2009 Archives

Experts: Senate's confirmation of Sotomayor

August 6, 2009

Sonia SotomayorOut-of-the-Beltway political experts with insights into Thursday's confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court are available and ready to help you with quick and astute observations. Feel free to contact them directly, or let SMU News & Communications at (214/768-7650 or news@smu.edu) know you want to speak with them.

Joseph K. Kobylka, 214/768-2525, jkobylka@smu.edu

Few people in America understand the U.S. Supreme Court and its undercurrents as well as Joseph F. Kobylka, a political science professor whose insights and explanations have recently been featured on the PBS documentary, “The Supreme Court.” Kobylka’s research includes politics, constitutional law and the Supreme Court.

Matthew Wilson, 214/768-4054, jmwilson@smu.edu

Wilson’s research specializes in public opinion, elections, religion and politics, and political psychology. He is currently at work on two book projects, one on the political behavior of American Catholics and another dealing with how citizens decide whom to hold accountable for social and political outcomes. Wilson’s comments have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek and Reuters, among others. Wilson is an associate professor of political science at SMU.

Cal Jillson, 214/768-4321, cjillson@smu.edu

Frequently called upon for his observations of national politics, reporters love Cal Jillson for his availability, depth of ideas -- which often lead to more stories -- and how he boils down complex issues into easy-to-understand historical frameworks. Both The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News have profiled him as one of Texas’ top political experts. Jillson is an associate dean and a professor of political science at SMU.

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