In our new video series, Office Hours, academic experts will discuss topics of interest to the Jewish communal world, including politics, education, nonprofits, religion, leadership, and more.

Our first featured interviewee is Rogan Kersh, Associate Dean and Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner. Prof. Kersh is an expert on, among other things, lobbyists in the American national political system. Today we'll hear him explain the place of lobbyists in current national politics. Tomorrow, he'll discuss Israel as a political issue, and Friday he'll evaluate AIPAC and J Street as players in the lobbying scene.

As the fall semester begins here at NYU, we'll be bringing you more interviews with more fascinating academic experts. Stay tuned.