Faculty Experts Offer Perspectives on Bush and Obama

Released: 1/9/2009 1:00 PM EST
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Presidential History
Jeffrey Berry, professor of political science at Tufts University, specializes in American politics and political behavior. Jeff is one of the nation's top experts on interest groups, citizen participation and policy making. He is exceptionally knowledgeable on presidential history and can give you a thorough assessment the political, social and cultural landscape that President-elect Obama will face in his first months of office. Jeff teaches on the presidency, the United States Congress, urban politics and elections. He is also quotable and quite accessible. http://ase.tufts.edu/polsci/faculty/berry/web.asp

American Military Policy and Challenges that Lie Ahead for Obama
Richard C. Eichenberg, professor of political science at Tufts University, is an expert on Bush's performance in office, particularly on military policy. His recent focus has been the Iraq War and international and public perception of Bush's handling of the war.

He has held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Recent publications include "War President: The Approval Ratings of President George W. Bush," Journal of Conflict Resolution, December 2006 [with Richard J. Stoll]; "Citizen Opinion on Foreign Policy and World Politics," in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior, Oxford University Press, 2007; "Victory Has Many Friends: The American Public and the Use of Military Force, 1981-2005," International Security (Summer 2005). Professor Eichenberg has extensive experience with the media. http://ase.tufts.edu/polsci/faculty/eichenberg/bio.asp

Immigration, National Attitudes to English-Only Policies and Political Participation of Ethnic Groups
Deborah Schildkraut, associate professor of political science at Tufts University, focuses on American politics and political psychology. She is an expert on America's multi-ethnic landscape and public opinion surrounding immigration issues. She has also researched female candidates and the issues they have endorsed to win voter support.

Her current research examines the political consequences of identity choices " whether U.S. citizens who think of themselves primarily as American, or as a member of an ethnic group (such as Latino or Asian), or as a member of a national origin group (such as Mexican or Korean) have different levels of political engagement. Professor Schildkraut has experience with newspaper and radio interviews.

Political Philosophy and American Constitutional Law
Phillip Munoz, assistant professor of political science at Tufts University, specializes in religious liberty in America and the relationship between government and religion. He has written several articles including "James Madison's Principles of Religious Liberty" and George Washington on Religious Liberty". His writings have been published in American Political Science Review and The Review of Politics. He is currently writing a book on religious freedom and the American founders. Professor Munoz has experience with the media. http://ase.tufts.edu/polsci/faculty/munoz/bio.asp


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