Experts List

Experts for: Government & Politics

Omar H. Ali

Associate Professor, African American & African Diaspora Studies
Associate Professor, History
PhD Columbia University
(336) 334-5507,

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

Martin Andersen

Assistant Professor, Economics
PhD Harvard University

  • Health Economics
  • Affordable Care Act

David Franklin Ayers

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
EdD North Carolina State University

  • Community College Mission in a Democratic Society

Geoffrey Baym

Associate Professor, Media Studies
PhD University of Utah

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

Diana Bowman

Program Director, National Center for Homeless Education, The SERVE Center
MPA Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
(336) 315-7453,

  • Awareness of Homeless Children and Youth and their Families
  • Educational Needs of Homeless Children and Youth
  • Laws and Policies Related to Meeting the Educational Needs of Homeless Children and Youth

Andrew Brod

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Business & Economic Research
PhD University of Minnesota
(336) 707-6439,

  • 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

William Crowther

Professor, Political Science
PhD University of California, Los Angeles
(336) 256-0519,

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

Steve Danford

Professor Emeritus, Physics & Astronomy
PhD Yale University
(336) 334-5844,

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

Keith Debbage

Professor, Geography
PhD The University of Georgia
(336) 334-3911,

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

Nancy Doll

Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum
MA The University of Iowa
(336) 334-5770,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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.

Robert Griffiths

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD University of Connecticut
(336) 256-0518,

  • 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 Hart

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

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

David Holian

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD Indiana University
(336) 256-0514,

  • 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,

  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Culture
  • Spanish Films, History, and Politics
  • African Diaspora in Latin America

Corey Johnson

Assistant Professor, Geography
PhD University of Oregon
(336) 334-3919,

  • 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,

  • Truth and Reconciliation Processes - Applications for Community Settings
  • Community Change Initiatives
  • The Relevance of Higher Education to Sustain our Democracy

Lynda Kellam

Reference and Government Information, University Libraries
MA University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 334-5251,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • Education Law and Policy
  • Students With Disabilities and Special Education
  • Technology and Education

Fabrice Lehoucq

Associate Professor, Political Science
PhD Duke University
(336) 334-5989,

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

Thomas Matyok

Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies
PhD Nova Southeastern University
(336) 334-3864,

  • Violence
  • Changing Nature of War
  • War and Remembrance
  • Conflict Resolution

John Neufeld

Professor, Economics
PhD University of Michigan
(336) 334-4869,

  • 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,

  • 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

Bruce Pomeroy

Director, Office of Accessibility Resources and Services
MEd Bradley University
(336) 334-5913,

  • The History of Disability Rights, a Civil Rights Movement
  • Disability Services and Support in Higher Education
  • Successful Interaction and Appreciation of Disabilities
  • High School to College Transition for Students with Disabilties

Charles Prysby

Professor, Political Science
PhD Michigan State University
(336) 334-5989,

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

Jerry Pubantz

Dean, Lloyd International Honors College
Professor, Political Science
PhD Duke University
(336) 256-2579,

  • 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,

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

Roy Schwartzman

Professor, Communication Studies
PhD The University of Iowa
(336) 509-2701,

  • 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,

  • 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
Co-Chair, Refugee and Immigrant Network of Guilford
PhD Arizona State University
(336) 334-3731,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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, Music Studies
PhD The Ohio State University
(336) 334-3301,

  • Music and Media
  • 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,

  • 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,

  • Wrongful Convictions

Jonathan Zarecki

Associate Professor, Classical Studies
PhD University of Florida
(336) 334-4902,

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