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Faculty Experts

A number of UM faculty are available to provide background and context on national security and foreign policy, as well as terrorism. Other faculty can talk about many of the domestic issues (education, economy, environment, health care and illegal immigration) presidential candidates are discussing. Still other faculty are available to comment on campaign tactics, party politics, race and gender, voting behavior and other topics central to the run for the White House.Contact information is provided for each expert, so you can reach them directly.

Areas of Interest

CIVIL RIGHTS, RACE RELATIONS

Donald Cole

Assistant Provost, Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs & Associate Professor of Mathematics

Cole provides support and assistance to UM’s multicultural activities and programs, in addition to teaching mathematics. Expelled from the university as a student for participating in a 1970 protest, Cole returned to the university in 1977 and earned his doctorate in mathematics in 1985. As one who experienced UM’s racial reconciliation journey and is now its champion, Cole can comment on the University of Mississippi’s integration and racial progress.

Expertise: Civil rights, race relations, racial reconciliation, race and religion
Direct contact: 662-915-1712 / dcole@olemiss.edu 


Susan M. Glisson

Director, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Glisson specializes in the history of race and religion in the U.S., especially the black struggle for freedom. She coordinated the only Deep South public forum for President Clinton’s One America, an Initiative on Race, which led to creation of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation, now named for former Gov. William Winter. A co-author of "First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America" (Oxford University Press, 2006) and editor of "The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement" (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006), she is often quoted in major newspapers and on network television.

Expertise: Civil rights, race relations, racial reconciliation, race and religion
Direct contact: 662-915-6727 / glisson@olemiss.edu
 


Jeffrey T. Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Jackson’s research and writing focuses on globalization in the developing world and the role that official and unofficial organizations (from the World Bank and USAID to CARE and Save the Children) play in the process. Having spent a year in Mexico and another in Honduras, he can comment on the relationship between the U.S. and the developing world.

Expertise: Immigration, globalization, international development, race and ethnicity
Direct contact: 662-915-5230 / jacksonj@olemiss.edu


Kirk A. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology & African American Studies

A senior researcher for the Emmy Award-winning PBS civil rights documentary “Eyes on the Prize,” Johnson has written several popular books on minority health, edited an award-winning medical journal devoted to health care for the poor and researched news images of Boston’s black community. After Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, he and a team of students analyzed hundreds of newspaper and television images of New Orleans’ black community.

Expertise: News images of minorities, minority health, civil rights, race relations
Direct contact: 662-915-5977 / kjohnson@olemiss.edu


Marvin P. King Jr.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

King’s dissertation "A Black/Non-black Theory of African-American Partisanship: Racial Consciousness and the Republican Party" examines motivations behind the African-American voting bloc, a crucial component of the Democratic coalition. King argues that the group's motivation is as much animus toward the GOP as it is unambiguous support of the Democratic Party.

Expertise: African-American voters, campaigns and elections, civil rights, minority and ethnic politics, party politics, race relations, voting behavior
Direct contact: 662-915-5408 / marvin@olemiss.edu


Charles K. Ross

Director, African American Studies & Associate Professor of History

Ross wrote "Outside the Lines: African Americans and the Integration of the National Football League" (New York University Press, 1999). His chapter “A Historical Legacy of Black Male Leadership: Medgar Evers” appears in "Brothers of the Academy: Up and Coming Black Scholars Earning Our Way in Higher Education."

Expertise: African American studies, civil rights, integration of sports, race relations
Direct contact: 662-915-5978 / cross@olemiss.edu


Ethel Young-Minor

Associate Professor of English & African American Studies

Young-Minor is an associate minister at Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Taylor, where her husband is pastor. Interested in the rhetorical strategies black preachers use to bring out emotional and spiritual strength in their congregations, she can discuss the historical role of the sermon in black communities, as well their content and delivery. While under her direction in 2001, the 60-member University of Mississippi Gospel Choir received a Grammy award nomination for its first CD, "Send Up the Praise."

Expertise: Black sermons, black Southerners, blacks in literature, blacks in Mississippi, Harlem Renaissance studies, race and ethnicity
Direct contact: 662-915-7688 / eyoungmi@olemiss.edu


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ECONOMIC POLICIES & POLITICS

Mercer E. Bullard

Associate Professor of Law

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for mutual fund shareholders, Bullard founded Fund Democracy, a nonprofit membership organization that serves as an advocate and information source for mutual fund shareholders. He was named by Investment News as one of the 25 most powerful voices in the financial services industry and was cited by BusinessWeek for leading the fight for shareholders’ rights. He has appeared on "NBC Nightly News," CNBC, CNN, "Wall Street Week" and "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He has also testified before House and Senate committees on mutual fund issues.

