Melody Crowder-Meyer, assistant professor of politics at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., says that politics in general are implicitly gendered, but this year’s election has made that gendering explicit, and that actually lessens its influence in some ways. "One of the challenges of having gender and masculinity as an... Read More
As the Republican and Democratic Conventions approach, the following experts are available to provide comment, context and analysis:  Harry Wilson, professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.  “Trump needs to retain his outsider image, but he also needs to appear... Read More
As teams and fans travel to Omaha for the College World Series, the city will become a hub for tourism, spectatorship – and human trafficking. Though hard data has been hard to come by, anytime thousands of people descend on a city with money to spend there’s a greater market for prostitution, and as a result for sex trafficking. Crysta Price, co-... Read More
On June 23, Britain will hold a referendum deciding whether or not to leave the European Union. What will be the effects of this decision for the United Nations? For trade? For American politics?  Some of our experts weigh in. Leaving the EU would challenge the UK’s influence at the United Nations, says Katie Verlin Laatikainen, professor of... Read More
By Vanessa Bouché** Despite the significant attention that human trafficking has received from lawmakers, NGOs and the media, the problem persists. One reason — beyond the clear demand for inexpensive goods and services and for commercial sex — is that our response to the human trafficking problem has largely been reactive, based on the feeling... Read More
As Super Tuesday primaries approach, we have experts in several voting states who are available to comment:  ALABAMA Natalie Davis, professor of political science at Birmingham-Southern College is available for requests on Super Tuesday.  Contact: 205-903-2525 (cell). MASSACHUSETTS Tim Vercellotti is professor of political science and director of... Read More
This year is the year of the outsider in presidential politics, as Donald Trump and Ben Carson lead the polls for the Republican nomination, while Carly Fiorina has been among the top tier of GOP candidates. At the same time, candidates with political office experience, such as Jeb Bush, are well behind in the polls.   The reason why experienced... Read More
Strategic Issues Panel releases findings of legislative accountability report In an era of polarized politics, finger-pointing and gridlock, U.S. citizens are becoming increasingly frustrated with the performance of their legislatures, both at the federal and state levels—and many people feel powerless to hold these institutions accountable.   It... Read More
As you follow the effects of P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran, please feel free to contact Nader Hashemi or Danny Postel of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies for insight into how the deal will boost the struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. Hashemi, director of... Read More
Torture has been an important talking point during and after the war on terror. How the practice is talked about is the focus of Jared Del Rosso's new book, Talking About Torture: How Political Discourse Shapes the Debate. Looking at post-9/11 political discourse surrounding Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program,... Read More
If the election for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio were held today, “undecided” would be easily elected. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute confirms the race is a pure toss-up with no candidate having much of an advantage. In a generic election, an unnamed Democrat leads a generic Republican by a... Read More
** by Chuck Kennedy Given the release last year of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, the facts regarding the chain of command now seem clear.  The so-called “buck” started at the Oval Office, sometime during the fall of 2001.  Most likely, Vice President Cheney, who had been assigned to lead the counterterrorism effort,... Read More
Jim Riddlesperger, professor of political science at Texas Christian University says the president will surely have to address working across the aisle with a Republican Congress without sacrificing his priorities (including immigration and health care) and the ongoing global terrorism threats (with reference to France). Contact: (817) 923-8127 (... Read More