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FIU experts available to discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict and related topics

FIU experts available to discuss Ukraine-Russia conflict and related topics

February 24, 2022 at 1:00pm

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine Thursday morning, FIU has experts available to discuss a variety of topics surrounding the crisis.

The list will be continuously updated as the situation unfolds in the coming days.

Russia-Ukraine Relations

Cybersecurity

Human Rights

Nuclear Power

History

Economy & Business

Communications & Linguistics

Health

For help reaching any of our experts, please contact the Office of Media Relations:

  • Maydel Santana, associate vice president: 305-348 -1555, santanam@fiu.edu
  • Madeline Baro, director of media relations: 305-348-2234, mbaro@fiu.edu
  • Dianne Fernandez, broadcast media specialist: 305-608-4870, dfernand37@fiu.edu 
  • Amy Ellis, communications manager, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs: 352-999-0577, amy.ellis@fiu.edu
  • JoAnn Adkins, director of marketing & PR, College of Arts, Sciences & Education: 305-348-0398, jadkins@fiu.edu
  • Cynthia Corzo, assistant director of media relations and communications, College of Business: 305-348-1664, ccorzo@fiu.edu
  • Elizabeth Calzadilla, director of marketing and communications, College of Engineering & Computing: 786-338-3346, ecalzadi@fiu.edu
  • Katherine Dagand, account manager, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy: 305-348-7235, kdagand@fiu.edu
  • Heather Radi-Bermudez, director of communications and public relations, College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts: 305-919-4050, hradi@fiu.edu

Russia-Ukraine Relations

Tatiana Kostadinova
Professor
Department of Politics and International Relations
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Kostadinova’s expertise is in post-Communist Europe, including Central Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia. Her research focuses on political institutions with a special emphasis on electoral systems and reform, as well as East European democratic transition. She teaches courses in Russian politics and has lived and conducted research in Eastern Europe, including Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia.

Cell: 786-247-9816
Email: Tatiana.Kostadinova@fiu.edu 


Besiki Kutateladz
Associate Director, Center for the Administration of Justice
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Born in the Republic of Georgia, Kutateladze can speak about Russian aggression against Georgia during the 2008 war, as well as Georgians' warnings about possible future aggression from the Putin regime. From 2008 to 2013, he played a crucial role in the development of the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators and their field testing in Haiti and Liberia. In 2002, he was the U.S. State Department Fellow from the Republic of Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the CUNY Graduate Center and a law degree from the Republic of Georgia.

Cell: 917-637-0844
Email:bkutatel@fiu.edu


Mario Loyola
Research Assistant Professor
Director, Environmental Finance & Risk Management
FIU Institute of Environment
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Loyola is a former defense policy adviser at the Pentagon and in the U.S. Senate. He has written several opinion pieces on Russia-Ukraine relations and can speak to the historical, strategic, diplomatic and military dimensions of this situation.

Loyola is also available for Spanish language interviews.

Office: 202-539-4499
Email:mloyola@fiu.edu


Galina Bogatova
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Politics and International Relations
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs 

Bogatova is a doctoral candidate in international relations focusing on gender and security studies, with an emphasis on Russian regional politics. Born in Russia, she completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at the International Banking Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2011 and her master’s degree in international relations at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) in 2015. Most of her work concerns ideational, sentimental and strategical dynamics in Eastern Europe and Middle Asia with a focus on Russian foreign policy. Galina has collaborated with researchers in economics, sociology, anthropology and psychology to explain ideological frameworks of states’ militaristic sentiments, revisionist foreign policy and aggression. Bogatova is an alum of The Washington Center, during which time she interned with the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and participated in civic engagement projects targeting immigrant women, which prompted her interest in gender implications in international law. Galina’s research interests lie in the area of international political economy and gender dynamics in security studies.  

Cell: 786-720-9342
Email:gboga002@fiu.edu 



Cybersecurity

Alexander Crowther
Visiting Research Professor
Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Crowther can discuss cyber policy, national security policy, Russia, NATO, and counterterrorism. Crowther is currently a Cyber Policy specialist in the Expert Consultant program at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C, as well as a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis. He is also an adjunct senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct research professor of national security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute. 

Crowther is available for interviews in Spanish and English.

Email: gcrowthe@fiu.edu


Brian Fonseca
Director, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy
Executive Director, Cybersecurity@FIU
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Fonseca can discuss cybersecurity and Russian relations with Latin America. Fonseca serves as a Cybersecurity Policy fellow at the D.C.-based think tank New America and is co-author of “The New US Security Agenda: Trends and Emerging Threats”. His technical expertise and publications focus largely on national security and foreign policies, with particular focus on cyberspace. Fonseca can speak on cybersecurity and emerging threats, among other topics.

Office: 305-348-7420
Cell: 305-218-6323
Email:fonsecab@fiu.edu 


Robert Peacock
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs 

Peacock's research examines enforcement agency policies and practices in relation to cybersecurity and personnel misconduct and corruption. From 2000 to 2003, as Second Secretary of the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, he was responsible for the relationship with Russia and neighboring states. He is currently directing USAID cybersecurity support to higher education in Ukraine. For 10 years, he ran the Department of Justice’s law enforcement reform program office in Kyiv and the former Soviet region. Peacock previously served eleven years as a grey arms and money-laundering analyst including two years as the Libyan Sanctions Report Editor in the US Department of State. His areas of expertise include cybercrime and security, criminal justice reform, officer integrity, grey arms and money laundering and UN sanctions enforcement.  

