News source: Obama’s plans for January 2009

Christopher Malone, Ph.D., an expert on presidential politics and nationally recognized teacher of civic engagement and public values, is associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York and director of its Pforzheimer Honors College. Professor Malone is available to comment on President-elect Barack Obama’s plans for when he takes office in late January, including his proposal of a massive stimulus package for the US economy.

December 12, 2008

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Topic: Obama’s plans for January 2009

“Given the challenges the Obama presidency faces at home and abroad, Obama seems to be taking his cues from an unlikely source – Alexander Hamilton.”

Christopher Malone, Ph.D., an expert on presidential politics and nationally recognized teacher of civic engagement and public values, is associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York and director of its Pforzheimer Honors College.

Professor Malone is available to comment on President-elect Barack Obama’s plans for when he takes office in late January, including his proposal of a massive stimulus package for the US economy.

“Obama has not yet taken office and already historical comparisons are being made: to Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal; to John F. Kennedy and Camelot; and to fellow Illinois native son Abraham Lincoln. But given the challenges the Obama presidency faces at home and abroad, Obama seems to be taking his cues from an unlikely source – Alexander Hamilton.

“Though the modern Republican Party traces its roots back to Hamilton, it is Obama who has been acting in Hamiltonian fashion. During the campaign and since, Obama has explicitly tied the United States’ continued military dominance to economic dominance – and both of those to a muscular federal government. This is precisely the argument Hamilton laid out in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere.

“Look for Obama to continue to make this case as he puts the finishing touches on his recovery package in the coming weeks and in the opening months of his presidency.”

Malone teaches courses in American Politics and Political Theory. He was also the founding director of the newly created American Studies Program at Pace. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Louisiana State University and Suffolk University, an M.A. from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. from The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York.

Malone sits on the Board of Directors of the Future Voters of America, is a District Coordinator for the Center for Civic Education’s We The People Program, and works with the organization Vote 18 which seeks to get young people involved in the political process.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, he helped produce and appeared in the PBS show for teens “In the Mix,” teaching young voters about analyzing campaign ads. In January 2004 he was identified by the Washington Post as one of the nation’s most innovative professors. He has been quoted in dozens of news articles on presidential elections and has appeared on local New York City television news shows analyzing presidential politics.

Malone is the author of “Between Freedom and Bondage: Race and Voting Rights in the Antebellum North” (Routledge Press, 2007). In 2000, he was asked to write the introductory chapter on “African Americans in American Politics” for the Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics, published by Oryx Press. Besides numerous book reviews, other articles include: “Rethinking the End of Black Voting Rights in Antebellum Pennsylvania: Racial Ascriptivism, Partisanship, and Political Development in the Keystone State”, “A Theory of Race Formation in the Antebellum North”, and “African Americans: Free Blacks in the North.”

For 102 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning, amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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