The Catholic University of America

Jan. 8, 2009

CUA Experts Available to Discuss Presidential Inauguration

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the upcoming presidential inauguration. Each source has extensive media experience. For assistance in reaching sources, contact public affairs staffers Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

  • POLITICAL LEADERSHIP - Phillip Henderson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Politics, has expertise in U.S. political leadership since 1789, executive branch policymaking, the U.S. presidency and American national institutions. He is the author of Managing the Presidency: The Eisenhower Legacy, and editor of The Presidency Then and Now. Henderson is an expert on "Groupthink" and is writing a book on Groupthink Revisited: The Bush Administration and the Iraq War.

    Contact Henderson at 202-319-6226 (office) or 410-992-1776 (home) or

  • POLITICAL RHETORIC - Stephen McKenna, chair of the Department of Media Studies, is an expert in U.S. presidential rhetoric and the rhetoric of advertising. His research interests include the history and theory of rhetoric and propaganda; political argumentation; advertising and economic rhetoric; and visual rhetoric. He is the author of Adam Smith: The Rhetoric of Propriety (SUNY, 2006) and co-editor of World's Greatest Speeches, 4th ed. (Dover, 1999).

    Contact McKenna at 410-788-7660, 410-627-1036 (cell) or

  • AMERICAN POLITICS - Stephen Schneck, professor of politics and director of CUA's Life Cycle Institute, is an expert in the convergence of classical political ideas and the issues of contemporary politics and governance. His other areas of expertise 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. Schneck has provided commentary for many news organizations, including Time Magazine.

    Contact Schneck at 202-319-6228 or

  • OBAMA/LINCOLN PARALLELS- Stephen A. West, associate professor of history, is teaching the course "Abraham Lincoln in History and Memory," during the spring 2009 semester. He can speak of the parallels between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. West is an expert in the Civil War, Reconstruction and southern U.S. history.

    Contact West at 202-319-5484 or

  • ELECTIONS AND THE ELECTORATE - John Kenneth White, presidential scholar and professor of politics, can provide insight and historical perspective on the 2008 election and the impact of moral and Catholic values on the American electorate. Author of The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition, he works extensively with pollster John Zogby. White coined the phrase "E pluribus duo" to describe the United States' political polarization into two competing political camps. He has served as a guide to the political caucus process for C-SPAN and is a veteran source for print and broadcast journalists.

    Contact White at 202-319-6136 or

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