UNH Media Relations
DURHAM, N.H. -- Faculty experts at the University of New Hampshire are available to discuss a number of topics related to the five-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
American Culture and Sept. 11
Ted Kirkpatrick is a clinical professor of sociology and codirector of Justiceworks (http://www.justiceworks.unh.edu/). His areas of research include security and safety issues in the post-9/11 world.
Cyber-Terrorism: Finding al-Qaeda Online
Andrew Macpherson is a research assistant professor of justice studies and director of the Technical Analysis Group at Justiceworks. He advises the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division on state and local law enforcement matters.
Critical Role of War Narratives In Preparing Americans For War
Mel Dubnick is professor of public administration and is an expert in public accountability, trust and ethics. His recent research about Sept. 11 focuses on the lack of a war narrative for the war on terror. War narratives historically have been employed by presidential administrations to garner support for major conflicts (http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2006/august/lw_060803terror.cfm?type=n).
Influences of Nationalism and Immigrant Ties to Homeland
Nina Glick Schiller is a professor of anthropology and the author of Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home. "At a time when our nation is struggling with the meaning of words like nationalism, patriotism and transnationalism, we seek to answer the question 'Why are people around the world so angry at the United States,'" Glick Schiller says. "We look at why immigrants from the third world keep their home ties and what motivates them to fight, kill and die for ancestral homelands."
North Korea: An Axis of Evil?
Chris Reardon is an associate professor of political science and research associate at John King Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research at Harvard. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Reardon has conducted extensive research in China and is an expert in the elite politics of China and North Korea.
Politics of the Middle East
Jeannie Sowers is an assistant professor of political science and fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. She is fluent in Arabic and has conducted extensive research about Middle East politics in Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Her areas of expertise include the politics of the Middle East as well as U.S. foreign policy.
Psychological Impact of Traumatic Events
Victoria Banyard is an associate professor of psychology and researches how people, particularly children, respond to traumatic events. She has studied the resilience of trauma survivors and the role that community played in their recovery.
Sept. 11 and the Bush Legacy
Ellen Fitzpatrick is a professor of history and a regular contributor to PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She is an expert in modern American, political and presidential history.
Terrorism: Is America Safer Since 9/11?
Alynna Lyon is an assistant professor of political science and has extensively studied ethnic conflicts in the Middle East. Her areas of expertise include international relations, international organizations, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, ethnic identity and nationalism, Middle East politics, political violence, terrorism, and U.S. foreign policy. In a recent interview, Lyon provided insight about whether the situation in Iraq is now a civil war: "We're not going to see a civil war as we would understand in terms of the American context. We're not going to see these organized militaries engaging each other.”
Ups and Downs of Presidential Approval Polls Since 9/11
Andrew Smith is director of the UNH Survey Center and research professor of political science. He is an expert in presidential politics and polling trends.
U.S. Foreign Relations Since 9/11
Kurk Dorsey is an associate professor of history and an expert in U.S. foreign relations. Dorsey can discuss the impact of foreign policy decisions since 9/11 and the consequences of when a nation chooses to use force.