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President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office: American University Experts Offer Analysis

WHAT: AU experts are available to comment on a wide range of issues related to President Trump’s first 100 days in office and provide their forecast for the months to come. 

WHERE:In–studio, on campus, via email or via telephone




U.S. Politics/ Presidential Powers/ Women & Politics/ First Ladies

Chris Edelson, assistant professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, is the author of Power without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security. He is available to discuss issues of presidential national security authority in the context of the presidential election and Congress's role regarding national security and the use of military force, among other topics.


Jennifer Lawless, director of American University’s Women and Politics Institute, is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. politics and women’s participation in the political process. Her latest book is Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in the Polarized Era.

David Lublin, professor of government,is an expert on race and ethnicity, congressional elections, partisanship, redistricting, and electoral systems

Anita McBride served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She also served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. McBride has coordinated three presidential transitions and is actively involved in international women’s issues. McBride’s work at American University has led to a partnership with the National Archives and the White House Historical Association for a series of conferences focusing on the role of the First Ladies of the United States

Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, is an expert on U.S. politics and women in politics, among other issues

Media & Politics

Robert Lehrman, professor of public communication,is a former speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore and dozens of other Democratic political figures. 


Richard Benedetto, professor of journalism, covered every national convention since 1972. Benedetto covered the White House for USA Today from the Reagan through the George W. Bush administrations.  


Jane Hall, professor of journalism, specializes in issues related to politics and media ethics, women in politics and media, young people and the news, and young people and politics.

Leonard Steinhorn, professor of public communication, is an expert in U.S. politics, the presidency,strategic communication,culture and media, and recent U.S. history

Scott Talan, professor of public and strategic communication, is an expert in social media and personal branding. He can provide analysis of social media reactions and on Trump’s use of Twitter.

Education Policy

Jennifer Steele is an associate professor in AU’s School of Education. Her research focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She can discuss efforts to roll back ESSA, efforts to increase school voucher and charter school access, and relaxation of restrictions on for-profit colleges.


Environmental Policy

Paul Bledsoe, Visiting Executive and Professorial Lecturer at American University's School of Public Affairs and Center on Environmental Policy. He is available to comment on issues related to energy and climate change, natural resources and water policy, and environmental sustainability.


Daniel Fiorino, is the director of the Center for Environmental Policy and executive-in-residence in AU’s School of Public Affairs. He can discuss the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental policy, energy and climate change, environmental sustainability, and public management of natural resources


Alexander Golub teaches in AU’s environmental science department. He has 25 years’ experience in environmental and natural resource economics and climate finance and policy. Golub can discuss President Donald Trump’s conflicting signals to business. In other words, what will happen to investments of capital in fossil fuel technologies?

Karen Knee is an environmental scientist who can discuss proposed budget impacts on water resources, coastal areas, and fracking. Knee can also discuss eutrophication and flooding. She has examined Marcellus Shale, where there's been a fracking boom in Pennsylvania and West Virginia in recent years, and other research focuses on how human activities affect water quality.

Simon Nicholson, assistant professor of International Relations, is the director of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service and. He can discuss global environmental governance, global food politics, and the politics of emerging technologies, including climate engineering (or "geoengineering") technologies.  


Paul Wapner is an expert on global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational environmental activism, and environmental ethics. He can discuss climate suffering, adaptation, and climate justice.  


Immigration Policy

Matthew Wright, assistant professor at the School of Public Affairs, is an expert on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, and immigration. He can discuss issues related to the causes and implications of political identity; immigration, assimilation, and citizenship policies; the politics of ethnic diversity and public opinion; among other issues.


U.S. Foreign Policy/ International/ National Security

Gordon Adams, professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at the School of International Service, has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is often sought by national and international media outlets to comment on U.S. national security policy.


Tricia Bacon, School of Public Affairs assistant professor, specializes in terrorism, particularly Al-Qaida, the Islamic State, Lashar-e-Tayyiba, al-Shabaab, and other jihadist groups, counterterrorism policy and tactics, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and East Africa. Bacon worked in counter terrorism for more than 10 years at the State Department.


James Goldgeier, dean of the School of International Service, served on the staff of the National Security Council  and at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Prof. Goldgeier is the author of a Council on Foreign Relations Special Report on The Future of NATO and Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War. His areas of expertise include U.S. national security policy, U.S.-Europe-Russia relations, and NATO.

Jordan Tama, assistant professor in the School of International Service,can discuss foreign policy and national security strategy; terrorism; the intelligence community; and the presidency and U.S. Congress.

Joe Young, associate professor in the School of International Service, is an expert in cross-national causes and consequences of political violence and extremism and can discuss ISIS; threat of domestic extremism; domestic surveillance and homeland security. He is available for print, online and radio interviews.

Thomas Zeitzoff, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, can discuss issues related to terrorism, political violence, psychological and electoral consequences of terrorism, why people participate in terrorist groups, and the role of social media in conflict.

Note to Reporters/Editors: To book interviews with these and other AU experts, pleasecontact University Communications: or 202-885-5950.  


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