Crowded Debate Stage

Crowded Debate Stage


Voters have more than a year before they go to the polls to pick their next president, but the 2020 election process is already underway with ongoing Democratic primary debates that will thin a field of 20 candidates to one nominee.   Experts who can analyze debate performance and discuss how candidates can stand out in a crowd include:

Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and a former NBC news executive who has produced live coverage of ten presidential debates. He can discuss the evolution of televised debates, the impact of moderators, and the growing dependence on entertainment elements to draw viewers.  

Tomeka Robinson, rhetoric professor and director of Hofstra’s award-winning speech and debate team. She can offer commentary on the candidates’ debate styles and overall performance. 

Rosanna Perotti, political science professor, can discuss candidates’ policy stands and the overall race for the White House.

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  • Mark Lukasiewicz
    Mark Lukasiewicz Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

    Dean Lukasiewicz is a veteran producer, journalist, and media executive. Before joining Hofstra, he was SVP of specials at NBC News.

  • Tomeka Robinson
    Tomeka Robinson Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric

    Dr. Robinson is an expert on effective public debate as well as health communication. She directs Hofstra's award-winning forensics team.

  • Rosanna Perotti
    Rosanna Perotti Professor of Political Science

    Professor Perotti's expertise is in American politics, including Congress, elections and political parties.

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