UCLA faculty experts advisory: Barack Obama inauguration

President Obama will take the oath of office for a second time on Jan. 21 — the nation's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — using a bible that once belonged to the slain civil-rights leader. UCLA has experts on the significance of the event and the politics of the president's second term.
 
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, studies national and local politics, racial and ethnic politics, the mass media, and electoral behavior.
Media contact:
Alex Boekelheide | 310-206-0159 | alex.boekelheide@publicaffairs.ucla.edu  
Ricardo Vazquez | 310-206-3986 | rvazquez@support.ucla.edu
 
Lynn Vavreck, associate professor of political science, studies political campaigns, with an emphasis on how the state of the economy and other issues affect voters. During the 2012 presidential campaign, she conducted survey research and blogged regularly from the campaign trail.
Media contacts:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Mark Sawyer, associate professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, specializes in racial politics and the role of young voters in local, state and national elections.
Media contacts:
Ricardo Vazquez | 310-206-3986 | rvazquez@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Mark Peterson, professor of public policy and political science, specializes in elections, presidential politics and how the interactions among the presidency, Congress and interest groups affect domestic policy.
Media contacts:
Alex Boekelheide | 310-206-0159 | Alex.Boekelheide@publicaffairs.ucla.edu
Matt Hurst | 310-206-5252 | matt.hurst@publicaffairs.ucla.edu
 
Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, is an authority on race relations and the the media's coverage of race-related issues.
Media contacts:
Ricardo Vazquez | 310-206-3986 | rvazquez@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Brenda Stevenson, professor of history and chair of UCLA's Afro-American Studies Program, is an expert on African American history.
Media contacts:
Ricardo Vazquez | 310-206-3986 | rvazquez@support.ucla.edu
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu

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