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 Mary-Hope Vass at vassmg@jmu.edu.

COVID-19 expertise: We have created an additional list of faculty who can address COVID-19 from various disciplines and perspectives.

Faculty and staff: This is an evolving, living list. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for inclusion, please contact Mary-Hope Vass at vassmg@jmu.edu

Last Name First Name Department Expertise
Akers Jeremy Health Professions Nutrition and Metabolism, Nutrition and Exercise in Chronic Disease, Weight Management
Aleman Melissa Communication Studies Campus Cultures and Learning, Communication in Agining Families, Communication in Multicultural Families
Alexander Rob Political Science Environmental and climate change policy, Local government management, Public-private partnerships, Sustainable communities
Almarode John Education Science of Learning
Almjeld Jen Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Girlhood Studies, Feminist Methodologies, Identity Performances, Digital Rhetorics
Barnett Brad Financial Aid and Scholarships Financial Aid in College
Bentley Mace Geographic Science Climate Change, Geography, Weather
Benzing Tom Integrated Science and Technology Water Resources Management, Science Education
Beverly Cheri Education Access and Equity in Education, Cultural Competency, Educating Educators
Blake Charles Political Science Latin America, Dynamics of Corruption
Blankenship Ben Psychology Social Identity; Political Psychology; Stigma, Prejudice and Stereotypes; LGBTQ Psychology
Brannon Rebecca History American Revolution, America's Founding, American Loyalists
Britt Lori Communication Studies 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
Coates Tabitha Education Meaning of Work, Generation Y, Phenomenology, Organization Development
Cohen Marty Political Science Political Parties, Moral Issues in Politics
Coleman Santo Health Sciences Men’s health, Masculinity/toxic masculinity, Fatherhood relationships, Adolescent health, Obesity, Bioethics, Diversity in education
De Hertogh Lori-Beth Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Rhetorics of Health and Medicine, Feminist Rhetorics
Dean Art Diversity Diversity, Access and Inclusion in Higher Education
Depaolis Rory Communication Sciences and Disorders Infant Language Development, Speech and Hearing Science
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
Fagan Allison English Literature of the U.S.-Mexico Border, Chicanx and Latinx Literature, Immigrant Literature, Race and Ethnicity
Featherstone Jared Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Mindfulness, Writing and Learning
Feitosa Klebert Physics & Astronomy Soft materials, complex fluids, glassy dynamics, amorphous systems; crumpling, buckling and bending of slender bodies
Fink Jason Business Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Market Dynamics, Personal Finance
Frysinger Steven Integrated Science and Technology Environmental Information and Decision Support Systems, Interaction Design, Human Computer Interfaces, and Human Factors Engineering, Auditory Data Representation (Sonification), Environmental Systems Engineering, K-12 Outreach Exploring the Role of Science in 18th and 19th Century Life
Gabbin Joanne English African American Literature, The Black Arts Movement, Poetic response to tragedy
Gano-Overway Lori Kinesiology Sport & Exercise Psychology, Coaching Education
Henriques Gregg Graduate Psychology Relational Process Disorders, College Student’s Mental Health Crisis
Henry Dayna Health Sciences Sexual Health, Relationship Health, Preventing Sexual Assault
Herrick James Biology Environmental microbiology, Microbial genomics
Hilliard Rich Art Illustration, Animation, Pop Culture
Jones David Political Science Media and Politics
Kaussler Bernd Political Science Iran, Iran Nuclear Deal, Middle Eastern Policy, International Security, Terrorism
Kilby Christina Religious Studies Religion and the Refugee Crisis, Buddhism, Tibet and the Dalai Lama
Kirkpatrick David Religious Studies Religion and Politics, Global Violence in the History of American Christianity
Kirkpatrick Michael S. Computer Science Computer Security, Computing Ethics, Information Security & Privacy, Women in Computing
Klein Michael Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Medical Humanities, Technology in Popular Culture, Technical Communication, Scientific Rhetoric
