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Occupy Wall Street Experts

October 17, 2011

The fol­low­ing is a list of Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to experts who can com­ment on a vari­ety of issues relat­ing to the Occu­py Wall Street move­ment.

Home­less­ness, pover­ty, social pol­i­cy
Urban neigh­bour­hood income inequal­i­ty
Decline of the mid­dle income group

David Hulchan­s­ki
Pro­fes­sor; Asso­ciate Direc­tor, Research
Cities Cen­tre
Fac­ul­ty of Social Work
St. George
Office: 416–978-4093
Cell: 416–509-5806

Civic par­tic­i­pa­tion
Pub­lic opin­ion
Effects of inequal­i­ty on social and polit­i­cal atti­tudes

Robert Ander­sen
Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
St. George
Office: 416–978-8262

Demo­c­ra­t­ic the­o­ry
Phi­los­o­phy of cities

Frank Cun­ning­ham
Cities Cen­tre
Depart­ment of Phi­los­o­phy
Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
St. George
Office: 416–978-5590
Home: 416–952-9788
Cell: 647–860-5371

Cit­i­zen­ship in the Cana­di­an city
Polit­i­cal mem­ber­ship
Civic respon­si­bil­i­ty

Emi­ly Gilbert
Direc­tor, Cana­di­an Stud­ies pro­gram
Grad­u­ate Pro­gram in Geog­ra­phy
Office: 416–978-0751

Social and polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy
Dis­trib­u­tive jus­tice
Wel­fare state

Joseph Heath
Direc­tor, Cen­tre for Ethics
Office: 416–978-6421

Phi­los­o­phy of action
Phi­los­o­phy of atten­tion
Phi­los­o­phy of con­scious­ness
Phi­los­o­phy of per­cep­tion
Phi­los­o­phy of val­ue

Benj Hel­lie
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Office: 416–978-3535

Occu­py Wall Street protests
Social move­ments and polit­i­cal protests
Use of dig­i­tal media for polit­i­cal orga­niz­ing
Media and pop­u­lar cul­ture stud­ies
Social impli­ca­tions of tech­nol­o­gy

Megan Bol­er
Asso­ciate Chair
OISE, The­o­ry and Pol­i­cy Stud­ies
Ontario Insti­tute for Stud­ies in Edu­ca­tion
St. George
*NOTE: Bol­er is cur­rent­ly in New York, so is only avail­able for print/radio inter­views over the phone. Email is best way to con­tact. 

Social and pol­i­cy impli­ca­tions of new media, inter­net, information/communications tech­nolo­gies
Andrew Clement
Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion
Office: 416–978-3143
Home: 416–922-0251
Cell: 416–922-0251

The Arab Awak­en­ing
Jens Peter Hanssen
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of His­to­ry
Near & Mid­dle East­ern Civ­i­liza­tions
St. George
Office: 416–978-3143
Home: 416–530-5701
Cell: 416–888-9981
Oth­er lan­guages: Ger­man, Ara­bic, French, Turk­ish

Cana­di­an eth­nic and alter­na­tive media
The Arab Awak­en­ing
Mass media of the Mid­dle East
Nation­al­ism and social move­ments in the Mid­dle East

Amir Has­san­pour
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor (Ret.)
Near & Mid­dle East­ern Civ­i­liza­tions
St. George
Office: 416–946-5216
Urgent con­tact: 416–929-4089
Oth­er lan­guages: Kur­dish, Per­sian, French

The Impact of Con­sumerism on Pol­i­tics and Cul­ture
The Nature of Con­sumerism
Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­i­ty

Dr. Trevor Nor­ris
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor
The­o­ry and Pol­i­cy Stud­ies
Office: 416 978‑1201

Amer­i­can pol­i­tics
Renan Levine
Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
Office: 416–208-2651
Home: 416–848-1871

Con­tem­po­rary pol­i­tics (jus­tice, cit­i­zen­ship)
Social change
Mark G. King­well
Depart­ment of Phi­los­o­phy (Trin­i­ty Col­lege)
St. George
Office: 416–978-3286

Demo­graph­ics, eco­nom­ics and pub­lic pol­i­cy
David K. Foot
Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics
St. George
Home: 416–484-9973
*NOTE: Foot is trav­el­ling fre­quent­ly and may be unavail­able for on-cam­era inter­views. Email is best way to con­tact.  

Polit­i­cal rad­i­cal­ism and reform move­ments (how cur­rent move­ment dif­fers from ear­li­er rad­i­cal protest move­ments in the U.S)
Arthur Sheps
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Trin­i­ty Col­lege and Scar­bor­ough, Depart­ment of His­to­ry
Depart­ment and Cen­tre for the Study of Reli­gion
Home: 416–964-7701

Pover­ty and home­less­ness
Wel­fare pol­i­cy

Ernie S. Light­man
Fac­ul­ty of Social Work
St. George
Office: 416–978-5570
Home: 416–960-5797

Amer­i­can polit­i­cal thought
Ryan Hurl
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor
Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
Cen­tre for the Study of the Unit­ed States
St. George
Office: 416–978-3334
Cell: 647–343-1055

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