News Release: Faculty Experts, Finance and Economics, Law, Politics

Jan. 26,  2010

Experts Available to Comment on Obama State of the Union Address

President Obama's first state of the union address provides an opportunity for both the president and the country to consider the nation's priorities and how to move ahead during difficult times. Experts at Emory University are available to comment on the issues outlined in the president's speech.

National Politics


Alan I. Abramowitz is a renowned expert on national politics and elections. His expertise includes election forecasting models, party realignment in the United States, congressional elections and the effects of political campaigns on the electorate. Abramowitz has authored or coauthored four books, including "Voice of the People: Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States."  Alan Abramowitz, 404.727.0108

Race and Politics


Andra Gillespie is a political scientist and expert on the political leadership of the post-civil rights era generation. She is editor of the recently released "Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership," featuring case studies of prominent black elected officials largely born after 1960, and asks whether the advent of a new generation of black political leadership will actually lead to substantive political changes in the black community. She can discuss issues regarding race, leadership, branding and general political strategy from an elections standpoint.  Andra Gillespie, 404.727.9748

U.S. Congress


Randall Strahan, a specialist in congressional politics, says Obama's State of the Union address "is potentially a very important speech in revealing how the president will respond to the change in the political environment as signaled by the vote in the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat." Strahan is the author of "Leading Representatives: The Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House" and is working on a book about partisanship in Congress. Randall Strahan, 404.727.7913

Global Economy, Economic Policy, Jobs


Jeff Rosensweig can address the federal deficit and its implications for Obama's policy choices. He also is looking at Obama's policies and the possibility of inflation, whether the global economy can help the U.S. economy, and the future of the job market. A specialist in international business and finance and director of the Global Perspectives Program at Goizueta Business School, Rosensweig 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. Jeff Rosensweig, 404.727.6360

Tom Smith, a labor economist who teaches the practice of finance at Goizueta Business School, has kept a close eye on unemployment, job trends, markets and bailout developments, and can comment on the effect of the president's fiscal policies. Tom Smith, 404-727-3605

Ray Hill, a former investment banker who specializes in managerial economics and finance, can comment on the administration's fiscal policies, the effects of the bank bailout and the outlook for business. Ray Hill, 404.727.8597

Terrorism/Guantanamo Detainees


Charles Shanor, professor of law and specialist in military law, can discuss the legal and practical issues surrounding the future of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and legal issues in dealing with terrorist suspects. Shanor, who teaches a seminar on law and terrorism, is the author of "National Security and Military Law." Charles Shanor, 404.727.6811

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