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February 25, 2004

Below is a list of Purdue University experts who can discuss a variety of topics related to the upcoming 2004 election.


Presidential election

James McCann

Associate professor, political science

(765) 494-0738,

• McCann specializes in electoral polling, U.S. public opinion, candidate nominations and campaigning, and relations between the United States and Mexico. He also can talk about the American third-party system and third-party politics. In 2002-03, he was a guest scholar in governance studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Henry Scheele

Associate professor, communication

(765) 494-4358,

• Scheele is an expert in political communication and teaches a class on presidential communication. He can talk about the communication styles of past presidents and current candidates.

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William R. Shaffer

Professor, political science and department head

(765) 494-4162,

• Shaffer specializes in political parties and behavior. He works with students in the areas of electoral behavior, legislative behavior, political parties and public opinion. His books include "Computer Simulation of Voting Behavior," "Party and Ideology in the United States Congress" and "Politics, Parties and Parliament."


Congressional issues

Glenn Parker

Distinguished professor, political science

(765) 494-4161,

• Parker is one of the nation's top scholars employing an economic mode of analysis to study Congress, and he has brought together microeconomic theory and rationale choice approaches to understand the behavior of legislators. He served on the National Elections Study Committee that designed the groundbreaking 1978 congressional elections study. Parker's latest book, "Self-Policing in Politics: The Political Economy of Reputational Controls on Politicians" will be published this year.

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Campaign issues

Rosalee Clawson

Associate professor, political science

(765) 494-7599.

• Clawson's research interests are in public opinion, political psychology, the mass media and the politics of race and gender. She can talk about the gender, race and class gaps in the 2004 presidential election.


Judson L. Jeffries

Associate professor, political science and American studies

(765) 494-7604,

• Jeffries' research interests focus on U.S. politics, media and politics, African-American politics, and public policy. His books include "Virginia's Native Son" on the first African-American to be elected governor (L. Douglas Wilder, governor of Virginia 1989-1994) and "Huey P. Newton, The Radical Theorist." His latest book, "Urban America and its Police," focuses on the history of police in an American democracy.

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William McLauchlan

Associate professor, political science

(765) 494-4171,

• McLauchlan can talk about the role of civil rights and liberties in the first presidential election since 9/11. He also can discuss the role of the Patriot Act. McLauchlan is a constitutional law expert and he can talk about why it's important to think about who the future president may appoint to the Supreme Court.

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Leigh Raymond

Professor, political science

(765) 494-4182,

• Raymond conducts research on environmental policy, property rights and the role of ideas in political behavior, with a focus on U.S. issues. He can talk about the role environmental issues, such as natural resources management, endangered species policy, fuel conservation and energy policy, will play in the 2004 election.


Voting issues

Shirley Rose

Associate professor, English

Director of composition

(765) 494-3730,

• Rose can talk about the importance of digital literacy in understanding how candidates and campaigns use the Internet. Rose can also talk about weblogs and other media that voters turn to for election information.


Educational Issues

Phillip VanFossen

Director, James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship

Associate professor, curriculum and instruction

(765) 494-2367,

• VanFossen studies the importance and methods of teaching citizenship and civics to children. He can talk about the role the presidential elections in schools' citizenship education. He also can talk about the importance of teaching citizenship to young people so that they are prepared to be voters in the future.

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