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Kevin Brown, ISU News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University faculty experts are available to provide insightful commentary on the upcoming Iowa gubernatorial and statehouse elections, the Iowa caucuses and the presidential election in 2004. They are arranged by topics.
  • Topics: Civic engagement; cyber (Internet) politics; foreign policy; international politics; judicial politics; national/regional/local elections/campaigns; media and elections; voting and the media; youth voting patterns
Steffen Schmidt, university professor of political science. Schmidt specializes in congressional and presidential elections. He is a frequent media source who is known for bringing insight and wit to his commentary on American politics and international political issues (he was born in Columbia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, France, and Switzerland). Schmidt hosts "Dr. Politics," a weekly political call-in show on WOI-AM, a National Public Radio affiliate. He is the author of a leading American government textbook.

Office: (515) 294-3825
Home: (515) 382-5240
Web site:

  • Campaign speeches; civic engagement; gender/women political issues; media and elections; national/regional/local elections/campaigns; TV and negative political advertising; voting and the media; youth voting patterns
Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Bystrom has done extensive writing on issues related to women in politics and political advertising. She is researching the styles and strategies used by women and men political candidates in TV advertising and speeches, and the coverage of women candidates and political leaders in the media. She is working on chapters in upcoming books on women in the U.S. Congress, the 2000 election, civic engagement and political communication.

Office: (515) 294-4145
Home: (515) 296-2276
Web site:

  • Campaign speeches; effective public speaking; political rhetoric Ray Dearin, professor of English and political science. Dearin studies speech communication, effective speaking, and can talk about the rhetoric of political and campaign speeches.
Office: (515) 294-4826
Home: (515) 233-1510
Web site:!.html

  • Foreign policy; international and national security; international politics
Richard Mansbach, professor of political science. Mansbach specializes in international politics, foreign policy and international security. He is the co-author of "Politics: Authority, Identities and Change." He is a consultant and lecturer on international politics for several federal agencies and organizations.

Office: (515) 294-8726
Home: (515) 268-1934
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  • Crisis behavior and international politics; foreign policy; global human rights; international politics
James McCormick, professor of political science. McCormick specializes in American foreign policy and international politics. He is the author of "American Foreign Policy and Process."

Office: (515) 294-8682
Home: (515) 292-0180
Web site:

  • Coalition building; gender/women's political issues; grassroots campaigns; social/women's movements
Jill Bystydzienski, professor of sociology and women's studies. Bystydzienski studies gender and women's issues, particularly as they relate to politics. She researches coalition-building within and between social movements and women's movements and organizations. She is the co-editor of "Democratization & Women's Grassroots Movements" and "Forging Radical Alliances Across Difference."

Office: (515) 294-9733
Home: (515) 292-6456
Web site:

  • Factors/issues that influence voters; independent voters; politics and media; voting and the media
Kim Smith, professor of journalism and mass communication. Smith researches the role and effects of media on the political process. His research has particularly focused on how independent voters use the media to make voting decisions during election campaigns.

Office: (515) 294-0482
Home: (515) 233-6371
Web site:

  • International economic issues and politics; tax policy (state and national); taxation and politics
Harvey Lapan, university professor of economics. An expert on international trade and finance issues, Lapan was a senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, serving both the Reagan and Bush (Sr.) administrations.

Office: (515) 294-5917
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  • Latinos and politics (national/regional/local); minorities and politics
Hector Avalos, associate professor of religious studies. Avalos specializes in Latinos and their political impact.

Office: (515) 294-0051

  • African religions and politics; Islam and politics; minorities and politics
Robert Baum, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. Baum specializes in Islam, African religions and religion and politics.

Office: (515) 294-0052
Home: (515) 232-3217
Web site:

  • American politics; judicial politics; presidential selection of Supreme Court justices; public policy; U.S. Supreme Court and politics
Christine Nemacheck, assistant professor of political science. Nemacheck specializes in the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial politics, American politics and public policy. She has written on the presidential selection of Supreme Court justices.

Office: (515) 294-5665
Home: (515) 268-8836
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