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The George Washington University has experts who can talk about various topics related to President Biden's speech on April 28.

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23-Apr-2021 12:45 PM EDT, by George Washington University

George Washington University Experts Available for Interviews on President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

The president will speak to Congress and the nation in his first major speech since his inauguration

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2021)—Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time as president on Wednesday, April 28, when he will discuss the road ahead in the campaign against COVID-19 and key items in his expansive agenda. The George Washington University has experts who can talk about various topics related to the president’s speech.

To schedule an interview with an expert, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected] or 202-994-6460.

Lara Brown is the director of the GW Graduate School of Political Management. She is an expert on the presidency, particularly presidential history, and served in the Clinton administration. She can place President Biden’s address in historical context and speak generally about the political and practical implications of the speech.

Todd Belt is a professor of political management. He can provide general analysis of the president’s address and discuss the challenges the Biden administration will face as it attempts to implement a wide-ranging agenda.

Michael Cornfield is an associate professor of political management. As director of GW’s Public Echoes of Rhetoric in America Project, he studies the composition, context, and consequences of political speech. In his Rhetorical Recaps, he breaks down speeches delivered by the nation’s most important political figures.

Stephanie Cellini is a professor of public policy and economics whose research focuses on higher education policy. She previously served as a fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor. She can discuss President Biden’s plans to infuse billions of dollars into America’s community colleges.

Robert Stoker is a professor of political science, public policy, and public administration. His research focuses on policy solutions for working families and low-income neighborhoods. He can discuss how President Biden’s policy proposals could affect Americans in underserved communities.

Tara Sinclair is an associate professor of economics and international affairs. Her research focuses on modeling, explaining, and forecasting labor market conditions, recessions, and other macroeconomic developments around the world. She is available to discuss President Biden’s economic recovery plan and the outlook for American workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

David Karpf is an associate professor of media and public affairs. His work focuses on strategic communication practices of political associations in America, with a particular interest in internet-related strategies. He can talk about the administration’s effectiveness in its use of social media in promoting the address, the digital strategy behind the speech, and the reaction to the address on various digital platforms.


Peter Loge is an associate professor of media and public affairs and also leads the Project on Ethics in Political Communication. He is an expert in the areas of ethics and political communication, strategic political communication, political strategy, and government ethics. He can discuss the quality, tone, and ethical aspects of President Biden’s speech, as well as the strategic communications efforts and political strategies in crafting the address.


Ethan Porter is an assistant professor of media and public affairs. An expert in public opinion and political psychology, he is available to analyze public perception of President Biden’s address and whether it changed people’s policy views or opinions of the President.


Nina Kelsey is an assistant professor of public policy and international affairs whose research focuses on international environmental policy. She can discuss the Biden administration’s efforts to reposition the U.S. as a global leader in the battle against climate change and to repair the relationships between the U.S. and its international climate partners.



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