Issues in the Presidential Election

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Education

Dr. Leslie Nabors Olah is a research assistant professor at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She can discuss education policy and the candidates’ education plans.
Media contact:
Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu

Immigration
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 studies 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

Mass Media and Voter Behavior
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. She studies 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

Media Coverage of the Campaign
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. He 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.
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 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

Pennsylvania Battleground State
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.” He is a long time, knowledgeable observer of Pennsylvania politics.
Media contact:
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Role of Race in the Election
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. John L. Jackson Jr. is an associate professor of communication in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and an associate professor of anthropology. He is author of “Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.” His research includes racialization and media technology, media analysis and the impact of mass media on urban life.
Media contact:
Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Wendell Pritchett, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, researches and teaches urban policy, land-use law and policy, urban history and race relations. He is author of the newly released, “Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life of an Urban Reformer,” a biography of the first African American cabinet member in the federal government and first secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Media contact:
Jeanne Leong at 215-573-8151 or jleong@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. He is author of the forthcoming book " Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North."
Media contact:
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Wall Street Financial Crisis
Dr. Donald Kettl is 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 Republican and Democratic administrations. He is author of the forthcoming “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. Susan Wachter is professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent article, "The Inevitability of Market-Wide Underpriced Risk," appeared in Real Estate Economics. Her research includes real-estate economics, urban economics and housing finance. Her current focus is on modeling default and delinquency, tenure choice and homeownership affordability, real-estate price index methodologies and modeling neighborhood change.
Media contact:
Julie McWilliams at 215-898-1422 or juliemcw@upenn.edu