Sept. 11: A Year Later; S.F. State faculty experts and stories
Terrorism and American foreign policy
Veteran foreign diplomat David Fischer is an expert on terrorism and teaches the new
course on terrorism and international politics that was created as a direct result of
Sept. 11. He also teaches courses on American foreign policy and intelligence agencies.
Fischer can be reached at either (415) 405-0325 (work) or (415) 661-8543 (home).
Terrorism and American foreign policy
Jerry Combs, professor of history, is an authority on the history of American foreign policy and America's military history. Combs can discuss the similarities and differences between the war on terrorism and America's past wars. Combs can be reached at either (415) 338-7563 (work) or (925) 935-2404 (home).
Sanjoy Banerjee, associate professor of international relations, has closely followed political issues in Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban. Banerjee, who teaches courses on the politics of South and Southeast Asian countries, is an expert on foreign relations between the United States and countries such as Pakistan and India. Banerjee can be reached at either (415) 338-1105 or (650) 589-3224 (home).
The Middle East
Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations, is a noted expert on the politics of the Middle East. For many years he has taught a popular course on the political, cultural, economic and military aspects of the Middle East. Simpson can be reached at (415) 338-2239 (work) or (510) 527-5306 (home).
Islamic culture and history
Minoo Moallem, chair and assistant professor of women studies, is an expert on issues of
women and Islamic fundamentalism and feminist movements in the Middle East among Muslims.
She is writing a book on gender and Islamic fundamentalism in Iran and lectures frequently
on these issues. Moallem can be reached at (415) 338-3065 (work) or email@example.com.
Joseph Tuman, professor of speech and communication studies, is an expert on political communication. A frequent commentator on political debates and speeches, Tuman will teach the new course he created titled "The Rhetoric of Terrorism." Tuman can be reached at (415) 338-1813 (work), (510) 834-2294 (home) or (510) 326-5254 (cell).
Michael Graham, chair of the political science department, has extensively studied civil liberties and constitutional issues. Graham has looked at how measures to protect Americans from terrorist acts might affect the rights of individuals. Graham can be reached at either (415) 338-7044 or (707) 763-4082 (home).
Christopher Waldrep, professor of history, is an expert on hate crimes in the United States. Waldrep, who teaches a course on the history of American violence, has written several books on the political forces behind vigilante violence in the United States. Waldrep can be reached at either (415) 338-2982 (work) or (925) 370-2909 (home).
The psychological aftermath
Jamie Newton is a professor of psychology who specializes in social psychology. Newton
has done research on group behavior, especially aggressive group behavior directed toward
individuals based on ethnic or cultural heritage. Newton has done work on altruistic
behavior and why people pitch in to help in the aftermath of disasters. Newton can be
reached (415) 338-7557.
Teaching the children
Genie Stowers is associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and last month presented a weeklong seminar for Bay Area school teachers on how to teach the lessons of Sept. 11 to children. More than dozen social studies teachers attended classes taught by professors on subjects ranging from foreign policy to terrorism. Stowers can be reached at (415) 338-3615.
Jacob Needleman, professor of philosophy, can discuss the new understanding of the meaning of America, from the spiritual vision of the founding fathers to the hope our country can offer to the contemporary world. The author of "Money and the Meaning of Life" and 2002's "The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders," Needleman can also provide timely perspectives on America and its ideals, which have been thrust to the forefront of public discourse since feelings of patriotism and democracy have swept the nation after Sept.11. He can be reached at (415) 338-2216 (work) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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