I am the faculty coordinator for the International Justice program. I have taught in Korea, been on a business school program in China, and studied civil conflicts through Yale's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence in Greece. I also have extensive experience in Israel and knowledge of the Middle East as my family emigrated from Libya to Israel after the Second World War. I just got back from Mexico City (6/2017), a trip that reinforced my love for meeting new people, helping the impoverished and building bridges between cultures. The world can be a scary place, but it is also getting better in many ways so I always go back to my new mantra inspired by the electronic outfit Above & Beyond to "never lose hope."
I came to Montclair State from MIT with specialties in terrorism and political theory.
Today, I study the effects of current world issues--state failure, civil conflicts, terrorism--on human migration. I teach courses on a few of these issues including International Civil Conflicts, Terrorism and Social Justice, and Justice in World Migration.
My book Freedom and Order: How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties after Terrorist Attacks--and Why Sometimes They Don't (Lexington Books 2011) explains variation in government legislative responses to terrorism. It includes an extensive description of how the Patriot Act was passed (and its contents). It also employs the cases of Israel and the United Kingdom to show that legislative responses to terror attacks vary greatly and that counterterrorism legislation is not always proposed--even sometimes being blocked by the legislature after being proposed.
I have also published work on international human rights, terrorism and globalization, terrorist radicalization in prisons, and state failure.
Here are some of the courses I teach:
JUST 103: Intro to International Justice
JUST 204: Perspectives in Justice Studies I
JUST 210: International Justice II
JUST 240: Statistics for Social Research
JUST 300: Research in Justice Studies
JUST 310: Theories of Justice
JUST 324: Terrorism and Social Justice
JUST 360: Rights, Liberties and American Justice
JUST 406: International Civil Conflicts
JUST 408: Justice in World Migration
Faculty Coordinator for International Justice concentration
Acting Deputy Chair, Justice Studies Department, Fall 2017
Head of Department Personnel Advisory Committee, 2017-2018
University Senator, 2012-present
Former Engaged Teaching Fellow (2x)
Specialties: Migration, Human Rights, Global Justice, Terrorism, Political Theory, and Civil War.