Experts Ready to Discuss Southern Politics, Election Issues

11-Jan-2012 12:00 PM EST, by University of Alabama

Newswise — Experts stand prepared to field questions from the media on the upcoming South Carolina, Florida and Alabama primaries, as well as issues affecting the general election. For more source ideas, contact Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782.

UA sources include:

Presidential politics, Alabama and the South: Dr. Richard C. Fording, chair of political science, studies and comments on Alabama and U.S. politics, as well as policies addressing poverty and immigration.

Congressional elections: Dr. Stephen Borrelli, professor of political science, can talk about the upcoming House and Senate races and how they will affect the next administration.

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

Health care: Dr. Dana Patton, assistant professor of political science, can discuss health-care policy and how it will affect the election. She also is an expert on women in politics.

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

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

Political Speech: Dr. Jason Edward Black, assistant dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, researches in the area of African-American discourses and U.S. nationalism. H

Crime: Dr. Mark M. Lanier, chair of the criminal justice department, can discuss issues related to crime, law enforcement and society.

Women in politics: Dr. Janis Edwards has written extensively on the roles and rhetoric of women candidates and first ladies and their representation in political cartoons and other media formats.

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 are proving key to the presidential campaign.

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