Expert Resources: President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, fiscal planning, rhetoric and more

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KINGSTON, R.I. — January 16, 2009 — The following experts are available for interviews about these and other areas related to President-elect Obama’s inauguration and new administration.

New technologies and political behavior

Brian S. Krueger
, Associate professor of political science

Krueger’s areas of expertise are conventional and unconventional political mobilization and the impact of new technologies on political behavior. Having authored or co-authored books and articles on these issues, he can provide analysis of Obama’s plans to speak directly to individuals through the Internet and tools like YouTube. Krueger earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.


Richard McIntyre
, Professor of economics

McIntyre is able to address the exodus of jobs from this country and can react to Obama’s hopes to re-energize the American job market. McIntyre can also discuss Martin Luther King’s legacy and “Obamanomics.” He is also teaching an honors course this semester on the economic crisis. His areas of expertise are globalization, work, and human rights. Author of the newly published book, Are Worker Rights Human Rights, McIntyre examines the movement of jobs overseas, privatization and outsourcing as conscious attempts to create social distance or what he calls “moral distance” between the real employer and the real employee. He has lectured at the University of Le Havre, Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management, Novgorod State University, the Universite de Lyon II and Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan where he was a visiting researcher. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Obama Rhetoric

Kathleen Torrens
, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Torrens is available to discuss how Obama uses language and delivery to create a sense of identification with the citizenry. She contends that Obama’s messages of hope, unity and optimism have changed the way some individuals view themselves and their country. She has published numerous scholarly articles that focus on rhetoric, public discourse and social justice. Her current work concerns the failed presidential bid of Hillary Clinton and will be anthologized in a forthcoming book on the subject. Torrens teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on protest rhetoric and social movement discourse. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

$Financing America’s Needy Infrastructure

Michael DeAngelis
, Lecturer, College of Business Administration and Legal Advisor, Office of Technical Assistance in the Department of the U.S. Treasury.

DeAngelis’ areas of interest and expertise are the financing of infrastructure needs in the U.S., the role of state and local governments and the financial markets; and the expected changing role of USAID for developing countries in furtherance of U.S. policy objectives, i.e. the State Department and how this relationship may be expected to change. He holds a law degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University.

Political Campaigns & Persuasion

Robert M. Beagle

Vice President, Division of University Advancement

Beagle has expertise on political campaigns, political debates and political persuasion. Through his education and 30 years of organizational management, he has expertise in communication as a leadership tool. As an advancement professional, he is well-versed in special events/special occasions/ceremonial rhetoric as tools for leadership, bonding and engagement. He served as a college debate coach for 10 years and as associate editor of a national journal in debate for 4 years. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at URI in the Communication Studies Department. He holds a master ‘s degree in communications from the Pennsylvania State University and completed all doctoral coursework in communication at Penn State, and then entered administration.