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  • Impact of Suez Canal Expansion on Global Shipping
  • ERISA and Health Benefits
  • Vehicle Stops and Race
  • Police Stops and Race

EXPERT ROUNDUP

  • 2016 Presidential Election (44 experts)

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Impact of Suez Canal Expansion on Global Shipping
Jim Newsome
President & CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority
"The Suez Canal has enabled the deployment of post-Panamax vessels between the Asia-U.S. East Coast trades, supporting growth in the size of ships calling the U.S. East Coast. SC Ports Authority currently receives 11 large container ship calls each week, due in part to shippers' ability to utilize the Suez Canal to reach Southeastern ports. The expansion of the Suez Canal is significant news for the shipping industry, providing a viable opportunity for big ships for years to come."
Newsome is an expert on the Suez Canal and can discuss the impact the expansion will have on global shipping. He is based in Charleston, S.C.
Website: http://www.port-of-charleston.com
Contact: Boykin Foxworth, boykinf@louhammond.com

ERISA and Health Benefits
Lisa S. Kantor, Esq.
Founding Partner
Kantor & Kantor, LLP
"Unfortunately, courts too often apply ERISA to afford unreasonable deference to the decisions of financially motivated insurers and plan administrators."
Kantor, an authority on health insurance law and mental health parity, can discuss the denial of health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illness. She was involved in the recent case in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals against North Cypress Medical Center, which was ordered to reimburse mental health benefits.
Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating-disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for eating disorder treatment. Kantor sues health plans that refuse coverage or agree to pay for treatment for a short period of time, forcing patients to be discharged before their health is restored. In 2007, she won the first published eating-disorder decision in California in which the court applied the state's mental health parity law to beneficiaries who sought treatment outside California. In August 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment. For her achievements, she was named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an Attorney of the Year by the San Francisco Recorder. She received a "Special Recognition" award from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and a California Women Lawyers' Woman of Distinction Award.
Website: http://www.kantorlaw.net
Contact: Rachel Teicher, rteicher@kantorlaw.net

Vehicle Stops and Race
Chuck Epp
Professor of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Kansas
Epp advocates for the end of investigatory police stops because they overwhelmingly target minorities: "Our research does speak to that national discussion happening right now. We recommend that police departments prohibit their officers from carrying out these kinds of intrusive investigatory stops. By and large, these stops harm people individually, and they drive down trust in police in the communities in which they are carried out."
Epp is co-author of the book "Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship."
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Police Stops and Race
Steven Maynard-Moody
Professor of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Kansas
Maynard-Moody advocates for the end of investigatory police stops because they overwhelmingly target minorities: "The justification for investigatory stops is that you have to pull over a lot to get one, but this means that officers end up violating the rights and personhood of lots of innocent people to just find one instance of a violation of the law. That's a big part of where all this negative comes out."
Maynard-Moody is co-author of the book "Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship."
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

EXPERT ROUNDUP: 2016 Presidential Election (44 experts)

With the 2016 presidential election season under way, we put together a roundup of political experts on various election-related issues. We will be updating this and adding new experts throughout the 2016 election:

Thomas P. O'Neill III
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
O'Neill and Associates
A former lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, O'Neill offers a veteran's view of New England politics and running political campaigns. During his term of office from 1975 to 1983, O'Neill created and administered the Office of Federal-State Relations in Boston and Washington, D.C. Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The son of the late U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr., O'Neill offers a unique vantage point from which to comment on the politics of the 2016 presidential race, the U.S. Congress, and New England statewide races, as well as the past, present and future of the Democratic Party, from FDR to today. The founder and CEO of O'Neill and Associates, New England's leading government relations and communications firm, O'Neill is an expert in messaging, crisis communications, public speaking and the intersection of government and business. He is available to provide analysis on the following topics: the New England political landscape; a historical and current perspective on intraparty relations and governing in times of partisanship; current state and direction of the Democratic Party; the changing Democratic electorate.
Contact: Jennifer Hardin, jhardin@oneillandassoc.com

