Experts: State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address next Tuesday, Jan. 12. If you're covering this address, the experts below are available to provide context and comment:
Todd C. Peppers, Associate Professor in Public Affairs at Roanoke College in Salem, Va., studies the Supreme Court clerks and justices, and he has written on Supreme Court’s appearances at the State of the Union address. A study Peppers conducted found that attendance among justices has been declining since the 1980s—from 84 percent to 53 percent by 2000, and since 2000, down to just 32 percent. Last year, three of the most conservative justices were notably absent from the address. 
Nichelle McNabb, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Otterbein University, studies political communication and is available to comment on the President’s speech.
Contact: 614.668.1747;
Carrie Skulley, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Albright College in Reading, Pa., is most interested in inequality in politics and how marginalized groups get elected to office. She has studied partisan divides on issues involving race and immigration.
B. Guy Peters, Professor in Political Science at The University of Pittsburgh, is an expert in comparative public policy and administration and American public administration.

Contact:, 412.648.7286

Kristin Kanthak, Professor in Political Science at The University of Pittsburgh, is an expert in legislative politics and American politics.

Contact:, 412.648.7282

Sharece D. Thrower, Assistant Professor in Political Science at The University of Pittsburgh, is currently working on projects looking at how political factors like judicial constraint, institutional capacity and statutory discretion influence the use of executive power.

Jim Riddlesperger is professor of political science at Texas Christian University.

Contact: (817) 923-8127 (home) or 

David McLennan is a visiting professor of political science at Meredith College.

CONTACT: or 919-345-7334 (cell).

Frank Orlando is an instructor of political science at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla.

CONTACT:, 517-980-2276.

Chris Ellis is an associate professor of political science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

CONTACT: or 412-849-6500 (cell).

Jonathan Rothermel is an assistant professor of political science at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

CONTACT: or 570-662-4487.

Jim Broussard is a professor of history at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.

CONTACT: or 717-507-5171 (cell).


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