President-Elect Barack Obama

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Dr. Camille Charles is a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies. She is an expert on race and class issues and did research for the Obama campaign. Dr. Charles’ publications include “Black Immigrants and Black Natives Attending Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Race, Class and Residence in a Los Angeles.”

Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Edward DeSeve, senior lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, is the author of the forthcoming book “The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook,“ designed to share with new appointees the experiences of previous appointees and to give guidance on effective leadership.
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu
Dr. John L. Jackson Jr. is an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and an associate professor of anthropology at Penn. He is author of “Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.”

Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and Penn’s National Annenberg Election Survey, the largest academic survey during the 2008 election. She is an expert on American politics past and present.

Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Donald Kettl is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of TheNextGovernment.com, a project of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, which analyzes candidates' campaign pledges. He is author of the forthcoming book “The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them.”

Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism and an expert on citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.

Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Thomas Sugrue, professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert on 20th-century American political, urban and social history and the U.S. in the 1960s. He is author of " Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North."

Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu