Media Call on Mason Faculty for Election Season Commentary

Posted: November 2, 2010 at 1:20 am, Last Updated: November 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

By James Greif

This election season, Mason professors across several academic disciplines have been in the spotlight providing political analysis to media outlets around the world.

Mason faculty members and their research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS Newshour, Time and NPR. Whether it is discussing the Tea Party or the Rally to Restore Sanity, faculty members often take media requests on a moment’s notice, late at night and over the weekend to help get Mason’s name in the news.

Political scientists at the School of Public Policy, such as Mark Rozell, Jeremy Mayer, Richard Norton Smith, Michael Fauntroy, Bill Schneider and Susan Tolchin, have taken time out of their busy teaching and research schedule to help the media and public understand the latest political trends.

Perhaps no one is busier right now than Michael McDonald, associate professor of public and international affairs, due to his work with the United States Elections Project, which tracks early voting and turnout statistics. In October alone, McDonald has been quoted or mentioned in more than 100 stories across radio, television, online and in print.

Fellow public and international affairs professor and editor of the Almanac of Virginia Politics Toni-Michelle Travis has also been active tracking political races in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and has been quoted in the Washington Post and other local newspapers.

Political observers are not limited to political science-related departments. Economist Bryan Caplan‘s book, “Myth of the Rational Voter” has received international media attention over the last two election cycles.

Fellow economist Thomas Stratmann recently discussed with Slate Magazine how much political campaigns cost per vote. Several Mason economics professors also comment on the most pressing political issues of the day in opinion columns and blogs.

Communication professor Stephen Farnsworth is regularly featured in local newspapers such as the Washington Post, Washington Examiner and Richmond Times-Dispatch and on local news broadcasts such as Fox 5’s morning news.

Solon Simmons of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution has discussed the Tea Party and other political populist movements with local and international outlets such as Swedish Public Radio, Canada’s CTV and Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5.

On Election Day, while reporters scramble to make sense of the 2010 midterm election results, one thing is certain: Mason faculty members will be lending their expertise to the discussion.

Click on the names of faculty members below for examples of their news commentary.

Bryan Caplan

Stephen Farnsworth

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Jeremy Mayer

Mark Rozell

Mark Rozell

Bill Schneider

Solon Simmons

Richard Norton Smith

Thomas Stratmann

Susan Tolchin

Toni-Michelle Travis

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