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West Virginia University experts are available to speak with media after President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday (Jan. 30).

WVU faculty and administrators will be available to offer insights and expert commentary to the media tomorrow night, and in the days following the president’s speech.

Economy and budgeting:
John Deskins is director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and an associate professor in the College of Business and Economics. He can be reached at 304.293.7876 or

Karen Kunz, an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, specializes in federal budgeting and fiscal policy, and financial markets regulation. She is also on the board of directors for the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts ( She can be reached at

Brian Anderson is the director of WVU’s Energy Institute and the Verl O. Purdy Chair of Engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. He can be reached at 304.293.6631 or

Timothy Carr, WVU’s Marshall Miller professor of Geology, teaches shale-gas and oil short courses internationally and works with the U.S. Department of State to assist countries in developing the expertise to establish and regulate unconventional resources. He can be reached at

Opioids and addiction:
Marc Haut is the chair of the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine andPsychiatry. He also serves as psychology section chief, program director of neuropsychology, research advisor and professor in the Departments of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology.

Judith Feinberg is a professor in the WVU Departments of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and Medicine/InfectiousDiseases. Her research includes the impact of the opioid epidemic on the rate of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, and the establishment of harm reduction programs for those who inject drugs.

(General requests for other healthcare and health-related issues should be directed to Tara Scatterday at or Angela Jones-Knopf at

John Temple is an associate professor in the WVU Reed College of Media. His third book, “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic” examines the roots of the opioid epidemic. He can be reached at

Gypsy Denzine, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, conducts research in the area of college student development, learning and motivation. She can be reached at

Media in the Trump era:
Joel Beeson, associate professor in the WVU Reed College of Media, can speak about technology, culture, media, including “fake news” and the loss of trust through social media. He can be reached at 304.216.3594.

Elizabeth Cohen is an assistant professor of communication studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached via email at or at 678.768.7765. 

Homeland security and terrorism trends:
Lawrence Nichols is a professor of sociology and anthropology who teaches on the sociology behind terrorism, including causes and socio-cultural contexts as well as future trends. He can be reached by calling 304.293.5801 or at

Joshua Woods is an associate professor of sociology. His research has focused primarily on public perceptions of terrorism and social reactions to threats. He can be reached at 304.293.8843 or by email at

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.



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