Tip Sheet: Insights on the 2012 Elections

Top Issues That Could Change The Course Of The Elections (and The Country)

WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading experts from Wellesley College are available to offer insights on the topics that matter most to the U.S. presidential election and the Massachusetts senatorial race. Contact mediarelations@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-3321 to request an interview or more information.

ELECTION INSIGHTS ON RACIAL POLITICS: "One of the most dangerous and disturbing facets of this election cycle is the persistence of right wing groups in their efforts to disenfranchise voters. This is not a regional problem; it is a national crisis, with cases of vote suppression and malfeasance in states from Florida to Ohio to Arizona."

–Professor Michael P. Jeffries, expert on voting rights and the cultural significance of President Barack Obama. Click here for more information on Jeffries.

ELECTION INSIGHTS ON THE LATINO VOTE: "Voters need to keep in mind that while individual economic interests play an important role in how we vote, what is ultimately at stake is much bigger than just our pocketbooks. The decisions made in the next four years have the power to impact our nation greatly. From reproductive justice, to civil rights for marginalized groups, the importance of this election cycle goes way beyond the individual."

–Professor Irene Mata, expert on Latino culture, immigration, labor, and women. More information on Mata...

ELECTION INSIGHTS ON WOMEN: "For the first time in the debates, Mitt Romney actually explained to the audience which of these deductions he would cut. The answer is—all of the above."

–Professor Marion Just, expert on political debates, women's reproductive rights, psychological aspects of voting, news patterns, and media coverage of women leaders. More information on Just...

ELECTION INSIGHTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA MANIPULATION: "Using social media for predicting political elections is highly controversial. In times of political elections, the stakes are high, and advocates may try to support their cause by active manipulation of social media."

–Professor Panagiotis T. Metaxas, expert on social media and the elections and Twitter bombing. More information on Metaxas...

ELECTION INSIGHTS ON POLARIZATION & THE GROUND GAME: "The most underreported aspect of this year's election is the important of the ground game. In a close presidential election like the one we're seeing this year, the election can be won or lost in the field."

–Professor Hahrie Han, expert on political participation among underrepresented populations and political polarization. More information on Han...

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Available Topic Experts: For information on the listed expert, click appropriate link.
Hahrie Han

Courtney Coile

CONTACT: Sofiya Cabalquinto, Wellesley College, 781-283-3321, scabalqu@wellesley.edu

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