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Now that the general election presidential campaign season is underway, the following Rutgers-Newark experts are available to comment on a variety of issues that affect the 2008 race for the White House.

ISSUES: RELIGION, GENDER AND POLITICS IN PUBLIC DEBATE
Expert:  MARY SEGERS, professor, political science, can comment extensively on virtually all aspects of American politics, with special emphasis on the often volatile collision of religion, gender and politics, such as political endorsements by churches during election campaigns; inappropriate clergy intervention into political campaigns; the historic vice presidential campaign of Governor Sarah Palin; Catholic bishops and Senator Joe Biden’s position on abortion policy; issues of special importance to women such as abortion rights; and the efforts by presidential candidates to reach out to religious voters.
Contact: office 973-353-1324 (direct) or leave message with Department Administrator Beth Freda at 973-353-5105; home, 908-522-1573, or e-mail msegers88@hotmail.com

ISSUES: POLITICS OF RACE, GENDER AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, NATIONAL POLITICS, CURRENT AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ON NJ ELECTIONS AND NJ POLITICS
Expert: LISA HULL, professor and chair, political science, can speak on most aspects of elections and politics, especially issues involving race, gender and civil liberties. She teaches courses in American government and public law.
Contact: office, 973-353-1324, home, 973-376-6648, or e-mail, eahull@andromeda.rutgers.edu, or eahull47@hotmail.com

ISSUES: WOMEN AND POLITICS, ISSUES OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO WOMEN VOTERS
Expert: JYL JOSEPHSON, director of the Rutgers-Newark Women’s Studies Program, is an expert in gender and public policy, American politics and political thought, and feminist and democratic political theory. She can provide insight into issues of particular impact on American women.
Contact: 201-533-1459 (home), 551-221-1232 (cell)

ISSUES: ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND PROTECTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS SEEKING ASYLUM
Expert: Clinical Professor PENNY VENETIS is co-director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. She has been lauded for a successful clinic lawsuit that resulted in new international human rights law and another suit that won protections for voters against unreliable and insecure electronic voting machines. She can comment on issues regarding civil rights, protections for immigrants seeking asylum, and the use of electronic voting machines.
Contact:   973-353-3240 (office) or 917-617-3524 (cell).

ISSUES: URBAN ISSUES, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, AND NEW JERSEY ISSUES
Expert:  STEPHANIE BUSH-BASKETTE, Esq., Ph.D., director, Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, served three terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing both urban and urban communities, before joining Gov. James Florio’s cabinet as state commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. She can comment on issues impacting cities and city residents in general, and community organizing and New Jersey politics and urban affairs in particular.
Contact: 973-353-1750, ext. 225, (office), Sbushbask@aol.com or bushbask@newark.rutgers.edu

ISSUES: URBAN POLITICS, URBAN EDUCATION, HOUSING POLICIES, AND RACIAL INEQUITIES IN HOUSING
Expert: MARA SIDNEY, associate professor of political science, can discuss public policy, race and ethnicity, urban politics, housing discrimination, affordable housing, and urban education. Sidney also studies political struggles to advance racial equality, and the political role that nonprofit and community-based advocacy organizations play in them.
Contact: Office, 973-353-5787, home 201-341-7741, or e-mail msidney@andromeda.rutgers.edu

ISSUES: GLOBAL ECONOMICS AND MILITARY SPENDING
Expert: CARLOS SEIGLIE, professor of economics, has expertise in topics as diverse as defense economics, the growth of market-oriented economies in Russia and Eastern Europe, and Latin American economic practices and development. He is available to comment on the domestic and global economic impact of Senators McCain and Obama’s views on defense spending.
Contact: 201-567-0676 (home), 201-394-5180 (cell), or seiglie@rutgers.edu.

ISSUES: HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS, HEALTHCARE FINANCE, AND HEALTHCARE POLICY
Expert: MAHMUD HASSAN, professor of finance and economics, is director of the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Management MBA Program and The Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center for Pharmaceutical Management Studies. He is available to comment on issues concerning healthcare economics, healthcare finance and healthcare policy.
Contact: 732-254-8477 (home), 973-353-5386 (office), or hassanm@rutgers.edu.

ISSUES: WALL STREET
Expert: IVAN BRICK, chair and professor of finance and economics, is co-director of the Rutgers Whitcomb Center for Research in Financial Services. He is available to comment on the impact Wall Street’s recent challenges have on the economy.
Contact: 973-353-5155 (office) or ibrick@rutgers.edu.

ISSUES: UNITED STATES ECONOMY
Expert: FARROKH K. LANGDANA, professor of finance and economics, is director of the Rutgers Executive MBA Program. He is available to comment on a wide range of economic issues including the general health of the U.S. economy.
Contact: 973-353-5620 (office) or langdana@rutgers.edu.

ISSUES:  ISSUES OF RACE IN THE  PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Expert: CLEMENT PRICE is director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience (IECME), and Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor. He can comment on race relations and modern culture in the United States and in New Jersey, and on Afro-American history, urban history and public history. Price is the author of “Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey.”
Contact:  973-353-5410, ext. 28 (office), 973-477-9987 (cell), caprice@rutgers.edu, or leave a message through Marisa Pierson, 973-353-1871, ext. 11.

ISSUES: ELECTION LAW, BALANCING CIVIL LIBERTIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY, VOTING RIGHTS OF EX-OFFENDERS, CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Expert: PROFESSOR FRANK ASKIN is founder and director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, which under his almost four-decade leadership has established numerous important legal precedents in civil rights and international human rights cases. He also teaches election law. He can comment on balancing civil liberties in responding to terrorism, executive branch obstruction of Congressional oversight, campaign finance, legal remedies that address public corruption, voting rights of ex-offenders, and election law issues.
Contact:  973-353-3239 (office), or 973-519-0235 (cell).

ISSUES: THE IMPACT OF INTELLIGENCE REPORTS ON NATIONAL SECURITY; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES, PARTICULARLY U.S.-EUROPEAN RELATIONS; THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DEMOCRATIC-LED CONGRESS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES
Expert: FRANK FISCHER, professor, political science, also can address issues ranging from presidential and party politics to environmental and community organizing issues. He teaches courses on the American political and policy-making processes.
Contact:  Office, 973-353-5105, ext. 5171, home, 212/674-5078, or e-mail ffischer@andromeda.rutgers.edu, or frankfischer24@aol.com

ISSUES: IMPACT OF THE MEDIA, “SPIN”
Expert: ROBERT SNYDER is an associate professor of journalism and media studies who can provide sharp insight into media coverage and “spin.” Snyder has an extensive record as both a working journalist and a media analyst. He has worked in newspapers, magazines and television, including as editor of Media Studies Journal – a quarterly dedicated to analysis of the news media by journalists, scholars and informed commentators.
Contact: 973-353-5119, ext. 33 (office), 212-861-9880 (home), or email rwsnyder@andromeda.rutgers.edu

 

Author: 
Carla Capizzi