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Media alert: WVU experts available to discuss presidential debate

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Several West Virginia University faculty members will be available to offer reaction and expert commentary to the media tonight (Sept. 26) and in the coming days following the first of three presidential debates between the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Contact University Relations/Communications at 304.293.6997 for more information. WVUWVU Today experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.

WVU faculty who can dissect the debate and offer analysis include:

Political science:
Erin Cassese is an associate professor of political science. Her research on gender and race in American Politics has appeared in Politics & Gender, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Politics, PS: Political Science & Policy, and The Journal of Political Science Education. Her teaching interests focus on women and politics and quantitative political methodology. She can be reached at [email protected]

Matt Jacobsmeier is an associate professor of political science at WVU and his research focuses on the process of representation in American politics, political behavior, and public opinion. He can be reached at [email protected]

Patrick Hickey is an assistant professor of political science. His research investigates how presidents build winning legislative coalitions in Congress. Hickey recently co-authored a chapter for the Miller Center of Public Affair’s book 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton. He can be reached at 304.293.9575 or [email protected]

Economy, trade and international business:
John Deskins is director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and an associate professor in the College of Business and Economics. He can be reached at 304.293.7876 or [email protected].

Usha Haley is a professor of management and international business at WVU. Her research focuses on multinational corporations and international strategic management, especially in Asian and emerging markets. She testified before Congress on her research on China/Asia to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, US Senate and other government agencies. Her research has been directly incorporated into trade regulation in the United States, European Commission and Australia. She can be reached at 304.293.7948 or [email protected]

Eric Olson is an assistant professor in the College of Business and Economics whose work explores the economic cost of terrorism. He can be reached at 304.293.7879 or by email at [email protected]

Karen Kunz, an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, specializes in federal budgeting and fiscal policy, and financial markets regulation. She is also on the board of directors for the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts ( She can be reached at 304.293.7972 or [email protected].

Legal issues and constitutional law:
Elaine Waterhouse Wilson, a professor in the College of Law, is an expert on tax law. She can be reached at [email protected]

James Friedberg from the WVU College of Law offers expertise in international law, including the law of war, human rights law and United Nations law. He can be reached at 304.293.7400 or by email at [email protected]

Michael Blumenthal, visiting professor of law and director of the Immigration Clinic at the College of Law. He can be reached at 304.241.1518 or 757.383.5035, or by email at [email protected]

Homeland security and terrorism trends:
Lawrence Nichols is a professor of sociology who teaches on the sociology behind terrorism, including causes and socio-cultural contexts as well as future trends. He can be reached by calling 304.293.5801 or email at [email protected]

Joshua Woods is an associate professor of sociology. His research has focused primarily on the social and psychological responses to terrorism and other perceived threats. He can be reached at 304.293.8843 or by email at [email protected]

Karen Culcasi, associate professor of geography, has been working with Syrian refugees in Jordan for two years. She has documented the daily and long-term challenges of displacement. She can be reached at 304.293.0383 or by email at [email protected]

Cynthia Gorman is an assistant professor of geography and women’s and gender studies whose research examines refugee and asylum law. She may be reached at 304.293.9299 by email at [email protected]

Brian Anderson is the director of WVU’s Energy Institute and the GE Plastics Material Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering. He can be reached at 304.293.6631 or [email protected]

Timothy Carr, WVU’s Marshall Miller professor of Geology, teaches shale-gas and oil short courses internationally and works with the U.S. Department of State to assist countries in developing the expertise to establish and regulate unconventional resources. He can be reached at [email protected]

James Van Nostrand is director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and associate professor of law. He can be reached at 304.293.4694 or [email protected]

Gypsy Denzine, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, is a professor of educational psychology and conducts research in the area of college student development, learning and motivation. She can be reached at [email protected]

Other areas of interest:
James Nolan, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, teaches courses in the area of crime and social control. His research currently focuses on police procedures, crime measurement, and hate crimes. He is available by phone at 304.293.8582 or [email protected] Additional information is also available at the WVU Research Center on Violence.

David Fryson, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. Fryson, an attorney and ordained minister, has spent his entire life working on issues of diversity. He can be reached at 304.293.3431 or by email at [email protected]

Nancy Andrews is an Ogden Visiting Professor for Media Innovation at the WVU Reed College of Media. She is a veteran digital media editor and visual journalist, who was most recently the Chief of Innovation at the Detroit Free Press. There, she handled leading innovation in news, products and new models for journalism and revenue. Andrews also served as the publication’s managing editor for digital and is an expert at audience analysis. She is available by email at [email protected]



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