Dr. Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger (PhD Indiana University 2005) is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University.   Her research in general focuses on social movements and political participation, political contention and extra-institutional (violent) participation, and political institutions.  Her recent work examines questions around terrorism, particularly women and terrorism.  She has published many journal articles and a book on the topic.  She is also an expert on European politics.  Dr. Poloni-Staudinger was a Distinguished Fulbright Fellow at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria in 2010 and has served as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.  She also taught at University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain and has traveled extensively and lived in many parts of Europe and the United States. Her email is Lori.Poloni-Staudinger@nau.edu.

Dr. Candice D. Ortbals (PhD Indiana University 2004) is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Social Science Division at Pepperdine University.  She researches gender and politics, focusing on social movements, state feminism, terrorism, and memory.  Her work largely examines politics in Spain.  She is the author, with Lori Poloni-Staudinger, of Terrorism and Violent Conflict:  Women’s Agency, Leadership and Responses (2012, Springer Press). She has also published in Politics & Gender, International Studies Quarterly, and Critical Terrorism Studies.  Her email address is cortbals@pepperdine.edu. 

Experts on Issues Surrounding Women and Terrorism

Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger and Candice D. Ortbals