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Response to terrorist attacks: More SFSU faculty experts available to comment on the stories following national tragedy

SAN FRANCISCO, September 19, 2001 - Members of the San Francisco State University faculty are available to provide analysis on the effects of the recent terrorist attacks on various aspects of American business, culture and the U.S. response to the attacks. Faculty members are closely following events and can provide timely commentary. For additional assistance in locating an expert, call the SFSU Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-1665.

Marshall Windmiller, professor emeritus of international relations, is an authority on terrorism, intelligence and intelligence agencies. Windmiller, who taught classes in international relations at S.F. State for 35 years before retiring in 1994, also can discuss U.S. foreign policy with countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Windmiller can be reached by contacting the Public Affairs office.

Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, has closely followed the conflicts in Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban. Banjeree, who teaches courses on South and Southeast Asia, also can speak on foreign relations between the United States and other countries such as Pakistan and India.

Banerjee can be reached at either (415) 338-1105 (work) or (650) 589-3224 (home).

Ambassador David Fischer, Diplomat in Residence in the International Relations Department, is an expert on intelligence agencies. Fischer, a career diplomat with more than 30 years experience in foreign affairs, teaches courses on American foreign policy and intelligence and intelligence agencies. He has been acting American Ambassador to Tanzania and Ambassador to the Seychelles, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. Fischer can be reached at either (415) 405-0325 (work) or (415) 661-8543 (home).

Ambassador Robert Pastorino, lecturer in international relations, was a National Security Council advisor under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He is an authority on terrorism and anti-terrorism measures. Pastorino, who was American Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, teaches courses on international negotiation and diplomacy. Pastorino can be reached at (415) 986-1235 (home).

Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations, is an expert on the Middle East, international relations and world politics. Simpson can be reached at (415) 338-2239 (work) or (510) 527-5306 (home).

DeVere Pentony, professor of international relations, is knowledgeable about terrorism, foreign policy analysis and strategic planning in international relations.

Pentony can be reached at (415) 338-1589 (work) or (415) 469-5324 (home).

Christopher Waldrep, professor of history, is an expert on hate crimes in the United States. Waldrep, who teaches a course on the history of American violence, has written extensively on the political forces behind vigilante violence in the United States.

Waldrep can be reached at either (415) 338-2982 (work) or (925) 370-2909 (home).

Michael Graham, chair of political science, is an expert on civil liberties and constitutional issues. Graham can talk about how measures to protect Americans from terrorist acts might affect the rights of individuals.

Graham can be reached at (415) 338-7044 (work) or (707) 763-4082 (home).

Jamie Newton, a professor of psychology who specializes in social psychology, can talk about aggressive group behavior directed toward individuals based on ethnic or cultural heritage. Newton also can speak on altruistic behavior and why people pitch to help in the aftermath of disasters.

Newton can be reached at (415) 338-7557 (work) or via e-mail at

Amy Hittner, professor of counseling, is an expert on early childhood violence intervention and counseling. She can provide insight on how parents can help their children deal with this tragedy in coming weeks and months.

Hittner can be reached at (415) 338-7642 or through e-mail at

Donald Wood, professor of marketing, is an expert in transportation logistics. Wood is available to speak about how last week's events may affect the transport of goods across the nation, and internationally. He expects that more ground transportation may be used, or simply that less goods will be transported. He can also speak to the logistical difficulties of military transportation.

Wood can be reached at either (415) 338-1427 (work) or (415) 924-2907 (home).

Michael Potepan, chair of economics, closely studies the Bay Area economy and its relationship to the national economy. Potepan can discuss the possible impact of the terrorist attacks on the local economy.

Potepan can be reached at (415) 338-2648 (work) or (415) 452-9415.

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