The 2008 Presidential Campaign and Election

Government and political experts at the University of Redlands are available to comment on the Presidential election, as well as state and local initiatives:

Renee Van Vechten, an assistant professor of government, is positioned to offer extensive insights into the election process, including the voting tendencies and perspectives of California voters.
Van Vechten teaches California politics and courses on American institutions, including U.S. Congress and the Presidency.  In 2008 she received the Rowman and Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science, as well as a campus award for innovative teaching.  In August, she attended the Democratic National Convention.
Her research focuses on legislative politics, including the effects of term limits and majority parties’ power to control bills.  She is currently writing a textbook on California politics.
She can be reached at: or (619) 980-4901

Ed Wingenbach, a government professor, is currently teaching a seminar called "How to Predict an Election." The class has closely followed the Presidential campaign, and students are being pushed to understand, predict and explain the final results of the race. Wingenbach and his students presented information on election prediction for a session of the university's Convocations and Lectures Election 2008 series. Wingenbach specializes in political philosophy and democratic theory. His research interests include contemporary political theory, democratic theory and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has taught classes including politics and morality, feminist political theory and American political thought and practice. He can be reached at: or (909) 748-8603.

Barbara Morris, a government professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert on campaigns and elections, as well as the ins and outs of California politics. Most recently, she has written about the expansion and organization of the Executive Office of the President. She also can discuss the role of women in politics, and is working on a book about tribal governments and their relationships with federal and state governments. She can be reached at: or (909) 748-8359.

  Bob Jackson, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Government and Director of International Relations at the university, has been closely following the presidential election, as well as foreign commentary on the U.S. election. Jackson, who is also a distinguished research professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and holds the position of Life Member/Fellow, Clare Hall and Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge, has served as a senior policy advisor to two former Canadian Prime Ministers, on the advisory board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and has worked for various other government agencies. An author and co-author of 30 books, Jackson recently co-authored "Temptations of Power: The United States in Global Politics After 9/11," which explores the new security dilemmas that confronted President George W. Bush after 9/11 and argues for new politics to address the problems. He can be reached at:, (909) 335-8919, or (909) 748-8596.

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