Faculty Profile: Derek 'Sandy' Hulme
Dr. Derick "Sandy" Hulme, professor of political science, calls the Olympic Games "the most attractive terrorist target because they command the widest, most extensive media coverage in the world." The author of The Political Olympics (1990), a book about the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics, and Palestinian Terror and U.S. Foreign Policy 1969-1977 (2004), a book about the impact of Palestinian terrorism on American foreign policy, Hulme frequently has been sought out by major media to comment on the politics of terrorism, especially during years when the Olympic Games are staged. He completed taping a segment project about the 1980 Olympic boycott for the ESPN 25 project that aired in 2004.
The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, the major Detroit newspapers and radio stations, and international press all sought Hulme"s expertise after the bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. He discussed the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and 2002 Winter Games on public radio stations and speculated on the 2000 site selection based on the new international and political order emerging after the end of the Cold War. Hulme is writing a book about the Bush administration"s roadmap to peace.
At Alma College, Hulme has been an advisor for the College's Model UN team that has received the top award at the world"s largest and most prestigious collegiate Model UN conference 11 consecutive years. As the director of the College's Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee, Hulme has helped identify and advise qualified students who have won some of the most prestigious scholarships in the academic world, including the British Marshall, Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Truman and Udall.
He received his B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University, New York and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.