Public Policy


Alphabetical List of Experts on Public Policy

David Armor
Areas of Expertise:
Social policy, Education, Civil rights, Military manpower
Background:
Dr. Armor is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches graduate courses in multivariate statistics, culture and policy, social theory and policy, and program evaluation.  He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Sociology from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University, where he also served on the faculty as Assistant and Associate Professor from 1965 to 1972.  Following a Visiting Professorship at UCLA from 1972 to 1973, Dr. Armor joined the Rand Corporation as a Senior Social Scientist.  He was a candidate for Congress in 1982, and in 1985 he was elected to the Los Angeles Board of Education. From 1986 to 1989 Dr. Armor was Principal Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel.  He has conducted research and written widely in the general area of social policy, with special emphasis on education, civil rights and military manpower issues.  Between 1999 and 2005 he served on several National Academy of Science committees studying various issues in military recruiting.  He is a recognized national expert in school desegregation, testifying in numerous federal court cases. Publications include Alcoholism and Treatment (Wiley, 1978); Forced Justice: School Desegregation and the Law (Oxford, 1995); Competition in Education (Pioneer Institute, 1997); School Desegregation in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2002); Maximizing Intelligence (Transaction Publishers, 2003); Contributor, Attitudes, Aspirations, and Aptitudes of American Youth (National Academy Press, 2003); “War, Politics, and the Religion Divide,” (Christian Leadership Ministries Conference, June 2006); “Can NCLB Close Achievement Gaps?” in No Child Left Behind (Routledge, 2008); “Changing Minority Representation in the U.S. Military” (Armed Forces & Society); “After Seattle: In Search of Narrowly Tailored Desegregation Plans” (Teachers College Record, 2010).. 
Contact Information:
E-mail: darmor@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-2260
Website: George Mason University Faculty Page
Stephen Baskerville
Areas of Expertise:
International politics with a special focus on family and social policy, gender politics, political theory, religion and politics.
Background:
Dr. Baskerville is Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, where he teaches courses in international relations and political theory.  He is also Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and at the Independent Institute. He is particularly interested in international family and social policy and issues of sexuality and gender.  He received his B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from The American University School of International Service and School of Government and his Ph.D. in Government from the London School of Economics.  He has taught politics and international affairs at Howard University (1987-1992 and 1997-2005) and Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (1992-1997).  He has written on the history of political ideas with a focus on religion and politics, especially in Not Peace but a Sword:  The Political Theology of the English Revolution (Routledge, 1993).  He now writes mostly on the politics of the family and sexuality, most notably in Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).  He served as the President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (2005-2007), is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and serves as managing editor for the International Journal for Religious Freedom.  He is now working on a book on sexual politics in international perspective.  In addition to scholarly writings, he writes frequently for current affairs publications and appears in the media
Contact Information:
E-mail:  skbaskerville@phc.edu
Phone:  (540) 441-8232
Website: Patrick Henry College Faculty Page
Stephen V. Monsma
Areas of Expertise:
Religion and politics, Public policy, Welfare, Comparative religion and politics
Background:
Stephen V. Monsma is a research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA). He is also a non-resident scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.  He has published widely in the fields of faith-based nonprofit organizations, church-state relations, and public policy.  Among his most recent works are a second edition of The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies (2010), which he co-authored with J. Christopher Soper and was first published in 1997, and Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy (2008). Among his other books are: Faith, Hope and Jobs: Welfare-to-Work in Los Angles (2006) and Putting Faith in Partnerships: Welfare-to-Work in Four Cities (2004).  He has also published articles in such journals as the Journal of Church and State and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy.   He is currently working on a book dealing with the religious freedom rights of faith-based human service organizations, entitled Faith-Based Organizations in a Democratic Society: Pluralism and Freedom..
SpeakingProfessor Monsma is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Religious Freedom Rights of Faith-Based Organizations: Theory and Practice"
"Church and State in a Democratic Society: Why Christians Should be the First to Defend the Religious Freedom Rights of Jews and Muslims--and Vice Versa"
"Voting as a Christian: What it Means and How to Do It"
Contact Information:
E-mail: sm24@calvin.edu
Phone:  (616) 526-6993
Website: Calvin College Faculty Page
Carol M. Swain
Areas of Expertise:
American Politics, Public Policy, Race, Class & Gender
Background:
Carol M. Swain (B.A., Roanoke College, 1983; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ., 1984; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989; MSL, Yale, 2000). Professor Swain has authored award-winning books including Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press, 1993, 1995: reprinted University Press of America, 2006). Black Faces won the Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U. S. on government, politics, or international affairs in 1994, and was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy, 512 U.S. 997 (1994) and twice by Justice Sandra Day O' Connor in Georgia V. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. (2003). 
Her books include The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2002) that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2003, edited with Russ Nieli), and most recently Debating Immigration (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Her latest book is: Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise (Forthcoming, Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2011)
She is widely recognized as an expert on race relations, immigration, black leadership, and evangelical politics. Her media appearances include BBC Radio, NPR, CNN's Andersen Cooper, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox’s Hannity, PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Washington Journal,  and ABC's Headline News, Her op-eds have appeared in numerous newspapers. These include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and USA Today. 
SpeakingDr. Swain is available to lecture on topics related to her areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Why Birthright Citizenship No Longer Serves America's Needs"
"Can We Save America by Reviving Patriotism and Faith in the Judeo-Christian God?"
"From GED to Ph.D.: The Carol Swain Story"
Contact Information:
E-mail: carol.swain@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: (615) 310-8617
Website: Personal Website
Jerold L. Waltman
Areas of Expertise:
Church-state relations in the United States and Britain; comparative constitutional law; minimum wage/living wage policies
Background:
Jerold Waltman (Ph.D., Indiana, 1976) is R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor University and editor of the Journal of Church and State.  He is the author most recently of Religious  Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics:  The Saga of the Religious Land Use and  Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (2010).  His other books include Minimum Wage Policy in Great Britain and the United States (2008), The Case for the Living Wage (2004), and The Politics of the Minimum Wage (2000).  He has also contributed to a number of academic journals.
SpeakingProfessor Waltman is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Free exercise of religion in the U.S." (or the U.K.)
"The living wage as an anti-poverty policy"
"Christianity and the living wage"
Contact Information:
E-mail: Jerold_Waltman@baylor.edu
Phone:  (254) 710-6044 x3161
Website: Baylor University Faculty Page

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