Expertise: Mutual funds, securities and exchange, shareholders’ rights
Direct contact: 662-915-6835 / mbullard@olemiss.edu


Alice M. Clark

Vice Chancellor for Research & Sponsored Programs, F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy & Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Clark's research focuses on discovering and developing pharmaceuticals from natural sources for opportunistic infections (e.g. AIDS). NIH has continuously funded her work since 1984. The author or co-author of more than 100 original research articles, reviews and book chapters, she is called upon for her deep understanding of the science, economics and policies that drive drug discovery and development, and the role critical path decisions play in the ultimate success of these efforts.

Expertise: Drug discovery and development, natural products, research funding
Direct contact: 662-915-7583 / vcrsp@olemiss.edu


Kendall B. Cyree

Interim Dean of Business Administration & Associate Professor of Finance

Cyree holds the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Banker’s Association Chair and has been interim dean since December 2007. He is a well-traveled academician whose publications focus on the growth, performance and development of the banking industry, in addition to the study of financial markets such as money markets and interest rates. Cyree is president of the Southern Finance Association, has been director of the Mississippi School of Banking since 2004 and has been a faculty member of the Graduate School of Banking since 2002.

Expertise: Banking, bank management, finance, financial institutions, financial markets, investments
Direct contact: 662-915-1103 / kcyree@bus.olemiss.edu


Jon R. Moen

Chair & Associate Professor of Economics

Moen has researched banking and financial panics in historical perspective for the past 20 years. He also studies retirement history and the history of the American economy. He has served as a referee for many academic journals, including the Journal of Economic History and Explorations in Economic History. Before joining the UM faculty, Moen was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Expertise: Banking history, retirement history, economy of the American South.
Direct contact: 662-915-5467 / jmoen@olemiss.edu 


William F. Shughart II

Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Economics

Shughart was special assistant to the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics during the Reagan administration. He is on the advisory boards of the Independent Institute and Heartland Institute. He also is senior editor of Public Choice and the president-elect of the Southern Economic Association. This past year alone, dozens of major newspapers have published his op-eds on their opinion pages.

Expertise: Economic issues, economic policy, Hurricane Katrina, anti-trust laws, energy markets, gas prices, oil industries, industry regulation, taxes
Direct contact: 662-915-7579 / shughart@olemiss.edu


Lewis Harvey Smith

Professor of Economics

Smith has been a recognized expert on the economics of poverty and labor in the Mid-South for more than 30 years. His research over those decades has included studies of the mobility of and effect of federal programs on rural, “blue-collar” workers, an important demographic during election seasons.

Expertise: Economics and finance, employment, unemployment, labor economics
Direct contact: 662-915-5924 / lsmith@olemiss.edu


Robert A. Van Ness

Holder, Tom B. Scott Chair of Financial Institutions

Since 2000, Van Ness has written or collaborated on more than 50 major research publications studying financial markets. As the Tom B. Scott Chair of Financial Institutions and a Hearin Faculty Fellow, his research examining financial markets and securities trading has earned him recognition by the Eastern Finance Association, the Southern Finance Association and Financial Management Association for best papers. He is associate editor of the International Review of Financial Analysis.

Expertise: Financial markets, stock market
Direct contact: 662-915-5820 / rvanness@bus.olemiss.edu


Andrew Young

Assistant Professor of Economics

Young specializes in economic growth and development and macroeconomics, including monetary policy. He was a 2006 Faculty Research Fellow at UM, and his publications include the forthcoming paper for Public Choice, “The Consequences of the US DOJ's Antitrust Activities: A Macroeconomic Perspective," and "Retail Prices during a Change in Monetary Regimes: Evidence from Sears, Roebuck Catalogs, 1938-1951," for Managerial and Decision Economics.

Expertise: Business cycles, economic growth, monetary policy, pricing and inflation
Direct contact: 662-915-5829 / atyoung@olemiss.edu


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EDUCATION ISSUES

P. Tom Burnham

Dean of Education

A former school superintendent in both Mississippi and North Carolina, and Mississippi’s former state superintendent of education, Burnham can talk about education issues at all levels, including dropout rates, access to higher education, No Child Left Behind, standardized tests and teacher shortages, as well as school administration, policies, finances and standards.