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Baylor University
"Teachers, historically a group with a high turnout in elections and a tendency to vote Democrat, may be less predictable, given many prominent Democrats' call for tying teachers' pay to student performance and expanding charter schools -- ideas unpopular with teachers' unions. You might see less enthusiasm, or teachers might be more likely to stay home than vote." Conversely, recent moves in several states to roll back teacher collective bargaining may spur them to vote, he said. Young voters, meanwhile, could pack a considerable punch for the Democratic nominee: "The question isn't whom they would be more likely to vote for, but how much they'll turn out to vote. In 2008, there was a big increase in young voters. But they're still the least likely age group to vote."
Flavin studies American politics, particularly political inequality, government representation of public opinion, political behavior -- including teachers' union political activism -- quantitative methods and the impact of political processes on citizens' quality of life. In his research, he has studied why the political opinions of poor citizens are underrepresented in the policy decisions made by state governments. In a 2005 study, he found that people living in countries with governments that have a greater number of social services report being more satisfied with life. His findings, based on data from the World Values Survey, were published in the journal Politics & Policy.
Contact: Terry Goodrich, terry_goodrich@baylor.edu

Curt Nichols, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Baylor University
"It has become progressively harder for presidents to become so-called 'transformative' leaders," Nichols says. "Some suggest that this development is an artifact of the welfare state and the general 'thickening' of the institutional environment that trails in its wake." Yet political actors have more ways to affect change than just ripping out and replacing -- or "displacing" -- institutions, he said. In fact, within an environment that affords defenders of the status quo strong "veto possibilities," it also is possible to "layer" institutions, "convert" them, or allow them to "drift." It thus still may be possible for modern, environmentally constrained presidents to successfully reorder institutions. Nichols has shown this in his recent scholarly work, in which he employs computer simulation and historical case study to demonstrate the viability of alternate leadership possibilities. "Presidents exploiting what context gives them should still be able to get a lot done," Nichols suggests.  "What may be hard to do, is for us to give up the hope for transformative leadership and see that presidents are better seen as playing a key role in the periodic rejuvenation of governance."
Nichols' research often intersects at the crossroads of presidential studies and American political history. He has two book-length projects in the works. They separately examine the role that the president and the Supreme Court play in the American governing cycle. His historically oriented work has been published in American Politics Research, The Forum, Law and Social Inquiry, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Polity. He has further used a statistical method known as regression analysis to evaluate presidential ranking polls conducted by The Wall Street Journal, C-SPAN and the Siena Research Institute.  He concludes that eight factors are consistently used by experts to give presidents their rating scores.
Contact: Terry Goodrich, terry_goodrich@baylor.edu

Darren Davis
Professor of Political Science, Associate Vice President of Research
University of Notre Dame
"Presidential polling is not always an accurate predictor, and results often are misleading; one can get public opinion polls to say what people want them to say."
Davis is a nationally recognized expert in public opinion, elections and voting behavior. He is the author of "Negative Liberty: Public Opinion and the Terrorist Attacks on America." His research includes political and social consequences of fear, political correctness, measurement of racial attitudes, political tolerance, and the social-psychology of African-American political attitudes and behavior. Expertise: political psychology and behavior, elections and voting behavior, racial politics.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Robert Schmuhl
Director, John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy
Professor of American Studies and Journalism
Schmuhl is a critic of the current state-by-state caucus and primary process: "The process for selecting the highest office is hopelessly confusing, constantly changing and seriously flawed."
Schmuhl often serves as an expert resource for reporters seeking comment on the American political landscape and its relationship with the media. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including "Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality," which describes the cult of personality taking over politics, and "Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power." Expertise: relationship between politics and the media.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Joe Urbany
Professor of Marketing, Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame
On negative campaigning, Urbany said: "In our studies, we find that even though people believe that negative advertising is less influential, that it's going to be less persuasive, they counter-argue it more, they give fewer support arguments to it, yet it has a stronger impact on migrating or changing voter tendency. Even if they don't like it, it still can have an impact on shifting attitudes overall."
Urbany is among the nation's most productive and leading authors of consumer marketing research and was a widely quoted source during the 2008 presidential election on negative campaigning. He is the co-author of a paper titled, "Confirmation and the Effects of Positive and Negative Political Advertising." Expertise: negative campaign ads research.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Daniel Birdsong
Lecturer, Political Science
University of Dayton
"The 2016 election will be fascinating to watch as unlimited Super PACs bring more money into the race than before, and candidates harness social media tools to reach voters and influence the news media. Ohio will be at the heart of it all as a critical battleground state for the general election. No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio, and since 1960 no Democrat has won the presidency without winning Ohio."
Birdsong teaches on American politics, the presidency, campaigns and elections, media and politics, and public opinion and political behavior. He has a background in polling and policy research.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pantmpant1@udayton.edu

