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Author, Presidential Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

January 12, 2009

Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D.
Photo courtesy of Fordham University
DELAWARE, OHIO – Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D., author of “The Presidency in the Era of 24-Hour News,” will discuss “Prospects for Presidential Leadership in the Early 21st Century: The Obama Case” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Cohen will speak in Benes Rooms B and C of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public. His presentation also will be available online at stream.owu.edu.

Cohen has said the way in which the nation’s economic crisis is handled will be key in determining the futures of both major political parties. “The country is in an economic catastrophe,” he said at a recent forum. “That is going to subsume everything else. … The Democrats running government must prove that they can correct the economy, or their goose is cooked.”

In “The Presidency in the Era of 24-Hour News,” published in March 2008, Cohen examines “how changes in the news media since the golden age of television—when three major networks held a near monopoly on the news people saw in the United States—have altered the way presidents communicate with the public and garner popular support.”

His previous book, “Presidential Responsiveness and Public Policy-Making,” examines how presidents from Dwight Eisenhower through Bill Clinton have dealt with public opinion when setting policy. The book earned the 1998 Richard E. Neustadt Award as the best book published on the presidency in 1997. Cohen also has earned awards for the best paper on the presidency presented at the American Political Science Association in 2006 and the best paper published in Presidential Studies Quarterly in 2004.

In addition to being an author, Cohen is a political science professor at Fordham University in New York and currently is a visiting senior research scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, in New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in political science in 1979 from the University of Michigan.

His presentation is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government. It is part of the Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs, which is endowed by Marsh, a 1950 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and currently an attorney in Maumee, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Marsh earned his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has held numerous political and governmental positions at the local, state, and national levels, including serving as registration supervisor and adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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