & Technology Issues

John Kosmatka is professor of structural engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. He is an expert in the design and testing of lightweight, advanced composite materials for structural applications including composite armor for tanks, submarines, and other military vehicles. His areas of interest include commercial-aircraft structures and design, and advanced composite materials to improve blast resistance. He can speak on potential materials to isolate cockpits from terrorists in the cabin. Kosmatka can be reached at 858.534.1779/; Media Contact: Troy Anderson, 858.822.3075/

Mike Sailor is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD. He is working on devices to protect against biological and chemical attacks. He is developing sensors to detect nerve gas, and recently successfully tested an easy and cheap solution to detect TNT explosives. Sailor serves on several government advisory boards on chemical and biological warfare. Sailor can be reached at 858.534.8188/ . Media Contact: Kim McDonald 858.534.7572

William Trogler is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD. Along with Sailor (above), Trogler has developed new sensing devices to detect TNT and other substances, with some of his research funded by DARPA. Trogler can be reached at 858.534.6175/ Media Contact: Kim McDonald, 858.534.7572

Bennet Yee is professor of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. He is a world-renowned expert on computer security, encryption, online secrecy and monitoring of Internet communications. He can speak about the potential danger and vulnerability of the Internet to terrorist attack and other disruptions. Yee can be reached at 858.534.4614/ Media Contact: Denine Hagen, 858.534.2920/

Ramesh Rao is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering and director of the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is a leading authority on the architecture of integrated voice, data, control and multimedia service applications. He is overseeing a Cal-(IT)2 project to deploy a crisis response and mitigation capability through the next-generation extended Internet. Rao can be reached at 858.534.6433 / Media Contact: Doug Ramsey, 858.822.5825/

Mohan Trivedi is professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Jacobs School and director, Computer Vision and Robotics Research laboratory. Expert on robotics, “smart” cars and rooms; working on vision-based and augmented-reality systems that could have security iterations for airplane and building security monitoring, as well as robotics for explosives/bio-agent detection. Has experience responding to crisis, in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986, when he responded to request from DOE for research on robotics for nuclear plant safety; and in 1991, to help in mine detection efforts in the Gulf War. Trivedi can be reached at 858.822.0075 / . Media Contact: Doug Ramsey (

Stefan Savage is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. He is an expert on Internet security issues, and co-author of the first study documenting the scope of “denial-of-service” attacks on the Web. Savage can be reached at 858.822.4895 / Media Contact: Doug Ramsey (

Geoffrey Voelker is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. He is the co-author with David Moore and Stefan Savage (above) of the study “Inferring Internet Denial-of-Service Activity.” Voelker can be reached at 858.822.3323 / Media Contact: Doug Ramsey (

David Moore is a scientist with the UCSD-based San Diego Supercomputer Center. He is an expert on Web traffic and the Internet’s structure, and can speak on potential threats to the grid. He is also the co-director of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) which tracks Internet traffic patterns and disruptions. Moore can be reached at 858.534.5160/ Media Contact: Dave Hart (858-534-8314

Kim Prather is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. She can provide commentary on the environmental and health effects of particulate matter, such as the smoke and dust plumes emanating from the World Trade Center collapse and fires. She is also developing an instrument that can detect the presence of aerosols of bacteria or viruses that might be used in a bioterrorist attack. Prather can be reached at 858.822.5312/ Media Contact: Kim McDonald 858.534.7572/

Tom Perrine, a computer security researcher at the UCSD-based San Diego Supercomputer Center, is widely recognized for his expertise in the area of computer security. He has testified before Congress on FBI's Carnivore Internet wire-tapping software, for example, and he works closely with local agencies and organizations through the San Diego Regional Info Watch (SDRIW). Perrine was named "Investigator of the Year" in 1999 by the local High-Tech Crime Investigation Association. Perrine can be reached at 858-534-8328, Media Contact: Dave Hart (

Health and Medical Issues

Jake Jacoby, M.D., is the disaster control officer for the UCSD Medical Center and Commandeer of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He can provide commentary on how hospitals prepare and organize their efforts for mass casualties and large numbers of patients. The team is activated by the federal government and is currently on alert status. Media Contact: Eileen Callahan, 619.543.6163/

Saul Levine, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and a Children’s Hospital psychiatrist.. A top authority on the psychological aspects of mass casualty effects on children, Dr. Levine can provide commentary on how adults can best explain terrorist acts to children. Levine can be reached at 858.966.4936; Media Contact: Sue Pondrom, 619.543.6163/

