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April 1, 2015

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WATERLOO – The state of Indiana is under public scrutiny after recently passing its religious freedom law. Simultaneously, the state has had to declare a public health emergency due to an outbreak of HIV linked to intravenous drug use. Several Laurier experts are available to comment on a variety of topics in Indiana.

Religion and Social Justice

  • Christopher F. J. Ross, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Religion and Culture, researches religion and psychology. His areas of expertise include religion and social justice, religion and social change, gender and religion, and the peace movement. Contact information: or at 519-884-0710 ext. 3679.

Religion and Politics

  • Paul Freston, Laurier professor and CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, studies the sociology of religion. His areas of expertise are in religion and politics worldwide, religion and globalization, and religious transnationalism from the global south. Contact information: or at 519-497-7719.

LGBTQ Rights and Human Rights

  • Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Laurier’s Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, studies human rights issues around the world. Her areas of expertise include gay and lesbian rights, women’s international rights, international human rights, economic human rights, sociology and politics of human rights, human rights and retrospective justice and human rights and globalization. Contact information: or at 905-529-9995.

HIV/AIDs Research

  • Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Healthy Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is an international expert on HIV/AIDs and global health policy, researches the economic and development impact of HIV/AIDS. Whiteside is well known for his work in this field and lectures on the international stage. He developed a successful training workshop, “Planning for HIV/AIDS,” and mentors students, academics and researchers in the field. Contact information:
  • Robb Travers, associate professor in Laurier’s Health Sciences program and Department of Psychology, maintains an active community-based research program that seeks to understand HIV “risk behaviours” in broader social context and the development and impact of interventions at various levels (individual, community and structural/societal). Contact information: or 519-884-0710 ext. 2577.

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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