Jamie Longazel
Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Dayton
"After decades of politicians presenting themselves as 'tough' on crime, the United States now imprisons far more people than any other country in the world. As we approach the 2016 election, it appears the political winds have shifted: both parties are now touting criminal justice 'reform.' Republicans seem eager to reduce penal costs while Democrats are attentive to disparities in the administration of justice. It will be interesting to see the proposals that come out of various campaigns."
Longazel's research focuses on crime and inequality, race relations, and immigration law and politics. He is co-author of The Pains of Mass Imprisonment. He is currently investigating the politics surrounding local immigration laws such as those in Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, and Hazleton, Pa.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pant, mpant1@udayton.edu

Joe Valenzano III
Assistant Professor, Communications
University of Dayton
"From a communication standpoint, both party's candidates will have very different, but equally important, challenges. For Hillary Clinton, the challenge is one of both style and ethics. For the nominee who emerges from the crowded Republican field, the obstacle will be primarily in developing content that broadens the base of the party. It is quite possible that whoever overcomes their rhetorical issues better will sit in the Oval Office in January 2017."
Valenzano's research focuses on rhetoric and public communication, political communication, and religious communication and culture.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pantmpant1@udayton.edu

Joshua Ambrosius
Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Dayton
"The urban electorate is identifying less and less with the Republican Party's candidates and platform. Urban appeal should nonetheless be a key consideration for Democrats in the post-Obama age as they craft their ticket. The trends uncovered in my research suggest that Democrats will continue to paint our biggest towns blue — even if the shade is a bit lighter next time around without President Obama's urban credentials. Republicans must compensate for their deficiency in the nation's densest counties by softening their harsh stances on social welfare policy, immigration reform, religious freedom, and same-sex marriage and diversifying the top of the ticket. While some GOP candidates may address one or two of these, others are digging in and bolstering their conservative credentials on these issues."
Ambrosius studies voting patterns in urban areas. He published "Blue City...Red City? A Comparison of Competing Theories of Core County Outcomes in U.S. President Elections, 2000-2012" in the Journal of Urban Affairs.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pantmpant1@udayton.edu

Michelle Pautz
Associate Professor, Political Science
University of Dayton
"Environmental issues are likely to take a back seat to other policy issues, despite growing movement internationally to address climate change. Although significant portions of the American public say they would like candidates to address environmental issues, candidates are unlikely to do so. A candidate's view on climate change is likely to continue to be an important litmus test with the base of their political party."
Pautz's research focuses on environmental policy and regulation; government accountability; film and politics; and the administration of policy.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pantmpant1@udayton.edu

Peter Berlin
Lawyer
"The main force driving Trump's surge right now is lack of 'political correctness.' The electorate (and certainly the GOP electorate) really sees this as refreshing. People are so used to politicians (and many in media altogether) watching their every word, being afraid of being called intolerant and apologizing at the drop of a hat for anything that they question most politicians' sincerity. Moreover, they believe an honest discussion can rarely be had in that type of environment because everyone is walking around on their tippy toes afraid to have something come out of their mouth that can potentially be seen as offensive. Trump doesn't care. He doesn't apologize, he's brash and he doesn't fold. It seems that many of his current supporters believe in the basic principles that he espouses, but that they wouldn't themselves say it the manner he does (e.g., the John McCain comments). Yet, I think the supporters believe that they 'know' what he means and that he breaks the mold by not backing down or apologizing for every slight misstep of the tongue. They find this more refreshing and exciting than the political speak that goes around from one election cycle to another. Many voters want to hear 'normal' discussion of issues in the way they themselves think and discuss them with their friends and colleagues, not in the stifled way it's done on the cable news networks today."
Based in Los Angeles, Berlin is a frequent commenter on high-profile legal, legislative and other matters, and has been interviewed and provided commentary to Forbes, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Law360, and a host of other newspapers and related media. His commentary and expertise revolves around center/right-based political issues that include: gun control, legislation, candidacy performance and strategy issues, foreign affairs, as well emerging political issues facing the current crop of hopefuls.
Website: http://www.losangelescrimelawyer.com
Contact: peter@berlinfirm.com

