Experts for Presidential Debate in Texas: Researchers Offer Range of Perspectives, from the Political to Psychological

Feb. 12, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, will debate at The University of Texas at Austin Thursday, Feb. 21.

Researchers at the university are available to provide commentary on how issues such as party polarization, gender, race and faith are shaping the 2008 presidential election.

African-American Issues
Campaigns and Political Behavior
Campaigns – The Beauty Effect
Children's Views of the Presidency
Civic Participation
Congress and Party Polarization
Economic Policy
Education – Minority and Poverty Issues
Electoral Politics
Energy and the Environment
Environmental Policy
Gender and the Presidency
Global Policy
Global Warming and Climate Change
Health and Social Policy
The Hispanic Vote
Immigration Issues
National Politics and the Presidency
National Security
Political Language
Political Language and Psychological Insights
Politics and Personality
Politics of Faith
Presidential Candidates – Economic Policies
Presidential History
Texas Economy
Texas Politics
Youth Voting

African-American Issues

Eric McDaniel
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
512-232-7268
emcdaniel@mail.utexas.edu

McDaniel's research areas include religion and politics, African-American politics and organizational behavior. His work targets how and why African-American religious institutions choose to become involved in political matters. In addition, his work targets the role of religious institutions in shaping African-American political behavior.

Tasha Philpot
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
512-232-3681
tsp228@mail.la.utexas.edu

Philpot specializes in African-American politics, public opinion and political behavior, political communication and political parties. Her research examines the consequences of using racial images in political communication. She is the author of "Inclusion or Illusion? The Politics and Process of Party Image Change."

Campaigns and Political Behavior

Daron Shaw
Associate Professor, Department of Government
512-232-7275
dshaw@jeeves.la.utexas.edu

Shaw serves on the editorial board for American Politics Research and on the national decision team for Fox News. He was a strategist during the 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns.

Paul Stekler
Professor of Radio-TV-Film and
Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs
512-471-6679
stek@mail.utexas.edu

Stekler has created several political documentaries, including "Last Man Standing," "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" and "Vote for Me: Politics in America," about grassroots electoral politics. He also is an expert in Southern politics, political campaigns, political advertising and how polls affect campaigns and campaign messaging.

Mark McKinnon
Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8943

McKinnon is a former senior advisor to President George W. Bush and is currently the vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc. He has advised More than 100 corporate and political campaigns in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. He specializes in campaigns and elections, the presidency and American political parties.

Campaigns – The Beauty Effect

Daniel S. Hamermesh
Centennial Professor of Economics
512 475-8526
hamermes@eco.utexas.edu

Hamermesh studies how attractiveness plays a part in winning an election and the effect of beauty on salary. He also researchers a wide range of economic issues, including the national and Texas economy, time management and changing work habits based on geography and hours worked (e.g. night shift v. day shift).

Children's Views of the Presidency

Rebecca Bigler
Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, Gender and Racial Attitudes Lab
512-471-9917
bigler@psy.utexas.edu

Bigler researches gender and racial attitudes and the formation of stereotypes. She has examined children's views of the U.S. Presidency related to race, gender and ethnicity. She can discuss the potential for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to break the pattern of white males serving in the presidency.

Civic Participation

Roderick P. Hart
Professor of Communication Studies and
Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
512-471-5646
rodhart@mail.utexas.edu

Hart studies politics and the mass media, He is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is "Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us." He also is the director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, which conducts research into how civic participation and community understanding are undermined or sustained, and develops programs to increase democratic understanding among citizens.

Paul Stekler
Professor of Radio-TV-Film and
Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs
512-471-6679
stek@mail.utexas.edu

Stekler has created several political documentaries, including "Last Man Standing," "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" and "Vote for Me: Politics in America," about grassroots electoral politics. He also is an expert in Southern politics, political campaigns, political advertising and how polls affect campaigns and campaign messaging.

Congress and Party Polarization

Sean Theriault
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
512-232-7279 and 832-721-3991
seant@mail.utexas.edu

Theriault researches party polarization in the U.S. Congress and the differences between elected officials' goals, ideas and attitudes and those of their constituencies. He examines the ethical considerations presented when the viewpoints of constituents and their representatives don't connect. He is the author of "The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution."

Economic Policy

James K. Galbraith
Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations
Former Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress
Professor of Government
512-471-1244
galbraith@mail.utexas.edu

Galbraith is a former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee in the US Congress (1981-1982) and has held many similar advising positions throughout his career. Galbraith is qualified to speak on macroeconomic policy, monetary policy, economic development policy, and economic inequality.

