Category: Media Advisory, Press Materials

Title: Georgetown University Subject Matter Experts for the 2024 Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University professors offer their expertise to journalists seeking interviews on various subjects related to the Republican National Convention held July 15 – July 18, 2024.

To request to schedule an interview, please contact Georgetown’s Office of Communications at


American Politics and Political Party Experts

Michele Swers, professor of government

Hans Noel, associate professor of government 

Michael A. Bailey, Colonel William J. Walsh professor of American government in the Department of Government and McCourt School of Public Policy

International Relations and Foreign Policy Experts

Marc Busch, Karl F. Landegger professor of international business diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service 

  • Areas of expertise: diplomacy, international law and international trade
  • Previously served for two terms as a “cleared advisor” on technical trade barriers to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative
  • Writing: 2011 Cambridge University Press, The Politics of International Economic Law
  • Open to: TV, Radio and Print

Lise Morje Howard, professor of government and foreign service 

  • Areas of expertise: international relations, war termination, the Russia-Ukraine war, comparative politics, peacekeeping and U.S. foreign policy
  • Previously served as Acting Director of UN Affairs for the New York City Commission for the United Nations
  • Writing: Foreign Affairs, “The Case for a Security Guarantee for Ukraine” and 2019 Cambridge University Press, “Power in Peacekeeping” 
  • Fluent in French and Russian, and speaks some Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Spanish, and German
  • Open to: TV, Radio and Print

Daniel Byman, professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government 

  • Areas of expertise: terrorism, counterterrorism, Middle East security, civil and ethnic conflict and international security
  • From 2002 to 2004 he served as a Professional Staff Member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees
  • Writing: Intelligence and National Security, US counterterrorism intelligence cooperation with the developing world and its limits”
  • Open to: TV, Radio and Print

Health Policy Experts

Joan C Alker, executive director and co-founder of the Center for Children and Families (CCF), and a research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Edwin Park, research professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families

  • Areas of expertise: Health policy including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Affordable Care Act, drug pricing and access, and tax policies related to health care.
  • Served as the health policy advisor for the National Economic Council at the White House during the Clinton Administration and as a Medicaid professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune
  • Open to: Radio and Print

Criminal Justice Policy Experts

Andrea Headley, assistant professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy

Safety Experts

John Cohen, adjunct professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

  • Area of expertise: law enforcement, policy development, homeland and national security, terrorism and counter-intelligence.
  • Currently serves as the Executive Director of the Program for Countering Hybrid Threats at the Center for Internet Security
  • Previously served as the Acting Under-Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Counterterrorism Coordinator for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Open to: TV, Radio and Print