Democratic and Republican National Conventions

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Dr. Camille Charles is a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies. Dr. Charles, an expert on race and class issues, has done research for the Obama campaign. She is author of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Race, Class and Residence in a Los Angeles.”
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Michael X. Delli Carpini, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, is an expert in American politics, mass media and public opinion. His research includes generational differences in civic and political participation and political knowledge and democratic engagement. Dr. Delli Carpini is author of “A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen" and “What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters."
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
is a professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and director of Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. She directs the National Annenberg Election Survey, the largest academic survey being conducted during the 2008 election. Dr. Jamieson is the author of books on politics, campaigns and political messages.
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Richard Johnston
is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and research director of the National Annenberg Election Survey, a project of Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. He studies elections, public opinion and campaign dynamics.
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Donald Kettl is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of TheNextGovernment.com, a project of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government which analyzes candidates' campaign pledges. He has served as a White House advisor during both Republican and Democratic administrations. He is author of the forthcoming book "The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them."
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Diana Mutz is director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, a professor of communications in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and an associate professor of political science. She researches mass media and political behavior, public opinion and political psychology.
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu or
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism and researches American political thought with a focus on questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Thomas Sugrue, professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert on 20th-century American political, urban and social history and the U.S. in the 1960s, including the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the Chicago riots.
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

David Thornburgh
is director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former director of the Pennsylvania Economy League, one of the nation’s top regional “think and do tanks.”
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu