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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
lfreed@fau.edu , 561-297-3022

FAU Experts on Elections and U.S. Presidential Debates

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 6, 2007) On General Election Day and as the election season continues to gear up, the following Florida Atlantic University communication, political science and history experts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and letters are available to discuss the elections and U.S. presidential debates, including the two Florida primary presidential debates scheduled in January 2008 at FAU.  

Communication/Debate:

  • David Cratis Williams is an associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.   He is a former assistant debate coach at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Kansas, and also a former director of debate at Wake Forest University.   Williams provided television commentary on North Carolina senate races, as well as panel analysis of previous presidential debates for press wire services.   He moderated a public student debate on the 2004 presidential debate at Wake Forest.   Williams can be reached at 561-297-0045 (office), 561-638-8803 (home) or dcwill@fau.edu.

Political Science:

  • Kevin Wagner is an assistant professor in the department of political science.   He is an attorney with a doctorate in American Politics with an emphasis on U.S. Institutions, such as the presidency.  Wagner also has expertise in the field of political behavior including public opinion, campaigning and elections.  He currently teaches courses in public opinion and American politics, and political party and interest groups, among others. Wagner can be reached at 561-297-3218 (office), 561-252-1794 (home) or kwagne15@fau.edu.

  • Anita Pritchard is a professor in the department of political science.   Her scholarly research primarily focuses upon the analysis of legislative politics at both the national and state level, as well as state public policy. Pritchard has published articles in a number of academic journals, such as the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, and State and Local Government.   Pritchard can be reached at 561-297-3089 (office) or pritchar@fau.edu.

History:

·          Stephen Engle is a professor of history.  He specializes in presidential history up to the Civil War period.   Engle is a former chair of FAU’s department of history and was appointed a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.   He can be reached at 561-297-2444 (office) or engle@fau.edu .

·          Ken Osgood is a professor of history.   He specializes in presidential history from the Civil War period to today.   Osgood is the director of the 2008 Larkin Presidential Symposium at FAU and is currently editing the collection Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century.   He can be reached at 561-297-2816 (office), 561-702-4079 (cell) or kosgood@fau.edu .

For additional FAU experts , contact Lisa Freed, senior public information officer at FAU, at 561-297-3022 or lfreed@fau.edu.

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