Kenneth S. Flamm
Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs
512-471-8952
kflamm@mail.utexas.edu

Flamm is currently a senior research fellow at The University of Texas at Austin's IC2 Institute and holds several positions at the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. An economist by training, Flamm specializes in the post-cold war defense industry, international trade, and technology policy.

Robert H. Wilson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research
Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy
512-471-8947
rwilson@mail.utexas.edu

Wilson received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted extensive research on regional development policies in both Brazil and the United States. He specializes in urban and regional policy, public policy in Brazil, local governance in developing countries and community development.

Education – Minority and Poverty Issues

Julian Vasquez Heilig
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration
512-475-8586
jvh@mail.utexas.edu

Heilig completed a study this month that indicates the No Child Left Behind legislation actually has increased high school dropout rates. His research focuses on the effects of high-stakes testing on minorities in urban schools, the achievement gap between students of color and white students and equity in higher education. He is a founding member of the Texas Center for Education
Policy.

Jennifer Jellison Holmes
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration
512-475-8589
jholmes@mail.utexas.edu

Holmes has done research which shows that NCLB and school vouchers have exacerbated the problem of poverty concentration in urban school districts and perpetuated inferior education opportunities for low-income families and students of color.

Angela Valenzuela
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Center for Mexican American Studies
Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
valenz@mail.utexas.edu

Valenzuela has studied the effects of No Child Left Behind on Latino students' academic achievement and researched urban school reform, how ethnicity shapes ideas of education and education policy. She is in Mexico now researching ways to improve educational outcomes for Latino immigrant students who come to the U.S. and is the author of "Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring" and editor of Leaving Children Behind: How Texas-Style Accountability Fails Latino Youth.

Electoral Politics

Paul Stekler
Professor of Radio-TV-Film and
Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs
512-471-6679
stek@mail.utexas.edu

Stekler has created several political documentaries, including "Last Man Standing," "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" and "Vote for Me: Politics in America," about grassroots electoral politics. He also is an expert in Southern politics, political campaigns, political advertising and how polls affect campaigns and campaign messaging.

Energy and the Environment

Charles Groat
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Director, Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy
512-471-1772
cgroat@mail.utexas.edu

Groat, former director of the U.S. Geological Survey under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, focuses on forging balanced energy and environmental policy, nuclear energy policy and nuclear waste, development of domestic energy reserves, and management of coastal ecoystems and wetlands, with particular emphasis on post-Katrina Louisiana. (Groat formerly directed the Louisiana Geologic Survey.)

Michael Webber
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director, Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy
512-475-6867
webber@mail.utexas.edu

Webber, who has been tracking the energy and environmental stances of presidential contenders, focuses on all aspects of energy policy. He has written op-eds for major newspapers on a range of energy topics including U.S.-China energy relations, the future of clean coal, myths about green energy, energy security, energy efficiency, and the potential for Texas to lead the U.S. in green energy.

Scott Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
512-471-0209
scott.tinker@beg.utexas.edu

Tinker, state geologist of Texas and president-elect of the Association of American Petroleum Geologists, leads an organization managing a wide range of projects in energy and the environment, from carbon sequestration to water sustainability and oil and gas exploration. A regular op-ed contributor on energy topics, he is an expert on global energy reserves, the bridge to future energy sources, clean coal, carbon capture and storage, energy policy, and economic models for carbon trading.

Eric Barron
Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences
512-471-6048
ebarron@jsg.utexas.edu

Barron, an expert on climate modeling, has advised two presidents on climate change and headed several national commissions on climate, climate modeling, and earth observation. He is chairman of the Consortium on Ocean Leadership, the country's coordinating organization for joint oceanographic research. He can speak on all aspects of climate change and modeling. As dean of the Jackson School he is familiar with current research on sea-level rise, polar ice conditions, and energy policy, among many earth science topics.

Environmental Policy

Susan Rieff, Director
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
512-232-0136
srieff@wildflower.org

Rieff is the former policy director for land stewardship at the National Wildlife Federation and has more than 20 years experience crafting national environmental policy and implementing environmental legislation, most recently at NWF.

Gender and the Presidency

Gretchen Ritter
Professor, Department of Government; Director, Center for Women's and Gender Studies
512-232-7252
ritter@mail.utexas.edu

Ritter studies the role of gender in American politics, constitutional development and the impact of work-family issues on gender equity. She is the author of "The Constitution as Social Design: Gender and Civic Membership
in the American Constitutional Order."

