Race for the GOP nomination: The battle starts in Iowa

SMU faculty experts can provide analysis of the Republican campaigns for a contender to take on President Barack Obama.

Republican LogoThe race for the Republican nomination for the White House begins January 3 in Iowa and ends who knows when - in Utah on June 26?

Check with the SMU faculty for expert analysis of the marathan of primaries and caucuses, debates and public appearances, as GOP loyalists try to decided who can beat President Barack Obama in the fall.  

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 the forthcoming Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy.
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, 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.
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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