Expertise: Access to higher education, dropout rates, education issues, K-12, No Child Left Behind, school policy, teacher pay, test scores
Direct contact: 662-915-7063 / tburnham@olemiss.edu


Barbara J. Dougherty

Director, Center for Educational Research and Evaluation

The center directed by Dougherty provides a broad spectrum of research and evaluation services not only to the university but also to state, national and international institutions and agencies.

Expertise: Curriculum standards, mathematics education, mathematics instruction, teaching and learning
Direct contact: 662-915-5017 / bdougher@olemiss.edu


Fannye Love

Associate Dean of Education & Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Love, who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading and early childhood education from Kansas State University, also serves as UM's National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education coordinator. Her research interests include issues related to parenting, classroom management, school violence, diversity and urban education, and she has presented and published numerous articles on these topics.

Expertise: Access to higher education, classroom management, literacy, multicultural education, school violence, urban education
Direct contact: 662-915-5908 / flove@olemiss.edu


Andrew P. Mullins Jr.

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Co-Director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps & Associate Professor of Education

A key architect of the landmark Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982, Mullins has been an adviser to Gov. William Winter and legislative liaison for the Mississippi Department of Education. His book "Building Consensus" details the Winter administration’s struggle for education reform in Mississippi. In addition to his expertise in education funding, Mullins has developed a keen perspective on teacher training, teacher shortage and teacher certification as director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps program, which places qualified educators in economically depressed regions of Mississippi.

Expertise: Education funding, teacher certification, teacher shortage, teacher training
Direct contact: 662-915-7064 / amullins@olemiss.edu


Carolyn Staton

Special Assistant to the Chancellor

Staton is a former UM law professor and longtime provost. A graduate of Yale University law school, she became UM’s first female provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1999. At the time, she was one of Mississippi’s top-ranking women in higher education. Staton joined the university in 1977 as a School of Law faculty member and served as the school's acting dean in 1993-94. Having also served as evidence reporter for a state Supreme Court committee and authored books on evidence, criminal procedure and sex discrimination, she can comment on issues related to higher education, law and politics.

Expertise: Law, higher education administration, politics, criminal procedure, sex discrimination

Direct contact: 662-915-1198 / ces@olemiss.edu


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ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT

John S. (Stephen) Brewer

Associate Professor of Biology

Brewer is a source for general knowledge concerning global climate change and biodiversity, topics he covers in his courses. His more specific research involves the effects of hurricanes, droughts and habitat degradation associated with altered fire regimes on threatened and endangered species, and non-native species.

Expertise: Disturbance ecology, biodiversity, ecological impacts of climate change
Direct contact: 662-915-1077 / jbrewer@olemiss.edu


Alexander H.D. Cheng

Chair of Civil Engineering

A professional hydrogeologist, Cheng’s research interests include water resources, meshless collocation method and nano-mechanics. He is editor-in-chief of the Progress in Water Resources book series (Wessex Institute of Technology, UK), editor of the international journal Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, author of the books "Multilayered Aquifer Systems" (Dekker, 2000) and "Trefftz and Collocation Method" (WIT Press, 2008), and editor of more than a dozen books. He is a founder of the International Conference on Saltwater Intrusion and Coastal Aquifers, and the Biot Conference on Poromechanics.

Expertise: Aquifer systems, coastal aquifers, boundary element methods, hydrology, levee protection, porous materials, nanocomposites, water resources
Direct contact: 662-915-5362 / acheng@olemiss.edu


Raymond C. Highsmith

Executive Director, National Institute for Undersea Science & Technology

Highsmith was for more than 20 years the director of the NOAA’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, which studies changing coastal ecosystems. His research at the University of Mississippi has included studies of water pollution and pesticides on rice crops, a critical staple in diets worldwide. The UM Field Station, of which Highsmith is director, supports six research priorities, including assessing environmental change, sustaining ecological systems, and studying environmental restoration and rehabilitation.

Expertise: Environment, environmental restoration, environmental rehabilitation, coastal ecosystems, water pollution
Direct contact: 662-915-5479 / ray@olemiss.edu


Marc Slattery

Professor of Pharmacognosy & Director of the Ocean Biotechnology Center & Repository

Slattery’s research over the last 20 years has spanned the gamut of marine sciences, from his work in aquatic toxicology to his 1994 NSF Marine Biotechnology Fellowship studying the tropical Pacific reef systems at the University of Guam. His work has been published in major journals of marine science and presented before the United Nations.

Expertise: Chemical ecology, coral reefs, environmental toxicology, marine biodiversity, marine biology, marine biotechnology, marine ecology, marine natural products
Direct contact: 662-915-1053 / slattery@olemiss.edu


John Sonnett

Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Sonnett’s recent research has focused on the ways in which environmental issues are represented in the media. His dissertation examined how global warming, climate change and greenhouse gases were represented in a diverse mix of media between 1997 and 2004. Of particular interest are the naming of issues, the ways in which issues are embedded in a discourse of “risk,” the presence or absence of science in reporting, reporting about drought in regional newspapers and coverage of wildfires.

Expertise: environmental reporting
Direct contact: 662-915-7316 / sonnett@olemiss.edu


FOREIGN POLICY

Charles H. Brower

Jessie D. Puckett Jr. Lecturer & Croft Associate Professor of International Law

For more than a decade, Brower has taught and written about human rights, international commercial arbitration, international trade, the law of armed conflict and public international law. In addition to representing the Republic of Costa Rica in advisory proceedings before the International Court of Justice, he has served on the governing bodies of the American Society of International Law and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Expertise: International law, international dispute settlement, law of armed conflict
Direct contact: 662-915-6849 / cbrower@olemiss.edu

 


Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air & Space Law, Research Professor of Law

One of the world’s foremost experts in space law, Gabrynowicz specializes in U.S. and international satellite data law. She is available to comment on U.S. and international space law; the law of commercial satellite imagery, space tourism, space weapons, civil space programs; and the legal and policy issues regarding access to imagery and data from satellites through the Internet and other sources. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Space Law, an official observer of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Legal Subcommittee and a delegate to the Group on Earth Observations. She has briefed the Secretary of the Interior on satellite data law and policy.

Expertise: International and national space law, law of space weapons, space tourism, satellite law, spatial data law, use of satellite imagery and data as evidence in court
Direct contact: 662-915-6877 / jgabryno@olemiss.edu

 


Matthew R. Hall

Associate Professor of Law

Hall, who has worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in immigration-related national security and counter-terrorism matters, is available to comment on topics at the intersection of national security law, immigration law and constitutional criminal procedure. Specifically, he can discuss claims of executive power over national security, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, warrantless surveillance, surveillance at the international border, use of classified evidence in immigration proceedings and general counter-terrorism. He also invites questions about civil disobedience and its precarious, but crucial, role in a democratic society.

Expertise: Civil disobedience, constitutional law, counter-terrorism, criminal procedure, immigration law, international terrorism, national security, terrorism
Direct contact: 662-915-6853 / mrhall@olemiss.edu

 

Jeffrey T. Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Jackson’s research and writing focuses on globalization in the developing world and the role that official and unofficial organizations (from the World Bank and USAID to CARE and Save the Children) play in the process. Having spent a year in Mexico and another in Honduras, he can comment on the relationship between the U.S. and the developing world.

Expertise: Immigration, globalization, international development, race and ethnicity
Direct contact: 662-915-5230 / jacksonj@olemiss.edu

Carl Julius Jensen III

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Jensen joined UM’s faculty following a 22-year career in the FBI as a field agent and researcher in cryptanalysis and behavioral studies. He received his Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland. He specializes in the areas of homeland security, national intelligence, national security, the behavioral sciences and criminal investigations and is available for interview or comment in these areas.

Expertise: Behavioral sciences and criminal investigations, homeland security, national intelligence, national security
Direct contact: 662-915-1886 / carlj@olemiss.edu

Jacob D. Kathman

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kathman specializes in the scientific analysis of conflict processes. In particular, he has focused on explanations of civil war, third-party involvement in foreign civil conflicts, interstate war duration, alliance formation and genocide. He teaches courses on American foreign policy and international relations theory, which includes such topical issues as the situation in Iraq, relations with Iran, American national security and defense policy, international trade and terrorism.

Expertise: International relations, conflict processes, foreign policy, U.S.-Iraq relations, terrorism, security studies

Direct contact: 662-915-5673 / kathman@olemiss.edu

Timothy W. Nordstrom

Associate Professor of Political Science & Director, Social Science Research Laboratory

"Do IGOs Promote Peace?" for World Politics is an example of Nordstrom’s publications in the arenas of international conflict and organizations, and his graduate course entitled “Alliances and Security Institutions” evidences his knowledge of the relationships between international institutions and the use of military force.