Carl Christman
Speaker and Mentalist
Christman, a mentalist and body language expert, is available to offer insights into what the candidate's say about them: "What candidates say is not nearly as important as how they say it. Their body language and micro-expressions often tell us more about their true feelings than their actual speeches."
Christman is a teacher, author, and speaker. He plays with language, psychology and non-verbal communication to educate and entertain audiences. His bestselling book, "How to Read Minds and Influence People," explores communication from a radically different perspective. It unlocks the science of mind reading and helps people harness the power of persuasion. It offers readers the tools to relate to people and positively influence them.
Website: http://www.carlchristman.com
Contact: carl@carlreadsminds.com

Grant Neeley
Department Chair, Political Science
University of Dayton
"We have an unprecedented number of candidates for the Republican nomination. Given recent historical rulings and legislation that have settled some of the larger social issues like same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, it will be interesting to see where candidates go with their policy issues. With the number of foreign military issues that the U.S. is currently involved, a candidate's vision of how the U.S. should engage the world is a policy area that is of utmost importance."
Neeley's research interests include public opinion, voting behavior, public administration and political behavior. He also teaches classes in morality policy, public sector human resource management and has published research on concealed carry laws and traffic safety. Neeley is a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve and has worked for the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati and the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Tennessee.
Bio: https://www.udayton.edu/news/find_an_expert/politics_elections_experts.php
Contact: Meagan Pantmpant1@udayton.edu

Rich Rubino
Political Analyst and Author
Rubino is a walking encyclopedia of political knowledge, has his finger on the pulse of all the candidates and prospective candidates, and can compare these candidates to those who have run for election in the past. He is the author of three books: "The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics," "Make Every Vote Equal: What a Novel Idea," and "The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics." He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post; appears weekly as a political analyst on KFBK in Sacramento; and has made numerous appearances on TV (MSNBC, FOX News, Al-Jazeera) and more than 100 radio stations.  He has also worked for Support Popular Vote, a group working to change the way electoral votes are allocated within the Electoral College. He holds a Bachelor's degree in political science and communications from Assumption College, and a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College.
Contact: David Thomson, David@thomsoncommunications.com

Mark Noll
Professor of History
University of Notre Dame
Noll is one of the nation's foremost scholars of religious and cultural history and is a prominent participant in dialogues between evangelical and Catholic scholars. Selected in 2005 by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America, Noll is the author of numerous books, including "God and Race in American Politics," which traces the explosive political effects when religion and race intermingle. A former professor of religion and history at Wheaton College where he co-founded the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Noll has served as a visiting teacher at Harvard Divinity School, University of Chicago Divinity School, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Regent College of Vancouver, B.C. Expertise: intersection of race, religion and politics.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Kevin Fullington
Co-chair, Government Relations Practice
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Fullington is co-chair of the government relations practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a prominent 140-lawyer firm headquartered in New York City. He regularly comments on New York state and national politics on television as a Republican consultant. Before joining Herrick, Fullington spent 10 years in government, most recently as the liaison to the New York City Council during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, negotiating legislation, advancing his legislative agenda, testifying before City Council and making policy recommendations. He can discuss: Republican presidential primary and general election strategy; news regarding specific Republican candidates; U.S. House and Senate Republicans' legislative agenda and the balance of power in each chamber; New York City and statewide political topics, including Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.
Contact: Tim Ragones, pro-herrick@prosek.com

Christopher Malone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science Department
Pace University
Malone is an expert on presidential elections and voting whose academic research focuses on race and American political development, democracy and citizenship. In January 2004, he was identified by the Washington Post as one of the nation's most innovative professors. From 2004-2010, he co-taught a course on American Politics and Public Policy with C-SPAN's Executive Producer Steve Scully that aired every Friday afternoon on the C-SPAN networks. 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. Malone reviews books for the Law and Politics Book Review and has analyzed politics for Good Morning Hudson Valley, USA Today, The New York Times and WINS 1010 in New York City. He has also been quoted in more than a hundred news articles on presidential politics and has appeared on local New York City television news shows analyzing presidential politics.
Contact: Bill Caldwell, wcaldwell@pace.edu

