Faculty

Barzegar HSAbbas Barzegar is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. His research areas include early Sunni-Shiite polemics, political Islam, and African American Muslim history. He is co-director of the After Malcolm oral history archiving project, co-director of GSU’s Civic Approaches to Conflict Resolution initiative, and a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The U.S. Institute of Peace, the British Foreign Council, and NEH have funded his work. His most recent book is a coedited volume entitled, Islamism: Competing Perspectives on Islam with Stanford University Press. His public commentary and analysis can be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including The Huffington Post, The Guardian, CNN, Aljazeera, and Fox News.

belkasim HS v2Saeid Belkasim is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. His research examines pattern recognition and digital image processing, with a specific focus on shape retrieval from large databases. He has published more than sixty-five refereed journal and conference papers that have received more than 1100 citations. These papers cover many aspects of research dealing with image segmentation, image enhancement, image description, biological image processing, and embedded system design. The National Institute of Health has funded Dr. Belkasim’s research projects.

Berg - HS v2Louis-Alexandre Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Political Science. His research examines the causes and consequences violent conflict and crime in developing countries, as well as the impact of foreign aid on state formation. His current book project, entitled Security after War: Intervention and the Politics of State Building examines efforts to restructure police and military forces in war-torn countries, based on field work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor Leste. He has published research on urban violence and organized crime in Latin America and West Africa, and on the development of the rule of law and justice system institutions. Dr. Berg was previously a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Presidential Management Fellow. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank, USAID, the U.S. State Department and the UN Development Program.

Mia BloomMia Bloom is a Professor of Communication. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. Author of Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007), Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011), and Small Arms: Children and Terror next year [with John Horgan] (forthcoming 2017 by Cornell UP), she is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities. She is regularly interviewed by MSNBC and CNN for terrorism and national security related issues. Bloom has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, a M.A. in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

 

J. BurnetJennie E. Burnet is an Associate Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology. Her research explores the social, cultural and psychological aspects of war, genocide, and mass violence and the micro-level impact of social change in the context of conflict. She is particularly interested in questions related to agency, structure, and subjectivity in the context of violence. Her book, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory & Silence in Rwanda, which won the 2013 Elliot Skinner Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology, examines changing gender roles, the politics of memory, and local coping mechanisms in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. In ongoing research she is investigating the intrinsic and extrinsic factors in rescuer behavior during mass violence. Her work has appeared in Politics & Gender, African Affairs, African Studies Review, and Women’s Studies International Forum.

Rengin Firat - HSRengin Firat is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Sociology, and Neuroscience. A sociologist by training, her research focuses on the social psychological mechanisms underlying inter-group conflict and civic behavior, with a particular emphasis on group identities, ethnic cognition and moral values. She combines social scientific survey methodologies with neurological experimental techniques in her studies. Dr. Firat’s research has been published in Social Science Research, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Social and Political Psychology and Advances in Group Processes and has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Defense. She is also an associate researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Science Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russian Federation.

J. HorganJohn Horgan is a Professor of Global Studies and Psychology. An applied psychologist by training, his research focuses on terrorist behavior. He has over 70 publications on terrorism and political violence. His books include The Psychology of Terrorism, Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists, Walking Away from Terrorism, Leaving Terrorism Behind, and Terrorism Studies: A Reader. He is editor of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and sits on the editorial boards of Legal and Criminological Psychology, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Strategic Security. Dr. Horgan is a member of the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. The Office of Naval Research, the FBI, DHS, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the UK government, and NIJ have sponsored his research, which has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
LatifNadia Latif is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. An anthropologist by training, her scholarly activity is in the areas of nationalism, refugees, conceptual histories of human rights and humanitarianism, and gender, sexuality and representations of violence. She also examines the production and consumption of incriminatory images of violence through digital media. She is currently working on a book project entitled: Narrating Home and Homelessness: Belonging and Un-Belonging in Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp. She has consulted for international and local NGOs such as Care (USA) and the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization. She has also served as a scholarly expert for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and for U.S. asylum cases.

Lemieux HS v2Anthony (Tony) F. Lemieux is Associate Director of the Global Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Communication. He is author of more than forty referred articles and reports on topics that include the relationship between music and violence, social and political motivations for violence, terrorist propaganda, and health behavior change. He is also an investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a DHS Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland. The NSF, the Office of Naval Research, DHS, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues have funded his research. Dr. Lemieux is a frequent blogger and media commentator on terrorism.

McClymondKathryn McClymond is Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department. She is author of many articles and two books, Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice (Johns Hopkins UP, 2008) and Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn From Ritual Disruption (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2015) that examine central aspects of the interrelationships between religion and global cultures. Dr. McClymond became an elected member of the American Society for the Study of Religion and the editorial board of Journal of Religion in 2013.
S. PowersShawn Powers is an Assistant Professor of Communication. His research, as exemplified by his book, The Real Cyber War: A Political Economy of Internet Freedom [with Michael Jablonski] (U. of Illinois Press, 2015), specializes in international political communication with particular attention to the geopolitics of information and technology policy. Dr. Powers co-leads Georgia State’s European Union and British Council funded project on Civic Approaches to Religious Conflict. He also directs the Center for Global Information Studies and serves on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. The British Foreign Council, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Open Society Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, and the Knight Foundation have supported his research.
J. SuboticJelena Subotic is Associate Professor of Political Science. She is the author of Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009), which examined ways in which political elites in the Western Balkans used institutions of post-conflict justice for local political purposes in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. The book has been translated and published in Serbia in 2010. Dr. Subotic’s research on human rights, post-conflict reconciliation, identity politics, Europeanization and the Balkans has been published in numerous academic and public policy journals, and has received funding from the National Science Foundation. She is a frequent commentator on war crimes and the politics of the Balkans for CNN, BBC, and other international outlets.
SunderramanRaj Sunderraman is a Professor of Computer Science. His research expertise is in the areas of Databases, Data Mining, Big Data, Knowledge Representation, Semantic Web, and Reasoning with Incomplete and Inconsistent Information. He has published more than 120 research articles in these areas in leading computer science journals and conference proceedings and is the author of a popular textbook “Oracle 10g Programming: A Primer”, published by Pearson in 2007. His current research includes the design and implementation of a scalable graph storage system for big graph data, graph pattern mining, and reasoning with incomplete and inconsistent information in Description Logics and Logic Programs. Sunderraman received the B.E. (Honors) Electronics Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1980, the M.Tech. Computer Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1988.
Winkler HS v2Carol Winkler is a Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Humanities. Her research focuses on communication and conflict, with a particular emphasis on presidential foreign policy rhetoric, argumentation and debate, visual communication, and online extremism. Her book, In the Name of Terrorism (SUNY 2006), won the outstanding book award in political communication from the National Communication Association. The Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College (2014) published her most recent co-edited volume, Visual Propaganda and Online Extremism. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Naval Research, and various private foundations have funded her research into conflict and its solutions.