Global Policy

Josh Busby
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Phone: 512-471-8946
busbyj@mail.utexas.edu

Busby is an expert in global policy and has a forthcoming book entitled "States of Grace: Moral Movements and Foreign Policy." He specializes in climate change and energy policy, HIV/AIDS, international development, international organizations and global public health.

Alan J. Kuperman
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8245
akuperman@mail.utexas.edu

Kuperman has been an advisor to many American political leaders, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and former House Speaker Thomas Foley. He specializes in global policy, specifically ethnic conflict, military intervention, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian intervention and foreign policy.

Global warming and Climate Change

Camille Parmesan
Associate Professor, Section of Integrative Biology
512-232-1860
parmesan@mail.utexas.edu

Parmesan's research focuses on impacts of climate change in the 20th century on wildlife, particularly on butterfly range shifts. She was involved in multiple aspects of the United Nations Third Assessment IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report and served as a reviewer for the fourth IPCC report.

Health and Social Policy

Marv Shepherd
Professor, College of Pharmacy
512-471-5607
marvshepherd@mail.utexas.edu

Shepherd studies economics and pharmacy issues, including pharmaceutical marketing and pricing policies and prescription drugs from Mexico and Canada.
He has testified several times before the U.S. Congress on the importation of drugs.

King Davis
Professor, School of Social Work
512-232-7117
kingdavis@mail.utexas.edu

Davis specializes in mental health policies and services, particularly for people of color and the history of public mental health care for people of color. He was appointed in 2007 to a three-year term on the Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council. The council makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of substance abuse and mental health care services with the ultimate goal of transforming mental health care in the United States.

Diane Tyler
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
512-471-9092
dtyler@mail.utexas.edu

Tyler's teaching and research projects involve health promotion and disease prevention and weight and health of children and their families. Helping overweight children obtain healthier lifestyles is the focus of her current National Institutes of Health-funded study. Minority children, she says, are at greatest risk for being overweight.

Laura Lein
Professor, School of Social Work
512-471-9248
lein@mail.utexas.edu

Lein's research focuses on families in poverty and the institutions that serve them. In a new book, "Life After Welfare: Reform and the Persistence of Poverty," she found that most Texas families who leave welfare remain in or near poverty and many are likely to return to the welfare rolls in the future. She also is working on a National Science Foundation grant studying Hurricane Katrina evacuees and how the actions of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations affected their ability to recover.

Howard T. Prince II
Clinical Professor
Loyd Hackler Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership
Director, Center for Ethical Leadership
512-471-4303
hprince@mail.utexas.edu

Prince is a clinical psychologist and graduate of West Point. He specializes in ethics and leadership and is qualified to speak on applied ethics, military affairs and psychology.

Jacqueline L. Angel
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
512-471-2956
jangel@mail.utexas.edu

Angel is currently the chair of the National Institute on Aging Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Committee and a fellow at The Gerontological Society of America. She specializes in gender and health, aging, disability and long-term care.

Jeanne M. Lambrew
Associate Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-3270
jlambrew@mail.utexas.edu

Lambrew is a former senior health policy analyst at National Economic Council during the Clinton administration (1997-2000) and a former associate director for Health, Personnel, and Veterans at the Office of Management and Budget during the Bush administration (2000-2001). She specializes in health care policy, Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care.

William Spelman
Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8953
spelman@mail.utexas.edu

Spelman was a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and a former member of the Austin City Council (1997-2000). He has written extensively on community policing and criminal policy, and specializes in local government administration and finance, neighborhood crime and disorder problems, urban policy, crime prevention, recidivism and Austin politics.

Robert H. Wilson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research
Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy
512-471-8947
rwilson@mail.utexas.edu

Wilson received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted extensive research on regional development policies in both Brazil and the United States. He specializes in urban and regional policy, public policy in Brazil, local governance in developing countries and community development.

The Hispanic Vote

Jason Casellas
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
512-232-7202
casellas@mail.utexas.edu

Casellas examines Latino politics, including representation in Congress, and legislative, state and local politics.

David Leal
Associate Professor, Department of Government
512-471-1343
dleal@gov.utexas.edu

Leal specializes in Latino politics, particularly public opinion and political behavior, state and local politics, and the U.S. Congress. He is the co-editor of "Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation" and the author of "Electing America's Governors: The Politics of Executive Elections."

Immigration issues

Barbara Hines
Clinical Professor, School of Law; Director, Immigration Clinic
(512) 232-1310
bhines@law.utexas.edu

Hines directs the immigration clinic. She has litigated many issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts. She frequently lectures and writes on topics in the area of immigration law.

