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University of Denver Commentary Sources Available During RNC/DNC Conventions

August 28, 2012—Experts from the University of Denver are available to comment on a variety of issues relating to the election and politics.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Seth Masket, associate professor of political science
Masket is a frequent guest with national political reporters. He's an avid blogger who follows American politics, state and local politics, political parties and campaigns and elections. His latest book is entitled "No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures" (University of Michigan Press, 2009)
CONTACT: Seth.Masket@du.edu, 303-871-2718 (office), 303-900-8621 (cell), bio.

Peter Hanson, assistant professor of political science
Hanson studies American politics, more specifically the study of Congress and how it has changed as Democrats and Republicans have become more polarized. Hanson served on the staff of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) where he focused on appropriations and environmental policy.
CONTACT: Peter.Hanson@du.edu, 303-871-2852 (office), bio.

COLORADO VOTERS

Peter Hanson, assistant professor of political science
Hanson studies American politics, more specifically the study of Congress and how it has changed as Democrats and Republicans have become more polarized. Hanson served on the staff of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) where he focused on appropriations and environmental policy.
CONTACT: Peter.Hanson@du.edu, 303-871-2852 (office), bio.

Seth Masket, associate professor of political science
Masket is a frequent guest with national political reporters. He's an avid blogger who follows American politics, state and local politics, political parties and campaigns and elections. His latest book is entitled "No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures" (University of Michigan Press, 2009)|
CONTACT: Seth.Masket@du.edu, 303-871-2718 (office), 303-900-8621 (cell), bio.

Christine Riordan, dean of the Daniels College of Business
Riordan oversees the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Her expertise is in leadership and the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of leaders. She has studied topics in women's leadership and leaders' impact on organizations.
CONTACT: Christine.Riordan@du.edu, 303-871-4342 (office), bio.

Buie Seawell, professor of business at the Daniels College of Business
Seawell studies ethics in politics and law as well as legislative policies. He lectures on values-based leadership, government regulations and campaign and ethical issues.
CONTACT: Buie.Seawell@du.edu, 303-871-2698 (office), bio.

COLORADO ECONOMY

Mac Clouse, professor of finance at the Reiman School of Finance
Clouse's expertise covers bailouts, economic stimulus packages, and financial and economic environments. In an election where job stability and economic growth are being questioned, Clouse can easily explain complex financial situations in lay terms.
CONTACT: Maclyn.Clouse@du.edu, 303-871-3320 (office), bio.

Ron Rizzuto, professor of finance at the Reiman School of Finance
Rizzuto is in expert on bailouts, bankruptcy, and energy and telecommunications corporations. He also has extensive national media experience, and in his contributions to broadcast and print journalism has proven effective at explaining the complex situations to a broader audience.
CONTACT: Ronald.Rizzuto@du.edu, 303-871-2010 (office), bio.

MARIJUANA

Sam Kamin, associate professor of law at the Sturm College of Law
In addition to his other research interests pertaining to criminal and constitutional law, Kamin is a published author on the medical marijuana and marijuana regulation. This fall, Coloradans will vote on whether to legalize and regulate marijuana in their state.
CONTACT: skamin@law.du.edu, 303-871-6125 (office), bio.

ROLE OF BUSINESS

John Holcomb, professor of business ethics and legal studies at the Daniels College of Business
Holcomb's areas of expertise include corporate governance, campaign finance and constitutional law. A veteran academic and active blogger, Holcomb is ideally positioned to comment on the impact of corporate financing in this year's campaign.
CONTACT: John.Holcomb@du.edu, 303-871-2634 (office), bio.

RACE AND RELIGION

Nancy Wadsworth, professor of political science
Wadworth is an expert on American political culture. Her particular area of interest is the intermingling of racial and religious issues on the political stage.
CONTACT: nwadswor@du.edu, 303-871-2972 (office), 303-895-7900 (cell), bio.

Carl Raschke, professor of religious studies
Raschke is a widely published author on diverse topics pertaining to religion, including the Christianity and feminism, religion and postmodernism, and religious violence. He can comment on the ways cultural and religious values inform voters' decision-making.
CONTACT: craschke@du.edu, 303-871-3117 (office), bio.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Stephen Haag, associate professor of business information analytics at the Daniels College of Business
Haag, whose areas of expertise includes social networking and technology in government, can offer detailed insights on the unprecedented role of social media in this year's election.
CONTACT: Stephen.Haag@du.edu, 303-871-2596 (office), bio.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Robert Hardaway, professor of law at the Sturm College of Law
Hardaway is a widely published author whose output has ranged from books on law and public policy to several novels based on themes of law and justice. He is also an expert on the Electoral College and the historical underpinnings of its design.
CONTACT: rhardaway@law.du.edu, 303-871-6310 (office), bio.

HISPANIC VOTERS

Lisa Martinez, associate professor of sociology
Martinez, who is an expert on Latina/o sociology and immigration, has conducted research on the ways the politics of healthcare and education affect Latina/o communities. She is available to discuss the debate surrounding immigration reform in the context of the 2012 election.
CONTACT: Lisa.Martinez@du.edu, 303-871-2994 (office), bio.

NATIONALISM

Susan Schulten, professor of history
Schulten is the author of numerous books on 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, most recently "Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in 19th-Century America" (University of Chicago Press, 2012). She is currently researching the relationship between historical knowledge and American nationalism—a perennially vital topic as America's role on the world stage is evaluated and debated.
CONTACT: sschulte@du.edu, 303-871-2970 (office), bio.

NEWS COVERAGE

Robert Handley, professor of journalism
Handley's academic interests include democracy and media, critical communication studies and U.S. foreign policy in the press. Handley can offer incisive commentary on the ongoing relationship between the press, elections and presidency.
CONTACT: Robert.Handley@du.edu, 303-871-3832 (office), bio.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
In a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Hill has served as the ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Poland and Macedonia, among other assignments. Ambassador Hill can speak to the foreign policy implications of this year's election, as well interest in the election and debate from abroad.
CONTACT: Christopher.R.Hill@du.edu, 303-871-2539 (office), bio.

ENVIRONMENT

Frank Laird, associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Laird's expertise is on energy policy, especially with respect to renewable energy; environmental policy, especially with respect to climate change and science policy.
CONTACT: Flaird@du.edu, 303-871-4462 (office), bio.

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Contact: Jordan Ames
Phone: (303) 871-2781
E-mail: jordan.ames@du.edu