The Dec. 7, 1941, attack at Pearl Harbor changed America and the world.

The pre-emptive military strike on the U.S. fleet base by the Empire of Japan annihilated U.S. Navy battleships, cruisers, aircraft and destroyers. More than 2,000 people were killed. It was a catalyst to U.S. involvement in World War II.

West Virginia University has faculty available in its political science and history departments in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences who can speak about the meaning and implications of Pearl Harbor in todays post-Sept. 11 world.

  • Professor Hong N. Kim teaches comparative politics with emphasis on East Asia. Formerly editor of Asia Pacific Review and currently editor of the International Journal of Korean Studies, he has contributed more than 100 articles to such journals as Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, World Politics, Korea and World Affairs, Journal of East Asia Studies and Current History. He is co-editor of six books, including”Korean Reunification: New Perspectives and Approaches,”“Japanese-Korean Relations in the 1990s,”and”North Korea: The Politics of Regime Survival.”He has been a Fulbright scholar at Keio University in Tokyo and Seoul National University in Korea. Kim can be reached at 304-293-3811 ext. 5278 or Hong.Kim@mail.wvu.edu .
  • Joe D. Hagan is the Barnette Professor in Political Science and chair of the political science department. He teaches courses in foreign policy and international relations, including a core undergraduate class on the politics of war and peace and both undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative foreign policy analysis. His research examines the domestic political sources of foreign policy as they relate to war, peace and change in international politics. He can be contacted at 304-293-3811 ext. 5283 or jhagan@wvu.edu .
  • James F. Siekmeier , assistant professor of history, teaches courses on the history of U.S. diplomacy. He has taught courses on U.S. and Latin American history at colleges and universities in Washington, D.C., New York, Iowa, Texas and Bolivia through Fulbright fellowships. Before teaching at WVU , he worked in the Office of the Historian in the U.S. Department of State, doing research and documentary editing for four volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. He can be contacted at 304-293-2421 ext. 5225 or James.Siekmeier@mail.wvu.edu .