Several West Virginia University faculty members will be available to offer their reaction and expert commentary to the media tonight (Jan. 20) and in the coming days following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

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

Neil Berch, a professor in the Department of Political Science. He can be reached at

Scott Crichlow, chair of the Department of Political Science, who can be reached at

Gerard D’Souza, director and professor of agricultural and resource economics, who can discuss energy economics. He can be reached at

Joel Beeson, associate professor in the Reed College of Media, who can speak about technology, culture, media and race. He can be reached at 304-216-3594.

Dana Coester, assistant professor at the Reed College of Media, who can discuss technology, digital divide, access and media economies. She can be reached at 304-685-8736 or

• Gypsy Denzine, the new 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

Elaine Waterhouse Wilson, a professor in the College of Law, is an expert on tax law. She can be reached at

Karen Kunz, of the Department of Public Administration, is an expert in federal budgeting and fiscal budgeting. She is also on the board of the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy. She can be reached at

For help with other topics, contact John Bolt, 304.293.5520 or



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