Experts List

Experts for: Government & Politics

Omar H. Ali

Associate Professor, African American Studies & History
PhD Columbia University
(336) 334-5507, ohali@uncg.edu

  • Independent Voters
  • Black History
  • African Diaspora
  • Islam and Muslims

Geoffrey Baym

Associate Professor, Media Studies
PhD University of Utah
gdbaym@uncg.edu

  • Television News
  • Satire and "Fake News" (eg The Daily Show and The Colbert Report)
  • Politics and Entertainment

Andrew Brod

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Business & Economic Research
PhD University of Minnesota
(336) 707-6439, AndrewBrod@uncg.edu

  • UNCG and the Triad Economy
  • State of the U.S. & N.C. Economies
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Home Furnishings Industry
  • Manufacturing and the New Economy
  • International Trade, Trade Barriers, Dumping, Trade Agreements
  • Using the Dixon Hughes Goodman Triad Business Index
  • The Economics of Economic-Development Incentives
  • The Global Economy

Kathleen Casey

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 256-0156, caseyk@uncg.edu

  • Curriculum theory
  • Poverty & Education
  • Political Analysis of Education
  • Narrative Research

William Crowther

Professor, Political Science
PhD University of California, Los Angeles
(336) 256-0519, wecrowth@uncg.edu

  • European Politics
  • Central European Politics
  • Russian Politics
  • International Ethnic Conflicts

Steve Danford

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Director, Three College Observatory
PhD Yale University
(336) 334-3308, danford@uncg.edu

  • The U. S. Space Program
  • Observing the Sky --- Planets, Stars, Comets, Galaxies
  • Telescopes

Keith Debbage

Professor, Geography
PhD The University of Georgia
(336) 334-3911, kdebb@hotmail.com

  • Economic & Urban Development
  • City & Regional Planning
  • The Airline Industry
  • Tourism

Nancy Doll

Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum
MA The University of Iowa
(336) 334-5770, nmdoll@uncg.edu

  • Collections & Programs of the Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Censorship in the Arts
  • The Current State of Museums - Challenges, funding
  • Creativity

Mark Elliott

Associate Professor, History
PhD New York University
(336) 334-5992, meelliot@uncg.edu

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Albion W. Tourgee
  • Civil Rights

Melissa Floyd-Pickard

Professor & Department Chair, Social Work
PhD Virginia Commonwealth University
(336) 334-4073, mftaylo2@uncg.edu

  • Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Involuntary Mental Health Treatment
  • Human Services Values and Ethics

Eric Ford

Professor, Management
PhD The University of Alabama at Birmingham
(336) 334-4524, ewford@uncg.edu

  • Electronic Health Records: Adoption & Diffusion
  • Health Policy
  • Hospitals & Insurance
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Online Education

Linda Gann

Assistant Professor, Library & Information Studies
PhD The University of Oklahoma
(336) 334-3479, lagann@uncg.edu

  • School Libraries: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Reading Best Practices (for adults, teachers, school administrators)
  • National Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for School Library Media Programs
  • Censorship, intellectual freedom
  • Representation of diversity in children and young adult materials.

Tara T. Green

Professor and Director, African American Studies
PhD Louisiana State University
(336) 334-5507, ttgreen@uncg.edu

  • Barack Obama (Biography)
  • Images of Black Women in the Media
  • Fatherlessness in Black Communities
  • Racism/Sexism
  • 21st Century African American Studies Curriculum & Programs
  • The History of WC/UNCG Student Integration
  • NAACP
  • Oprah Winfrey and Film

Robert Griffiths

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD University of Connecticut
(336) 256-0518, rjgriffi@uncg.edu

  • International Politics & Law
  • US and International Security Policy and American Foreign Policy
  • The United Nations
  • Politics of the Non-western World, Specialist in African Politics

William Hamilton

Professor Emeritus, Conflict & Peace Studies
PhD Tulane University
(336) 855-5461, hamilton.uncg@gmail.com

  • Human Rights
  • Latin American Political and Intellectual History
  • U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin American
  • Terrorism, Political Violence, and Radical Orthodoxies
  • Politics and Fundamentalist Religion

William Hart

Professor, Religious Studies
Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences
PhD Princeton University
(336) 334-4912, wdhart@uncg.edu

  • The Place of Religion in American Culture and Politics
  • African America Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • Relations Among Religion, Ethics, and Politics

Garth Heutel

Assistant Professor, Economics
PhD University of Texas at Austin
(336) 334-4872, gaheutel@uncg.edu

  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Economics

David Holian

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD Indiana University
(336) 256-0514, dbholian@uncg.edu

  • U.S. presidency
  • U.S. Congress
  • Mass media's political relevance and its influence on the presidency and Congress

Ana Hontanilla

Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
PhD Washington University in St. Louis
(336) 334-3335, amhontan@uncg.edu

  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Culture
  • Spanish Films, History, and Politics
  • HIstory of slavery in Latin America

Corey Johnson

Assistant Professor, Geography
PhD University of Oregon
(336) 334-3919, corey_johnson@uncg.edu

  • The European Union
  • German Unification
  • Political Geography of International Disputes
  • Geopolitics of Energy
  • Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Shale Gas/Hydraulic Fracturing

