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As the 2016 election fast approaches, political science, communications, sociology, legal and policy experts are available from Georgia State University to weigh in on the final verdict of U.S. voters.

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Sean Richey is an associate professor of political science and specializes in voting and elections, political communication, and political behavior. He is the author of “The Social Basis of the Rational Citizen: How Political Communication in Social Networks Improves Civic Competence” (Lexington Press, 2014), and has also authored articles on political discussion and persuasion.

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Sarah Allen Gershon, associate professor of political science, researches gender and politics. Gershon’s research focuses primarily on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups – including women, and racial and ethnic minorities – into the U.S. political system. Her work looks at the roles of communication, campaigns and political attitudes in looking to explain the challenges faced by these groups.

She and her colleague Kim Fridkin, professor of politics and global studies at Arizona State University, are currently using a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the emotional and cognitive responses to the back-and-forth between Clinton and Trump during this year’s series of general-election presidential debates.

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Daniel P. Franklin is an associate professor of political science and is an expert on executive power, political culture, presidential legacies, and the relationships between the presidency and Congress. This summer Rowman & Littlefield published a revised edition of his 2006 book, “Politics and Film: Political Culture and Film in the United States.” It explores popular movies and TV shows as indicators of social and political trends to explore the political culture of the U.S., including American Sniper, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Twelve Years a Slave. He is also the author of “Pitiful Giants: Presidents in their Final Term” (Palgrave MacMillian, 2014), looking at the final terms of recent presidents and their legacies.

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Lakeyta Bonnette is an assistant professor of political science. Her research interests include popular culture, political behavior, black women and politics, political attitudes, African-American politics, political psychology and public opinion. She has published Pulse of the People: Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Bonnette currently teaches classes on American government, black women and politics, black political behavior, black politics, Hip-Hop and politics and popular culture and politics.

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Eric R. Wright is the chair of the Department of Sociology and professor of sociology and public health. Wright can discuss health care issues, as well as issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Wright is involved in research addressing youth homelessness (including LGBT youth homelessness), as well as research seeking to understand and tackle health problems and disparities in and other vulnerable communities, including LGBT persons.

As a medical sociologist, his research also looks at social and public policy responses to mental health and illness, substance abuse and addictions, sexual health, and HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention.

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Maurice J. Hobson is an assistant professor of African-American studies. His research interests include urban and rural history, political economy, oral history and ethnography, 20th century U.S. and African American history, and an emerging field called Black New South Studies, looking at geopolitical, social and cultural developments among African-Americans into the 21st century. A native of Selma, Ala., Hobson is currently working on “The Legend of the Black Mecca and the Making of an Olympic City: Intersections of Race, Class, Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Black Atlanta, Georgia.”

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Mary Stuckey is a professor of communication and is an expert on political and presidential rhetoric as well as media and politics. She has authored numerous articles on the subject and is the author of The Good Neighbor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of American Power (Michigan State University Press, 2013), Jimmy Carter, Human Rights, and the National Agenda (Texas A&M University Press, 2008), and Slipping the Surly Bonds: Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address (Texas A&M University Press, 2006), among other publications.

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Jessie Gabel Cino is associate dean and associate professor of law at the Georgia State University College of Law. She is versed in forensic/scientific evidence, the death penalty, bankruptcy and contracts. Cino consults on various criminal and bankruptcy matters and has engaged in numerous pro bono criminal defense representations. She successfully appealed a wrongful conviction and death sentence in Mississippi, resulting in her client’s freedom.

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Sally Wallace is a professor of economics and director of the Fiscal Research Center of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She has consulted widely on tax policy, fiscal decentralization and revenue forecasting and analysis in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Jamaica, Yemen and China. Wallace, who formerly worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has expertise across a wide range of subjects involving income tax, sales tax, tax burden analysis, the effects of demographic changes on tax bases, and many other topics.

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Carolyn Bourdeaux is an associate professor of public management and policy, and director of the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Her research examines tax reform, cutback budgeting, legislative budget processes, and decision making in budgets. From 2007-2010, Bourdeaux served as the director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office. Her publications have looked at state tax reform efforts around the country, as well as behavioral economics in the public sector.

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