James David Ballard
- California State University, Northridge
- ballard@cs un.edu
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James David Ballard is a professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge. At this institution he teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. These focus on research methods and statistics. The undergraduate and graduate courses also included three varieties of terrorism classes, public policy, criminology, technology, and other courses.
In August of 2000, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a doctorate in sociology. His concentrations included political sociology, criminology, and deviance. His dissertation was a political sociological analysis of the Oklahoma City bombing case including the pre and post policy debates related to terrorism. He is the author of many articles, book chapters, and various governmental documents on transportation relate terrorism attacks.
In 2002, he testified in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate on the risk of terrorism attacks on transported nuclear waste products designated for shipment to the Yucca Mountain facility. In September 2008, he testified in the US Senate again on these issues.