Expertise:International conflict, international organizations, regime change, political methodology
Direct contact: 662-915-7232 / tnordstr@olemiss.edu

Ronald J. Rychlak

Associate Dean & Professor of Law

An adviser to the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations, Rychlak is a delegate at the U.N. meetings on the International Criminal Court. He serves on the Mississippi Advisory Council to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and on the Advisory Board of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The U.S. State Department had Rychlak address the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe regarding the importance of free speech on the Internet. He is the author or co-author of six books, including "Trial by Fury: Restoring the Common Good in Tort Litigation" (Acton Institute, 2005).

Expertise: Human rights and religious freedom, free speech, Middle East relations, criminal law, tort reform, United Nations
Direct contact:662-915-6841 / rrychlak@olemiss.edu

Megan L. Shannon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Shannon has researched and written about such things as preventing war and providing peace, managing and settling territorial disputes, and militarized dispute initiation and duration.

Expertise: Conflict management, conflict resolution, international relations, militarized conflict, peace science, territorial disputes, United Nations, war
Direct contact: 662-915-6656 / mshannon@olemiss.edu

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HEALTH CARE ISSUES

Benjamin F. Banahan III

Principal Scientist, Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management & Professor of Pharmacy Administration

Banahan directs a research program that has screened for inappropriate medication use in Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, shaped the national review of Medicare formularies and shaped Mississippi’s Medicaid benefits, and discovered links between inappropriate medication use and hospitalizations. This work promises to improve benefit design and utilization for Medicaid beneficiaries and Medicare recipients, improve the use of pharmaceuticals to minimize adverse health outcomes and affect health care spending in Mississippi and the nation.

Expertise: Health outcomes, Medicaid, Medicare, medication compliance, medication use, medication use patterns, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical products, product selection
Direct contact: 662-915-5352 / benb3@olemiss.edu


Kaye Bender

Dean of Nursing

Before becoming nursing dean, Bender was deputy state health officer for the Mississippi Department of Health, having risen the ranks from staff nurse in the Hinds County Health Department. She has firsthand experience concerning nursing issues from the front lines of nursing, her post as dean and her leadership in the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine and the American Nursing Association. She can address training, credentialing and distribution of nurses, as well as changes in the nursing profession.

Expertise: Nursing training, nursing credentials, nurse distribution, nursing issues, nursing profession
Direct contact: 601-984-6220 / kbender@son.umsmed.edu


Alice M. Clark

Vice Chancellor for Research & Sponsored Programs, F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy & Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
 

Clark's research focuses on discovering and developing pharmaceuticals from natural sources for opportunistic infections (e.g. AIDS). NIH has continuously funded her work since 1984. The author or co-author of more than 100 original research articles, reviews and book chapters, she is called upon for her deep understanding of the science, economics and policies that drive drug discovery and development, and the role critical path decisions play in the ultimate success of these efforts.

Expertise: Drug discovery and development, natural products, research funding
Direct contact: 662-915-7583 / vcrsp@olemiss.edu


Dan Jones

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

As president of the American Heart Association, Jones represents the AHA on the National Institutes of Health’s National High Blood Pressure Education Program Coordinating Committee and is its spokesperson on high blood pressure. He is available to comment on the role of medical education in resolving health disparities and about the health crisis posed by the obesity epidemic.

Expertise: Health care, health disparities, obesity, blood pressure, medical education
Direct contact: 601-984-1010 / djones@ovc.umsmed.edu


William B. Lobb

Research Scientist, Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management & Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration

Lobb directs a research program aimed at developing strategies to effect appropriate marketing and prescribing of pharmaceuticals. The group has tested marketing strategies, investigated medication use patterns, measured the influence of various factors on physician prescribing and evaluated the commercial viability of new drugs. This program enhances the use of cost-saving and appropriate medications in Mississippi and the nation.

Expertise: Drug prices, drug utilization, medication use, pharmaceutical marketing, pharmaceutical pricing, physician prescribing
Direct contact: 662-915-1312 / bigbill@olemiss.edu


Charlotte Oakley

Executive Director, National Food Service Management Institute

Authorized by Congress in 1989 and 1994, the institute that Oakley directs conducts applied research and provides information and services that promote the continuous improvement of Child Nutrition Programs (school lunch, school breakfast, summer feeding and child and adult care). For information about the institute, see Section 21 of the National School Lunch Act or visit www.nfsmi.org.

