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Georgetown Scholars Available for Interviews on Pope Francis Visit

University experts are available to talk on many aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Washington,D.C., Sept.22-24, as well as on the history of the papacy, the pope's encyclical, the pope and families and many other issues. Members of the media should call Georgetown's Office of Strategic Communications at 202-687-4328 to schedule interviews.

Laura AnderkoLaura Anderko, professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies; director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. Named a White House Champion of Change in 2013, Anderko raises awareness about climate-related health effects. She directs the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Georgetown, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative focusing on environmental risks that impact children. She also has served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee research workgroup and the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Climate Change and the Encyclical
  • Climate Change and Impact on Health and Impoverished Communities
  • Public Health
  • Children’s Health

Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.JRev. Matthew Carnes, S.J., associate professor, government department. Carnes’ research examines the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy with particular interest in the ways societies protect their weakest and most vulnerable members. His regional focus is in Latin America. Speaks fluent Spanish.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Dynamics of Labor and Social Welfare Policy
  • The Social Safety Net
  • The Church and Latin America

 

 

 

John CarrJohn Carr, director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Carr is the Washington correspondent for America magazine who served for more than 20 years as director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Catholic Social Thought
  • Catholic Advocacy and Social Policy
  • The Church and Human Development
  • The Church and Employment
  • The Church and Families

 

 

Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.JRev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Development, School of Foreign Service, co-director, Program on the Church and the World at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Christiansen is a former editor of America magazine and former director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace. He has taught social ethics and peace studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame, where he was a founding staff member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Pope Francis and Diplomacy
  • Ethics and Human Development
  • Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs
  • The Church and Nonproliferation

Chester GillisChester Gillis, professor, theology department; director, Program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue. Gillis is the author of A Question of Final Belief: John Hick’s Pluralistic Theory of Salvation; Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology; Roman Catholicism in America; and Catholic Faith in America. He served as editor of The Political Papacy.

Areas of Expertise:

  • History of Catholicism and the Papacy
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Religious Pluralism

 

 

Mark GrayMark Gray, senior research associate; research associate professor, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Gray has been a primary investigator for CARA, conducting more than 20 national surveys of adult Catholics on everything from media use to sacramental practice.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Culture and Politics
  • Political Participation
  • Democratization
  • Religion and Politics

 

 

 

Dr. Ranit MishoriDr. Ranit Mishori, professor and director of global health initiatives, School of Medicine’s family medicine department; faculty leader for Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Clinic at Georgetown. Mishori has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and for Physicians for Human Rights and serves on various health-related advisory boards. A former journalist, Mishori continues to report and write on health and medicine, publishing more than 200 articles over the past decade in the popular press, including The Washington Post, Parade magazine, The NY Daily News and The Huffington Post.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health and Human Rights
  • Refugee Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Global Health Education
  • Public Health and Health Communications

Rev. John O'Malley, S.J.Rev. John O'Malley, S.J., university professor, theology department. O’Malley researches the religious culture of early modern Europe, especially Italy. The author of The First Jesuits, which has been translated into 10 languages, and What Happened at Vatican II, he has lectured widely in North America and Europe to both professional and general audiences.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Religious Culture
    • Catholic and Italian History

 

 

 

Diana OwenDiana Owen, associate professor, communications, culture and technology. Owen is the author of Media Messages in American Presidential Elections and co-author of New Media and American Politics and American Government and Politics in the Information Age. Her research explores the relationship between civic education and political engagement and new media’s role in politics.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Civic Education and Engagement
  • Media and Politics
  • Political Socialization

 

 

Dr. Rosemary K. SokasDr. Rosemary K. Sokas, chair, human science department, School of Nursing & Health Studies. Sokas has more than 30 years of experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine and public health. Her research and clinical work focuses on occupational and environmental health for high risk, low-wage vulnerable populations.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Occupational and Environmental Health for Vulnerable Populations
  • Social Justice in the Workplace