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UNL political science experts on the 2012 election

As we enter the final weeks before the 2012 election, several University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science professors can discuss the presidential, U.S. Senate and other campaigns.

John Hibbing, Foundation Regents University Professor of Political Science

American politics, U.S. Senate race, Congress

Hibbing is a nationally known expert in political psychology, biology and politics, political behavior, public opinion and legislative politics. For reporters, he can provide insight into this year’s national and statewide campaigns, including the races for U.S. Senate in Nebraska and the presidential campaign, and can provide reaction and analysis on campaign-trail developments.

Reach John Hibbing at 402-472-3220 or

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Kevin Smith, professor of political science

American politics, U.S. Senate race, Presidential race, political messaging

Smith focuses on public policy, public administration, American politics, and biology and politics. He can discuss the dynamics of this year’s U.S. Senate race and other major races, including the presidential campaign. He can analyze broad aspects of these campaigns, including the effectiveness or lack thereof of political advertising. He also can discuss differences between liberals, conservatives and moderates in the context of the 2012 election, and how developments on the campaign trail may be interpreted by these different groups of voters.

Reach Kevin Smith at 402-472-0779 or

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Dona-Gene Mitchell, assistant professor of political science

Public opinion and effects of campaign information or scandal over time

Mitchell’s expertise is in American political behavior, public opinion and political psychology. She researches and teaches in the areas of how opinions are formed via information, campaigns and time, and the lifespan of information effects. She can discuss the effectiveness over time of campaign messaging or how long unfavorable information may affect politicians and elected officials.

Reach Dona-Gene Mitchell at 402-472-5994 or

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Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Willa Cather Professor and Chair of Political Science

Public opinion, political behavior, political psychology

Theiss-Morse’s research examines Americans’ attitudes about various aspects of the American political system and about their fellow Americans. She is currently working on a project on politicians’ use of heated rhetoric and how this affects democracy.

Reach Elizabeth Theiss-Morse at 402-472-3221 or

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