Expertise: Child nutrition, school lunch programs
Direct contact: 662-915-7658 / cboakley@olemiss.edu


Scott Stringer

Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs

Stringer is professor and chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, as well as president of University Physicians, the multidisciplinary private practice group composed of School of Medicine faculty. He has overseen and guided the consolidation process and has many years of experience in health care management and finance.

Expertise: Health care finance, health care management
Direct contact: 601-984-5167 (after hours 601-941-6169) / sstringer@ent.umsmed.edu


Herman Taylor

Professor of Medicine & Director, Jackson Heart Study

Taylor directs the Jackson Heart Study, the largest study ever undertaken to determine risk factors of cardiovascular disease in the African-American population. This gives him an intimate knowledge of the gaps that exist in the health status of African-Americans.

Expertise: Health disparities, cardiovascular disease
Direct contact: 601-815-9318, 601-979-8744, 601-259-5513, 601-205-0470 / htaylor@medicine.umsmed.edu


Helen Turner

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Medical Center’s chief academic officer, Turner holds both the Ph.D. in microbiology and the M.D. A past president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, she is also a site visitor for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national accrediting agency for medical schools.

Expertise: Health professions, health professional education, health care workforce
Direct contact: 601-984-5009 / hturner@acadaff.umsmed.edu


Noel E. Wilkin

Interim Associate Provost & Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration

Community pharmacies are critical to the access and provision of health care, but it is becoming difficult for such pharmacies to remain viable in today’s market, Wilkin says. The Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management, which he directed, conducted a study in 2006 that found that the program (Medicare Part D) created to make prescriptions more affordable for millions of senior citizens trimmed profits for 10 community pharmacies in 10 states due to the plan’s lower reimbursement rates.

Expertise: Drug therapy, Medicare Part D, pharmacy entrepreneurship, pharmacy management, pharmacy education
Direct contact: 601-915-1071 / nwilkin@olemiss.edu


IMMIGRATION POLICY

Matthew R. Hall

Associate Professor of Law

Hall, who has worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in immigration-related national security and counter-terrorism matters, is available to comment on topics at the intersection of national security law, immigration law and constitutional criminal procedure. Specifically, he can discuss claims of executive power over national security, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, warrantless surveillance, surveillance at the international border, use of classified evidence in immigration proceedings and general counter-terrorism. He also invites questions about civil disobedience and its precarious, but crucial, role in a democratic society.

Expertise: Civil disobedience, constitutional law, counter-terrorism, criminal procedure, immigration law, international terrorism, national security, terrorism
Direct contact: 662-915-6853 / mrhall@olemiss.edu


Clifford P. Holley

Director, Center for Population Studies

The Center for Population Studies that Holley directs disseminates U.S. Census data, provides technical assistance in the collection and analysis of Census and other demographic and social data, and undertakes research on population issues, such as fertility, migration and economic development.

Expertise: Immigration, Census data, migration, demographics
Direct contact: 662-915-7288 / saholley@olemiss.edu


Jeffrey T. Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Jackson’s research and writing focus on globalization in the developing world and the role that official and unofficial organizations (from the World Bank and USAID to CARE and Save the Children) play in the process. Having spent a year in Mexico and another in Honduras, he can comment on the relationship between the U.S. and the developing world.

Expertise: Immigration, globalization, international development, race and ethnicity
Direct contact: 662-915-5230 / jacksonj@olemiss.edu


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POLITICS, CAMPAIGN ISSUES & TACTICS

Robert D. Brown

Professor of Political Science

Brown is the co-author of the forthcoming "U.S. Political Parties: Competition in the Context of Federalism" and an experienced social science researcher. His dissertation and a great deal of his research have focused on political parties and interest groups, and he has been hired externally by the state of Mississippi for studies on topics varying from anti-tobacco campaigns and gambling to race and the state judiciary.

Expertise: Party politics, political parties, presidential elections, state politics
Direct contact: 662-915-5901 / psrbrown@olemiss.edu


John M. Bruce

Associate Professor of Political Science

Voting behavior, political methodology and research designs are key areas of Bruce's expertise. He has served as director of the university's Social Science Research Laboratory, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Politics. His published works are in the areas of voting behavior, party competition, the effect of the Christian Right, party activists and the politics of guns, among others.

