Presidential Debate

October 6, 2004

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

THOMAS HOLLIHAN, professor of communication, can comment on the strategy behind the candidates’ messages, their communication styles and media coverage of the debates.
Contact: (213) 740-3947 (office) or hollihan@usc.edu.

MARTIN KAPLAN, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center, can discuss the presidential candidates’ communication style and campaign tactics.
Contact: (213) 740-9945 (office) or martyk@usc.edu.

BRYCE NELSON, professor of journalism, can comment on the candidates’ campaign strategy and media coverage of the debates.
Contact: (213) 740-3930 (office), (626) 795-1279 (home) or benelson@usc.edu.

DOMESTIC ISSUES

GLENN MELNICK, professor of health care finance, can discuss the role of health care issues in the presidential elections.
Contact: (213) 821-1408 (office) or gmelnick@usc.edu.

DAVID CRUZ, professor of law, is an expert on gay marriage and sexual orientation and the law.
Contact: (213) 740-6830 (office) or dcruz@law.usc.edu.

K. RAVI KUMAR, professor of information and operations management, can discuss American outsourcing of jobs to India and elsewhere.
Contact: (213) 740-2379 (office), (626) 818-2820 (cell phone) or ravi.kumar@marshall.usc.edu.

PRISCILLA WOHLSTETTER, professor of educational policy, can discuss the impact of “No Child Left Behind” on the presidential race.
Contact: (213) 740-3450 (office) or wohlstet@usc.edu.

FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES

MICHAEL KEANE, lecturer of finance, can talk about guerilla warfare and military strategy in Iraq.
Contact: (213) 445-5771 (cell), (310) 260-4922 (home), (213) 688-4406 (office) or mkeane@marshall.usc.edu.

TODD SANDLER, professor of international relations, is an expert on international security and terrorism. He can talk about the effectiveness of the “war on terrorism” and terrorists’ changing tactics.
Contact: (213) 740-9695 (office) or tsandler@usc.edu.
NOTE: Sandler does not do TV interviews.

DAVID ANDRUS, director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, can discuss the long-term impact of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank/Gaza.
Contact: (213) 821-0927 (office) or andrus@usc.edu.

STEVEN LAMY, director of the USC School of International Relations and expert in domestic politics and foreign policy, can talk about U.S. relations with the European Union.
Contact: (213) 740-2135 (office) or lamy@usc.edu.

RICHARD DEKMEJIAN, professor of political science, can discuss terrorism and Middle East politics.
Contact: (213) 740-3619 (office) or dekmejia@usc.edu.

ELECTION POLITICS

ELIZABETH GARRETT, director of the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law and Politics, can discuss how each party handles the election issues.
Contact: (213) 821-5438 (office), (310) 968-5398 (cell phone) or egarrett@law.usc.edu.

JOHN MATSUSAKA, president of USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute, can discuss political economy, government budgets, taxes and spending, along with initiatives, referendums and other ballot propositions.
Contact: (213) 740-6495 (office) or matsusak@usc.edu.

ALISON RENTELN, professor of political science, can discuss the candidates’ electability and their campaign strategies.
Contact: (213) 740-3248 (office), (626) 536-5963 (cell phone), (626) 791-2612 (home) or arenteln@usc.edu.

HARRY PACHON, president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC, can gauge the Latino community’s perceptions of the candidates.
Contact: (213) 821-5623 (office).

JONATHAN WILCOX, a Republican strategist, teaches a course on politics and celebrity and can discuss related topics.
Contact: (916) 524-1000 (cell phone) or wilcoxjr@earthlink.net.