Newswise — Johns Hopkins University sociologist Katherine Newman is available to speak with reporters covering yesterday's deadly shooting incident at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif.

Newman, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is a co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic Books, February 2004). Newman and her research team studied several school shootings that occurred in the late 1990s and their work could help people understand the mindset of school shooters and how warning signs are often unheeded.

During a high school shooting in Ohio in February, Newman was cited as a source by the Washington Post and USA Today, and she wrote a commentary for CNN's Global Public Square blog. Based on her research, Newman can also discuss personality profiles that are common among school shooters, who are often "failed joiners" who attempt to reach out socially but are rebuffed by their peers.

To speak to Newman, contact Amy Lunday at [email protected], 443-287-9960 office or 410-804-2551 cell.


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