Expertise: Voting behavior (general elections and nominations), political parties, polls, politics of gun control, politics and religion, public opinion, Southern politics
Direct contact: 662-915-7218 / jbruce@olemiss.edu


Richard G. Forgette

Chair & Professor of Political Science

Forgette studies the politics of money and can comment on budget deficits and taxes, campaign finances, Social Security and entitlement programs. He can also speak about the media’s role in elections and election outcomes.

Expertise: Budget deficits, campaign finances, Congress, congressional elections, Katrina politics, presidential elections, Social Security/entitlements, taxes and budget politics
Direct contact: 662-915-7401 / rforgett@olemiss.edu


Marvin P. King Jr.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

King’s dissertation "A Black/Non-black Theory of African-American Partisanship: Racial Consciousness and the Republican Party" examines motivations behind the African-American voting bloc, a crucial component of the Democratic coalition. King argues that the group's motivation is as much animus toward the GOP as it is unambiguous support of the Democratic Party.

Expertise: African-American voters, campaigns and elections, civil rights, minority and ethnic politics, party politics, race relations, voting behavior
Direct contact: 662-915-5408 / marvin@olemiss.edu


Megan L. Shannon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Shannon has researched and written O such things as preventing war and providing peace, managing and settling territorial disputes, and militarized dispute initiation and duration.

Expertise: Conflict management, conflict resolution, international relations, militarized conflict, peace science, territorial disputes, United Nations, war
Direct contact: 662-915-6656 / mshannon@olemiss.edu


Charles E. Smith Jr.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Smith teaches the introductory methods course, which deals with polling and political methodology. He is a reliable source of information on constitutional issues, econometrics and voting patterns.

Expertise: Constitutional issues, courts, econometrics, political methodology, political polling, public opinion, voting
Direct contact: 662-915-5145 / pssmith@olemiss.edu


Carolyn Staton

Special Assistant to the Chancellor

Staton is a former UM law professor and longtime provost. A graduate of Yale University law school, she became UM’s first female provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1999. At the time, she was one of Mississippi’s top-ranking women in higher education. Staton joined the university in 1977 as a School of Law faculty member and served as the school's acting dean in 1993-94. Having also served as evidence reporter for a state Supreme Court committee and authored books on evidence, criminal procedure and sex discrimination, she can comment on issues related to higher education, law and politics.

Expertise: Law, higher education administration, politics, criminal procedure, sex discrimination
Direct contact: 662-915-1198 / ces@olemiss.edu


Curtis Wilkie

Associate Professor, Kelly G. Cook chair in journalism and Overby Fellow

Wilkie was a national and foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe for 26 years. He covered eight presidential campaigns (seven for the Globe), served as White House correspondent (1977-82) and was chief of the Globe’s Middle East bureau and lived in Jerusalem (1984-87). He later was chief of a Southern bureau in New Orleans (1993-2000). He is the co-author of “Arkansas Mischief” (Henry Holt & Co., 1998), author of “Dixie” (Scribner, 2001) and co-author of “City Adrift” (Louisiana State University Press, 2007). He also has written for many national magazines, including The New Republic, George and Newsweek. Wilkie can comment on coverage of presidential candidates, debates and elections.

Expertise: Journalism, debates, presidential elections
Direct contact: 662-915-1707 / cwilkie@olemiss.edu


Jonathan C. Winburn

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Winburn’s research interests center around issues of representation, elections and redistricting. His book "The Realities of Redistricting: Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting" (Lexington Books, 2008) examines several aspects of the 2000 redistricting cycle. His current research projects examine how redistricting and other legal and institutional issues influence the fairness of elections and representation in the United States.

Expertise: Redistricting, campaign finance, Congress, congressional elections, presidential elections
Direct contact: 662-915-7190 / jwinburn@olemiss.edu


John W. Winkle III

Professor of Political Science

Winkle has been recognized by the university and the state of Mississippi as one of the state's premier university professors and has served as an invited visiting professor and lecturer at the United States Military Academy, Emory University and King’s College (London). He has been hired as an external consultant regularly for his expertise in the state judicial process.

Expertise: Constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, judicial politics, state and federal courts, judicial administration
Direct contact: 662-915-5420 / jww@olemiss.edu


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NATIONAL SECURITY, TERRORISM

Charles H. Brower

Jessie D. Puckett Jr. Lecturer & Croft Associate Professor of International Law

For more than a decade, Brower has taught and written about human rights, international commercial arbitration, international trade, the law of armed conflict and public international law. In addition to representing the Republic of Costa Rica in advisory proceedings before the International Court of Justice, he has served on the governing bodies of the American Society of International Law and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Expertise: International law, international dispute settlement, law of armed conflict
Direct contact: 662-915-6849 / cbrower@olemiss.edu


Matthew R. Hall

Associate Professor of Law

Hall, who has worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in immigration-related national security and counter-terrorism matters, is available to comment on topics at the intersection of national security law, immigration law and constitutional criminal procedure. Specifically, he can discuss claims of executive power over national security, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, warrantless surveillance, surveillance at the international border, use of classified evidence in immigration proceedings and general counter-terrorism. He also invites questions about civil disobedience and its precarious, but crucial role in a democratic society.

Expertise: Civil disobedience, constitutional law, counter-terrorism, criminal procedure, immigration law, international terrorism, national security, terrorism
Direct contact: 662-915-6853 / mrhall@olemiss.edu


Carl Julius Jensen III

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Jensen joined UM’s faculty following a 22-year career in the FBI as a field agent and researcher in cryptanalysis and behavioral studies. He received his Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland. He specializes in the areas of homeland security, national intelligence, national security, the behavioral sciences and criminal investigations and is available for interview or comment in these areas.

Expertise: Behavioral sciences and criminal investigations, homeland security, national intelligence, national security
Direct contact: 662-915-1886 / carlj@olemiss.edu


Jacob D. Kathman

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kathman specializes in the scientific analysis of conflict processes. In particular, he has focused on explanations of civil war, third-party involvement in foreign civil conflicts, interstate war duration, alliance formation and genocide. He teaches courses on American foreign policy and international relations theory, which includes such topical issues as the situation in Iraq, relations with Iran, American national security and defense policy, international trade and terrorism.

Expertise: International relations, conflict processes, foreign policy, U.S.-Iraq relations, terrorism, security studies
Direct contact: 662-915-5673 / kathman@olemiss.edu


David McElreath

Chair & Professor of Legal Studies

A police officer and sheriff’s deputy before entering academia, McElreath is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He can comment on matters of law enforcement and domestic security.

Expertise: Homeland security, corrections issues
Direct contact: 662-915-1635 / dhmcel@olemiss.edu


Timothy W. Nordstrom

Associate Professor of Political Science & Director, Social Science Research Laboratory

“Do IGOs Promote Peace?" for World Politics is an example of Nordstrom’s publications in the arenas of international conflict and organizations, and his graduate course entitled “Alliances and Security Institutions” evidences his knowledge of the relationships between international institutions and the use of military force.

Expertise: International conflict, international organizations, regime change, political methodology
Direct contact: 662-915-7232 / tnordstr@olemiss.edu


Ronald J. Rychlak

Associate Dean & Professor of Law

An adviser to the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations, Rychlak is a delegate at the U.N. meetings on the International Criminal Court. He serves on the Mississippi Advisory Council to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and on the Advisory Board of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The U.S. State Department had Rychlak address the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe regarding the importance of free speech on the Internet. He is the author or co-author of six books, including "Trial by Fury: Restoring the Common Good in Tort Litigation" (Acton Institute, 2005).

Expertise: Human rights and religious freedom, free speech, Middle East relations, criminal law, tort reform
Direct contact: 662-915-6841 / rrychlak@olemiss.edu


Megan L. Shannon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Shannon has written about such things as preventing war and providing peace, managing and settling territorial disputes, and militarized dispute initiation and duration.

Expertise: Conflict management, conflict resolution, international relations, militarized conflict, peace science, territorial disputes, United Nations, war
Direct contact: 662-915-6656 / mshannon@olemiss.edu


Mary F. Thurlkill

Assistant Professor of Religion

Thurlkill's research focuses on the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism). Her recent book, "Chosen Among Women: Mary and Fatima in Medieval Christianity and Shi`ite Islam" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008) is a case study in areas of religion and gender, examining how these two important feminine religious figures were memorialized centuries after their deaths. Her extensive research makes her an authority on the cultural comparisons of Christianity and Islam, as well as on Islamic extremism.

Expertise: Medieval Christianity, Shi’ite Islam
Direct contact: Day 662-915-1400 (after hours 662-281-1908) / maryt@olemiss.edu


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