Kurtz Jaime Psychology Happiness, Savoring, Travel
LaPira Tim Political Science American Politics, Specifically on Congress Interest Groups and Lobbying
Leduc Laura Business Human Resources, Employment Law, Effect of Personal Traits on the Workplace
Levinovitz Alan Religious Studies Religion and Medicine, Religion and Science, Classical Chinese Thought, Persuasion
Lukens Bill Geology and Environmental Science Earth systems and climate change
Mason Marianne Foreign Language, Literatures and Cultures Language and the Law/Forensic Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Translation and Interpretation Studies
Mathur Smita Education Play, Play Diplomacy, School Readiness for Young Migrant Students
May Christine Biology Freshwater ecology, Conservation biology
McCarthy Sean Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Digital Media, Humanities, English, Community Engagement
McMullen Conley Biology Pollination biolgy, Plant systematics
Miles Jonathan Integrated Science and Technology Wind and Solar Energy
Molloy Cathryn Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Mental Health Rhetorics, Feminist Rhetorics, Writing as Healing
Nagel Jacquelyn Engineering Biomimicry, Engineering Design Methods, Engineering Education, Manufacturing Automation, Sensors and Instrumentation, Mechatronics
Nash Carole Integrated Science and Technology Middle Atlantic Archaeology, Human Ecology, Citizen Science
Neveu Andre Business Monetary Policy, Wage Gap, Minimum Wage, Debt and GDP, Exchange Rate Forecasts, The Federal Reserve
Parker Janna Business Retailing, Digital Marketing, Advertising, Nonprofit Marketing
Parker Rocky Biology Pheromones, Chemical Ecology, Sexual Signals, Animal Behavior, Invasive Species, Endocrinology, Chemical Senses, Reptiles
Parrish Alex Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Classical Rhetoric, Animal Studies, Rhetoric of Science
Pate Josh Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management Disability sport, Experiences of individuals in sport settings, Sport communication and media, Sport sociology, Sport communication, Event management
Pippert Tassie Business Wines and Cultures, Culinary Arts and Food, Team Dynamics, Leadership
Pyle Eric Geology and Environmental Science Geology, Science Education, Earth Phenomena
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
Rout Ayasakanta Communication Sciences and Disorders Benefit from amplification, Signal processing in hearing aids, Speech perception in individuals with hearing loss
Rutherford Ken Political Science International Peacekeeping, International Security, African Politics, Conventional Weapons
Salman Ahmad Integrated Science and Technology Computer and Network Security, Cyber Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Post-Quantum Cryptography, Efficient Cryptographic Algorithms, Hardware Design of Cryptographic Functions, Energy and Power Analysis
Saunders Mike Kinesiology Exercise Science
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
Sharifian Maryam Education War Zone Education, Teacher Training in Conflict Areas, Teacher Resilience and Burnout, Refugee Children Education & Wellbeing
Snyder Sara Education Classroom Management, Individualized behavior interventions for children, Academic instruction
Temple April Health Services Administration Gerontology, Long-term care, U.S. health care system, Health care leadership
Trinka Eric Religious Studies Religion & Migration, Internal Pluralism, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Critical Spatial Theory
Trocchia Michael Philosophy Philosophy of Literature and Poetry
Vidal George Biology Developmental neurobiology, Cerebral cortex, Synaptic plasticity, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Undergraduate research and mentorship
Wei Xuebin Geographic Science, Intelligence Analysis Machine learning, cloud computing, GIS, social media, data mining and modeling, transportation
Weniger Jerry Health Professions Orthopedics & sports medicine, Musculoskeletal imaging, Physician assistant (PA) education and admissions, Medical malpractice
Wrenn Greg English Environmental Literature, Coral Reefs and Climate Change, Nature and Healing from Trauma, LGBT Literature
Yanacek Holly Foreign Language, Literatures and Cultures German Literature and Culture, History of Emotions, Human/Animal Studies, Robots and AI in Fiction, Historical Semantics

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