Veronica Vargas Stidvent
Director, Center for Politics and Governance
512-471-2760
vstidvent@austin.utexas.edu

Vargas Stidvent is a former special assistant for policy to President George W. Bush (2003-2004) and a former assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Labor (2004-2006). She is qualified to speak on the presidency, immigration reform, worker health and safety, job training and federal regulatory policy.

National Politics and the Presidency

Bruce Buchanan
Professor, Department of Government
512-232-7212
bruceb@mail.la.utexas.edu

Buchanan specializes in presidential and American politics, American institutions, public policy and political behavior. His books include "The Presidential Experience," "The Citizen's Presidency," "Electing A President" and "Presidential Campaign Quality."

Francis J. Gavin
LBJ School Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs
512-471-5249
fgavin@mail.utexas.edu

Gavin is the founding director of studies at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He is qualified to comment on national security, nuclear strategy and arms control and presidential policymaking.

James B. Steinberg
Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs
J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Public Affairs
512-232-4008
jsteinberg@austin.utexas.edu

Steinberg is a former deputy national security advisor during the Clinton administration (1996-2000) and former vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (2001-2005). He is qualified to speak on national security, foreign policy, the presidency and technology policy.

Veronica Vargas Stidvent
Director, Center for Politics and Governance
512-471-2760
vstidvent@austin.utexas.edu

Vargas Stidvent is a former special assistant for policy to President George W. Bush (2003-2004) and a former assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Labor (2004-2006). She is qualified to speak on the presidency, immigration reform, worker health and safety, job training and federal regulatory policy.

James M. Lindsay
Tom Slick Chair for International Affairs and Director, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
512-471-6267
jlindsay@austin.utexas.edu

Lindsay is the former director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council (1996-1997) and was the Vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations (2003-2006). Lindsay specializes in foreign policy, national security policy, Congress, the presidency and globalization.

Mark McKinnon
Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8943

McKinnon is a former senior advisor to President George W. Bush and is currently the vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc. He has advised More than 100 corporate and political campaigns in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. He specializes in campaigns and elections, the presidency and American political parties.

National Security

Edwin Dorn
LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs
512-232-4007
eddorn@mail.utexas.edu

Dorn is a former under secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and a former assistant secretary of Defense during the Clinton administration. He is a Yale educated political scientist who specializes in defense policy, civil rights, diversity policy, federal education policy, and human resources management.

Francis J. Gavin
LBJ School Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs
512-471-5249
fgavin@mail.utexas.edu

Gavin is the founding director of studies at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His book, "Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971," has received broad acclaim for its incisive look at monetary relations and foreign policy. He is also qualified to comment on national security, nuclear strategy and arms control, and presidential policymaking.

Admiral Bobby R. Inman
Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy
Former Director of the National Security Agency
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas
512-471-6716
inman@mail.utexas.edu

Inman served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1982, during which he served as the director of the National Security Agency (1976-1981) and after which he served as the deputy director of Central Intelligence (1981-1982). He is qualified to speak on the presidency, national security, foreign policy, international trade and venture capital.

James B. Steinberg
Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs
J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Public Affairs
512-232-4008
jsteinberg@austin.utexas.edu

Steinberg is a former deputy national security advisor during the Clinton administration (1996-2000) and former vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (2001-2005). He is qualified to speak on national security, foreign policy, the presidency and technology policy.

James M. Lindsay
Tom Slick Chair for International Affairs and Director, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
512-471-6267
jlindsay@austin.utexas.edu

Lindsay is the former director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council (1996-1997) and was the Vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations (2003-2006). Lindsay specializes in foreign policy, national security policy, Congress, the presidency and globalization.

Alan J. Kuperman
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8245
akuperman@mail.utexas.edu

Kuperman has been an advisor to many American political leaders, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and former House Speaker Thomas Foley. He specializes in global policy, specifically ethnic conflict, military intervention, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian intervention and foreign policy.

Political Language

Roderick P. Hart
Professor of Communication Studies and
Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
512-471-5646
rodhart@mail.utexas.edu

Hart studies politics and the mass media, He is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is "Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us." He also is the director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, which conducts research into how civic participation and community understanding are undermined or sustained, and develops programs to increase democratic understanding among citizens.

Political Language and Psychological Insights

James Pennebaker
Chair, Department of Psychology
512-232-2781
pennebaker@mail.utexas.edu

Pennebaker has analyzed language in political speech to evaluate a candidate's psychological state. The researchers found the words used in interviews provide insight into how a candidate thinks and relates to people. They have examined the language and personalities of George Bush, John Kerry, Dick Cheney and John Edwards.

