Rice experts available to comment on party conventions

David Ruth
713-348-6327
david@rice.edu

Amy Hodges
713-348-6777
amy.hodges@rice.edu

HOUSTON — (Sept. 4, 2012) — With the national convention right around the corner, the stakes have never been higher for the Democratic Party. Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley and political scientists Paul Brace, Mark Jones and Robert Stein are available to comment on the convention set for Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.

Brinkley, a fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of history, can comment the history of political parties and party conventions in the United States and their impact on the race for president.

Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, can discuss the American presidency, political parties, conventions, public opinion polls, electoral politics and candidates’ positions on the various issues.

Jones, chair of political science and a fellow at the Baker Institute, can comment on local news angles, including Texas’ role in the conventions.

Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, can discuss public opinion polls, voting behavior, electoral politics and public policy.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. For more information or to schedule an interview with Brinkley, Brace, Jones or Stein contact Amy Hodges at amy.hodges@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.

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Related materials:

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/dbrinkley

Robert Stein

Robert Stein bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/rstein

Mark Jones bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/mjones

Paul Brace

Paul Brace bio: www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace

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About Amy Hodges

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.