Cell: 305-216-4801
Email: rpeacock@fiu.edu  



Nuclear Power

Konstantinos Kavallieratos
Professor
Biomolecular Sciences Institute
College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Kavallieratos can discuss the concern related to the safety of nuclear materials and proper maintenance of nuclear power stations in a war situation. He is a professor and director of the FIU Nuclear Graduate Research Fellowship and FIU-Nuclear Energy Scholarship and Fellowship Programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His areas of expertise include inorganic chemistry and radiochemistry.

Phone: 305-348-6034
Email: kavallie@fiu.edu


 

David Roelant
Director 
Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research and Education Program
College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Roelant can discuss issues related to nuclear power plant maintenance and operations and the Chernobyl nuclear site. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and 40+ years of nuclear experience and expertise. He is FIU’s Radiation Safety Officer and teaches tadiochemistry labs and nuclear radiation detection and measurement labs.

Office: 305-348-6625   
Email: roelantd@fiu.edu



Human Rights 

Martin Palouš
Director
Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Palouš is the former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States and the United Nations. One of the first signatories of Charter 77, Palouš served as spokesman for the dissident human rights group before serving as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the newly formed Czech Republic. Palo uš is a noted expert on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, authoring the chapter on the Czech Republic in the European Commission report, Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism in the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermath.

Phone: 347-366-1248 (via Whatsapp after 2/24/22)
Email:  martin.palous@gmail.com



History

Rebecca Friedman
Associate Professor
Department of History
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Friedman’s research focuses on gender and the family in modern Russian in the context of Russia's relationship to modern European institutions and ideologies, with a special emphasis on masculinity, domestic interiors and childhood. She is the author of Masculinity, Autocracy and the Russian University, 1804-1863 (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2005) and (with Barbara Clements and Dan Healy) the collection Russian Masculinities in History and Culture (Palgrave, 2002), which is the first volume in English to focus on the growing field of Russian masculinity studies. She is currently working on a monographic study of gender, childhood and the domestic interior from the middle of the 19th century through the first decades of Bolshevik rule.

Cell:  305-333-1542
Email:  Rebecca.Friedman@fiu.edu



Economy & Business 

Edgardo Pappacena
Adjunct Professor of Strategy & International Business
Department of International Business
College of Business

Pappacena has extensive experience in global strategic issues at the intersection of economic, geopolitical, and technological megatrends. His research focuses on how leaders need to evolve their strategic thinking skills to deal with a complex and volatile environment shaped by the convergence of global trends and transitions. He is currently CEO of Cani Investments and previously was a member of PwC’s global leadership team, overseeing strategic acquisitions and investments, global brand positioning, and business model transformation. Earlier in his career he was a client service partner at Arthur Andersen for 37 years and worked with global and multinational clients in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. 

Cell: 954-445-9543
Office: 305-348-2791
Email:epappace@fiu.edu


Deanne Butchey
Teaching Professor
Department of Finance
College of Business

Butchey can discuss stock prices, financial markets, gasoline prices, impact on personal finances, among other topics. Before joining FIU Business, professor Butchey worked as an Investment Banker and Financial Services Stock Research Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston in their Toronto offices. Prior to this, she was a stock broker at Scotia McLeod and Merrill Lynch in Toronto.

Cell: 954-257-4911
Email:butcheyd@fiu.edu  



Communications & Linguistics 

Phillip M. Carter
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Director of the Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment
College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Carter is available to speak about linguistic issues pertaining to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, including how certain areas of Ukraine have switched to speaking Russian. His research has been published in the top journals in linguistics and related fields, including Language in Society, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Latino Studies, Language and Communication, and American Speech. With Julie Tetel Andresen. He is co-author of the cutting edge book Languages in the World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language. 

Office: 305-348-1149
Cell: 213-359-6215
Email: pmcarter@fiu.edu


Davina Clarke
Assistant Teaching Professor
College of Communication, Architecture & The Arts

Clarke has over 15 years of teaching experience covering a variety of communication courses, and is the course director for Business Communication at FIU. Clarke’s areas of expertise include advanced business communications, nonverbal communications, and conflict management.

Email:daclarke@fiu.edu 


Aileen Izquierdo
Associate Teaching Professor
Chair, Communication Department
College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts

Izquierdo specializes in crisis communications and is a communications professional with more than 20 years of strategic communications, branding and crisis communications experience. She has held executive, management positions as vice president for communications at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University.

Email:aiizquie@fiu.edu
Hugo Ottolenghi
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Communication
College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts

Ottolenghi is an expert in political communications. He can address how the Russia-Ukraine conflict can impact midterm elections and those who are campaigning now.

Email: ottoleng@fiu.edu


Maria Ines Marino
Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Communication
College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts

Marino is a non-verbal communication specialist who can address cues and body language from those involved in and speaking on the conflict. Her research interests include emerging technologies that unite the fields of non-verbal communication and intercultural communication.

Marino is also available for interviews in Spanish.

Email: mmari006@fiu.edu 



 

Health

Alena Prikhidko
Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology — Counselor Education program
College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Prikhidko is an Assistant Professor in FIU’s Department of Counseling, Recreation and School. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the Russian State University for the Humanities, specializing in Social Psychology of Emotions and Group Counseling. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Florida. Prikhidko worked as a Mental Health and Marriage and Family counselor in Russia and in the United States. Her research interests include emotion regulation, emotion socialization, ethics in counseling and counselors' development. She can speak about the mental health toll of this crisis and what therapists may do to help.

Email: aprikhid@fiu.edu