Expert Sources at Clark
Following is a selection, by topic, of Clark University faculty and administrators – leading experts in their fields—who serve as experienced and articulate resources on timely topics for journalists in several media.
CONTACT the office of Media Relations, at 508-793-7554/7635; 774-437-8453; 508-365-8736, for more information or for help connecting with Clark experts. We also will help locate relevant student sources. A complete faculty directory is available online.
Politics - elections, reform
James Gomes, director, Mosakowski Institute - districting issues, legislative policy, Massachusetts politics, etc. Recent: Obama taps Kerry for Secretary of State (USA Today); Kerry Named for the Role of a Lifetime (New York Times)
Political scientist Robert Boatright, American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. Author: “Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada” (University of Michigan Press, 2011)
Political scientist Srini Sitaraman, United Nations, international relations theory, international organizations and international law, human rights, globalization and international political economy, and Asian politics - Author: State Participation in International Treaty Regimes (Ashgate Publishing 2009) - Recent: New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes (New York Times)
Emerging adulthood; adolescence; "boomerang children"; recent grads' job search
Jeffrey Arnett, originator of the theory of emerging adulthood (on development from age 18-29); media uses in adolescence; responses to cigarette advertising. Author: "When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?" (forthcoming May 2013) Recent coverage: Clark University Poll: Nearly 90% Of Emerging Adults Are Confident They Will "Get What They Want Out Of Life" (Wall Street Journal); What Is It About 20-Somethings? (New York Times); When do you become a grown-up? (Today Show)
Men's well being, help-seeking and depression
Michael Addis, director, Men’s Well Being Research Group, Author: “Invisible Men; Men’s inner lives and the consequences of silence” (2011, Times Books). Recent: Men Suffer in Silence (Staten Island Advance (NY)
Conflict minerals - activism, human rights
Mikaela Lutttrell-Rowland, Academic Program Liaison Officer, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; director of international summit at Clark: Informed Activism: Armed Conflict, Scarce Resources, and Congo. Recent: Fujimori's So-Called Apology and the Stakes for Transitional Justice (Huffington Post)
Wildfires, climate change
Christopher Williams – drought, terrestrial ecosystem ecology, ecosystem-climate interactions, global environmental change; energy-water-carbon exchanges. Recent coverage: Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought (New York Times); Mega-Droughts In Our Future (NPR On Point)
Dominick Kulakowski, geographer whose research focuses on disturbance ecology, landscape change, and dynamics of mountain forest ecosystem; effects of climate on mountain forest ecosystems; interactions among disturbances in forest ecosystems.
John Rogan, geographer specializing in landscape ecology, fire ecology, optical remote sensing and GIScience.
Unions, labor/management issues
Gary Chaison, author of "Unions in America" - Recent: After Michigan victory, Republicans target unions in other states (Reuters); The UAW fights for survival, Public Radio International; Who’s the Boss? - The Atlantic
Workers' rights; sweatshop issues
Sociologist Robert J.S. Ross, author of “Slaves to Fashion: poverty and abuse in the new sweatshops” - Recent: Why Efforts to Stop Factory Fires Have Failed (AP); 100 Years After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
HOLOCAUST and GENOCIDE
Debórah Dwork - Holocaust and genocide history, education, refugees, asylum; Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Recent coverage: Mass. Ph.D. program explores genocide psychology (Associated Press); Church's misguided honor (Philadelphia Inquirer, commentary); Surge in Economic Refugees Will Test Community Resources (Huffington Post)
Taner Akçam - Turkish nationalism and the Armenian Genocide "fighting passionately against the official narrative of 1915." Recent coverage: The Financial Times "Akçam has long courted controversy in Turkey, where he was jailed as a student activist in the 1970s … but his intellectual courage is beyond question.”; Today's Zaman (Turkey); the Chronicle of Higher Ed "a Turk Who Will Bring Scholars of the Armenian Genocide Together"; The Bob Edwards Show -Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Akcam in the media (Armenian Weekly)
Thomas Kühne - Holocaust history; the relation of war, genocide, and society with long-term traditions of political culture of Central Europe; the problem of locating the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in the social and cultural history of the 20th century. - Newly published "Belonging and Genocide: Hitler’s Community 1918-1945" (Yale University Press, 2010).
Abbie Goldberg – Gay/lesbian parenting; adoption; the transition to parenthood; work-family issues; family diversity; gender
Author: "Lesbian and gay parents and their children: Research on the family life cycle." - Recent coverage: Beyond Dolls vs. Trucks: How Children of Same-Sex Parents May Be Less Constrained By Gender Stereotypes, and Why It Matters (Huffington Post); The Way We Live Now - What Gay Parenting Teaches Us All (New York Times Magazine)
Wendy Grolnick - Motivational development in children and adolescents. Author: "Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child" - Recent coverage: To parents, youth sports an 'athletic arms race' (Huffington Post)
Denise Hines – men who sustain partner violence from their female partners; stalking and cyberstalking - Recent coverage: Male Victims of Domestic Abuse May Show Signs of PTSD (U.S. News & World Report), The Violence We Ignore (National Public Radio)
CLIMATE CHANGE/LAND USE/ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Karen Frey – permafrost thaw on river biogeochemistry; impacts of sea ice variability; co-PI of The Polaris Project, and NASA ICESCAPE mission
- Recent coverage: NOVA: On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea (WGBH TV)
Jennie Stephens – technologies and policies for carbon management, energy technology innovation, CO2 capture and storage, renewable energy, universities as change agents for sustainability - Recent coverage: Loving the Earth: Locals heading to Denmark for climate conference (Worcester Telegram)
Colin Polsky – suburban land use; smart growth; processes of urban growth and natural hazard mitigation in New England; Geographic Information Systems, spatial statistics, and exploratory mapping and analysis tools - Recent coverage: The Letter of Recommendation (Fox News Live); Clark University receives $1.4 million grant for coastal zone research
David Hibbett - evolutionary biology/ecology of mushroom-forming fungi and relatives; uses of phylogenetic trees for studying the evolution of morphological and ecological characters -Recent coverage: 'Death Angel' Mushrooms Poison Mother, Son (WCVB-TV CH5 Boston)
Arshad Kudrolli -a broad range of non-equilibrium phenomena, granular materials, and biological physics. Active Matter - Recent coverage: What Holds the World Together? The Cheerios Effect (Fox News)
Charles Agosta - a low temperature experimentalist working in lower dimensional materials in very high magnetic fields. He and students developed a pulsed magnetic field lab where experiments are performed in the highest magnetic fields available at any U.S. university. Agosta, as CEO of MachFlow Energy Inc., recently received a grant of $1 million from the Department of Energy. - Recent coverage: Clark business gets $1M stimulus (Worcester Telegram)