LOS ANGELES – Loyola Marymount University has faculty experts available to add to coverage of the 2022 Winter Games from Friday, Feb. 4, to Sunday, Feb. 20, in China. LMU and LMU Loyola Law School professors can add context and commentary to stories about Beijing as the host city, diplomatic boycotts, sponsorships and advertising, athletes’ fitness regimens, mental health and wellness, and more.
Email email@example.com or call our Media Line, 310.258.4636, to request an interview with these and other faculty members:
Hawley C. Almstedt, Professor of Health and Human Sciences, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Almstedt specializes in sports nutrition and bone health and can offer insights about the athletes’ fitness regimens, training, endurance and exercise programs. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and former collegiate gymnast and gymnastics judge.
Shaun Anderson, Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, College of Communication and Fine Arts
Anderson is an expert on social responsibility and sport, which encompasses aspects of race and sport, diversity and sport, leadership in sport, and community development through sport. He has written extensively about athlete activism, the social well-being of athletes, and how sport organizations can engage in community development.
Christopher Finlay, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Communication Studies, College of Communication and Fine Arts
Finlay specializes in digital media/social media, international relations, political and strategic communication, and the Olympics and sports communication. His research focuses on these issues in American, Chinese and global contexts. He can comment on diplomatic boycotts, athletes and social media, nationalism, Olympic sponsorship and the International Olympic Committee.
Justin Hughes, Hon. William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, LMU Loyola Law School
Hughes specializes in issues of international trade, including global intellectual property protections, drawing on experience as a White House international trade negotiator. He can also discuss the consumption of Western media by Chinese consumers.
William Parham, Professor, Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology; Director, Center for Trauma Informed Education, School of Education
A licensed and board-certified psychologist and member of the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Parham has worked with athletes in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball, U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Tennis Association and Major League Soccer, as well as with college, amateur and youth athletes. Areas of expertise include trauma counseling and the interplay between sport psychology, diversity/equity/inclusion, and health psychology.
Gene Park, Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Park’s areas of expertise include the political dynamics of East Asia, the politics of globalization, and rivalry and cooperation in Asia.
Andy Rohm, Professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration
Rohm specializes in new media and branding/ marketing strategies and can discuss Olympic sponsorships and advertising. He serves on the leadership team of LMU’s M-School Institute of Marketing and worked previously in leadership roles at Brooks Sports and Reebok.
Cesare P.R. Romano, Professor of Law and W. Joseph Ford Fellow, LMU Loyola Law School
Romano is an expert on issues related to international human rights and how they may be addressed by international courts, tribunals and other methods.
Rajika Shah, Director, Genocide Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School
Shah can comment on China’s alleged ongoing genocide of the Uighurs and countries’ varied reactions as related to participation in the Winter Olympics.