Election Experts Available to Provide Commentary and Analysis

Article ID: 543699

Released: 22-Aug-2008 1:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of California, Santa Cruz

Newswise — The following experts are available for media interviews.


Sheldon KamienieckiProfessor of environmental studies and dean of the Division of Social Sciences

Political scientist Sheldon Kamieniecki's areas of expertise are voting behavior and public opinion, elections, polling, campaign finance reform, and party politics. He is also available to discuss environmental issues as they play out in the presidential campaign. Kamieniecki is the author of Corporate America and Environmental Policy: How Often Does Business Get Its Way? and co-author of Business and Environmental Policy: Corporate Interests in the American Political System.

Pedro CastilloAssociate professor of history

Pedro Castillo specializes in Latino politics and has done research on Latino voter registration and turnout, as well as the power of Spanish-language media in politics.


Lori KletzerProfessor of economics

Lori Kletzer's expertise is in labor, education, health care, and the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Kletzer specializes in the impact of global trade and economic integration on the U.S. labor market. She is the author of Imports, Exports, and Jobs: What Does Trade Mean for Employment and Job Loss? and Job Loss from Imports: Measuring the Costs. She is the coauthor of a wage-insurance proposal that has been discussed during the presidential campaign. In 2004, the National Journal named Kletzer one of the "people whose ideas will help shape debate on 10 important issues of the day" regarding workforce quality.


Daniel PressProfessor of environmental studies

An expert in environmental policy, Press studies resource conservation, industrial pollution, and resource consumption. An expert on the "greening of industry," he is working on a comparative study of the environmental impacts of manufacturing in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Saving Open Space: The Politics of Local Preservation in California.

Margaret DelaneyProfessor of ocean sciences

A leader of the international team of elite scientists studying the history of the oceans, Delaney is looking back in time for clues to the future. By studying the chemical composition of the earth, Delaney is helping identify broad trends in climate change--past, present, and future.


Daniel WirlsProfessor of politics

Wirls specializes in American politics with a focus on Congress, the presidency, and military policy. He is the author of Buildup: The Politics of Defense in the Reagan Era and the co-author of The Invention of the United States Senate. Wirls is currently working on an analysis of U.S. military policy from the end of the Cold War to the war in Iraq, as well as a critique of the Senate. He is available to discuss national elections, national security issues, and military spending.


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