Experts: 2014 State of the Union address

Jan. 23, 2014


Corey Broman-Fulks

Beverly Clark


President Barack Obama's State of the Union address provides an opportunity 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.


Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of international business and finance and director of the Global Perspectives Program at Emory's Goizueta Business School, specializes in global economics and international finance. 404-727-6360, email Jeffrey Rosensweig

Ray Hill, assistant professor of finance, is an expert in finance and economics with an interest in energy. Prior to joining Emory, Hill worked as an investment banker both on Wall Street and internationally. 404-727-5328, email Ray Hill

Sheila Tschinkel, distinguished visiting economics professor, is an authority on economic and financial policy issues and a former senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Back of Atlanta and former U.S. Treasury economic adviser in Europe and Asia. Email Sheila Tschinkel

National Politics

Merle Black is a renowned expert on national politics and the foremost authority on politics in the South. He is the coauthor of "Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics." 404-727-6570, email Merle Black

Alan Abramowitz is a widely known expert on national politics, polling and elections. He has authored or coauthored four books, including "Voice of the People: Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States." 404-727-0108, email Alan Abramowitz

Andra Gillespie specializes in political mobilization and race, as well as competition between minority groups. She is the author of  "The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America" and editor of "Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership." 404-727-9748, email Andra Gillespie

Social Justice Issues

Michael Rich, associate professor of political science and director of Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, is an expert in public policy, federalism, welfare reform, and urban politics and policy. 404-727-7449, email Michael Rich

Michael Leo Owens, associate professor of political science, specializes in public policy and African American politics. His current book project is “Prisoners of Democracy,” a study of the diminished citizenship of felons in he U.S. 404-727-9322, email Michael Leo Owens

Cyber Security

Benn Konsynski is a distinguished professor of information systems and operations management and is an expert cyber security, net-neutrality and digital commerce. 404-727-0943, email Benn Konsynski

Ram Chellappa is an associate professor of information systems and operations management with specialties in information security and privacy, net-neutrality, and digital piracy. 404-727-7599, email Ram Chellappa


Polly Price is a professor of law and expert on immigration, citizenship and American legal history. 404-727-7869, email Polly Price

Energy and Environmental Policy

William Buzbee is a professor of law, director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and a director of Emory's Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. 404-727-6507, email William Buzbee

Human Rights

Michael Perry is a professor of law who specializes in constitutional law, human rights, and law and religion. 404.712.2086, email Michael Perry