News Release: Faculty Experts, Politics

Sep. 23,  2011

Previewing 2012 Elections: Emory Experts Available

As the Republican field continues to solidify and polls show President Obama's approval rate dropping, Emory University experts in national politics, the "Tea Party" and partisanship, election forecasting, congressional elections and political mobilization and race are available to preview the 2012 elections.

Breaking down the Republican field

Emory political science professor Merle Black is an expert in national politics and is the foremost authority on politics in the South. One of the nation's most incisive commentators, Black is coauthor of "Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics."

Contact Black at merle.black@emory.edu or 404.727.6570.

The Race for the White House: Merle Black Analyzes the Republican Field Video

Expect New People Elected, But No Real Change

Political scientist and election forecasting expert Alan Abramowitz specializes in national politics and party realignment in the United States. He says in the 2012 election, the president may change as well as many members of the House and Senate, but we should expect the same governmental gridlock the nation is experiencing now to continue.

Contact Alan Abramowitz at 404.727.0108.

Alan Abramowitz: Big Changes Coming in 2012 Elections?‬ Video

African-Americans May Not Vote for President Obama

Political scientist Andra Gillespie is an expert in political mobilization and race, and says one of President Obama’s biggest challenges will be to garner similar levels of support and turnout from African Americans in 2012.  Her forthcoming book, “The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America,” analyzes the generational transition in black politics in that city but with national implications.

Contact Andra Gillespie.

Andra Gillespie on Why African-Americans Might Not Vote for Pres. Obama‬ Video

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