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Ohio State University election experts

For members of the media covering Ohio's 2006 election season, The Ohio State University has a number of faculty members who can provide you with analysis and insight on state political races and election law in Ohio.

Election Law @ Moritz, Moritz College of Law
Edward B. "Ned" Foley
: As director of the program, he specializes in campaign finance, provisional voting, contested elections and polling place rules. Foley also specializes in ballot access for independent candidates, laws against voter intimidation and get out the vote efforts.

Daniel P. Tokaji: As assistant director of the program, he specializes in election law, election reform, voting rights and voting technology.

Steven F. Huefner: As a senior fellow, he specializes in term limits in state elections, redistricting, reapportionment and gerrymandering, state campaign finance laws, poll worker responsibility and training, and resolving contested elections.

Donald B. Tobin: As a senior fellow, he specializes in the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws, and the current controversy involving the IRS regulation of churches that encourage their members to vote in a particular way.

Contact information for Moritz Law experts
Phone: (614) 247-8880 or Web site: Moritz College of Law

Ohio politics/races
Paul Allen Beck:
As dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and professor of political science, he specializes in the areas of political parties, public opinion and voting behavior. Beck's current research focuses on the influences that the mass media and secondary organizations have on elections in modern democracies. Beck also conducted a national survey study of the 2004 electorate.
Phone: (614) 292-7689 E-mail: beck.9@osu.edu

Herbert B. Asher: As professor emeritus of political science, he specializes in mass political behavior with an emphasis on campaigns, elections, and public opinion polls. He also offers expertise in legislative politics and Ohio government.
Phone: (614) 292-0803 E-mail: asher.1@osu.edu

Public opinion and politics
Andrew Hayes,
assistant professor of communication and psychology, recently reported his study on "the spiral of silence" in voicing political opinions. His study finds that Americans who are reluctant to openly express their opinions when they believe others disagree also tend to avoid publicly visible political activity, such as working for a political campaign or circulating petitions.
Phone: 614-688-3027, E-mail: hayes.338@osu.edu

Voting behavior, Congress, survey research and political methodology
Herbert Weisberg:
As chair of department of political science, he specializes in voting and legislative behaviors, as well as survey research methods and scaling techniques.
Phone: (614) 292-6572, E-mail: weisberg.1@osu.edu

Urban politics and the African-American vote
William (Bill) E. Nelson:
As professor of political science and African-American and African studies, he specializes in urban, black and ethnic politics, along with public policy and electoral mobilization. Nelson is also the author of "Electing Black Mayors: Political Action in the Black Community."
Phone: (614) 292-0453, E-mail: nelson.18@osu.edu

The women's vote
Pam Paxton:
As professor of sociology, she specializes in women in the political world and has a new book, "Women, Politics and Power," coming out in February.
Phone: (614) 688-8266, E-mail: paxton.36@osu.edu

Iraq and national security issues
John Mueller:
As the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center, and a professor of political science, he is the leading expert on war and public opinion and the conflict in Iraq. Mueller's book, "Overblown: How Politicians, the Terrorism Industry and Others Stoke National Security Fears," will be published in November 2006.
Phone: (614) 247-6007, E-mail: bbbb@osu.edu or mueller.135@osu.edu

Matthew Lewis:
As assistant professor of economics, he specializes in retail and wholesale gasoline and oil markets, and how increases impact the Ohio and national economies.
Phone: (614) 292-0480, E-mail: mlewis@econ.ohio-state.edu

Foreign policy
Richard K. Herrmann:
As a political science professor and director of the Mershon Center, he specializes in George W. Bush's foreign policy, American and Middle East politics (including Iran, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates). From 1989 to 1991, Herrmann served on Secretary of State James Baker's Policy Planning staff.
Phone: (614) 292-9843, E-mail: herrmann.1@osu.edu

Global economics
Brian M. Pollins:
As associate professor in political science, he specializes in the effects of international political relations on global trade, global economic conditions and armed conflict, and the political implications of recent growth in global capital markets.
Phone: (614) 292-4478, E-mail: pollins.1@osu.edu

Housing issues
Don Haurin:
As professor of urban economics, he specializes in the areas of housing and finance, racial gaps in homeownership, relationships between house prices and school quality, and the downward trend of housing sales and its effect on the economy.
Phone: (614) 292-6809, E-mail: haurin.2@osu.edu

Jeffrey H. Cohen:
As an associate professor of anthropology, he specializes in migration, development, political parties, the mass media, elections and political behavior.
Phone: (614) 247-7872, E-mail: cohen.319@osu.edu

Anthony (Tony) Mughan: As a political science professor and director of the Undergraduate International Studies Program, he specializes in anti-immigrant prejudice and support for right-wing parties.
Phone: (614) 292-7838, E-mail: mughan.1@osu.edu

Judicial politics and voting behavior
Lawrence Baum:
As a political science professor, he specializes in the determinants of judicial behavior, implementation of decisions and the actions of specialized courts.
Phone: (614) 292-6088, E-mail: baum.4@osu.edu

Presidency and political parties
John H. Kessel:
In addition to professor emeritus of political science, he is the author of "The Domestic Presidency," "Presidential Campaign Politics," and "Presidential Parties."
Phone: (614) 292-5258, E-mail: