Experts Ready to Analyze Convention, Debates, Election

22-Aug-2008 1:00 PM EDT, by University of Alabama

Newswise — With the Democratic and Republican conventions just days away, faculty members at The University of Alabama are ready to help you with insights into the political process as the deeply unsettled field of candidates vie to succeed President George W. Bush.

These University of Alabama sources are available for commentary now and through November:

Key issues: Dr. David Lanoue, professor and chair of political science, can speak on the process of the presidential election from caucuses and primaries to Nov. 4.

Political advertising: Dr. Karen Cartee, professor of advertising and public relations, can address issues arising from the expected maelstrom of messages and attack ads.

Political polls: Dr. Patrick Cotter, professor of political science, can discuss polling, including survey sampling, the methods and tactics used in asking questions, the demographics of respondents and how these polls help candidates with campaign strategy.

The Web and the campaign: Dr. Jennifer Greer, associate professor and chair of the journalism department, will offer insights on campaigns' growing use of the Internet and the role of blogs and other alternative forms of communications.

Housing and real estate: Grayson M. Glaze, executive director of the Alabama Center for Real Estate, can comment on the volatile housing market, which will be a key issue in the upcoming campaign.

Foreign relations: Dr. Doug Gibler, assistant professor of political science, can give insights into the foreign-policy issues surrounding the campaign.

Political parties and voting: Dr. Carol Cassel, professor of political science, specializes in public opinion, voting behavior and political parties.

Economic issues: Dr. Sam Addy, director of The University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research, and Ahmad Ijaz, economic analyst, are ready to field questions concerning the economy, which will prove key to the presidential campaign.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is in the midst of planned, steady enrollment growth with a goal of reaching 28,000 students by 2010. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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