Marquette University News Release

Marquette experts available for election coverage

November 2, 2012

Faculty available to weigh in on national and state races

MILWAUKEE – From poll analysis to the impact of the election on the economy to the role of the Electoral College, Marquette University has a variety of experts available for election coverage.

Please feel free to contact any of these experts directly; otherwise, Andy Brodzeller, Christopher Stolarski and Kate Venne in the Office of Marketing and Communication are happy to help identify the most suitable expert.

Election night coverage – Student viewing party 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday
Marquette students will gather with faculty from the political science department to watch election results roll in. Separate rooms will have different newscasts on, allowing students and faculty to watch and compare coverage. Faculty members available to talk with the media will include Julia Azari, Paul Nolette, Karen Hoffman and Amber Wichowsky. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. in Haggerty Hall, 1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Polls, elections and voter behavior

With an abundance of polls with varying results coming out daily, what does the data mean and what do the numbers say about the races, elections and voters? Political science faculty weigh in.

Amber Wichowsky
Assistant professor of political science
(414) 288-3422 (office)

John McAdams
Associate professor of political science
(414) 288-3425 (office)
(414) 963-0304 (home)

Karen Hoffman
Visiting assistant professor of political science

Control of the Senate and a swing state
As a swing state and a highly contested Senate race, Wisconsin is playing a central role in this year’s elections. With the balance of power in the Senate up for grabs, how has the Wisconsin race played out? How will the elections impact legislation? Chris Murray, who teaches at Marquette’s Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C., offers his insight.

Christopher Murray
Visiting instructor, Les Aspin Center for Government
Washington D.C. Office
(202) 544-6140 (office)
(202) 494-6304 (mobile)

The election and the economy
One of the key issues in this election is the economy. How much impact will the election have on the economy and where is the economy headed? Abdur Chowdhury, a member of the Chicago Fed’s academic advisory council and former chair of the U.N.’s Economic Commission in Europe, weighs in.

Abdur Chowdhury
Professor of economics
(414) 288-6915 (office)
(262) 293-9286 (home)

The Electoral College
With pundits predicting a tight race for president, it’s possible that one candidate could win the popular vote while the other carries the Electoral College. What is the Electoral College’s history, significance and roll? Or, after a year of campaigning, what if the Electoral College vote is a tie?

Paul Nolette
Assistant professor of political science
(414) 288-5821 (office)
(508) 249-9226 (mobile)

J. Gordon Hylton
Professor of law
(414) 288-5372 (office)
(434) 249-9226 (mobile)

Coming together after the elections
Between a bitter gubernatorial recall election, a heated U.S. Senate race and a closely contested presidential campaign, how do we get back to civic discourse? Janine Geske, former State Supreme Court Justice and distinguished professor of law, hosted a conference last June that examined how public discourse got to this point and how to move forward.

Janine Geske
Distinguished professor of law and former State Supreme Court Justice
(414) 288-7877 (office)
(414) 390-0298 (home)

About Andy Brodzeller

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Andy is an associate director of university communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Andy at (414) 288-0286 or View all posts by .