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June 09, 2022

Media Advisory: SIU experts available to discuss Jan. 6 committee hearings

With the scheduled start of the U.S. House of Representatives committee hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol set to start tonight (June 9), Southern Illinois University Carbondale has experts available to assist reporters and news crews with coverage.

The experts’ specialties include the historical significance and future impact the committee hearings have on the nation, American politics and the legal system.

These experts – from the School of Justice and Public Safety, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and SIU School of Law – with contact information to arrange for interviews, include:

Christopher Mullins, professor of criminology and criminal justice, specializes in political violence. He can discuss historical and contemporary U.S. extremist violence and extremist groups. He can be reached at or 618-559-5289 and is available for on-camera interviews, by telephone or Zoom. 

John T. Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, who spent 26 years in Washington, D.C., covering Congress and economic issues for Market News International before his arrival at SIU Carbondale in 2018. He has been a guest on the PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN. He can be reached at 618-453-4009 or

Sheila Simon, assistant professor in the SIU School of Law, returned to the university after serving as Illinois’ lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2015. She has taught classes on government ethics. Prior to her work at the law school, she was an assistant state’s attorney in Jackson County. She can be reached at or 618-967-2062 and is available to talk by telephone or Zoom.