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State of the Union 2016: GW Experts Available

January 05, 2016
President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12. Experts from the George Washington University, the campus with the most politically active students in the nation, are available to comment on the president’s proposals and their policy and political implications. GW experts are also available to discuss specific topics, such as race relations and the Islamic State group, expected to be raised in the president’s speech. 
To schedule an interview with any of these experts, contact Jason Shevrin at 202-994-5631 or [email protected]
GW’s Flash Studio can accommodate live, remote or taped television and radio interviews.
Mark Kennedy, director of the Graduate School of Political Management, is a former member of Congress. He can comment on all aspects of the State of the Union, including the perspective of a legislator sitting in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber during the speech. Click here for sample videos of Mr. Kennedy.
Lara Brown, director of the Political Management program, is an expert on presidential candidates, congressional incumbents and American political parties. She can comment on a wide range of national political issues and how the president’s speech sets the tone for the upcoming campaign season. Click here to watch sample video of Dr. Brown.
John Sides, associate professor of political science, is an expert on political behavior in American and comparative politics. He can comment on political campaigns, voting and public opinion. Dr. Sides is a contributor to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and wrote a book analyzing the 2012 presidential election. Click here to watch sample video of Dr. Sides.
Lee Huebner, the Airlie Professor of Media and Public Affairs, is an expert in political communications. He worked as a special assistant to President Richard Nixon and was deputy director of the White House writing and research staff during his administration. He can comment on the process of writing a State of the Union address. Click here for sample video of Dr. Huebner.
Matthew Dallek, assistant professor of political management, is an expert on political leadership, the presidency and political Washington. He can comment on modern American political history, campaigns and elections, the use of presidential power and the conservative movement. Click here to watch sample video of Dr. Dallek.
Matthew Hindman, associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs, focuses on political communication with a concentration on Internet politics. He can speak about political communications and online campaigning. Click here for sample video of Dr. Hindman.
David Karpf, assistant professor of media and public affairs, is an expert on political communications and online organizing. He can comment on online campaigning and organizing, “netroots” organizations and differences between the parties in terms of political technology. Click here for sample video of Dr. Karpf.
Steve Roberts, the J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, has 50 years of journalism experience. He worked for the New York Times for 25 years, including stints as both White House and congressional correspondent. He can comment on a wide range of political and news topics related to the State of the Union. Click here for sample video of Mr. Roberts.