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Joyce BergJoyce Berg

Professor of Accounting
Tippie College of Business

(319) 335-0840
joyce-berg@uiowa.edu
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Berg is an expert on the Iowa Electronic Markets.

 

Cary CovingtonCary Covington

Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2339
cary-covington@uiowa.edu
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Covington is an expert in presidential politics and can provide commentary on campaigns, the candidates, and political and presidential history.

Colin GordonColin Gordon

Professor and Chair, Department of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2303
colin-gordon@uiowa.edu
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Gordon writes on the history of American public policy. He is the author of New Deals: Business, Labor and Politics, 1920-1935, (Cambridge University Press, 1994), Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2003), and Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). He is a senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project, for which he has co-authored a number of reports on health coverage, economic development, and wages and working conditions.

Tim HagleTim Hagle

Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2348 (office)
(319) 621-0946 (cell)

timothy-hagle@uiowa.edu
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Hagle is a lawyer and a political scientist with expertise in American and judicial politics. He can discuss federal, state, and local elections; grassroots and student organizing; and Republican politics. Hagle is faculty advisor to the University of Iowa College Republicans and the Iowa Federation of College Republicans. He has been a member of the Johnson County Republican Central Committee. Hagle completed two years of service at the United States Department of Justice in the Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice. He was also appointed by President Bush to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, a committee that oversees the writing of a history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Doug JonesDoug Jones

Associate Professor of Computer Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-0740
jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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Jones is an expert on voting technology and election administration. A former member and past chair of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems, he testified widely on problems arising in the 2000 election. He has been involved in investigations of problems in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Maricopa County, Arizona, arising in the 2004 election cycle, and he has been an international election observer in Kazakhstan in 2005 and the Netherlands in 2006.

Brian LaiBrian Lai

Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2353
brian-lai@uiowa.edu
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Lai studies international politics and can speak on the impact of U.S. foreign policy and terrorism on the elections.

Kevin LeichtKevin Leicht

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, Social Science Research Center
Co-Director, Institute for Inequality Studies

kevin-leicht@uiowa.edu
(319) 353-2813 (office)
(319) 541- 6714 (cell)
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Leicht studies political sociology. He can comment on issues related to the middle class, health care, immigration or domestic policy. Leicht co-authored a book titled Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity, which outlines how and why the economic standing of the middle class has plunged in the past three decades. (For details, see news release.)

Forrest NelsonForrest Nelson

Professor of Economics
Tippie College of Business

(319) 335-0854
forrest-nelson@uiowa.edu
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Nelson is an expert on the Iowa Electronic Markets.

 

George NeumannGeorge Neumann

George Daly Professor of Economics
Tippie College of Business

(319) 335-0850
george-neumann@uiowa.edu
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Neumann is an expert on the Iowa Electronic Markets.

 

Tracy OsbornTracy Osborn

Assistant Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2337

tracy-osborn@uiowa.edu
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Osborn is an expert on women in American politics, the legislative process, and state legislatures. She can speak about women candidates and their activities, women office holders at the state and national level, and the behavior of women as voters and political participants.

Tom Rietz Thomas Rietz

Associate Professor of Finance
Tippie College of Business

(319) 335-0856
thomas-rietz@uiowa.edu
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Rietz is an expert on the Iowa Electronic Markets.

 

Jean RobillardJean Robillard

Vice President for Medical Affairs
University of Iowa Health Care

(319) 356-2731
media-relations@uiowa.edu
UI Health Care bio
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Dr. Jean Robillard can speak about health care quality and health care reform, as well as academic research institutions and federal research funding. University of Iowa Health Care includes UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Physicians.

Rene RochaRene Rocha

Assistant Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2528
rene-rocha@uiowa.edu
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Rocha studies American politics, with specific interests in race and politics, Latino politics, education policy and political behavior.

Caroline TolbertShelton Stromquist

Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2301
shelton-stromquist@uiowa.edu
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Stromquist is an expert on labor politics and progressivism in Iowa. A historian, Stromquist works primarily in the fields of U.S. labor and social history. His research topics include patterns of labor mobilization, recruitment and conflict, labor reform, and class formation in the Midwest. Stromquist has written extensively on labor and progressivism, including the books Reinventing 'the People:' The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem and the Origins of Modern Liberalism, and Solidarity and Survival: An Oral History of Iowa Labor in the 20th Century.

Note: Stromquist is on research leave for the 2011-12 academic year, but checks e-mail regularly.

Caroline TolbertCaroline Tolbert

Professor of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(319) 335-2360
caroline-tolbert@uiowa.edu
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Tolbert studies voting and elections, political behavior, state politics and policy, direct democracy, race/ethnicity, and information technology and politics. She is co-author of Why Iowa?, a book that describes the impact the Iowa Caucuses have on the nomination process and proposes a new system. (More on Why Iowa?)

Iowa Electronic Markets

The Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) are Web-based political futures markets where traders use real money to speculate on outcomes of presidential and congressional elections. The IEM has been forecasting election outcomes accurately since its inception in 1988. The markets are open to the public, and anyone can buy contracts in a candidate of their choice. Winning contracts pay $1; losing contracts pay nothing. The IEM was originally developed by professors in the University of Iowa' Tippie College of Business as a way to teach students the intricacies of the commodities futures markets and permit detailed studies of how futures markets operate.