Paris terrorist attacks
In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, a number of UC Berkeley faculty are available to address a range of related issues. The faculty members are listed alphabetically, with an explanation of their expertise.
Expertise: Contemporary Islamic religious and political thought, early Islamic social and religious history and post-classical Muslim intellectual history.
Expertise: Fish is an authority on religion and politics, political regimes and more. He is the author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence (2011), which reflects the first major scientific effort to assess how contemporary Muslims and non-Muslims do and do not differ. Using data drawn from around the globe, Fish found that while democracy is rarer in the Muslim world, homicide rates and class-based inequities are less severe among Muslims than non-Muslims. Fish has been interviewed about what happened in Paris and the Muslim community by numerous media outlets, including CNN and Al Jazeera.
Expertise: Racial profiling. He is the author of a new book, Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling. He has been interviewed by BBC World News about racial profiling in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
Expertise: Religious practice, media technologies, emerging forms of political community in Europe, the Middle East and North America, and contemporary developments within Islamic traditions. Hirschkind has been working on a project in southern Spain, examining current impacts of Europe’s Islamic past, including how it affects Europe’s Christian identity. He is the author of the award-winning book, “The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics (2006),” about the popular Islamic media form—the cassette sermon.
Expertise: Religion, secularism, law and politics, ethics, Islam, the Middle East and Europe. Mahmood has written about the Danish cartoons of Mohammed that stirred controversy in 2008 in an article published in the journal Critical Inquiry, focusing on the meaning of the cartoons for many Muslims and the kind of offense it caused. The article became part of a 2010 book that she co-authored on the subject. Mahmood also is author of a book, Politics of Piety (2005).
Adjunct professor of public policy, director of the Information Technology and Homeland Security Project at the Goldman School of Public Policy
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Expertise: Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, biosecurity, homeland security, and innovation economics. Maurer was in France at the time of the terrorist attacks.
Expertise: The ethics, evolution and ownership of the news media. He writes a media column that is distributed nationally and internationally on the McClatchy Tribune wire and carried by numerous news outlets.