Mark Rapaport, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry, with expertise in the treatment of depression in adults. Rapaport can discuss the likely psychological effects of the recent incidents and how individuals can cope, on a personal level, with this tragedy. Rapaport can be reached at 858.622.6195. Media Contact: Sue Pondrom (

Hagop Akiskal, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCSD International Mood Center. He is an expert on psychiatric responses to bioterrorism, post traumatic stress disorder, and depression, and can provide insight on various ways to reduce anxiety following terrorist acts and the nature of long term emotional repercussions. Media Contact: Sue Pondrom (

Richard Clark, M.D., is the medical director of the UCSD Poison Center. Clark is a toxicologist and can discuss how individuals may be medically affected by certain chemical or biologicals weapons and what the potential medical treatment might be. Media Contact: Media Contact: Eileen Callahan, 619.543.6163/

James Dunford, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and medical director for the City of San Diego. Dunford can discuss how medical personnel can recognize patterns or clusters of sick people out of the norm. He can comment on how patients arriving at emergency rooms (who have been involved in a biological event) are identified and how first responders and emergency personnel can be protected while treating people involved in a biological event. Media Contact: Eileen Callahan (

Leland Rickman, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine, director of Epidemiology and Infection Control. Rickman can comment on transmission and control of infectious diseases and biological agents such as smallpox and anthrax. A member of the GERM Commission (Group to Eradicate Resistant Microorganisms), he can discuss the existing resources and the effectiveness of antibiotics during a biological outbreak. Rickman can also comment on the difficulties in preparing a biological agent for release on the population. Media Contact: Eileen Callahan (

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The following UCSF faculty and staff are available to comment on the psychological aspects of trauma, with special expertise for adults and children/adolescents:

Daniel S. Weiss, PhD, UCSF professor of psychiatry
(415) 476-7557 or (415) 221-4810, x 3080
Weiss studies posttraumatic stress disorder, with two focus areas in treatment: 1) developing a group approach and 2) psychopathology (refining the diagnosis of PTSD).

Mardi Horowitz, MD, UCSF professor of psychiatry
(415) 476-7612
Horowitz is an expert in interactions between stress and personality. His research is conducted at the psychological level and explores conscious and unconscious information processing, with an emphasis on person schemas, states of mind and control of emotions as well as change processes in psychotherapy. In studies of PTSD, grief and the stressful impact of genetic testing identifying risk, his laboratory has developed methods and both quantitative and qualitative variables related to an integrated cognitive-psychodynamic theory.

Keith Armstrong, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and UCSF associate clinical professor of psychiatry
(415) 750-2190
Armstong has served on disaster response psychiatric teams for several catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, fires and acts of violence. He can discuss the psychiatric state of people who have experienced or been touched by traumatic events, and ways that family and friends can help them to cope.

Thomas Neylan, MD, UCSF Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
(415) 750-6961
Expert in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Neylan can comment on the way in which people typically respond to and cope with traumatic events, and the symptoms and course of PTSD, and risk factors for this disorder.
Neylan studies the chemistry and physiology that underlie PTSD.

Children and Adolescents

Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD, UCSF associate professor and director of child and adolescent psychiatry
(415) 476-7162
Elliott studies the causes of and treatments for major mental disorders in children, particularly in the use of medications. He also has a long-standing interest in research policy as it applies to childhood mental disorders.

Lynn Ponton, MD, UCSF professor of clinical psychiatry
(415) 476-7797 or (415) 476-3039
Ponton is the founding chairman of the National Disaster Response Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, she and colleagues at UCSF developed the prototype for a disaster packet now offered by the academy to child and school psychologists. Ponton also is an expert on adolescent behavior and risk-taking, author of the book Sex and the American Teenager.

Rebecca Higbee and Eileen McCree, UCSF childlife specialists
Ph: (415) 353-1203
Higbee leads a team of child life experts experts at UCSF Children's Hospital who help children cope with their emotions as they face medical procedures and other aspects of hospitalization. With play, school and other activities, they help to keep patients' and siblings' life as normal as possible while in the hospital. They have prepared advice for talking with children after a major disaster, available at UCSF Today:

Victoria Tichenor, UCSF Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
415) 221-4810, x 3104
Tichenor, a psychologist who treats patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, is available to discuss the psychological problems that are coupled with the experience of a traumatic event, and the way in which a person's psychological approach to the event can affect the long term psychological health and perception of the event.

