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Political Experts to Discuss Midterm Election on Nov. 1 at ODU

By Noell Saunders

Old Dominion University's department of political science & geography will host a panel discussion ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election featuring four of its nationally recognized political science experts and the president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. They will touch on topics such as analysis of early voting results; candidates, issues and campaigns; election projections, institutions and processes; and U.S. foreign policy and trade.

The panel will take place at the College of Arts and Letters auditorium, room 1012, from 12:20-1:20 p.m. Nov. 1. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists and Bios:

  • Associate Professor Jesse Richman has authored and co-authored articles on American politics that have appeared in scholarly journals, including American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and White House Studies. He's also been featured in The Washington Post, New York Times, POLITICO Magazine, NBC News and other national outlets. His expertise includes Congress, public opinion, electoral politics, voting, intellectual property and state politics.
  • Assistant Professsor Benjamin Melusky has co-authored articles on economic accountability and fiscal policymaking that appeared in the The Journal of Politics and has been featured in The Washington Post. Melusky's expertise includes American and state politics, institutional design and gender. Research interests include legislative/executive relations, budgetary politics and gender differences.
  • Assistant Professor Cathy Wu has participated in several conferences presented by the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. She has co-authored articles on leaders, states and reputations for the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Her expertise includes domestic politics and conflict processes; and politics and security. Research Interests include the roles of domestic politics in international conflict and cooperation, military alliances, East Asia and game theory.
  • Assistant Professor Joshua Zingher has authored and co-authored articles on ethnic, racial, and immigrant politics, and elections and representation in several journals, including the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and State Politics, and Policy Quarterly. Zingher has been a contributor for The Washington Post. His expertise includes American politics, voting behavior, elections and research methods.
  • Martha Rollins is the president of the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, an attorney and former adjunct instructor in the history department at Old Dominion. The League sponsors VOTE411.org, an online voter guide to candidates and positions.

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