David A. Caputo
President Emeritus, Professor of Political Science
Pace University
Caputo has taught courses on "Presidential Leadership: Politics of Change," "Road to the White House," and "The Future of Democracy: Presidency." He received his B.A. in government in 1965 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, Caputo enrolled at Yale University, where he went on to earn two master's degrees in political science and his Ph.D. (1970). He has contributed to news organizations including Fox, CNN, ABC, and CBS.
Contact: Bill Caldwell, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Christopher P. Borick
Professor of Political Science and Director, Institute of Public Opinion
Muhlenberg College
Dr. Borick is a political scientist and director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion in Allentown, Pa. He is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted over 200 large-scale public opinion surveys during the past 15 years. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous national newspapers and other publications. He currently conducts surveys for the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pa., and has published and presented over 30 articles and four books in the area of public policy and public opinion. He can speak to a wide variety of topics related to public policy analysis and public opinion across the country, with particular interest in Pennsylvania and the northeast.
Contact: Nikki Rhoads, ngum@muhlenberg.edu

Melissa Deckman
Professor of Political Science, Washington College
Affiliated Scholar, Public Religion Research Institute
Deckman's areas of specialty include religion and politics, Maryland politics, and women and politics. Her forthcoming book, "Mama Grizzlies: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Tea Party in America," is under contract with NYU Press. Her examination of the impact of the "War on Women" on the 2012 presidential election (co-authored with John McTague) was published recently in American Politics Research. In addition to more than a dozen scholarly articles, she is the author of "School Board Battles: the Christian Right in Local Politics" (Georgetown University Press 2004) and co-author of the textbook "Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence," with Julie Dolan and Michele Swers, now in its second edition with Pearson/Prentice Hall. She appears frequently as a guest for a variety of public affairs programs on public radio and television to discuss Maryland politics and has been cited in numerous articles, including those for the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, and Pundifact.
Contact: Kay MacIntosh, kmacintosh2@washcoll.edu

Chris Markowski
Founder
Markowski Investments
Markowski is an author, radio personality, investment broker, and political analyst. As the personality behind "Watchdog on Wall Street," he is never afraid to fight against the lies and manipulation of Wall Street. He has warned American consumers about the largest scandals and corruption years before they made headlines. His honest approach to business is in stark contrast of what many investors are exposed to every day. His stance as a politically independent, conservative libertarian is an ideology that is on the upswing but still has few publicly recognizable advocates. Markowski is always up-to-date on current news topics and welcomes interviews.
Website: http://www.watchdogonwallstreet.com/
Contact: Alexa Miller, alexa@flackable.com, or Brian Hart, brian@flackable.com

Jonathan Alpert
Psychotherapist and Author
As a psychotherapist, Alpert can offer a unique perspective into the minds of the candidates and voters.  He has his finger on the psychological pulse of the nation and can offer insight into how people are feeling, what they want, and the psyche of the candidates.
Alpert is a Manhattan psychotherapist and author of "Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days."  He appeared as an expert in the 2010 Oscar-winning film "Inside Job," about the financial crisis. He has television experience and is often interviewed on current events, lifestyle and hot-button issues, and more.
Website: http://www.jonathanalpert.com
Contact: jonathan@jonathalalpert.com

John McGlennon, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Government
College of William & Mary
McGlennon, a professor of government at William & Mary since 1974, has been widely published on presidential nominating politics, political party activists, Southern politics, and especially Virginia politics. He has provided commentary to the New York Times, NPR, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Red Eye Radio and other media outlets.
Contact: jjmcgl@wm.edu

Brian W. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
An active teacher, Smith teaches a range of courses, including "The Presidency," "Voting Behavior," "Congress," and "Political Statistics." He is the recipient of the University's Richard B. Hughes Teaching Excellence Award and was a finalist for the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a frequent political commentator for KVUE-ABC Austin, KTBC-FOX Austin, TWC News Austin, and nationally and locally on NPR. His research interests include third-party voting, Texas politics and comparative electoral systems. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree in political science at Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's degree in political science at Bloomsburg University. Topics he can discuss include: electoral issues, voting behavior, Texas presidential candidates, Texas voting behavior, Texas presidential elections, and Texas presidential campaigns.
Contact: Ryann Collier, ryann@arrowatwork.com

