Russ Crandall is one of numerous Davidson professors whose work extends to the nation’s capital and beyond.
Late last year, Chris Alexander saw his book Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb become a must-have for the inner circles of Middle East policy. Alexander, who serves as the McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, was “drinking from the fire hose” of international conversation, giving interviews to global news outlets, traveling to Washington, D.C., for briefings with government and military personnel, and writing articles for Foreign Policy magazine. Alexander traveled to Tunisia in June.
Julio Ramirez, a neuroscientist and R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology, was honored in person by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Somalia expert Ken Menkhaus is a regular source of expert testimony to the U.S. Senate, and is a regular interviewee on BBC, CNN, Voice of America, and NPR, which often book studio time through WDAV. Professor of political science at Davidson, Menkhaus has worked closely with the United Nations, the U.S. Army, non-governmental organizations, and policy research institutes.
Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of Political Science, has been elected to the Board of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, alongside former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright. Rigger also has participated in National Committee seminars on Chinese affairs for military leaders in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Armfield Professor of English Brenda Flanagan serves frequently as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, with recent visits to Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Chad, Panama, and India. She was the first Afro-Caribbean writer to be sent to Libya in 25 years, and the first speaker there since America and Libya resumed relations.
Also of note: The D.C. alumni chapter is one of the college’s strongest, and civic ties outside academia will only grow stronger with a number of Davidson movers and shakers in the top echelons of planning the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012. Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93, who met with Obama earlier this year, and Will Miller ’78 were instrumental in Charlotte getting the convention; and Dan Murrey ’87 has been named chair of the Charlotte host committee.