2012 Archives

The GOP battle to pick a presidential contender continues

SMU experts offer blow-by-blow analysis of the candidates and the politics

January 11, 2012

Republican LogoThe Republican battle to pick who will take on President Obama in the fall continues apace with no end in sight. Will it take until the Utah primary on June 26 to identify a clear winner?

Check with the SMU faculty for expert analysis of the marathan of primaries and caucuses, debates, public appearances and occasional gaffes.  

Politics
Cal Jillson, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
One of the nation’s foremost political experts, he regularly provides journalists thoughtful insight on Texas and U.S. politics. He is the author of the forthcoming Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy.
Cal Jillson
Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
He specializes in religion and politics, as well as public opinion, elections and political psychology.
Matthew Wilson
Campaign Ads and Voter Communication
  Rita Kirk, Ph.D., Professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Her knowledge of the evolving communication landscape has made her a valuable resource in analyzing trends in politics and political communication, such as that found on YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter and other social media. She has the ability to adapt to story topics and specializes in political and persuasive campaigns.
    
Rita Kirk
Polls and Surveys
  Lynne Stokes, Ph.D., Professor of Statistical Science
She is an expert in surveys, polls and sampling, as well as in non-sampling survey errors, such as errors by interviewers and respondents.
Lynn Stokes
Economy & Unemployment
  Tom Fomby, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
He can discuss the Texas economy vs. the rest of the nation, what the unemployment rate means for Texas and political promises about the economy.
Tom Fomby
Immigration
  Pia Orrenius, Ph.D., Fellow at SMU's Tower Center for Political Studies
A senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, her research focuses on the border region and the causes and consequences of Mexico–U.S. migration, illegal immigration, and U.S. immigration policy. She is the author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization. See video of her CNN interview video icon.
    
Pia Orrenius
Education Issues
  David Chard, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Dean
He writes op-eds and speaks to journalists on education issues ranging from controversial textbooks to inadequate teacher training. He is an expert on best educational practices.
David Chard

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