IU experts are ready to talk about Sept. 11, Afghanistan

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and as unrest continues in Afghanistan, Indiana University experts are available to discuss a number of different aspects of these global issues.

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Ishan Ashutosh, associate professor of geography, IU Bloomington

Ishan Ashutosh is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies.

Pierre Atlas, senior lecturer, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

A comparative political scientist by training, Pierre Atlas has devoted much of his academic career to studying and writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and other conflicts and conflict resolution.

Andrew Bell, assistant professor of international studies, IU Bloomington

Andrew Bell's research interests include international security, international law, the law of armed conflict, urban warfare, humanitarian intervention and ethics in war. Bell has served in the U.S. Air Force with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, including service with U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan.

John Bodnar, emeritus professor of history, IU Bloomington

John Bodnar's recent book, "Divided by Terror: American Patriotism after 9/11," connects the events of the terrorist attack to the war on terror, and offers analysis of the response and its influence on divisions in American politics. 

Maria Bucur, professor of history, IU Bloomington

Maria Bucur's research and teaching interests focus on European history in the modern period, especially social and cultural developments in Eastern Europe, with a special interest in Romania (geographically) and gender (thematically).

William Foley, senior lecturer, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

William Foley teaches national security, homeland security and public safety. He previously ran operational plans for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and served with the National Level Exercise Program for the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Ed Linenthal, professor of history, IU Bloomington

Ed Linenthal was a member of the Flight 93 Memorial Commission; a member of an advisory group for a memorial to the terrorist attack in Norway; and a visiting scholar of civic engagement with the National Park Service. He has also co-directed a one-week Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar, "9/11 and American Memory," at the September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Michael McGerr, professor of history, IU Bloomington

Michael McGerr is a historian of the modern U.S., with particular interest in issues of power, ideology, culture, and the relationship between public and private life.

Walton Muyumba, associate professor of English, IU Bloomington

Walton Muyumba researches ethnic American art in the age of terrorism and artistic responses to international terrorism.

Jonathan Nashel, professor of history, IU South Bend

Jonathan Nashel teaches courses on 20th-century American history, the Cold War and American film history, including a course titled "The Origins and Aftermath of 9/11."

Brenda Phillips, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, IU South Bend

Brenda Phillips is a subject matter expert on how communities manage and deal with disasters as well as on warning and evacuation for multiple federal agencies. She volunteers and consults for a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Nazif Shahrani, professor of anthropology and Central Eurasian studies, IU Bloomington

Nazif Shahrani researches Islamic movement, identity politics, social change and modernization, Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia, the cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism, and state and society.

Abdulkader Sinno, associate professor of political science, IU Bloomington

Abdulkader Sinno is the author of books and articles on Afghanistan's conflicts, Muslim minorities in Western liberal democracies, public attitudes towards Muslim immigration, conflict processes and Islamist parties’ participation in elections.

Kirk White, vice provost for external relations, IU Bloomington

Kirk White was an officer in the Indiana National Guard and was deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In his role with the university, he is responsible for university economic engagement partnerships with Indiana national security and defense organizations and serves as the primary community and local government relations officer for the Bloomington campus.