February 29, 2000
Attention Political Editors: Experts at UC Santa Cruz available for election commentary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SANTA CRUZ, CA--As the presidential primary season heats up and Californians ponder state initiatives that would, among other things, ban same-sex marriage, the following experts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, are available for media interviews.
Daniel Wirls, associate professor of politics, is an expert on the presidency and Congress. His research includes the role of gender in recent elections, and public opinion and the political process.
Office phone: (831) 459-2134 E-mail: email@example.com
Political behavior of Latinos
Pedro Castillo, associate professor of history, specializes in Latino politics and has done research on Latino voter registration and turnout. He has expertise on the power of Spanish-language media in politics and is involved with the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national levels.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office phone: (831) 459-2738
Campaign advertising and communication strategies
Anthony Pratkanis, professor of psychology, is a social psychologist who specializes in tracking the use of persuasion and propaganda techniques in political campaigns and electioneering, advertising, and sales pitches. Coauthor of the book Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion, Pratkanis provides campaign advertising analysis for reporters and has published analyses of the methods of persuasion used in presidential campaigns.
Home phone: (831) 440-1104 Office phone: (831) 459-4935 E-mail: email@example.com
Gwendolyn Mink, professor of politics, specializes in U.S. politics, including women, welfare policy, labor politics, and the Democratic Party. She is the author of the new book Hostile Environment: The Political Betrayal of Sexually Harassed Women, in which she chronicles the erosive power the Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky scandals had on sexual harassment law. Mink asserts that one of Bill Clinton's most lasting legacies will be the silencing effect these cases have on the majority of sexually harassed women, who, having seen the "regime of disbelief" that surrounds sexual harassment claims, will opt not to exercise their legal rights to seek redress.
Office phone: (831) 459-4443 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposition 22 - The Knight Initiative
Carter Wilson, professor of community studies, teaches gay and lesbian studies courses and worked on the extension of domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples in the UC system. He has worked on organized religion's acceptance and rejection of gay people and has edited and translated works on the interpretation of Biblical scripture about same-sex relations.
Home phone: (831) 688-4782 Office phone: (831) 459-4405 or 459-3516 E-mail: email@example.com