With a new Congress and the Texas Legislature in session,
some expert analysis is needed

SMU faculty experts are available to provide expertise as the Republicans take over the U.S. House and the Texas Legislature wrestles with a budget crisis.

treeControl of the House has formally shifted from the Democrats to the Republicans and the Constitution was formally read aloud to mark the moment. Where will the Republican Party go from here? And what about the Tea Party's influence?

And the Texas Legislature is facing the worst budget deficit in recent history as Rick Perry becomes the longest-serving governor in the nation. How will that all play out?

In the end, all the fights come down to money and politics. Looking for experts to help unravel this tangle? Contact SMU News and Communications at 214-768-7650 or news@smu.edu for assistance in setting up interviews.

Cal Jillson 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 Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State and Pursuing the American Dream.
Matthew Wilson Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
He specializes in religion and politics, as well as public opinion, elections and political psychology.
Economy & Unemployment
Tom Fomby Tom Fomby, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
He can discuss the Texas economy vs. the rest of the nation, the impact of the Gulf oil spill, what the unemployment rate means for Texas and political promises about the economy.
Polls and Surveys
Lynn Stokes 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. She recently conducted research on evaluating the accuracy of contest judges and on improving estimates of marine fishery yields by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Pia Orrenius 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.
Campaign Ads and Voter Communication
Rita Kirk 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.
Education Issues
David Chard 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.

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