University Professors are Sought After National Security Experts
University faculty in national security, criminal justice, and political science have conducted hundreds of media interviews over the past few months, sharing their expertise and insight on everything from immigration to the inauguration with media outlets from around the world.
March 3, 2021
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
Robert Sanders, LP.D., J.D., LLM, recently spoke to Bloomberg about a Texas ruling that temporarily blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to pause the deportations of undocumented immigrants. The news agency asked the retired U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Captain and former federal government organization counsel to share his insight into the state’s ruling.
“I’m hopeful that the court will see it as I perceive it to be – an attempt to tie the hands of the Biden administration in ways that are not consistent with presidential power in the areas of immigration,” said Dr. Sanders, chair of the University’s National Security Department.
Colleague Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D., a national security and political science professor, has also discussed a variety of current events in extensive media interviews. Dr. Schmidt has weighed in on everything from the inauguration to the cybersecurity hack against the United States government late last year.
“It appears the attackers may have taken our own tools for finding vulnerabilities in foreign networks,” Dr. Schmidt told USA Today at the time. “They hacked our hacking capability. It's very early, but the level of immediate reaction suggests a very, very serious intrusion.”
‘I'm concerned about the years to come’
News outlets around the country and the world have been featuring members of the University’s National Security Department, particularly since the period leading up to the presidential election.
Faculty have done hundreds of interviews since early November, speaking with outlets of all sizes, including those that reach national and international audiences. Howard Stoffer, Ph.D., an associate professor of national security, spoke with Newscabal UK News about the chances of a deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel.