WestConn faculty members Dr. Casey Jordan, professor of justice and law administration; Dr. Kevin Gutzman, associate professor of history; and Dr. Burton Peretti, professor of history, have shared their professional insights with television viewers around the nation and the world through their appearances on international news programs.
Jordan, a criminologist and attorney with more than 20 years of teaching, mediation, scholarly research and criminal justice consulting experience, served as the in-house CNN criminologist during the 2002 D.C. sniper coverage, and has been a guest criminologist, legal analyst and expert commentator for more than 800 television shows and newspaper stories. Her insights have aired regularly on Court TV, “America’s Most Wanted,“ ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “20/20,” MSNBC, Fox News and other broadcast programs. On the TruTV series “Unsolved Murder Unit,” she teamed with a forensic pathologist and police detective to reprocess evidence and develop leads in unsolved homicide cases.
Gutzman, American history specialist, constitutional scholar and author of the best-seller, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution,” appeared in April 2009 on the Lou Dobbs Show on CNN. Gutzman is an expert on the middle period of American history from 1760 to 1877, and he has published and lectured extensively on the U.S. Constitution and the history of the American South. He is the author of other books including his most recently published work, “Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776–1840,” and has written many professional articles, reviews and encyclopedia entries. Thomas Woods, writing on the Tenth Amendment Center Web site, described “Virginia’s American Revolution” as “not only an invaluable contribution to the scholarly literature, but also a treasure trove for those who would recapture the original American republic.”
Peretti, chairman of the university’s department of history and non-Western cultures, appeared on an episode of PBS television’s “History Detectives.” The PBS program, which airs Mondays at 9 p.m., attempts to solve historical mysteries by separating fact from myth and exploring challenges that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Between the pages of a library book, well-worn after many years, a young girl found a Boy Scout program for an event in 1933 at a famous Manhattan hotel. After being contacted by the Oregon girl, the PBS show’s detectives wanted to know, among other things, if President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was at the event. That’s when they turned to Peretti. Peretti said the charity ball that he was asked to research was held at the Waldorf-Astoria. FDR was a well-known supporter of the Boy Scouts. But, said Peretti, during the era of the Great Depression, FDR had myriad economic issues to contend with. By delving into the archives of The New York Times, Peretti was eventually able to confirm that those economic issues were indeed pressing and on that particular April 1933 evening, he was at the White House hammering out details of an economic plan.