A professor in Saint Mary's politics department, Alvarez is an expert on the CIA, government intelligence agencies and the history of the Vatican.

Alvarez can address contemporary national security issues and international government intelligence subjects, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Pakistan's relationship with U.S. intelligence agencies in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil and how American national security has been transformed in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Alvarez is also a leading authority on espionage and the Vatican and the history of the papacy.  His most recent book "The Pope's Soldiers" explores the military history of the Vatican.

Alvarez is also the author of Spies in the Vatican: Espionage and Intrigue from Napoleon to the Holocaust and Secret Messages: Codebreaking and American Diplomacy, 1930–1945 and Nothing Sacred: Nazi Espionage against the Vatican, 1933–1945.

Alvarez can be reached on campus at (925) 631-4585 or via e-mail at dalvarez@stmarys-ca.edu.  For assistance in reaching the professor after hours, or with another news topic, please contact Director of Media Relations Mike McAlpin at 925-631-4222 (office), 925-878-9535 (cell) or by email at mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu.

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