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UNI professor is expert on State of the Union addresses

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Donna Hoffman, interim department head and associate professor, UNI political science, 319-273-5916, donna.hoffman@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On Tuesday, Jan. 25, President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, an event watched live from coast to coast. Donna Hoffman, interim department head and associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, has researched how the State of the Union works as a tool of presidential communication. Hoffman is the co-author of "Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech."

"The State of the Union address is important both substantively and symbolically," Hoffman says. "The president highlights the policy proposals he wishes Congress to enact in the coming year and takes credit for past accomplishments. In addition, we see the president take center stage as he acts as chief legislator, elevating public expectations about what can be accomplished."           

For more information, contact Hoffman at 319-273-5916.