University of Houston Resources Address Paris Attacks, International Response

As you pursue stories relating to the attacks in Paris, please consider these experts from the University of Houston. 

Beverly Barrett, clinical assistant professor in the UH Hobby Center for Public Policy: Barrett is a scholar in European Union affairs and can discuss European and French politics. She also can address EU migration and security policy. Reach her at 713-743-0407 or 

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Stephen Barth, professor and attorney in the UH Hilton College: Barth can discuss the travel risk management in light of the attacks. Reach him at or 713-743-2415

Emran El-Badawi, assistant professor and director, Arab Studies program: Reach El-Badawi to discuss historical context of ISIS, the Middle East and Qur’anic studies. Reach him at or 713-743-3044

Cyrus A. Contractor, assistant professor of political science: Contractor’s area of expertise is political Islam, Middle East Politics and Shi’a politics. Reach him at or 713-743-7027

Patrick Shea, assistant professor of political science: Shea’s expertise deals with national security issues, international relations and politics of war. Reach him at 713-743-8971 or

Pablo Pinto, associate professor of political science: Reach Pinto to discuss issues on international security, international affairs and political economy. He also is bilingual. 713-743-2540 or

Lydia Tiede, associate professor of political science: Tiede’s recent research concerns human rights and refugees. Reach her at 713-743-1538 or 

Temple Northup, assistant professor in the Valenti School of Communication: Northup can provide perspective on media coverage and how that impacts news consumers’ attitudes and beliefs on those topics and related events. He also can address media stereotyping. He can be reached at 713-743-1697 or at


Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science: Rottinghaus discusses Texas politics and public opinion, as well as the media and political communication. Reach him at or 713-743-3925

Ed Hirs, lecturer in the department of economics: Hirs can address the impact of the Paris attacks on oil and energy markets. Reach him thought Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778 or