Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- March 21, 2003

Cal State L.A. Experts Available to Speak on Topics Related to the War with Iraq

California State University, Los Angeles' faculty experts are available to speak to the media on issues concerning the war with Iraq. The professors listed below can provide knowledge and insights on such topics as national security, terrorist activity, international relations, psychological effects of war, Middle Eastern history, media coverage of war, or Third World development. 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. The on-line media guide includes 360 experts from Cal State L.A. who are available and willing to speak to the media. For assistance, contact the Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.

Kazem Alamdari
Assistant Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Alamdari's area of specialization includes Third World development and social change, Islamic societies, democratization in the Third World, Middle Eastern Studies, 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.

Mohammad A. Auwal
Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Ph.D., Ohio University
Dr. Auwal specializes in communication theory, organizational communication, and international development. He also has done research in intercultural communication. His articles have been published in Communication Theory, Knowledge (now renamed Journal of Science Communication), Communication Monographs, and Journal of Business Communication. He is available to comment about the impact and role of media in Arab countries; government communications and politics; U.S. persuasion and propaganda; and Muslim predicament in the U.S. during a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Kevin Baaske
Associate Professor of Communications Studies, Ph.D., USC
Dr. Baaske's expertise is in argumentation and rhetorical theory and criticism and pedagogy (with focus on the explication and critique of public argument of contemporary issues); debate and forensics (with focus in debate theory, practice and evaluation); and campaign rhetoric (with focus on analysis and critique of campaign communication strategies in the role of U.S. vice presidential candidates). His research interests include public argument, and include acts of terror as vehicles of public argument. He is available to address the use of evidence and definitions by the current Bush administration in its arguments for war, and media coverage of war, most specifically the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War.

Jon Beaupré
Assistant Professor of Broadcasting; MFA, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Jon Beaupré is a voice and performance consultant for radio and television performers, and teaches in the Communications Department at Cal State L.A. Beaupré, a radio producer and reporter and frequent contributor to local and internationally-syndicated programming from his home in Los Angeles, also conducts workshops and seminars with the Associated Press Radio and Television Association. He has been a fixture on the convention circuit, teaching workshops at a wide range of specialty journalism and broadcast conventions and stations on both coasts of the U.S. He is available to speak on the topic of media in a time of war, including the "blurred line between propaganda and reliable news."

Beryl Bellman
Professor of Communications Studies; Ph.D., U.C. Irvine
Dr. Bellman's areas of specialization are computer networks, Internet, human-machine interaction, computer conferencing systems, and policy-telecommunications. His expertise also includes African studies, intercultural communication, and formal and non-formal education and teaching. He can discuss what is involved from an "enterprise architecture" (the enterprise-wide, integrating framework of business, data/information, application, and technology architecture) perspective in the combination of 32 agencies into Homeland Security, and the development of new communication standards in light of security architectures.

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 Center destruction.

Kelly Madison
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Ph.D., USC, Annenberg School Dr. Madison specializes in the study of racism, capitalism and sexism, specifically U.S. cultural politics and media. With an expertise in socio-political construction of "whiteness" and "blackness" in U.S. culture, Dr. Madison also specializes in the study of violence as it relates to U.S. mass media and culture in general.

Afshin Matin-asgari
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.

Michael Siler
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."

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