*Speaks Spanish

Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D.*
Professor of Geography and Regional Studies
Office: (305) 284-6693 
E-mail: isheskin@miami.edu

Professor Sheskin is a human geographer with teaching and research interests in ethnic geography, quantitative methods, survey research, urban geography, and the Middle East. He is also the Director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies at the University of Miami.

Amanullah De Sondy, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies College of Arts and Sciences
Office: (305) 284-4260
Email: a.desondy@miami.edu

Professor Amanullah De Sondy earned his Ph.D. in theology and religious studies at the University of Glasgow (Scotland), with a focus on Islamic Studies. Aman has taught Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and the University of Stirling in Scotland and at Ithaca College, New York in the USA before joining the University of Miami.

George Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: (305) 284-1738
Email: ggonzalez@miami.edu

Dr. Gonzalez interests are in politics, U.S. public policy, and Environmental politics and policy.

Brad McGuinn, Ph.D.*
Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: (305) 284-8353
Email: bmcguinn@miami.edu

Brad McGuinn, assistant professor of political science at the School of Business, is a U.S. military consultant and an expert on terrorism. He teaches classes on international terrorism, the history of the Middle East and Israel.

Edward LiPuma, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Office: (305) 445-4808
Email: e.lipuma@miami.edu

Professor Edward LiPuma can speak about the use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to organize protests; the use of satellite technology to communicate during the crisis; and concerns that tensions could migrate to oil-producing nations in the Middle East region.

Alex de Carvalho, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Communication
Office: (305) 284-5350
Email: a.decardalho@miami.edu

Alex de Carvalho is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami and the founder of StartPR, an online tracking service for reputation management, blogger relations, and brand monitoring. As an advisor to non-profit organizations creating change through media and film, he is currently working with the Knight Center for International Media, including OneWater, a network of journalists and media experts dedicated to illuminating issues arising from the lack of safe and accessible water in developing countries.

Susan Kaufman Purcell, Ph.D.*
Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy
Office: (305) 284-9830
Email: skpurcell@miami.edu

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell is the Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami. Dr. Purcell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Women’s Forum. She has been an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Visiting Fellow at the Overseas Development Council, and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Ranen Omer-Sherman
Associate professor of English and Jewish Studies
Office: (305) 284-4072
Email: rosherman@miami.edu

Teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, as represented in literature. He served for three years in the Israeli army in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including some time in Lebanon. Omer-Sherman is fluent in Hebrew.

Haim Shaked, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Institute and the incumbent of the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies, Graduate School of International Studies
Office: (305) 284-6882
E-mail: hshaked@miami.edu

Since 1995, Shaked has been involved in the establishment of the first private university in Israel, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliyya.

Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.
Professor, Africana Studies
Office: (305) 284-3702
Email: e.abaka@miami.edu

A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Professor Abaka earned his M.A. degree (European History) at the University of Guelph in Canada and a Ph.D in African History at York.