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Mark Hopson

Assistant Professor of Communication

Expertise: Race and mass media, rhetoric of race, culture and gender

Hopson holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication from Ohio University, and MA and BA degrees in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

His research involves communication informed by race, culture, power, marginalization, gender, identity and difference. In his research, he examines the way mass media informs perceptions about race and culture.

In addition, he has training and experience in violence prevention-education, diversity workshops, and academic and life skill building programs.

He is currently working on a book titled, “The Talking Drum: Exploring the Role of Critical Memory in Intercultural Communication.”

He can also discuss the way race and racial issues are used in media and communication in regards to presidential campaigns.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Gary Kreps

University Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication

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Expertise: Health and Organizational Communication, Health Promotion, Multimedia Edutainment, Multicultural Relations, and Applied Research Methods

Kreps served as the founding chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute where he developed national health communication research initiatives to promote cancer prevention and control. His published work includes more than 250 scholarly books and articles concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society. He can speak about public health campaigns, improving provider education and the design of consumer friendly health plans. Kreps can discuss strategies for communicating information related to infectious diseases and pandemics to the public.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Cynthia Lont

Professor of Communication and Director of Film and Video Studies

Expertise: Video production, women and media, visual communication theory, mass communication

Cynthia Lont is a professor of Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of Film and Video Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

She can discuss various techniques, theories and practices in producing, directing and distributing video productions. She can also comment on visual communication theory and the limits of visual communication in terms of perception, economics and technology.

Lont's most recent book is titled "Women and Media, Content: Careers and Criticism" and she has won more than ten video awards for various pieces including videos on media literacy, women and media and theories of visual communication.

Edward Maibach

Professor and Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

Maibach works as a "climate coach" to help organizations such as government agencies and companies communicate their positions on climate change. He is an experienced public health advocate and social change professional. Using social science research methods such as surveys and interviews, his center tries to engage public and policy makers in becoming part of the solution for climate change. Maibach is the author of the book "Designing Health Messages: Approaches from Communication Theory and Public Health Practice," which is widely used by academics and practitioners. He recently published a study that surveyed 133 local health department directors on their perceptions of and preparedness for climate change

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Janette Muir

Associate Professor, New Century College

Expertise: Political campaigns, political advertising, first ladies

Muir can discuss the role of political communication in campaigns. She can also talk about political advertising and presidential ads, political debates, gender differences in communication and problems with media coverage. She is very interested in engaging citizens in critical thinking about political campaigns and helping them to become better informed voters. In January 2008, she took a group of younger voters to the New Hampshire primaries to study youth engagement in politics.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

Peter Pober

Director, Forensics Team, and Associate Professor of Communication

Expertise: Public speaking, communication, debate

Pober is the director of the nationally ranked forensics team and an expert in public speaking and presidential debates. He can discuss the importance of public speaking and communication in campaigning, and how public speaking can affect one’s image. He can also give tips on effective public speaking for someone in a leadership role.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

James Witte

Research Director, Institute for Immigration Research and Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Research methods especially survey research and the analysis of large longitudinal data sets, identifying the economic contributions of immigrant workers

Witte currently leads research for the newly created Institute for Immigration Research (IIR), which focuses on the economic contributions of immigrants in the U.S. workforce. Current projects include the mapping of immigrant entrepreneurs by geography and industry as well as the unique contributions of immigrants as Nobel Laureates or Major League Baseball All-Stars. Witte teaches graduate classes in research methods and survey research.