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Media Advisory: Political Scientists Available for Post-election Analysis

Release Date: November 3, 2010

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University at Buffalo political scientists James Campbell, PhD (top photo), and Joshua Dyck, PhD, will be available to the media on Wednesday, November 3.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo political scientists James Campbell, PhD, Joshua Dyck, PhD and James Coleman Battista, PhD, will be available to the media on Wednesday, November 3 for post-election commentary and analysis.

Campbell, professor and chair of the UB Department of Political Science is a specialist in American electoral politics and forecasting. He will be available all day Wednesday, after 9 a.m. to discuss the New York State races as well as pivotal gubernatorial elections and key congressional elections nationwide. He can be reached at 716-884-7044 or jcampbel@buffalo.edu.

Dyck, assistant professor of political science, specializes in American electoral politics, how citizens interact with the institutional and social environment, and in particular, ballot initiatives and direct democracy. He will be available for comment Wednesday between 12:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and after 3 p.m. to discuss state-wide elections (he is particularly watching the New York State Senate race, which will determine future electoral district boundaries) and notable congressional races across the country. Dyck (pronounced "Dick") can be reached at 716-645-8435 or jdyck@buffalo.edu.

Battista assistant professor of political science, specializes in state and legislative politics. Battista is most comfortable addressing issues related to New York State and other state legislatures, but can speak generally about national politics. He will be available in his office all afternoon and can reached at 716-645-8445 or jbattist@buffalo.edu.

Their observations also will be posted tomorrow morning on the UB Media Relations News Tips Blog at http://newstips.buffalo.edu/.

Background: Jim Campbell is a nationally recognized and widely published political scientist whose research and publications cover political campaigns and elections, voting behavior, American political parties, American macro politics, election forecasting, public opinion, campaign finance, political participation, presidential politics, presidential-congressional relations, and electoral systems. More is available at http://www.polsci.buffalo.edu/faculty_staff/campbell/

Background: Josh Dyck's work has been published in The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Party Politics and Electoral Studies. A summary of some of his work on direct democracy recently was published at http://bit.ly/deusT0. More is available at http://www.polsci.buffalo.edu/faculty_staff/dyck/

Background: Jim Battista's work focuses on how legislatures organize themselves to do business and the consequences of different styles of organization, state legislative party strength, estimating legislator preferences and legislative voting inside committees. His work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Review of Politics, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. More at http://www.polsci.buffalo.edu/faculty_staff/battista/

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