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Orlando Shooting: GW Experts on Terrorism, Extremism and LGBT History Available to Comment

June 12, 2016
 
Authorities are investigating the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history after a gunman reported to have pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people and injured dozens more at a gay nightclub in Orlando. George Washington University experts are available to discuss terrorism, extremism, the process of radicalization and Americans who are inspired by ISIS. Historians also are available to discuss violence against LGBT people in the U.S.
 
Recently, the Program on Extremism at GW published a comprehensive report on ISIS in America, tracking the group's recruitment and influence on American extremists. As of June 1, 88 people have been charged in the U.S. with ISIS-related offenses since March 2014.
 
To schedule interviews, contact GW Media Relations at 202-994-6460 or gwmedia@gwu.edu. GW’s Flash Studio can accommodate live, remote or taped television and radio interviews.
 
Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president and director of the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, is an expert on national and homeland security strategy and policy matters. Prior to joining GW, Mr. Cilluffo served as special assistant to the president for homeland security. He is routinely called upon to advise the executive branch, military and state and local governments.
 
Lorenzo Vidino, director of the GW Program on Extremism, is one of the top experts on Islamic extremism in North America and Europe. His research has focused on the mobilization of jihadist networks and government policies to counter radicalization. 
 
Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the GW Program on Extremism, is a leading expert on homegrown extremism and countering violent extremism. Mr. Hughes previously worked at the National Counterterrorism Center, led engagements with Muslim-American communities across the nation and met with families of individuals who joined terrorist organizations. 
 
Frederic Lemieux, professor and program director of Police and Security Studies, is an expert in criminology. His research has focused on policing, homeland security and responses to mass shootings in the U.S.
 
Chad Heap, associate professor of American studies, is a historian of gay and lesbian American culture. He has focused on the history of LGBT movements and can discuss violence against LGBT people. 

 
Calvin Warren, assistant professor of American studies, is a historian who has focused on the intersections of race, sexuality and violence. He can discuss hate-motivated violence and violence against LGBT people.
 
Richard A. Cooter is the director of the Forensic Psychology program at GW. Dr. Cooter performs psychological evaluations for courts and regularly represents individuals who are the subject of involuntary commitment proceedings. He can discuss the psychology of a would-be assassin and what motivates people to attack political leaders.
 
Frank Sesno is the director of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs and an Emmy-award winning journalist. His career spans more than three decades, including 21 years at CNN where he served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington Bureau Chief. He can discuss the media coverage of the Orlando shooting. 
 
Scott White is associate professor and director for cybersecurity at the GW College of Professional Studies. He is a criminologist with an accomplished career in security. Before joining GW in June 2016, Dr. White served as professor of national security management and director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel. He was a commissioned officer with the Canadian Forces Military Intelligence Command (Department of National Defence) and worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He also served as an associate consultant in terrorism and intelligence analysis at MONAD Security Audit Systems. Additionally, he has consulted with federal, state, provincial and municipal police services in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
 
Lynn R. Goldman is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Goldman’s career includes deep public policy and academic experience. Prior to joining GW in August 2010, she was a professor of environmental health sciences at The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also served as an administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Bill Clinton. As Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health she has spoken out about a wide range of issues including gun violence. She can talk about the Orlando shooting in the context of gun violence in the United States and how it can be viewed as a top public health issue.