Fairfield University faculty experts for war with Iraq


History, Politics and Policy

President George W. Bush
Celebrity Politics

John M. Orman, Ph.D., professor of politics who specializes in the U.S. Presidency.
Dr. Orman has written several books, including "Presidential Accountability" and "Comparing Presidential Behavior" in which his hypothesis is that a president's success depends on the ability to align actions with a society that places a premium on machismo, e.g., President Reagan vs. President Carter.

He is also the co-author of "Celebrity Politics," published last October by Prentice Hall. The book discusses the role of celebrities in the political arena.

B.S., Ph.D., Indiana State University; M.A., Ball State University

Events of 9/11 and Crisis with Iraq/History of U.S Foreign Policy

David McFadden, Ph.D., professor of history

Dr. McFadden teaches courses in foreign relations and international studies, including "West and the World," which looks at the historical and cultural background of the present crisis with Iraq; also anti-war activism and the American prophetic tradition.

B.A. University of Denver; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

American Military History

Richard DeAngelis, Ph.D., history professor emeritus/adjunct professor

The role of the military in a democratic society and its effects on our nation's political, economic, social, cultural and environmental institutions; the changing nature of warfare through strategy and tactics, logistics, technology and weaponry. Geopolitics, the military-industrial complex, wars of national liberation and counterinsurgency.

B.S.S., M.A., Fairfield University, Ph.D., St. John's University

History and Culture of the Arab World and of Terrorism

Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of history

Fluent in Arabic, Dr. Ralph Coury is a scholar of the Middle East. He teaches numerous courses, including the West and the Middle East, Portrait of the Arab, and History of Terrorism. His understanding of the Arab world and Islamic fundamentalism, as well as the strategic questions regarding Iraq and the Gulf are particularly valuable in understanding events that are unfolding in Iraq.

B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations

Edward M. Dew, Ph.D., professor of politics

Dr. Dew was a Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellow, participating in Arab and Islamic Studies Program in Egypt at the American University in Cairo in 1989. He organized a series at Fairfield on worldwide ethnic conflicts and teaches courses in United States Foreign Policy and International Relations.

B.A., Pomona College; M.A., George Washington University; M.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Economic Impact

Cost of War, Including the Effect on the World Economy

Gregory D. Koutmos, Ph.D., professor of finance
An authority in the field of financial markets volatility, equilibrium asset pricing models, and fixed income securities and risk hedging, he has traveled globally to study U.S., European, and emerging markets. His work has been presented at national and international conferences and he has published articles in such journals as the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Financial Review, and the Journal of Business Finance. Dr. Koutmos is an associate editor for the Financial Review and the Multinational Finance Journal. He is also a founding member of the Multinational Finance Society.

B.S., Graduate School of Business Studies, Athens, Greece; M.A., City College of the City University of New York; Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

Oil and the Fluctuating Price for Energy
The war's impact on the stock market

Michael T. Tucker, D.B.A., professor of finance

Dr. Tucker is a former oil industry analyst. He teaches case studies in finance that examine financial management and investments in a domestic and international.

B.A., Washington College; M.B.A., D.B.A., Boston University

Economic and Political Impact of the War on the Local Economy

Cecelia Bucki, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Dr. Bucki is a labor historian. She teaches the history of immigration to the United States, American workers and economic change, and working people and politics in U.S. history.

B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

International Trade
International Economic Policy & Finance

Mark S. LeClair, Ph.D. associate professor of economics

Dr. LeClair is the author of "Interational Commodity Markets and the Role of Cartels," in which he examines the structure of international commodity markets and analyzes the effect of variable and declining commodity prices on growth in the developing and developed worlds.

B.A., Colgate University; M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Ethical and religious views of war

Just War and the UN Charter/international law issues
Economic Sanctions and Humanitarian Impact of War on Iraq

C. Joy Gordon, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy who specializes in political philosophy and international law.
Last November, Dr. Gordon's article, "Cool War: Economic sanctions as a weapon of mass destruction," was published in Harper's Magazine. It followed three years of research, much of it based on confidential documents of the UN Security Council. A book on her research is under contract with Harvard University Press.

B.A., Brandeis University; J.D., Boston University School of Law; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Theology of War-Pope John Paul II and U.S. Catholic Bishops

Paul F. Lakeland, Ph.D., professor of religious studies
Dr. Lakeland specializes in the Catholic Church, its laity and church & politics.
   Widely published and quoted extensively in the press, he is the author of "Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age" and "Theology and Critical Theory: The Discourse of the Church."

M.A., Oxford University; B.D.,University of London; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Ethics of Politics and the Media

Lisa H. Newton, Ph.D., founder and director of the Department in Applied Ethics
Dr. Newton teaches a course that surveys the ethical dimensions of communication in all forms as seen through the prism of 9/11. She also explores the ethical dimensions of the complex relationship between the media and the political process in a time of terror. Topics include the moral infrastructure of our major societal associations-government, the corporation, and the mass media.

B.S., Ph.D., Columbia University

International Relations/Religious Perspective on War

Katherine M. Kidd, Ph.D., director of International Studies Program, chaired the committee for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that created their statement on Peace and International Relations that guides the Bishop of the ELCA on his statements about Iraq (the ELCA is on record against unilateral military action). Courses include "Justice and the Developing World" and "Issues in Contemporary Global Politics."

B.A.,Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.

Media coverage of war

Media Coverage of the Impending War, Including War Protestors

Robbin D. Crabtree, Ph.D. associate professor and chair, Department of Communication
Dr. Crabtree teaches Global Media and Culture and Intercultural Communications.

B.A. University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Portrayal of War Linked to Terrorism
Media Coverage of Homeland Security "Readiness"

Mark B. Andrejevic, Ph.D., assistant professor of English

Dr. Andrejevic is a former award-winning newspaper reporter. He speaks French, completing his French language certificate at Alliance Francaise in Paris, France. His scholarly work has focused on reality television and the increasing use of surveillance in society.

B.A. Williams College; M.A., Ph. D., University of Michigan

Media and Politics

Donald W. Greenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of politics

Dr. Greenberg teaches courses in "American Politics and the Media" and "Freedom of Speech." He examines the impact of the media on the American political system and conversely how government attempts to influence the media for its purposes.

A.B., Alfred University; Ph.D., City University of New York

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 19, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 245