Comments and Perspectives on the 2008 Presidential Election

Article ID: 544333

Released: 15-Sep-2008 4:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Tufts University

Newswise — Presidential Elections/Mitt RomneyJeffrey Berry, professor of political Science at Tufts University, specializes in American politics and political behavior. Jeff is one of the nation's top experts on interest groups, citizen participation and policy making. He is exceptionally knowledgeable on presidential history and can give you a thorough assessment on media coverage of the Bush administration. Jeff teaches on the presidency, the United States Congress, urban politics and elections. He is also quotable and quite accessible.

Military Policy and President Bush's Performance in OfficeRichard C. Eichenberg, professor of political science, is an expert on Bush's performance in office and also military policy. He has held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Recent publications include "War President: The Approval Ratings of President George W. Bush," Journal of Conflict Resolution, December 2006 [with Richard J. Stoll]; "Citizen Opinion on Foreign Policy and World Politics," in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior, Oxford University Press, 2007; "Victory Has Many Friends: The American Public and the Use of Military Force, 1981-2005," International Security (Summer 2005). Professor Eichenberg has extensive experience with the media.

Immigration, National Attitudes to English-Only Policies and Political Participation of Ethnic GroupsDeborah Schildkraut, associate professor, focuses on American politics and political psychology. She is an expert on America's multi-ethnic landscape and public opinion surrounding immigration issues. She has also researched female candidates and the issues they have endorsed to win voter support. Her current research examines the political consequences of identity choices " whether U.S. citizens who think of themselves primarily as American, or as a member of an ethnic group (such as Latino or Asian), or as a member of a national origin group (such as Mexican or Korean) have different levels of political engagement. Professor Schildkraut has experience with newspaper and radio interviews. Prof. Schildkraut's Curriculum Vitae

American Politics and Political BehaviorJames M. Glaser, professor, specializes in electoral politics, public opinion and the politics of race and ethnicity. He can discuss the presidential campaign in general and can also offer a particular perspective on election politics as the candidates' focus turns towards southern states.

His most recent book, "The Hand of the past in Contemporary Southern Politics," published in 2005 by Yale University Press, received the Southern Political Science Association's V.O. Key Prize awarded to the best book in southern politics. Professor Glaser has experience with the media.Prof. Glaser's Curriculum Vitae

Public Policy and Environmental PoliticsKent Portney, professor, specializes in public policy and political behavior and is also an authority on sustainability. He can give general insight on environmental policy and related issues as they emerge in the presidential campaign. Among the courses he teaches: "Politics of Environmental Policy in the U.S. Portney has a current perspective on political trends among college aged people. He directed a recent national survey to see how engaged students are in politics and pop culture. His current research focuses on analyzing sustainable cities initiatives throughout the United States. Professor Portney has extensive media experience.

Political Philosophy and American Constitutional LawPhillip Munoz, assistant professor, specializes in religious liberty in America and the relationship between government and religion. He has written several articles including "James Madison's Principles of Religious Liberty" and George Washington on Religious Liberty". His writings have been published in American Political Science Review and The Review of Politics. He is currently writing a book on religious freedom and the American founders. Professor Munoz has experience with the media.


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