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The Office of Communications works closely to assist national, state, and local media in answering questions about Birmingham-Southern College, covering events on campus, and seeking expert opinions and commentary. The director of communications serves as the chief spokesperson for the college. The office also provides information about student achievements to hometown media outlets and produces multimedia features about the college. The director of sports information reports scores for BSC’s athletic teams and documents the accomplishments of student athletes.

For general media assistance, contact:

Hannah Wolfson, Director of Communications, (205) 226-4922,
Pat Kindall, Communications Specialist, (205) 226-4907,

For sports media assistance, contact:

Jennifer Jones, Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations, (205) 226-7732,

A few of our faculty experts

R. Scot Duncan (forest restoration, forest fire, stream ecology)
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: (205) 226-4777
Dr. Duncan’s research specialties include plant, forest, stream, and avian ecology and conservation biology, especially in Alabama and the region. His current research focuses on Montane longleaf pine forests, the stream ecology of the Cahaba River and Black Warrior River Watersheds, and prescribed burns in Alabama forests. He also teaches field ornithology.

Vince Gawronski (natural disasters, violence, Latin America)
Professor of Political Science
Office phone: (205) 226-4836
Dr. Gawronksi is an expert in Mexico and Central America, where he researches both political development and the political impacts of natural disasters. He has studied disaster response in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaraqua, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, and Mexico. He has also commented on natural disaster responses here in Alabama, and has looked at the impacts of migration in the U.S. and in Mexico.

William G. Holt (urban planning, environmental studies)
Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Urban Environmental Studies
Office: (205)226-4834
A recent addition to the BSC faculty, Dr. Holt heads the Urban Environmental Studies Program. He has a wide range of interests, including: environmental policy, urban planning and design, urban sociology, climate change, green building, land use issues, and community development. Before entering academia, Dr. Holt worked as an urban planner and was involved with planning for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2050 Monumental Core Plan for the nation’s capital.

Randall Law (terrorism, Russia)
Associate Professor of History 
Office phone: (205) 226-7836
Dr. Law is an historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and an expert on the history of terrorism. His book, Terrorism: A History, tracks shifting understandings of terrorism through the ages and puts terrorism into a broad historical, political, religious, and social context. 

Jack Taylor (retail development, business)
Joseph S. Bruno Professor of Retailing
Office: (205) 226-4822
Dr. Taylor’s academic interest include retailing, customer satisfaction, insurance, business ethics and business law. Along with a Ph.D. in marketing, he holds a J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law. Dr. Taylor comments frequently in local news outlets about Birmingham- and Alabama-based retail and economic development concerns.