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Presidential and state elections


Henry Brady
Professor of political science and public policy, director of UC Berkeley's Survey Research Center
Expertise: Brady can comment on the history of the political convention system, the nomination process, and media coverage and conventions. He is an expert on electoral politics, political participation and voting, voting systems, welfare policies, public opinion and American politics.
Phone: (510) 642-3008, (510) 642-2338
E-mail: hbrady@csm.berkeley.edu


Merrill Shanks
Professor of political science and director of the campus's Computer-Assisted Survey Methods Program
Expertise: Shanks can address how Americans make their presidential and Congressional vote choices; the political agendas of the American public; public opinion of the political parties and George W. Bush; and how surveys are done and should be done. He is co-author of the "New American Voter."
Phone: (510) 642-1104.
E-mail: jms@csm.berkeley.edu

Douglas Strand
Lecturer in political science, director of UC Berkeley's Public Agendas and Citizen Engagement Survey (PACES), a national survey underway through Nov. 2
Expertise: Strand can discuss the public's attitudes about family values in general and gay rights in particular, how Americans make their presidential and Congressional vote choices, how younger and older Americans differ in their political agendas and preferences, public opinion of the political parties and George W. Bush, and how surveys are done and should be done. Strand can provide PACES survey data concerning these points.
Phone: (510) 642-0508
E-mail: dstrand@csm.berkeley.edu

See also Henry Brady under National and State Politics, Campaigns, Elections


Harley Shaiken
Professor of social and cultural studies in the Graduate School of Education, professor of geography, director of UC Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies, and labor specialist

Expertise: Shaiken is an expert on labor and labor markets generally, international trade policy, information technology, the organization of work, global economic integration and trade. He says that a second term for President Bush would leave labor out in the cold in terms of access to the administration and result in appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and other federal agencies very unfavorable to labor. 

In particular, Shaiken says, the board will likely continue to consider rulings that make it more difficult for labor to organize. Unions would strongly oppose most of the legislative agenda advanced in a second Bush term. 
Phone: (510) 642-9678 or (510) 847-2831
E-mail: hshaiken@socrates.berkeley.edu


Michael Nacht
Aaron Wildavsky Dean and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy
Expertise: U.S. national security and foreign policy. Nacht says the United States – initially committed to an optimistic assessment of how U.S. forces would be greeted in Iraq and then fearing backlash at home — failed to deploy sufficient forces in Iraq to protect critical assets there.

Nacht recently completed a three-year term as a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, for which he chaired panels on counter terrorism and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, reporting to the deputy secretary of defense. He continues to consult with Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories on national security and homeland defense. From 1994-1997, Nacht was assistant director for Strategic and Eurasian Affairs at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, leading its work on nuclear arms reduction negotiations with Russia and initiating nuclear arms control talks with China. He participated in five summit meetings with President Clinton — four with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and one with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Nacht has testified before Congress on subjects ranging from arms control to the supply and demand for scientists in the workplace.
Phone: (510) 643-4038
E-mail: mnacht@socrates.berkeley.edu


David Wagner
Assistant professor of computer science
Expertise: Wagner, a computer security and cryptography expert, can discuss the security of electronic voting systems. He currently is serving as a technical advisor to an ACLU committee on electronic voting. According to media reports, more than 30 percent of voters in the United States, about 50 million people, will use electronic voting machines on Nov. 2. Earlier this year, Wagner co-authored an analysis of SERVE, an Internet voting system proposed by the Pentagon for overseas and military voters. The report described multiple security flaws in the system and led to the project's cancellation.

Wagner and his UC Berkeley colleagues are known for discovering a wide variety of security vulnerabilities in various cell phone standards, 802.11 wireless networks and other widely deployed systems.
Phone: (510) 642-2758
E-mail: daw@cs.berkeley.edu


Jonathan Berk
Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values
Expertise: Valuation and return dynamics of growth stocks, evaluation and performance of active portfolio managers, firm valuation, applications of real options in investment decisions, market anomalies and how stock prices reveal information.
Phone: (510) 642-3364
E-mail: berk@haas.berkeley.edu


David Winickoff
Assistant professor of bioethics and society in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Division of Society and Environment
Expertise: Ethics, law and politics of biotechnology. Winickoff says Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is flawed because it lacks a truly independent citizens oversight committee. He says the initiative, which would provide $3 billion from the general fund over 10 years to finance stem cell research and biotech companies in California, provides for limited public input on spending decisions. He calls the measure a troubling mix of big money, big science and new biotechnologies with little public accountability.
Phone: (510) 643-0319
E-mail: david_winickoff@nature.berkeley.edu


Helen Ann Halpin
Professor of health policy, director of the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies (CHPPS), vice-chair of the California Health Benefits Review Program
Expertise: She has been quoted extensively by both print and broadcast media on issues related to national health care reform, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid. She is interviewed in the documentary, "There's Something About W," commenting about health care under the Bush Administration.

She can also discuss federal vaccine policy, access to health insurance, health care reform, consumer experiences in managed care, health insurance benefit mandates, smoking cessation benefits, integration of health promotion and disease prevention services in the U.S. health care system. Her research focuses on health insurance policy, including health insurance benefit design, health care reform, access to care, consumer experiences in managed care, and disease prevention and health promotion.
Phone: (510) 642-2862 (office) or (510) 643-1675 (CHPPS)
E-mail: helenhs@berkeley.edu
Expert bio: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/extras/experts/halpin.html

Stephen Shortell
Dean of the School of Public Health, Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management
Expertise: Managed care; HMOs; integrated health systems; physician groups; doctors; quality and outcome of care; community and health improvement studies; mergers, acquisitions and consolidations.

Shortell is an expert on organized health delivery systems in the United States. He has done extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illness. He can also discuss the impact of budget cuts on the delivery of healthcare services, including community services.
Phone: (510) 643-5346
E-mail: shortell@berkeley.edu