The Catholic University of America

Feb. 29, 2008

CUA Experts Available to Discuss 2008 Elections

Several experts on U.S. politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the 2008 presidential election. Each of the sources has extensive media experience and frequently comments for print and broadcast journalists. For assistance in reaching sources, contact Mary McCarthy or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.

  • AMERICAN POLITICS - Stephen Schneck, associate professor of politics, is an expert in the convergence of classical political ideas and the issues of contemporary politics and governance. His areas of expertise also include: the Catholic vote, the framers of the U.S. Constitution, religion and American politics, Christian "just war theory," church/state issues, the political implications of Catholic theology and the political theory of American government. A popular lecturer on campus and in the Washington area, he has spoken before various public groups, organizations and agencies, including frequent appearances before audiences at the Smithsonian Institution.

    Schneck can be reached at 240-481-9534 (mobile) or by e-mail:

  • POLITICAL LEADERSHIP - Matthew Green, assistant professor of politics, is an expert on the U.S. Congress, political leadership, American elections and American political development. Before receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998. His most recent journal article focused on the 2006 race for Democratic majority leader.

    Green can be reached at 202-319-5667 (office) or 917-751-1380 (mobile) or by e-mail:

  • ELECTIONS AND THE IRAQI CONFLICT - Wallace Thies, professor of politics, is available to discuss the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the 2008 elections as well as the impact of the elections on U.S. policy. A specialist in U.S. national security policy with an interest in terrorism, Thies is the author of two books - one on the Vietnam War and the other on NATO - as well as about 20 articles on various topics related to military strategy and national security issues.

    Thies can be reached at 301-774-1264 (home), 202-319-6239 (office), or by e-mail:

  • POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND THE PRESIDENCY - John Kenneth White, Presidential scholar and professor of politics, can provide insight, historical perspective and thoughtful commentary on elections, American political parties and the U.S. presidency. White has written extensively about the American party system and the U.S. presidency. His forthcoming book, Redefining America: The Personal Politics of the 21st Century, will examine the shifts in American demography, including race, family life and religion and how these changes have created a new politics. White has coined the phrase "E pluribus duo" to describe the United States' political polarization into two competing political camps. He recently contributed an op-ed piece to the Press-Enterprise about the poor prospects for a third-party candidate in the 2008 presidential election.

    White can be reached at 202-319-5128 or by e-mail:

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.