Mason Professors to Analyze Outcomes of General Elections

Posted: October 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Election 2006: Outcomes and Implications” is the title of a panel discussion featuring Mason political scientists to be held following this year’s general elections on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Sponsored by the School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the discussion will be held from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The event is free and open to the public.

James Pfiffner, professor, SPP, will moderate. He has written or edited 10 books on the presidency and American national government, including “The Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running.” He has also published many articles on the presidency and public management in professional journals, reference works and the popular press, and has been interviewed regularly by print and electronic media. He has PhD, MA and BA degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

Tackling the congressional elections will be

  • Tim Conlan, professor, PIA. He received his PhD in government from Harvard University and his AB degree in political science from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Mason, he served as assistant staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations and as a policy analyst with the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

  • Hugh Heclo, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs. Formerly a professor of government at Harvard University, he is a recognized expert on American democratic institutions as well as the international development of modern welfare states. He has received national awards for his books, which include “Comparative Public Policy” and “A Government of Strangers: Executive Politics in Washington.” He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and has served in the White House and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

  • Michael McDonald, assistant professor, PIA. He holds a BS in economics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD of political science from the University of California, San Diego. He had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-MIT Data Center and has taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois, Springfield, before moving to George Mason.

  • Catherine Rudder, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, SPP. She joined Mason after serving as the executive director of the American Political Science Association, where she worked for 20 years. Previously she served as chief of staff to former Rep. Wyche Fowler Jr. of Georgia. She was a public policy fellow at the Hoover Institution and was awarded a Robert Bosch Public Policy Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. She has her PhD and MA degrees from Ohio State University and her BA from Emory University.

  • Colleen Shogan, assistant professor, PIA. She joined the George Mason faculty in 2002 after completing her PhD in political science at Yale University where she was a graduate fellow with the National Science Foundation. She received her BA from Boston College. She served as a defense policy specialist for Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) as part of the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship program and received the William E. Steiger Fellowship, given annually to the most outstanding political scientist in the Congressional Fellows program.

Discussing the Virginia elections will be

  • Mark Rozell, professor, SPP. He is the author of nine books and editor of 16 books on various aspects of American government, including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics and interest groups in elections. His most recent books are “Interest Groups in American Campaigns,” “Power and Prudence: The Presidency of George H.W. Bush,” and “Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability.” He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues. He serves as coeditor of the Georgetown University Press series on religion and politics. He has a PhD in American government and an MA in public administration from the University of Virginia and a BA in political science from Eisenhower College.

  • Toni-Michelle Travis, associate professor, PIA. She is also program director of African American Studies. She coauthored “The Meaning of Difference,” which examines race, gender, social class and sexual orientation. She has served as a political analyst on Virginia and national politics on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox Morning News and the local affiliates of NBC, CBS and ABC.

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