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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; 508-365-8736. We also will help locate relevant student and administrative sources. A complete faculty directory is also available.

Syria, Middle East — war, policy, history, refugees

Ora Szekely – Non-state military actors, the politics of the Middle East, mass violence and civilian protection, new media, propaganda, and political mobilization. Recent coverage: What’s next for the Syrian regime’s non-state allies? (Washington Post)

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. Recent Coverage: Empire – Syria and the US: The complicity of silence (Al Jazeera English)

Srinivasan Sitaraman — United Nations, international relations theory/organizations/law, human rights, globalization and international political economy, and Asian politics. Recent coverage: India’s role in solving East Sea disputes (

Anita Häusermann Fábos — Refugees and forced migrants, especially refugees in urban areas in the Middle East and Africa; population displacement and mobility; gender, diaspora, and citizenship; anthropology of ethnicity and race; transnational Islam; Arab League states’ immigration and naturalisation policies; music and migration; Muslim Arab Sudanese diaspora. Recent coverage: How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp (New York Times)

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)

Politics – elections, reform, POTUS, SCOTUS

Valerie Sperling, author of Sex, Politics, & Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia — Globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region. Recent coverage: Why Putin – and Some of his Female Fans – Go Shirtless (Huffington Post)

Political scientist Robert Boatright — American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. Editor: “The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws” (University of Michigan Press) and author of “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 coverage: New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes (New York Times)

Political scientist Heather Silber Mohamed – Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the U.S., with a focus on the influence of race, class, and gender. Recent coverage: Latinos seen as ‘sleeping giants’ in 2016 race (Providence Journal)

Mark C. Miller, professor of political science and director of the Law and Society Program – served as Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court and as Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Author of “Judicial Politics in the United States.”  Recent: “Is Gorsuch Right Conservative To Get Past Smarting Senate Dems?” (Bloomberg Law)

Emerging adulthood, “boomerang children,” millennials and career

Jeffrey Arnett, originator 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? (The 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

Ed Carr, director and professor at International Development, Community, and Environment Department, director of the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL) – climate, adaptation, development, globalization, rural communities, food security – Author: “Delivering Development: Globalization’s Shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future” – Recent: “Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.S. Food System”

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)

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: Australia’s war on feral cats: shaky science, missing ethics (The Conversation); Examining the Ethical Implications of Killing Barred Owls (Oregon Public Broadcasting); An ethical dilemma: Is it OK to kill one species to save another? (Yakima Herald)

Holocaust and Genocide

Debórah Dwork — Holocaust and genocide history, education, refugees, asylum; Founding Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Recent coverage: 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.”; (The Chronicle of Higher Ed) “a Turk Who Will Bring Scholars of the Armenian Genocide Together”; “To Genocide or Not To Genocide” (Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Bob Edwards Show); 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. Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Author of “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. Recent coverage: Thomas Del Prete: Teacher Rounds and Collaborative Learning


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)


James Córdova — Director, Center for Couples and Family Research. Author: “The Marriage Checkup: A Scientific Program for Sustaining and Strengthening Marital Health” and “The Marriage Checkup Practitioner’s Guide: Promoting Lifelong Relationship Health.”- Recent coverage: CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield“A Performance Review May Be Good for Your Marriage” (Wall Street Journal)

Deborah Merrill – research focuses on relationships between parents and adult children in later life as well as marriage, expertise on mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relations, caregiving. Author: “When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Adult Children” and The Daughter-in-Law Rules ( and Clark Professor explores parents’ relationships to gay in-laws (Worcester Telegram)

Family Violence, Stalking, Sexual Assault

Denise Hines — research includes 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)

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 (PRI’s “The World”)


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 — low temperature experimentalist working in lower dimensional materials in very high magnetic fields. Agosta and his 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.,  received a grant of $1 million from the Department of Energy. Recent coverage: Clark business gets $1M stimulus (Worcester Telegram)