Paul Koller, PhD, UCSF Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
(415) 221-4810 x 3840
Koller, a psychologist who specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder, is experienced in de-briefing victims of traumatic events, such as earthquakes or shootings, and in the use of group therapy for PTSD patients.

Santa Barbara Faculty     back to top

The UC Santa Barbara Center for Middle Eastern Studies is one of 12 elite National Resource Centers in Middle East studies funded by the
Department of Education (including centers at UCLA and UC Berkeley).

Later this week, the Center for Middle East Studies will be posting information on its website ( aimed at assisting public school teachers in discussing these events.

Prof. Juan Campo (Religious Studies)
Scholar of Islam and modern Islamic movements
Office (805) 893-3945

Prof. Nancy Gallagher (History)
Scholar of modern Middle Eastern history/women in the Middle East
Office (805) 893-3467 Cell 405-1807

Prof. Richard Hecht (Religious Studies)
Scholar of Judaism, role of religion in Israel/Palestine conflict
Office (805) 893-4552

Prof. Stephen Humphreys (History)
Scholar of medieval and modern Middle Eastern history/Islamic religion
Office (805) 893-2316

Prof. Mark Juergensmeyer (Global Studies)
Scholar of religion and violence, including Islamic fundamentalism
Office (805) 893-7898 or (217) 854-8067

Dwight Reynolds, associate professor of religious studies and director
of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Office: (805) 893-7143

UC Santa Cruz Faculty     back to top

Alan Richards, a professor of environmental studies and an expert on the Middle East, has been a frequent consultant to the State Department and the Department of Defense on Middle Eastern affairs during the past 10 years. Richards is coauthor of the book, A Political Economy of the Middle East. (831) 459-4662;

Ronnie Lipschutz, professor of politics, is an expert on international affairs and global political networks. He specializes in peacemaking and conflict resolution, and he is coeditor of the book, The Myth of "Ethnic Conflict": Politics, Economics, and "Cultural" Violence, which seeks to make linkages between ethnic conflicts around the world and the swift pace of global economic integration and political change. (831) 459-3275;

Edmund "Terry" Burke III, professor of history, is an expert on Islam and the Middle East. He is the editor of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East and coeditor of Islam, Politics and Social Movements. (831) 459-2287;

Joseph Bunnett, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, is an expert on chemical weapons. Bunnett is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC) and has chaired IUPAC committees on chemical weapons as well as a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on chemical munitions. Office: (831) 459-2261;

Anthony Pratkanis, professor of social psychology, is a leading expert on persuasion and propaganda, including war propaganda. He tracks the use of persuasion techniques by government, politicians, advertisers, and cult leaders, among others, and specializes in media, mass communication, and consumer behavior. He is co-author of Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion. (831) 459-4935;

M.R.C. Greenwood, chancellor of UCSC, is available to discuss the role of research universities and the balance between the free flow of scientific ideas and results, and the risks of post-9/11 restrictions on information and laboratory procedures. Greenwood is a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, which issued a report detailing steps the nation can take to detect, thwart, and respond to terrorist attacks ( Public Information Office: (831) 459-2495.

Thomas Pettigrew, research professor of social psychology and an internationally recognized expert on race, intergroup relations, and prejudice, is available to discuss prejudice in times of national crisis. Reachable via email:

Manuel Pastor, professor of Latin American and Latino studies, can address impacts on U.S. immigration policy, civil liberties, and race relations. Pastor is director of the UCSC Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community. Office: (831) 459-5919;

Michael Hutchison, professor of economics and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, specializes in global economics. He is available to discuss the national and global economic impact of the attacks. (831) 459-2600;

Paul Lubeck, professor of sociology, specializes in the religious and social diversity within Islam. Lubeck is directing a Carnegie-funded research project ( examining the ways in which Islamic social movements are challenging existing states and economic globalization. (831) 459-2906;

Dane Archer, professor of sociology, is an expert on the social psychology of violence and applying research knowledge to problems of war and peace. He can address the behavior of individuals during crises and the changing perception of civilian deaths in times of conflict, as well as the concept of war crimes and how it has changed historically. (831) 459-2137;

Isebill "Ronnie" Gruhn, professor of politics, specializes in international law and security, the United Nations, and U.S. diplomacy. (831) 459-2583;

Daniel Wirls, associate professor of politics, can discuss U.S. politics, the presidency, and Congress. (831) 459-2134;

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