Chemical weapons and U.S./Middle East policy experts among those available at UC Santa Cruz

A frequent consultant to the U.S. government on Middle Eastern affairs and an expert on chemical weapons are among the faculty members at the University of California, Santa Cruz, available to field media queries as the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches. If you have trouble reaching any of them, please call Jennifer McNulty in the UCSC Public Information Office at (831) 459-2495, or send email to

Middle East

Alan Richards, a professor of environmental studies and an expert on the Middle East, has been a frequent consultant to the State Department and the Department of Defense on Middle Eastern affairs during the past 10 years. Richards is coauthor of the book, A Political Economy of the Middle East. Office: (831) 459-4662;

Ronnie Lipschutz, professor of politics, is an expert on international affairs and global political networks. He specializes in peacemaking and conflict resolution, and he is coeditor of the book, The Myth of "Ethnic Conflict": Politics, Economics, and "Cultural" Violence, which seeks to make linkages between ethnic conflicts around the world and the swift pace of global economic integration and political change. Office: (831) 459-3275;

Edmund "Terry" Burke III, professor of history, is an expert on Islam and the Middle East. He is the editor of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East and coeditor of Islam, Politics and Social Movements. Office (831) 459-2287;

Chemical Weapons

Joseph Bunnett, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, is an expert on chemical weapons. Bunnett is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC) and has chaired IUPAC committees on chemical weapons as well as a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on chemical munitions. Office: (831) 459-2261;

War Propaganda/Media Coverage

Anthony Pratkanis, professor of social psychology, is a leading expert on persuasion and propaganda, including war propaganda. He tracks the use of persuasion techniques by government, politicians, advertisers, and cult leaders, among others, and specializes in media, mass communication, and consumer behavior. He is co-author of Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion. Home: (831) 440-1104; office: (831) 459-4935;

Post-9/11 Restrictions

M.R.C. Greenwood, chancellor of UCSC, is available to discuss the role of research universities and the balance between the free flow of scientific ideas and results, and the risks of post-9/11 restrictions on information and laboratory procedures. Greenwood is a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, which issued a report detailing steps the nation can take to detect, thwart, and respond to terrorist attacks ( Public Information Office: (831) 459-2495.

Race Relations

Thomas Pettigrew, research professor of social psychology and an internationally recognized expert on race, intergroup relations, and prejudice, is available to discuss prejudice in times of national crisis. Reachable via email:

Manuel Pastor, professor of Latin American and Latino studies, can address impacts on U.S. immigration policy, civil liberties, and race relations. Pastor is director of the UCSC Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community. Office: (831) 459-5919;

Economic Impact

Michael Hutchison, professor of economics and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, specializes in global economics. He is available to discuss the national and global economic impact of the attacks. Office (831) 459-2600;


Paul Lubeck, professor of sociology, specializes in the religious and social diversity within Islam. Lubeck is directing a Carnegie-funded research project ( examining the ways in which Islamic social movements are challenging existing states and economic globalization. Office: (831) 459-2906;

Airline Safety/U.S. Military Policy

Dane Archer, professor of sociology, is an expert on the social psychology of violence and applying research knowledge to problems of war and peace. He can address the behavior of individuals during crises and the changing perception of civilian deaths in times of conflict, as well as the concept of war crimes and how it has changed historically. Office: (831) 459-2137;

U.S. Foreign and Domestic Policy

Isebill "Ronnie" Gruhn, professor of politics, specializes in international law and security, the United Nations, and U.S. diplomacy. Office: (831) 459-2583;

Daniel Wirls, associate professor of politics, can discuss U.S. politics, the presidency, and Congress. Office: (831) 459-2134;