Kent Syler
Adjunct Professor of Political Science
Middle Tennessee State University
Syler has been involved in Tennessee politics for over 30 years. Starting as a campaign "sound truck" driver in 1978, Syler has gone on to become one of Tennessee's most respected political strategists. He managed Congressman Bart Gordon's first campaign in 1984 and his tough re-election campaigns in 1994 and 1996. He served as Gordon's Tennessee chief of staff from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Syler has been actively involved with dozens of other campaigns ranging from city council to governor and U.S. Senate. He has taught as an adjunct professor, assistant professor, and lecturer in the Political Science Department since 2002. He has BS and MA degrees from MTSU.
Contact: Gina Logue, gina.logue@mtsu.edu

David Campbell
Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
University of Notre Dame
Campbell studies writes and lectures on American politics, political participation, religion and politics and education policy. He is particularly interested in and articulate about the influence of religions and cultures on political behavior. He is the author of many essays, reviews and books on these subjects, including "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us," which he co-authored with Robert Putnam and which has won two awards, and "Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life," in which he argues that a strong sense of civic duty springs not only from a person's contemporary social environment, but also from one's formative experiences, especially adolescence. Expertise: religion and politics, political behavior, education policy.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Michael Desch
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Desch is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policies. His current research focuses on how to bridge the gap between academic research and policymaking. He is the co-author of, most recently, "Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board," as well as "Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism," "When the Third World Matters: Latin America and U.S. Grand Strategy," and "Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment." Prior to his academic appointments, Desch has served on the staff of a U.S. Senator, as an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of State, and as national defense analyst at the Congressional Research Service. Expertise: American foreign policy, international relations, international security.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Luis Fraga
Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Fraga's primary interests are in American politics, where he specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights policy and urban politics. His most recent co-authored book is "Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences" (Cambridge University Press 2012). He is the co-author of several books focusing on Latinos and education. In 2011, President Obama appointed him to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He is co-chair of the Postsecondary Education Subcommittee. In 2011, Hispanic Business named him one of the top "100 Influentials" in the U.S. He is the immediate past president of the board of directors of OneAmerica, an immigrant rights and advocacy organization based in Seattle. He is also one of six principal investigators on the Latino National Survey (LNS), the first-ever state-stratified survey of Latinos in the U.S. Expertise: politics of race and ethnicity, immigration policy, voting rights policy.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Geoff Layman
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Layman specializes in political parties, political behavior, and religion and politics, focusing especially on long-term changes in the parties and their electoral coalitions. His first book, "The Great Divide: Religious and Cultural Conflict in American Party Politics" (Columbia, 2001), examines the growing division of the Democratic and Republican parties along religious and cultural lines. Layman currently is involved in two book-length projects: one on "conflict extension" and polarization in American party politics, and another on the political causes and consequences of growing secularism in the U.S. Expertise: religion and politics, public opinion, electoral behavior.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Vincent Phillip Munoz
Professor of Religion and Public Life
University of Notre Dame
Munoz's recent research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the U.S. Constitution. In his award-winning book, "God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson," he questions the traditional view of the founding fathers' stance on religious liberty. Munoz rejects the consensus view that the founding fathers agreed about the meaning of religious liberty by showing how Presidents James Madison, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson disagreed about the separation of church and state. He explains why the founders' disagreement means that no single church-state position can claim the exclusive authority of America's founding history. In doing so, Munoz reveals how the founders have been misused by Supreme Court justices, demonstrates the limits of "originalism" in church-state jurisprudence, and explains how the founders' different positions would adjudicate contemporary church-state controversies. His scholarship on the meaning of the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty has been cited by the Supreme Court. Expertise: constitutional law, American politics, political philosophy.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Dianne Pinderhughes
Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and Department Chair
University of Notre Dame
Pinderhughes studies inequality with a focus on racial and ethnic politics and public policy. She is the author of "Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory" and co-author of "Uneven Roads: An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics," as well as numerous articles, including several for the National Urban League's "State of Black America." She also is interested in the creation of American civil society institutions in the 20th century and is analyzing their influence on voting rights policy. Pinderhughes is the first vice president of the International Political Science Association, the former president of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Expertise: racial, ethnic and urban politics, voting rights policy.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Benjamin Radcliff
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Radcliff works at the intersection of American and comparative politics. His current research focuses on the social scientific study of happiness within the multi-disciplinary field sometimes labeled happiness economics. His most recent book, "The Political Economy of Human Happiness" (Cambridge University Press), has received wide attention within both the academy and the popular press. Radcliff has also produced a series of empirical articles focusing on political participation, elections and public policy outcomes in the industrial democracies and across the American States, with a special focus on the role of organized labor. Expertise: politics and happiness economics, organized labor.
Website: http://www.benjaminradcliff.com
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Christina Wolbrecht
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy
University of Notre Dame
Wolbrecht is the author of "The Politics of Women's Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change" (Princeton, 2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA, and the co-author of the forthcoming "Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal" (Cambridge, 2016). She is the co-editor of "The CQ Guide to U.S. Political Parties" (CQ Press, 2014) and of "Political Women and American Democracy" (Cambridge, 2008). Expertise: American political parties; women and politics.
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Angela D. Ledford
Professor of Political Science
The College of Saint Rose
Ledford specializes in contemporary political theory and teaches courses primarily in democratic theory, feminist theory, modern political thought, and race and class in America.  She has published articles on topics such as the movement to relocate the Confederate flag in South Carolina and the relationship between political representation and social class.  Her first book, "Group Representation, Feminist Theory, and the Promise of Justice," published in 2012, makes the case for alternative electoral arrangements to increase the representation of women and minorities in Congress.  Ledford received her doctorate in political science from the University of South Carolina and her master's and bachelor's degrees in political science from Texas Tech University. Topics she can discuss: campaign/electoral strategies; race, class, gender and sexuality in electoral politics; domestic policy, especially as it relates to labor, the environment, immigration and mass incarceration.
Contact: Benjamin Marvin, marvinb@strose.edu

