For the Media

AU Experts: Elections and Politics

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The White House (photo by Jeff Watts)

American University's political experts are available to provide insight into the current political atmosphere. Our experts can speak extensively about policy issues, the economy, voting behavior, polling, public opinion, race and politics, presidential history, survey research, and many other topics.

To arrange an interview with an expert below contact University Communications at 202-885-5950 or aumedia@american.edu.

Allan Lichtman

Professor of history

Professor of History

Can discuss:
Campaigns and the presidency, election prediction, presidential and congressional campaigns, presidential history

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Leonard Steinhorn

Professor of communication

Professor of Communication

Can discuss:
Politics, presidency, campaigns, the religious right, American culture, baby boom generation, race relations, social movements, civil rights, the 60’s, popular culture

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James Thurber

American University professor James Thurber discusses the November election for NBC Nightly News on Sunday, September 26.

University Professor of Government

Can discuss:
Presidential-congressional relations, campaigns and elections, the federal budget process, lobbying reform, interest groups

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Jennifer Lawless

American University Professor Jennifer Lawless

Director, Women & Politics Institute

Can discuss:
Women and politics, elections, campaigns, gender politics, public opinion, barriers that impede women candidates from running for office

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Dotty Lynch

Dotty Lynch, executive in residence, School of Communication

Executive in Residence, School of Communication

Can discuss:
Politics, polling and data, campaigns and elections, young voters, women in politics, media issues

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Jan Leighley

Jan Leighley, Associate Professor of Government

Professor of Government

Can discuss:
American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior

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Candice Nelson

Candice Nelson, Associate Professor of Government

Director, Campaign Management Institute

Can discuss:
Presidential and congressional elections, convention process, campaign finance, political action committees (PACs), campaign management, political party identification

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Richard Semiatin

Richard Semiatin, professor of political science

Professor of Political Science

Can discuss:
Congress, elections, campaigns, executive branch, courts, politics, government

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David Lublin

David Lublin, Associate Professor of Government

Professor of Government

Can discuss:
American campaigns and elections, African American and Latino politics, southern politics, and minority representation in the U.S.

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Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor, professor of government

Associate Professor of Government

Can discuss: U.S. government and politics, urban politics, politics of race and ethnicity

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Dante Chinni

Dante Chinni, instructor, Department of Government

Instructor, Department of Government

Can discuss:
American society and culture; voter behavior; political, socio-economic, and cultural fault lines; the electorate; media and politics

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Jamie Raskin

Jamie Raskin, Professor of Law

Professor of Law

Can discuss:
Voting rights, law of the American political process, campaign finance, state, local and national politics, Constitutional law, First Amendment

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Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor, director, Women & Politics Institute

Jonathan N. Helfat Distinquished Professor of Political Science

Can discuss:
American politics, public policy, women and politics, women and Congress, abortion and reproductive rights

 

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Jane Hall

Jane Hall, Associate Professor of Communication

Associate Professor of Print Journalism

Can discuss:
Young people and politics, politics in the media, media ethics and criticism, political news coverage, depiction of women in the media

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Anita McBride

Anita McBride, executive in residence in the School of Public Affairs discusses first ladies on C-SPAN

Executive in Residence, School of Public Affairs

Can discuss:
Women in the political process, role of candidates' spouses, first ladies as key campaign surrogates/advisors

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Richard Benedetto

Richard Benedetto, instructor in the School of Communication talking on Fox News.

Adjunct Professor of Journalism

Can discuss: National politics and elections, White House and the presidency, American political parties, political polling

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Bob Pastor

Robert Pastor, Professor of International Relations

Co-Director, Center for Democracy and Campaign Management

Can discuss: Election management, U.S. election reform, election mediation to assist transitions to democracy

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Robert Lehrman

Robert Lehrman

Adjunct Professor of Public Communication

Can discuss: Speechwriting, public speaking, strategic communication, political communication and relationship of social media and campaign rhetoric

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