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Citadel News Service
20 Jul 2007

Military and political science experts for debate

Welcome to The Citadel. We hope your visit to our campus is a positive one.

Our faculty experts at The Citadel can discuss a variety of military and political topics associated with the 2008 elections and the Democratic presidential debate on our campus.

If you would like to speak to one of our experts, please feel free contact them directly or for assistance email Citadel Public Affairs at or call us at 843-425-1177.

Robert E. Freer, Jr
Professor, School of Business Administration

Office: 843-953-4944
Cell: 843-324-7426

Robert Freer is a featured columnist on public policy issues for the Charleston Mercury, co-author and editor of Finding our Roots, Facing our Future, America in the 21st Century, published by Madison Books, and author of the forthcoming book on Citadel values to be published by The Citadel Press later this summer. A professor at the Charleston School of Law as well, he served as vice president and counsel for a Fortune 100 company and as a name partner in his Washington law firm with broad federal agency and congressional representation. He has also served as assistant general counsel of four National Republican Conventions and was appointed by President Reagan as a commissioner of The White House Fellows Commission. He is president of the Free Enterprise Foundation, a Charleston, S.C.-based academic business institute that partners with Charleston's three public universities in research and publication of materials on ethics, civic responsibility and free market solutions for societal problems. 

• Iraq war
• U.S. national intelligence
• U.S. foreign policy
• U.S. Congress
• Campaigns
• Elections
• Political parties
• The Citadel

DuBose Kapeluck
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

Office: 843-953-5067
Cell: 843-708-3269

DuBose Kapeluck is an assistant professor of political science at The Citadel. He served as a director for The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He has authored chapters in Louis Imbeau and Francis Petry (eds.) Politics, Institutions, and Fiscal Policy: Public Deficits and Surpluses in Federated States (2004), and The Citadel’s Robert P. Steed and Laurence W. Moreland (eds.) Writing Southern Politics: Contemporary Interpretations and Future Directions (2006). He is currently editing a book with professors Moreland and Steed on enduring and emerging trends in Southern politics and the 2008 election. He has provided commentary for Charleston television and his expertise has been cited in the Charleston Post and Courier, The State (Columbia, S.C.), the National Review Online, and the Charlotte Observer. 

• U.S. Congress
• Campaigns
• Elections
• Political parties
• The Citadel

Matthew J. Kutilek
(pronounced cute-ah-leck)
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Junior Marine Officer Instructor, The Citadel
Cell: 843-469-9535

Capt. Matthew Kutilek is a 2001 graduate of The Citadel where he earned a degree in history along with a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been deployed to Iraq twice – in 2003 and 2004. He was with Citadel graduate and classmate Dan Malcolm when Malcolm was killed by sniper fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Kutilek knows most of the other 11 Citadel graduates who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has led mobile assault platoons in hundreds of combat missions covering more than 7,000 miles in Hadithah, Barwana, Anna, Rawah, Fallujah, Nassar Was Salam and Abu Gharib. He commanded a platoon of 38 Marines and 2 Navy corpsmen during pivotal battle for Fallujah in November 2004. Capt. Kutilek returned to his alma mater in 2005 and teaches evolution of warfare and provides mentorship and guidance to future Marine Corps officers. Kutilek is featured in the book On Call in Hell by Cmdr Richard Jadick, a Navy doctor who recounts his experience with the 1st Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment in Iraq.

• Deployment experience in Iraq
• Leadership
• Citadel graduates who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan
• The Citadel experience
• The Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP)

Col. John Lackey
U.S. Army (retired) Special Forces

Former Assistant Commandant for Discipline, The Citadel
Cell: 843-469-1763

John Lackey spent 30 years in the U.S. Army and was a Special Forces intelligence officer serving in Vietnam, Panama, El Salvador, Europe and the first Gulf War. After retiring from the Army in 1991, he served in OSD as a special assistant for HUMINT and special operations intelligence. From 1994 to 2005 he was the assistant commandant for discipline at The Citadel. His key military assignments included senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in 1991, 82d Airborne Division in 1983, Special Forces Vietnam in 1969, commander of the 66th military intelligence brigade in Europe 1984, and Commander Intelligence Support Activity in 1988. A 1961 graduate of The Citadel, he is currently an adjunct political science professor teaching U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national intelligence structure, and limited war and U.S. national security. 

• Iraq war
• U.S. national intelligence
• U.S. foreign policy
• The Citadel experience

Gary Nichols
Professor of History

Department of History
Cell: 843-860-3861

W. Gary Nichols retires this year as professor of history. His academic career has been distinguished and includes Citadel Development Foundation awards for post-doctoral research grants, two sabbatical leave grants, and a number of travel and research grants to research American military history. He also has received research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the co-editor of Arms Control and Nuclear Weapons, published by Greenwood-Praeger Press. He is the author of a citation on The Citadel in The South Carolina Encyclopedia, The Sedan Incident and Frank Parker, published in The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia, and a bibliographical essay entitled World War I: Armed Forces, U.S. Army, for the Reader’s Guide to Military History. His biography of Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former president of The Citadel and the namesake of Summerall Field, Summerall Chapel and the Summerall Guards silent drill platoon, will be published by White Mane Press.

• History of The Citadel
• American military conflicts

Steve Nida
(pronounced nigh-da)
Professor and Department Head
Department of Psychology

Office: 843-953-5322
Cell: 843-906-4724

Steve Nida is a social psychologist whose specialties are in social influence and group processes. His current research interest is social exclusion and ostracism. At The Citadel his teaching responsibilities are primarily within social and general psychology, including his popular course titled Social Influence and Propaganda. The author of more than 60 professional papers, articles, and book chapters, Nida also has extensive experience as a consultant in a wide range of areas, including marketing, communication, business and medicine. 

•Media influence
• Political attitudes
• Persuasion and attitude change
• Advertising, marketing, propaganda
• Group behavior

Col. Earl Walker
U.S. Army retired

Professor of Management and Leadership, School of Business Administration
E-Mail: or
Cell: 843-324-8697

Earl Walker retired in July as dean of the School of Business Administration. He is a 1967 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who went on to become a professor of public policy, program director, and division chair in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He was a line Army officer who commanded armor units in Vietnam, Germany, and the United States and was airborne and ranger qualified. He retired in 1993 as an Army colonel after 26 years of service. As an Army officer, he graduated with distinction from every level of military schooling through the National War College. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on leadership, organizations, defense policy making, the presidency, and Congress. 

• Iraq war
• Immigration
• All areas in political science and particularly American Politics
• Oil prices and dependency

Christopher J. Wright
Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic History
Department of History
Office: 843-953-5047
Cell: 805-284-4346

Christopher Wright teaches early Islamic history and modern Middle East history. In addition his courses include specialized topics on the Crusades, the history of Muslim-Christian relations, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and anti-American sentiment and terrorism in the Middle East. His areas of interest and research also include early Christianity and Roman late antiquity. He is currently preparing his dissertation on the Islamic conquest of Egypt for publication. Linguistically, Wright has studied Arabic, Farsi, French, Biblical Hebrew, Syriac, Coptic, and Ancient Egyptian. 

• Modern Middle East
• Early Islamic history
• Islamic fundamentalism
• Extremism
• Militancy U.S. relations
• Foreign policy in the Middle East
• Terrorism
• The war on terror (from a mid-East context)
• The war in Iraq

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