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January 4, 2008

Election 2008: Faculty and Students on the Issues

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.— As the race for the White House moves into high gear following the Iowa caucuses of early January, Smith College faculty and students may be spotted in the media offering their input and opinions as to who will assume the Oval Office.

Smith faculty members provide a wide range of expertise on critical issues surrounding election 2008; the student body includes several young women who have already worked for candidates on the campaign trail.

The following are a smattering of Smith sources who may be tapped for commentary throughout the year.


The Presidency
Marc Lendler, associate professor of government
Lendler is an expert on the American presidency – specifically the Clinton years. He can provide perspective about the eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency including Clinton’s battles with the Republican Congress.

Voting Behavior
Howard Gold, professor of government
Gold researches the voting behavior of Americans. He can discuss electoral participation and behavior, public opinion, third party candidates and the various presidential campaigns.

Key Economic Issues
Roger Kaufman, professor of economics
Kaufman is an authority on the principal economic issues of the election, which are likely to include such issues as tax cut extensions, health care reform, immigration reform and economic solutions to global climate change.

Environmental Policies
Donald C. Baumer, professor of government
Baumer can talk about the environmental issues that have become increasingly critical to public policy discussions. Those span a variety of policy areas from clean air to toxic waste.

International Relations
Mlada Bukovansky, associate professor of government
Bukovansky can discuss international politics and the influence of such organizations as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the European Union.

Latinos and U.S.-Mexico Relations
Velma Garcia, associate professor of government
Garcia can discuss the issues important to Latinos in U.S. politics, including such topics as immigration and education. She has also examined the most important issues surrounding the United States-Mexican border, including drug trafficking, the militarization of the border and labor migration.


Smith Republicans
Samantha Lewis is president of the Smith Republicans, which was named the 2006 Best Chapter Award from the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. Members of the Smith Republicans expect to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 7-9.

Smith Democrats
Sidnie Davis is president of the Smith Democrats, which, in 2004, won the Chapter of the Year at the College Democrats of America Convention. Students in the organization have worked for candidates John Edwards, Senator Barack Obama and Bill Richardson, among others.


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