Faculty Experts

James Madison University has the honor of employing some of the world’s foremost experts on a wide variety of topics.

Members of the Media: We hope you use this resource in your research on trending topics. Experts listed below have extensive media experience and each brings a unique perspective and expertise to their fields. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll work to help you find a source. To get in touch with an expert, contact Caitlyn Read at readcl@jmu.edu.

Faculty and staff: This is an evolving, living list. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for inclusion, please contact Caitlyn Read at readcl@jmu.edu

Last Name First Name Department Expertise
Almarode John Education Science of Learning/Educational Neuroscience
Barnett Brad Financial Aid and Scholarships Financial Aid in College
Benzing Tom Integrated Science and Technology Water Resources Management, Science Education
Blake Charles Political Science Latin America, Dynamics of Corruption
Britt Lori Communications Facilitative Leadership, Dialogue and Deliberation, Helping communities and organizations deal with challenging issues productively
Burnett Audrey Health Sciences Infectious diseases, community health, health care ethics
Cohen Marty Political Science Political Parties, Moral Issues in Politics
Dean Art Diversity Diversity, Access and Inclusion in Higher Education
De Hertogh Lori Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Rhetorics of Health and Medicine, Feminist Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics
Drake Pam Business Financial Analysis, Valuation of Companies
Echterling Lennis Psychology Trauma and Disasters, Counselor Education
Enke Ray Biology Genomics, Molecular Biology, Vision Research, Epigenetics, Undergraduate Research
Fink Jason Business Stock Market, Fiduciary Rule, Energy Pricing, Housing and Construction Markets
Hilliard Rich Art Illustration, Animation, Pop Culture
Leduc Laura Business Human Resources, Employment Law, Effect of Personal Traits on the Workplace
Neveu Andre Business Monetary Policy, Wage Gap, Minimum Wage, Debt and GDP, Exchange Rate Forecasts, The Federal Reserve
Pippert Tassie Business Wines and Cultures, Culinary Arts and Food, Team Dynamics, Leadership
Henriques Gregg Graduate Psychology Relational Process Disorders, College Student’s Mental Health Crisis
Henry Dayna Health Sciences Sexual Health, Relationship Health, Preventing Sexual Assault
Kirkpatrick David Relgion Global Violence and the History of Christianity
Gabbin Joanne English African American Literature, The Black Arts Movement, Poetic response to tragedy
Kurtz Jaime Psychology Happiness, Savoring, Travel
Gayne Mary K. History Global History of Immigration, Refugee Resettlement in Harrisonburg, VA, Engaged and Integrative Learning
Miles Jonathan Integrated Science and Technology Wind and Solar Energy
Pyle Eric Geology and Environmental Science Geology, Science Education, Earth Phenomena
Jones David Political Science Media and Politics
Kaussler Bernd Political Science Iran, Iran Nuclear Deal, Middle Eastern Policy, International Security, Terrorism
Sanford Julie Nursing Health Policy, Global Health, Workforce Development for Nurses, Health Care for Disadvantaged or Rural Communities
Kilby Christina Religion Religion and the Refugee Crisis, Buddhism, Tibet and the Dalai Lama
Klein Michael Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Medical Humanities, Technology in Popular Culture, Technical Communication, Scientific Rhetoric
LaPira Tim Political Science American Politics, Specifically on Congress Interest Groups and Lobbying
Levinovitz Alan Religious Studies Religion and Medicine, Religion and Science, Classical Chinese Thought, Persuasion
McCarthy Sean Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Digital Media, Humanities, English, Community Engagement
Molloy Cathryn writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Mental Health Rhetorics, Feminist Rhetorics, Writing as Healing
Morales Daniel History Immigration, Latina/o History, Borderlands, Race and Ethnicity, U.S.- Latin Relations, Modern- U.S. History
Roberts Robert Political Science State and Local Government, Legal Environment of Public Administration, Criminal Procedures
Rosier Jennie Communication Studies Communication in Interpersonal Relationships, Parent-Child, Attachment, Romance and Love, Marriage
Rutherford Ken Political Science International Peacekeeping, International Security, African Politics, Conventional Weapons
Scherpereel John Political Science European Union, Eastern Europe, Women in Politics
Schill Dan Communication Studies Media/Social Media and Politics, Campaigns, Political Stagecraft
Seth Michael History Korea, North Korea, East Asia, Comparative Education, Economic Development, World History
Trocchia Michael Philosophy Philosophy of Literature and Poetry
Wrenn Greg English Environmental Literature, Coral Reefs and Climate Change, Nature and Healing, LGBT Literture

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