Spoma Jovanovic

Professor, Communication Studies
PhD University of Denver
(336) 601-3282, spomajovanovic@uncg.edu

  • Truth and Reconciliation Processes - Applications for Community Settings
  • Community Change Initiatives

Lynda Kellam

Reference and Government Information, University Libraries
MA University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 334-5251, lmkellam@uncg.edu

  • Accessing U.S. Government Information
  • US Census 2010 and the American Community Survey
  • Researching the U.S. Congress
  • Finding Demographic and Socioeconomic Data for your Work

Kenneth Klase

Associate Professor, Political Science
DPA University of Georgia
(336) 256-0510, kaklase@uncg.edu

  • Public Budgeting
  • Public Finance
  • Public Financial Management

Beth Ann Koelsch

Curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project, University Archives
MLS The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-5838, bakoelsc@ung.edu

  • Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Histocial Project
  • Women in the U.S. Military

Carl Lashley

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
EdD Indiana University
(336) 334-3745, carl_lashley@uncg.edu

  • School Law
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • Technology and Education

Fabrice Lehoucq

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD Duke University
(336) 334-5989, f_lehouc@uncg.edu

  • Latin American Politics
  • Global Perspectives on Electoral Reform
  • Dictatorships and Democracies
  • Health Care in International Perspective
  • Drugs and Crime in Latin America

Tom Matyok

Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies
PhD Nova Southeastern University
(336) 334-3864, tgmatyok@uncg.edu

  • Violence
  • Changing Nature of War
  • Bullying and Mobbing
  • Conflict Resolution

John Neufeld

Professor, Economics
PhD University of Michigan
(336) 334-4869, john_neufeld@uncg.edu

  • Electric Power Industry, Including History
  • Energy Policy

Kimberlianne Podlas

Assistant Professor, Media Studies
JD State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law
(336) 334-5360, k_podlas@uncg.edu

  • Topics in U.S. Law: Copyright, FCC, Courts
  • The Law in Pop Culture and on TV: the CSI Effect, Judge Judy, Reality TV
  • Humor and Satire
  • The Media: TV, Film, Digital/Internet

Charles Prysby

Professor, Political Science
PhD Michigan State University
(336) 334-5048, prysby@uncg.edu

  • Presidential and Congressional Elections in the U.S.
  • American Political Parties
  • Southern Politics
  • Voting Behavior

Jerry Pubantz

Professor, Political Science
Dean, Lloyd International Honors College
PhD Duke University
(336) 256-2579, j_pubant@uncg.edu

  • American Foreign Policy
  • The United Nations
  • Middle East Politics, Including Arab and Islamic Politics
  • International Affairs

Bennett Ramsey

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
PhD Union Theological Seminary
(336) 334-5762, bhramsey@uncg.edu

  • Religion and Politics
  • Evangelicalism
  • Separation of Church and State

Roy Schwartzman

Professor, Communication Studies
PhD The University of Iowa
(336) 509-2701, doc_roy@uncg.edu

  • The Holocaust and anti-Semitism
  • Political communication
  • Communication and technology
  • Metaphor and figurative language
  • Propaganda and Persuasion
  • Argumentation and debate

Svi Shapiro

Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
EdD Boston University
(336) 256-0156, hsshapir@uncg.edu

  • Violence & Schools
  • Moral & Social Dimensions of Education
  • Education & Democracy
  • The Israeli / Palestinian Conflict
  • Educational Reform
  • Critical Perspectives on Standardized Testing
  • Peace Education
  • Jewish & Spiritual Perspectives on Education

Stephen Sills

Associate Professor, Sociology
Co-Organizer, Human Rights Research Network
PhD Arizona State University
(336) 334-3731, sjsills@uncg.edu

  • Globalization
  • Fair Housing
  • Migration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Ethnic and National Origin Discrimination

J. David Smith

Professor Emeritus, Specialized Education Services
EdD Columbia University
(336) 334-3738, jdsmi24@uncg.edu

  • Disability Rights and History
  • Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Laura K. Taylor

Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies
PhD University of Notre Dame
(336) 334-3864, lktaylo2@uncg.edu

  • Adolescents and War
  • Social Identity and Intergroup Conflict
  • Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
  • Countries of interest: Croatia, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, Northern Ireland

Joan M. Titus

Assistant Professor, Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology and Theory
PhD The Ohio State University
(336) 334-3301, j_titus@uncg.edu

  • Music and Film
  • Music and World Politics
  • Music and Cultural Policy
  • Music and Russia; and Music and North Africa

Bas van der Vossen

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
PhD University of Oxford
(520) 334-4313, b_vande2@uncg.edu

  • Ethics of Property Rights & Markets
  • Civil Disobedience - Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?
  • The Morality of International Institutions & Humanitarian Intervention

Saundra Westervelt

Associate Professor, Sociology
PhD University of Virginia
(336) 334-3697, sdwester@uncg.edu

  • Wrongful Convictions

Jonathan Zarecki

Associate Professor, Classical Studies
PhD University of Florida
(336) 404-4902, jpzareck@uncg.edu

  • Rhetoric and Oratory
  • Political Theory (particularly different types of governments)
  • History of Warfare