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Election 2010: American University Experts Available

AU's political & media wonks can discuss voter trends, party politcs and more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 5, 2010)—American University, ranked by Princeton Review as the most politically active campus in the nation, has professors available to provide expertise and commentary on the mid-term elections, voter trends, party politics, and possible political changes for the coming year.

Each expert below has substantial experience with press interviews. To request an interview with one of American University’s political & media wonks, contact AU’s Communications Office at 202-885-5950 or

Allan Lichtman, professor of history, is available to comment on voting behavior, public opinion, party conventions, politics, and American political history. Lichtman, known for his “13 keys” system which allows him to predict the outcome of the popular vote solely on historical factors, has predicted another Obama win in 2012. 

Curtis Gans, director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate Director, has expertise in voter turnout voting behavior, elections, campaign conduct, and the Electoral College. His latest analysis on primary voter turnout showed the GOP nationwide primary vote exceeds democrats for the first time since 1930. Read & Download report.

Jennifer Lawless, the director of the Women and Politics Institute, is available to comment on women and politics, elections, and campaigns. Her research focuses on gender politics and public opinion. The Institute tracks which elected officials and candidates appear on the major networks and cable news outlets each Sunday morning and the numbers show women are far and few between.

James Thurber
, director of AU’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, is an expert in presidential-congressional relations, campaigns and elections, the congressional budget process, congressional reform, and lobbying reform.

Leonard Steinhorn
, professor of communication and former congressional speechwriter, can discuss politics, campaigns, and the media’s role in politics and elections. He teaches politics, strategic communication, and courses on the presidency. In 2008 he taught Inside the War Room and the Newsroom where his students analyzed the candidates and campaigns.

Lauren Feldman, assistant professor of public communication, can address the effects of the media on political knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Feldman has investigated the political function of late-night comedy programs like The Daily Show, arguing for their importance to political discourse and engagement. Her findings will be included in the forthcoming book Perspectives on Fake News: The Social Significance of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Danny Hayes, assistant professor of government, can discuss political behavior and political communication in American politics; public opinion; campaigns and elections; voting behavior, political participation, and the media.

David Lublin, professor of government, can provide insight into American campaign and elections, African American and Latino politics, Southern politics, and minority representation in the United States.

Robert Lehrman, assistant professor of public communication, is the former chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore and an expert in public speaking, strategic communication, and political communication. With AU colleague Leonard Steinhorn, he recently launched PunditWire – a new website where former speechwriters have a voice. 

Jan Leighley, professor of government, is an expert on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior.

Steven Taylor, professor of government, is an expert on U.S. government and politics, urban politics, and politics of race and ethnicity and African politics.

Dotty Lynch is executive in residence in the School of Communication and the former political director for CBS News. Lynch is available to comment on politics, polling, campaigns and elections, young voters, and women in politics.

Jane Hall, professor of journalism, is a former media reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She is an expert on media issues, and can provide insight on politics and the media, the depiction of women in the media, and young people and politics.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, is available to comment on congressional elections, voting behavior, political party identification, and campaign management.

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