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October 15, 2001

UMBC Experts on Afghanistan, Terrorism, and Related Topics

Tom Rabenhorst of UMBC's Department of Geography, along with Ray Sterner of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, have developed an online relief map of Afghanistan. Click here to view or downoad the map.

Anne E. Brodsky
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Risk and Resilience in Community Context, Psychological Sense of Community


Brodsky is a community/clinical psychologist whose teaching, research and practice focuses on the resilience of women and the role of communities in resisting societal risks, including community violence, poverty, racism, sexism and other forms of oppression. Using qualitative, feminist methods, her work has explored resilient processes and the role of psychological sense of community for single mothers raising children in risky neighborhoods of Washington, DC, for low income women in a holistic job training and education program in Baltimore, MD, and non-parenting young women in communities with high rates of single and teen parenting. She is the author of 11 articles and chapters on these subjects.

The most recent extension of these interests is in her work with Afghan women and RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, a 23-year-old humanitarian and political women's organization that operates clandestinely in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Brodsky has been working with RAWA for one and one half years to support their efforts to raise awareness of the plight of Afghan women under fundamentalist oppression, give voice to Afghan women's lives and concerns, and document the active resistance of RAWA and other Afghan women to the Taliban and other the other jehadi factions.

Brodsky stayed in Afghan refugee camps and urban communities in Pakistan for 2 weeks in July and August 2001, touring RAWA schools, orphanages, and income generating projects and learning first hand from Afghan women refugees and RAWA members about the conditions, needs, concerns and resilience of Afghan women. She returned with numerous accounts of the devastation as well as of the active struggle and hopes of Afghan women, personal experience of RAWA's activities, as well as photographs of refugee life. Brodsky's September 24, 2001 OpEd in The Washington Post entitled The Taliban's Victims speaks briefly of her observations as they relate to the current crisis.

Brodsky is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Clinical/Community Psychology program at University of Maryland College Park, and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Mental Hygiene at Johns Hopkins University.

Lou Cantori
Professor of Political Science
U.S./Middle East Policy, Politics & Relations; U.S. Military Policies in the Middle East

Office: 410-455-2182
Cellphone: 410-491-7003

Dr. Cantori is an expert on Middle East politics and policy, having lived almost seven years collectively in the region. He is the author, co-author or editor of four books and over forty articles on the Middle East and other subjects.

Cantori is Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on the Middle East at the U.S. State Department and has briefed Generals Schwartzkopf and Hoare (U.S. Central Command) as well as speaking to Special Operations at Hurlburt Field, 5th Special Forces and the JFK Special Warfare School. He has been Visiting Professor, U.S.M.A., West Point and Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy. He has also been the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory, U.S. Marine Corps University.

Dr. Cantori did his graduate work in Political Science and on the Middle East at the University of Chicago. He studied Islamic philosophy in the Faculty of Theology, al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. He was a Fulbright student in Egypt in 1963-65 and subsequently was visiting professor at the American University in Cairo in 1974-76. In 1969-70 he did fieldwork in Morocco and returned as a Fulbright researcher in 1994-95. Altogether, he has lived about seven years in the Middle East and has done research, visited or done consulting activities in Egypt, Morocco, Israel, the Occupied Territories, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan and Iraq ( where he was present up to five days before the invasion of Kuwait).

He has founded or is heavily involved with various groups concerned with Middle East policy, including The Circle of Tradition and Progress, The American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, The School of Islamic and Social Sciences, and the Conference Group on the Middle East.

Devin T. Hagerty
Assistant Professor, Political Science
South Asian Politics, U.S. National Security & Foreign Policy


Hagerty's teaching and research interests lie primarily in the areas of international relations, national security affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and international politics in the Asia-Pacific region. His main research priority today is a study of U.S. security alliances in Asia since the endof the Cold War. Hagerty is the author of "The Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation: Lessons from South Asia," published by the MIT Press in 1998.

Prior to his arrival at UMBC, Devin T. Hagerty was a Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in Australia. He began at Sydney as a Lecturer in 1997. From 1995 to 1997, Hagerty was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science andPostdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as a staffer in the U.S. Congress from 1986 to 1989.

Christopher Hewitt
Associate Professor of Sociology
Terrorism & Social Violence; Government Policies to Reduce Terrorism


Christopher Hewitt is an expert on social violence, including terrorism and rioting. He also studies, writes and teaches on government policies to reduce terrorism, comparisons of social violence in different nations and social inequality. He has published in the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science and others.

John W. Jeffries
Professor of History
American Home Front in WWII, U.S. Domestic Policy During WWII


Professor Jeffries teaches courses on twentieth-century America and American political and policy history. His distinguished teaching has earned him designation as a UMBC Presidential Teaching Professor. He is the author of articles and books on the politics and policy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt era and on the World War II American home front, including Testing the Roosevelt Coalition and Wartime America: The World War II Homefront. He is currently working on a study of domestic policy making during World War II.

Kenneth Maton
Professor of Psychology
Trauma, Stress & Social Support Systems


Professor Maton is an expert on psychological trauma and stress, with research focusing on how social support systems and community involvement help people (especially Baltimore youth) cope with and overcome difficult life stresses.

Jeffrey T. Mitchell
Clinical Associate Professor
Emergency Health Services (EHS)
Training and Stress Treatment of Emergency Services Personnel
Founder, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

pager: 410-313-0062

Professor Mitchell recently returned from New York City where he and other UMBC EHS representatives helped emergency and disaster response crews who worked at the World Trade Center attack site. Mitchell developed the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) process, which is utilized by over 300 communities throughout the United States and in five other nations. He founded the International CISD network. He is a well-known speaker who has lectured to emergency personnel in all fifty states and seven countries. He is the senior author of the following books: Human Elements Training; CISD: An Operations Manual, Second Edition (Revised); Emergency Response to Crisis and Emergency Services Stress. He has over sixty other publications on critical incident stress, crisis intervention and the treatment of stress in emergency personnel.

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