Expert Sources at Clark

Following is a sampling, 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.

To connect with these and other expert sources at Clark, CONTACT the office of Media Relations, at 508-793-7554/7635; 774-437-8453; 508-365-8736. We also will help locate relevant student and administrative sources. A complete faculty directory is available online.

Syria, Middle East – war, policy, history

Ora Szekely– non-state military actors, the politics of the Middle East, mass violence and civilian protection, new media, propaganda, and political mobilization

Douglas Little– American diplomatic history, U.S. relations with the Middle East, U.S. response to radical Islam between the 1967 Six Day War and the 1979 Iranian Revolution

Srinivasan Sitaraman– United Nations, international relations theory/organizations/law, human rights, globalization and international political economy, and Asian politics

Wildfires, drought

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 – bark beetle outbreaks, disturbance ecology, landscape change, mountain forest ecosystems. Recent coverage: Powerhouse wildfire north of L.A. heralds a much longer fire season (Christian Science Monitor)

John Rogan, geographer specializing in landscape ecology, fire ecology, optical remote sensing and GIScience. Recent coverage: Trees under multiple threats Worcester Telegram (Opinion)

Workers’ rights, sweatshop issues, factory fires

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

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). Recent: Brookings Institute panel/Midterm Elections

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) – Recent: New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes (New York Times)

Emerging adulthood, “boomerang children,” millennials  and career

Jeffrey Arnettoriginator of the theory of emerging adulthood (on development from age 18-29); media uses in adolescence; responses to cigarette advertising. Author: “Getting to 30: A Parent’s Guide to the Twentysomething Years” (Workman Publishing 2014); “When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?” (May 2013). Director, Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults. Recent coverage: It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave (New York Times);  Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation (Time Magazine); What Is It About 20-Somethings? (New York Times); When do you become a grown-up? (Today Show)

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

CLIMATE CHANGE/LAND USE/ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES/GIS

J. Ronald Eastman – geographic information systems, remote sensing, and cartography; director Clark Labs; Earth Modeling blog – Recent coverage: Charting the earth’s health (Boston Globe)

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)

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

William S. Lynn - research scientist focusing on ethics and public policy, with an emphasis on environmental discourse, human-animal relations, and participatory governance.  Recent coverage:  “Examining the Ethical Implications of Killing Barred Owls” (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

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).

URBAN EDUCATION/TEACHER EDUCATION

Thomas Del Prete - Director of the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice, focus on teaching, learning, and curriculum

PARENTING

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), Coddling, Competition and the Common Core (Huffington Post)

RELATIONSHIPS

James Córdova - director, Center for Couples and Family Research  Author: “The Marriage Checkup” – Recent coverage: CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield

Deborah Merrill - Author: “Mothers- and Daughters-In-Law” - Recent coverage: The Daughter-in-Law Rules (Newsblaze.com)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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)

BIOLOGY

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)

PHYSICS

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)