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Panelist Bio


Philip W. Barker, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Centenary College of Louisiana

Philip Barker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he has been for the last two years. He teaches a variety of courses in International Politics, covering a diversity of subject matter (from U.S. Foreign Policy to International Law and from Europe to Latin American and Africa).

Philip received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Texas A&M University and completed his master's work and PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on religious nationalism in Europe and the Middle East.

Philip is the author of the forthcoming book, If God Be for Us: Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe in which he explores the historic roots of religious identity in nations such as Ireland, Poland, and Greece. He is also currently carrying out research that look's at how the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are reshaping religiously based identities in both the United States and the Middle East. He has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

On a personal level, Philip has a passion for travel. He recently took a group of students from Centenary to Spain for two weeks in order to explore the nature of Spanish identity throughout history. He is planning a return trip next year.

He currently lives in Shreveport with his wife and two year old son.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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