UH Experts Available to Discuss Changing Face of Presidential Politics

The field of presidential candidates continues to grow. With Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio announcing their respective candidacies this week, the race continues to reflect the changing face of American politics. With a woman as the current Democratic frontrunner and two Latino Americans on the Republican side, the race for 2016 is sparking interest from pundits and constituents alike. 

UH faculty experts are available to discuss the opportunities and challenges these candidates will face in their quest for votes.

To schedule interviews with these UH professors, contact Mike Emery at memery@central.uh.edu or 713-743-8186. Other faculty members may be added to this list.

Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science: Rottinghaus can address Clinton’s and Rubio’s appeal to Latino voters. He also can discuss how they might fare in states such as Texas and how their individual stances on immigration might be received by voters. Rottinghaus can be reached at 713-743-3925 or bjrottinghaus@uh.edu

Luis Salinas, lecturer of sociology: Salinas can address the vitriolic tone that sometimes defines campaigns and politics, as well as the increased role of women as leaders and voters. Salinas can be reached at 713-743-3957 or lsalinas@uh.edu

Nancy Beck Young, professor of history: Young can address the historical context of the 2016 presidential election.  An expert on the presidency, she has written widely on modern American politics.  Additionally, she is a student of first ladies.  Her current research addresses shifting ideological preferences in national politics from mid 20th century liberalism to early 21st century conservatism.  She is also an expert on Texas political history.  She can offer commentary on most aspects of the race, including how candidates frame their campaigns, what the implications of the race might be for the future of the country, and the role of candidates’ spouses in the campaign.  She can be reached by email at nyoung@central.uh.edu or by phone at 832-454-2443.

Lan Ni, associate professor of communication: Ni can address Clinton’s communication efforts in reaching diverse audiences – particularly in her video announcing her candidacy. Ni conducts research in the areas of strategic communication and public relations. Her work examines stakeholder and community engagement, communication experiences and effectiveness, and relationship building, with a special focus on culturally diverse and minority communities. She has received various grants for her research and is currently working on two books on intercultural public relations. Reach her at 713-992-4000 or lni@uh.edu.