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University of Denver faculty experts for State of the Union analysis

Jan. 25, 2011—The University of Denver (DU) offers several experts who can discuss President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 (9:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. MST).

Economy and analysis

Seth Masket, Political Science Assistant Professor – Masket is an expert on the American political system, specifically political parties, state and local politics. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his academic career, he was a senior writer in the White House Office of Correspondence under President Clinton. Masket can discuss Obama's State of the Union address and analyze both the intent and impact of the speech. He can be reached at his office (303) 871-2718 or on his cell (303) 518-4472.

Peter Hanson, Political Science Assistant Professor – Hanson is an expert in American politics. He focuses on Congress and how it has changed as Democrats and Republicans have become more polarized. He says President Obama has been trying to recapture the middle ground with steps like negotiating a tax compromise with Republicans. He notes the State of the Union address is an opportunity for the President to re-introduce himself to the American people. He expects viewers will see a focus on the economy and a continued attempt by the President to position himself in the political center. Available at his office: (303) 871-2852 or cell (510) 292-5445.

National Security/Terrorism/Airline Security

Jonathan Adelman, International Studies Professor -- Adelman teaches in DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He can comment on national security and international relations and has extensive knowledge of China, Russia and Iran. Adelman can be reached on his cell phone at (303) 916-1779.

Supreme Court Justices

Robert Hardaway, Law Professor – Hardaway is a keen political and constitutional law observer. With recent speculation that some U.S. Supreme Court Justices may be absent, he says he is not surprised. After the President targeted justices during last year's State of the Union, he doesn't think any of the justices should attend. His cell us (303) 345-5220.