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Sociologists Available to Discuss Significance of Osama bin Laden’s Death

WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2011 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to comment on the significance of Osama bin Laden’s death from a variety of perspectives.

Brian A. Monahan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. Monahan wrote a book, The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11, which, among other things, explores how and why September 11 became such a powerful symbol.

Lori Peek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. She recently wrote a book, Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9/11, and has also authored a number of other publications related to September 11. Peek is especially equipped to discuss the significance of bin Laden’s death for Muslim Americans.

Andrew J. Perrin is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Perrin has authored several articles related to 9/11. They include “Who Trusts? Race, Gender, and the September 11 Rally Effect Among Young Adults” in Social Science Research and "National Threat and Political Culture: Authoritarianism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the September 11 Attacks” in Political Psychology.

Orlando Rodriguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. His son was killed during the 9/11 attacks in New York. His essay, “What I Have Learned Since 9/11,” was published in 2005.

To request an interview, contact Daniel Fowler, ASA’s Media Relations and Public Affairs Officer, at (202) 527-7885 or


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