Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- September 09, 2002
Cal State L.A. Experts Available to Speak to Media
With the upcoming anniversary of the September 11 national tragedy,
Cal State L.A. has professors who are available to comment about national
security, Middle Eastern history, terrorist activity, international
relations, aviation safety, Third World development, and more.
Assistant Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Alamdari’s area of specialization includes Third World development
and social change, democratization in the Third World, Middle Eastern
Studies, Islamic societies and Iran. He has lectured throughout the
United States on the topic of Muslim, Arab and Iranian communities.
Dr. Alamdari has appeared on local television and radio stations on
Third World social issues. He has taught at several institutions, including
University of Tehran and UCLA.
Blair J. Berkley
Associate Professor of Management; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Dr. Berkley’s can speak on changes in airline security since September
11, 2001. His varied research interests include disruptive airline passengers
(“air rage”), on-board aircraft security and aviation law.
He is the co-author, with Cal State L.A. management professor Mohammad
Ala, of “Identifying and Controlling Threatening Airline Passengers”(Cornell
Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, August 2001).
Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Dr. Endy conducts research on the history of U.S. international relations.
His particular interests include the political dimensions of international
tourism and post-1945 U.S. relations with Western Europe. His articles
have appeared in the journals, Diplomatic History and Annales: Histoire
Stuart P. Fischoff
Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., New School For Social Research
Dr. Fischoff is a clinical psychologist, president of the Association
for Media Psychology and founder and executive director of the Psychotherapy
Screening Guild. As a national and international resource on media psychology,
he has been interviewed by media on a wide array of subjects, including
the effect of the Bin Laden videotapes on American viewers, the psychological
impact of television’s coverage of terrorism, and how people should
properly handle viewing such televised disasters as the World Trade
Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA
Dr. Matin-asgari’s areas of specialization are 20th-century Middle
East, modern Iran, and modern Islamic political and intellectual movements.
He has published articles in Iranian Studies, Critique, South Asia Bulletin
and other academic journals. His book, Iranian Student Opposition to
the Shah (Mazda Publishing), was published in 2001, and a Persian translation
of the book’s manuscript has been published in Iran. Dr. Matin-asgari
teaches various courses in Middle East history, world history, Islam,
and comparative religion.
Associate Professor of Political Science; Ph.D., USC
Dr. Siler teaches international relations, American foreign policy,
U.S. national security policy, comparative politics, public ethics and
public administration. His primary areas of expertise are comparative
nuclear proliferation studies, national security theory and policy,
international relations, international terrorist organizations, and
ancient and modern military history. He has had the following articles
published in the Encyclopedia of World Terrorism, (M.E. Sharpe Press,
2002): “Hunt for Al-Qaeda and Affiliated Terrorist Networks”;
“The Financial War on Global Terrorism”; “Al-Qaeda”;
“Osama bin Laden”; “The 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings
in Kenya and Tanzania”; and “Colin Powell.”
Adjunct Professor of Technology; M.S., Pepperdine University
Professor Tullo’s area of interest is in aviation human factors,
especially in the aspects of commercial aircraft accidents. He served
as chairman of the Air Transport Association Human Factors Committee
from 1994 to 1999, when he retired from Continental Airlines. He was
very active in the pioneering days of CRM (crew resource management)
in the early 1980s, and helped develop the highly regarded Continental
Airlines CRM course. Tullo served in many positions at Continental during
his 33-year flying career. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1959, and
is frequently consulted as an expert on aviation.
If you need a quick directory of experts for other breaking news items,
go directly to Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A., <http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/media/jourpage.htm>.
The on-line media guide includes 360 experts from Cal State L.A. who
are available and willing to speak to the media.
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323)