Ryane McAuliffe Straus
Associate Professor of U.S. Politics
The College of Saint Rose
Straus' research interests include race and ethnicity, urban politics and public policy, with a particular interest in urban education policy.  She teaches courses in American politics, education politics, urban politics, public policy, and racial and ethnic politics.  Her dissertation focused on the use of magnet schools to desegregate the Los Angeles Unified School District, and her publications include "Reconstructing Los Angeles Magnet Schools: Representations in Newspapers" in the Peabody Journal of Education (2004), "Measuring Multi-Ethnic Integration" in Education and Urban Society (forthcoming) and several encyclopedia articles on education.  Straus received her doctoral and master's degrees from the University of California, Irvine and her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Topics she can discuss: education and politics; race and politics; issues related to education and race, especially the recent spate of police shootings.
Contact: Benjamin Marvin, marvinb@strose.edu

Patrick Miller
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Kansas
Miller can speak about national politics, social media and politics, voting trends, polling analysis and race in politics. He monitors state and national polling made available and tweets analysis at Twitter.com/pmiller1693.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Burdett Loomis
Professor of Political Science
University of Kansas
Loomis is available to speak about Congress, U.S. politics and lobbying.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Mark Johnson
Lecturer in Journalism and Law
University of Kansas
Johnson, also a partner in an international law firm, can speak about voter eligibility, post-election disputes over results, campaign finance, including contributions and expenditures, as well as The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United and what it meant for American elections.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Don Haider-Markel
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science
University of Kansas
Haider-Markel can speak about national political trends and races and potential policy implications. His research includes American politics and public policy.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Christina Bejarano
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Kansas
Bejarano is available to talk about U.S. politics. Her work focuses on women and Latinos in U.S. electoral politics, both their voting trends and political candidates. She has written two books: "The Latino Advantage: Gender, Race and Political Success" and "The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics."
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Paul Johnson
Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis
University of Kansas
Johnson is available to discuss polling data, public opinion, elections and voting behavior. His broad research interests include interest group politics, electoral institutions, public opinion and data analysis.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Alesha Doan
Chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Kansas
Doan can address political issues nationally and in Kansas related to women, including topics of abortion, reproductive policy.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Robert Rowland
Professor of Communication Studies
University of Kansas
Rowland researches political rhetoric, including political debates and the rhetoric of presidents. Recently, he published a journal article on the first 2012 presidential debate.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

Gary Reich
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Kansas
Reich is available to speak about immigration-related issues and policy. His research includes immigration policy at state and federal levels.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, gdiepenbrock@ku.edu

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