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MU Experts Offer Insights into 2010 Election Cycle

June 30th, 2010

Story Contact: Kelsey Jackson, (573) 882-8353,

COLUMBIA, Mo. — This November voters across the country will elect 36 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. Several faculty members at the University of Missouri are experts on election-year topics, including campaign strategies, policy platforms, political campaign communication and campaign finances. Contact information for each faculty member is provided:

L. Marvin Overby, professor of political science

Topics: American politics, congressional politics, legislative organization, minority politics, Southern politics and campaign advertising.

Contact information:  Office phone—573-882-2130  E-mail—

Peverill Squire, professor of political science

Topics: American politics with emphasis in legislative institutions, elections and political careers.

Contact information:  Office phone—573-882-0097  E-mail—

Mitchell McKinney, associate professor of communication
Topics: presidential communication, political campaign communication (including campaign ads, debates, candidate speeches), political media (including Internet and digital politics), gender and politics, young citizens’ political participation.
Contact information:  Office phone — 573-882-9230 Cell phone —573-489-9709  E-mail —

Jay Dow, associate professor of political science

Topics: voting, elections, the electoral system and state-level campaign finance issues.

Contact information:  Office Phone—573-882-0047  E-mail—

John Petrocik, professor and chair of political science

Topics: elections, campaigns, political parties, survey research, mass attitudes and behavior, party alignments, and the social basis of politics.

Contact information:  Office phone—573-882-2843  E-mail—

Richard Reuben, James Lewis Parks Professor of Law

Topics: campaign finance law, election law and voting rights.

Contact information:  Office phone—573-884-5204 E-mail—

Jeff Milyo, professor of economics

Topics: political economics

Contact information:  Office phone—573-882-7785 E-mail—