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Race, Debates and Political Trends, Oh My! Experts Available For Final Weeks of Election Season

Heidi Toth

October 4, 2016

Texas Tech University has several experts available to discuss the final weeks of campaign events and beyond.

As the 18-month presidential campaign winds down, the pressure on the two candidates and their surrogates ramps up. The final weeks of the campaign include two more debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a vice presidential campaign tonight (Oct. 4) between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence and 35 days of 24-hour news cycles, social media posts and ads. Texas Tech University has several experts available to discuss these events and what they may mean come Nov. 8 and after.

American political history

Expert

Sean Cunningham,
associate professor and chair,
Department of History,
(806) 834-6159 or sean.cunningham@ttu.edu

  • Cunningham can speak about 20th century U.S. history, particularly post-1945 American political culture. This semester he is teaching a course on American presidential politics from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan.
  • Cunningham has written two books focusing on the growth of conservatism in Texas and the Sunbelt.

American elections and southern politics

Expert

Seth McKee,
associate professor,
Department of Political Science,

(806) 834-1880 or sc.mckee@ttu.edu

  • McKee can speak about the presidential election, U.S. House and Senate elections, Texas politics and statewide races.
  • McKee's recently published research includes white conservative voting for minority Republican candidates in Senate and gubernatorial elections, voting behavior in different parts of the South and factors influencing the passage of voter ID laws in states. To view more of McKee's research, click here.

Political communications

Expert

Erik Bucy,
Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication,

(806) 834-3346 or erik.bucy@ttu.edu

  • Bucy researches nonverbal communication in political news, cognitive and emotional processing of televised leader displays and user experiences with new communication technologies.

Race and immigration

Expert

Miguel Levario,
associate professor,
Department of History,

(806) 834-8096 or miguel.levario@ttu.edu

  • Levario can talk about race, immigration and border issues.
  • Levario's recent research includes the transnational context of immigration, militarization and race in the western United States and northern Mexico. His book "Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy" explains current tensions and controversy over immigration and law enforcement issues near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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