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U of M experts available to discuss the Aug. 14 Minnesota primary election

August 9, 2012

Media note: Updated expert alert below, which adds Associate Professor of Political Science Kathryn Pearson to the list of university experts available.

(08/09/2012) – Minnesota will be in the spotlight next week as the Aug. 14 primary results are analyzed and their implications debated for the Nov. 6 general election. From the possibility of a recount in state Supreme Court races to redistricting and the impact of the 2012 presidential and U.S. Senate races on local elections, Minnesota’s primary offers up plenty of opportunity to slice and dice the local and national political climate.

The following University of Minnesota experts are available to speak with the media about various aspects of Minnesota’s Aug. 14 primary election:

U.S. Congress; women in politics

Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor, Political Science
Pearson has a vast knowledge of the United States Congress and how it functions, and congressional elections. She also researches women in politics, publishing a number of articles about women running for, and serving in, legislatures. A fixture in local and national media for her insight on federal and state politics, Pearson is currently researching parties in the House of Representatives and women in the U.S. Congress.

Voter ID amendment; recounts

Doug Chapin, Director, Program for Excellence in Election Administration, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Chapin studies Voter ID from an election administration perspective. He can also speak to Voter ID logistics and how other states have fared with their election reform efforts.

Impact of federal races on state primary; redistricting and the changing face of Minnesota’s candidates; working across the aisle

Larry Jacobs, Professor, Director, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science
Jacobs studies the nature and formation of public opinion, whether and how government responds to the public’s policy preferences and other evaluations, and the adaptation of government policy to the changing conditions and circumstances facing Americans.

Judicial elections

Herbert Kritzer, Professor, Law School
Kritzer is a leading scholar on the legal profession, the work of lawyers and other aspects of the American civil justice system. His current projects include studies related to judicial elections, local news coverage of litigation and the legal profession, the craft of legal practice and access to justice. He holds the Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy and is also an adjunct professor of political science.

Social media; corporate political behaviors; political campaign communications

Heather LaMarre, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
LaMarre has broad expertise at the intersection of mass media and politics, public opinion and political campaign communications. She can discuss how social media affects the relationship between the public, policy makers and the media; how corporate political behaviors such as donating to super PACs or speaking out about social and political issues like gay marriage affect consumers; and campaign communications such as political ads, media strategies and reputation management.

Political action committees (PACs); open caucus system; Michele Bachmann moving to a new district and impact on re-election chances

Eric Ostermeier, Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Ostermeier's research and reports at his blog, Smart Politics, have become a staple for news outlets seeking original, data-based reporting and political analysis. True to its non-partisan credo, his blog has been cited in leading national news outlets and blogs from the left to the right and in outlets promoting alternative parties.

To schedule interviews, contact Julie Christensen, University News Service, at (612) 626-1720 or; or Anne Mason, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at (612) 625-9436 or

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