News Release: Faculty Experts, Finance and Economics, Politics

Feb. 24,  2009

Obama Speech: Experts Available to Weigh In

Emory University experts in finance, economics, tax law, housing and other specialties are available to comment on many of the issues President Barack Obama addressed in his first prime-time speech to Congress, described as “a sober and frank assessment of the situation America finds itself in right now." 


Congressional expert Randall Strahan, professor of political science, is working on a book about partisanship in Congress. He is the author of "Leading Representatives: The Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House," published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University Press. 404-727-7913,

Deficits, stock market

Hashem Dezhbakhsh (pronounced DEZ-bosh), chair of Emory's Department of Economics, can discuss deficits and other specialties including financial markets and stock market volatility, the oil market and general macroeconomic trends and changes. 404-727-4679,

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Federal tax policy

Dorothy Brown, professor of law, specializes in federal tax law and critical race theory and is known for her work examining the racial implications of federal tax policy. She has been an adviser to J. Stephen Swift of the U.S. Tax Court, an associate with Haynes & Miller in Washington, D.C., and an investment banker at New York’s Drexel, Burnham & Lambert. She also was a special assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 404-712-8218,

More: Tax Provisions Hopeful Sign in New Stimulus, Says Tax Expert

Global economic crisis

Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of international business and finance at Goizueta Business School, specializes in global strategy, global economics and international finance. He has served as a senior international economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and was a student of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke at MIT. 404-727-6360,

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Housing crisis

Frank Alexander, professor of law, has served as a consultant to state and local governments across the country on affordable housing and community redevelopment. The Brookings Institution released a paper by Alexander calling for the federal government to advance policies that support regional and local land banking as a solution to the glut of vacant and abandoned properties. He also was called on by Congress to comment on housing issues as part of last fall's government bailout bill. 404.727.6982,

More: Land Banking Key Solution For Vacant, Abandoned Properties, Says Emory Expert

Speech and rhetoric

James Roland is director of Community Debate Programs and debate coach for Emory's Barkley Forum. He is a former nationally ranked debater has been a debate advisor to the U.S. State Department. 404-727-6189 or


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