Politics and Personality

Sam Gosling
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
512-471-1628
samg@mail.utexas.edu

Gosling studies how people create environments that provide insights into their personalities and how they would like to be perceived. For example, Gosling and his colleagues at New York University and Harvard University have found differences between how liberals and conservatives decorate their offices or bedrooms.

Politics of Faith

Christopher Ellison
Professor, Department of Sociology
512-232-6312
cellison@prc.utexas.edu

Ellison directs the Center for the Scientific Study of Religion. He studies how religion and religious institutions affect political behavior. He is the author of the forthcoming study "God's Party? Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Partisanship Over Time."

Presidential Candidates – Economic Policies

Michael Brandl
Economist, McCombs School of Business
512- 232-3355
michael.brandl@mccombs.utexas.edu

Brandl is an expert at the Texas economy and the economic issues surrounding the immigration debate. He has studied the economic proposals of the major candidates running for the presidency.

Presidential History

H.W. Brands
Dickson, Allen and Anderson Centennial Professor, Department of History
512 -475-7238
hwbrands@mail.utexas.edu

Brands is the author of "The Triumph of FDR" (forthcoming) and is available to speak about social programs, including social security, and Eleanor Roosevelt's role in shaping national policies.

The presidential historian also is the author of "The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar" "Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence," "The Strange Death of American Liberalism," "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" and "Masters of Enterprise: Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J. P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey."

Texas Economy

Michael Brandl
Economist, McCombs School of Business
512- 232-3355
michael.brandl@mccombs.utexas.edu

Brandl is an expert at the Texas economy and the economic issues surrounding the immigration debate. He has studied the economic proposals of the major candidates running for the presidency.

Daniel S. Hamermesh
Centennial Professor of Economics
512 475-8526
hamermes@eco.utexas.edu

Hamermesh researchers a wide range of economic issues, including the national and Texas economy, time management and changing work habits based on geography and hours worked (e.g. night shift v. day shift). He also studies how attractiveness plays a part in winning an election and the effect of beauty on salary.

Texas Politics

Jim Henson
Director, Texas Politics project
512-471-0090
jhenson@mail.la.utexas.edu

Henson directs the Texas Politics project and researches Texas and U.S. politics, and the political impact of the Internet.

Paul Stekler
Professor of Radio-TV-Film and
Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs
512-471-6679
stek@mail.utexas.edu

Stekler has created several political documentaries, including "Last Man Standing," "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" and "Vote for Me: Politics in America," about grassroots electoral politics. He also is an expert in Southern politics, political campaigns, political advertising and how polls affect campaigns and campaign messaging.

Sherri Greenberg
Lecturer and Fellow
Max Sherman Chair in Local and State Government
512-471-8324
srgreenberg@mail.utexas.edu

Greenberg is a former Texas State Representative (1991-2001) and manager of capital finance for the City of Austin (1985-1989). She holds her M.S. in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and has written extensively on e-government practices. Greenberg is qualified to speak on Texas government, Texas campaigns and elections, public finance, and e-government.

William Spelman
Professor of Public Affairs
512-471-8953
spelman@mail.utexas.edu

Spelman was a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and a former member of the Austin City Council (1997-2000). He has written extensively on community policing and criminal policy, and specializes in local government administration and finance, neighborhood crime and disorder problems, urban policy, crime prevention, recidivism and Austin politics.

Terrell Blodgett
Mike Hogg Professor Emeritus in Urban Management (non-teaching)
512-474-7612
blodgett@mail.utexas.edu

Blodgett is an expert in municipal government operations having served as the city manager in Garland, Texas (1963-1964), Waco, Texas (1960-1963), and as the assistant city Manager in Austin, Texas (1955-1960). He specializes in local and state government management, operations, and political structures, election methods of governing bodies in local government and Texas politics.

Youth Voting

Mary Dixson
Associate Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
512-471-7208
marycam@mail.utexas.edu

Dixson studies political communication and civic education from a qualitative perspective. Her expertise is in the area of civic and political participation among young people, civic education, and community and campus involvement.

For more information, contact:
College of Liberal Arts: Christian Clarke Casarez, 512-471-4945;
College of Communication: Erin Geisler, 512-475-8071;
College of Education: Kay Randall, 512-232-3910;
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Barbra Rodriguez, 512-589-8561;
Jackson School of Geosciences: J.B. Bird, 512-232-9623;
School of Law: Laura Castro, 512-232-1229;
LBJ School of Public Affairs: Susan Binford, 512-232-4006;
College of Natural Sciences: Lee Clippard, 512-471-3285;
Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work: Nancy Neff, 512-471-9248.