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FAU Professor Kevin Wagner Chosen for Academic Fellowship to Study Terrorism

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 8, 2013) – Kevin Wagner, associate professor and director of graduate studies in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Political Science, has been chosen to be an Academic Fellow on the study of terrorism by The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. Wagner will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course on terrorism studies, focusing on how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected for this program to study how democracies cope with and combat terrorism,” said Wagner. “I intend to bring back my experiences and learning to the FAU community."

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S. –based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2013 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University, includes lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. It also includes “hands on” experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

“Terrorism remains the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies,” said Clifford May, president of FDD. “To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.”

Kevin Wagner received his M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. He has lectured extensively on American politics and has been cited in many leading newspapers including the New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, and the Miami Herald. Wagner also has been featured as the political analyst for CBS affiliate WPEC NewsChannel 12 in West Palm Beach and on national television including NBC’s “The Today Show” and MSNBC. At FAU, he currently teaches “Public Opinion and American Politics,” “Political Party and Interest Groups,” “Research Methods,” “Media in Politics,” “Politics in Film” and “Fiction, Judicial Politics, and Florida Politics.”

For more information on FAU’s Department of Political Science, call 561-297-3210.

For more information on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies or the Academic Fellowship program, call Dana Murphy, campus programs coordinator, at 202-207-0190.


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