Rice University experts available to comment on Election Day 2012


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Rice University experts available to comment on Election Day 2012

HOUSTON – (Nov. 5, 2012) – Millions of Americans will go to the polls tomorrow to cast their vote for the next president of the United States as well as a range of other offices and referenda. The following Rice University experts are available to comment on the major developments at play as Campaign 2012 comes to an end, including the ongoing impact of Hurricane Sandy: 

Presidential politics, policy, the role of government and social media:

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

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

Mark Jones, professor and chair of political science and a fellow at the Baker Institute, can comment on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the presidential race as well as on local news angles, including Texas’ role in the presidential race.

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and a fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute, can discuss public opinion polls, voting behavior, electoral politics and public policy.

Chris Bronk, the Baker Institute’s fellow in information technology policy, can discuss the role of social media in Campaign 2012, including how campaigns are reacting to Hurricane Sandy in their social and electronic media efforts.

Jobs, the economy and taxes:

John Diamond, an economist and the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute, can discuss federal tax and expenditure policy and its implications.

Russell Green, an economist and the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics, can discuss the role of international finance in the 2012 election, including issues surrounding the Chinese exchange rate and its impact on the U.S. economy.

Foreign policy:

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair of Political Science, can discuss the major foreign policy issues currently facing the U.S. and how the country’s foreign policy could evolve under a future Democratic or Republican presidential administration.

Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow and a former U.S. State Department diplomat, can discuss U.S. foreign policy and international economics, with a focus on the geopolitics of energy.

Health care policy and economics:

Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and a professor of economics, can discuss the key health care reform issues affecting the nation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act last summer and how this reform could evolve under a future Democratic or Republican presidential administration.

Elena Marks, the Baker Institute scholar in health policy, can discuss Texas news angles and policy issues, including health insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion and the number of uninsured people.


Ken Medlock, the Baker Institute’s James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies, can discuss the major energy issues at play in the 2012 election.

Science, technology and NASA:

Neal Lane, the Baker Institute’s senior fellow in science and technology policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, was director of the National Science Foundation and the chief science and technology adviser to President Bill Clinton. Lane recently published an op-ed in the New York Times on the role of science in the 2012 election.

Kirstin Matthews, the Baker Institute’s fellow in science and technology policy, can speak to the important science and technology policy and funding issues at play in the 2012 election.

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.

To schedule an interview with any one of these experts, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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