U.S. Presidential Election

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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. She is an expert on race and class issues, has done research for the Obama campaign and is the 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. He is the author of “What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters."
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Edward DeSeve, senior lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, is the author of the forthcoming book “The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook, “ designed to share with new appointees the experiences of previous appointees and to give guidance on effective leadership.
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. John L. Jackson Jr. is an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and an associate professor of anthropology at Penn. He is author of “Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.”
Media contact: Joe Diorio at 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and Penn’s National Annenberg Election Survey, the largest academic survey being conducted during the 2008 election. She is an expert on American politics past and present.
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 Penn’s National Annenberg Election Survey. He is an expert on 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 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. Leslie Nabors Olah is a research assistant professor at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education in 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

Dr. Wendell Pritchett
, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, can discuss 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 federal cabinet member.
Media contact: Jeanne Leong at 215-573-8151 or jleong@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 an expert on 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. 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

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