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IU experts available to comment on Biden's pick of Kamala Harris as 2020 running mate

August 11, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election. The unprecedented choice of a Black, female nominee for vice president could have a significant influence on Biden's bid for president in the election that is less than three months away. Experts from Indiana University, IUPUI and IU South Bend are available to comment on the announcement as a campaign and marketing technique, what it means for Biden's platform, and the potential it could have to influence election engagement and efforts to get out the vote. For more information, contact Mary Keck at marykeck@iu.edu or 812-856-2148.

Elizabeth Bennion

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Politics, American politics, campaigns, elections, voter turnout, political behavior, race and gender politics, civic education, civic engagement, the youth vote, Indiana state politics, Indiana General Assembly.

IU South Bend

Email: ebennion@iusb.edu

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Elizabeth Bennion is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches courses in American politics. Her research includes large-scale voter registration and mobilization field experiments in which randomized assignments are used to test the effectiveness of different mobilization techniques. (more)

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Interracial/intercultural communication, empathy and conflict, African American rhetoric, pedagogy of empathy, multicultural communication and civic engagement.

IU Bloomington

Email: calloway@indiana.edu

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Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is professor and chair of African American and African Diaspora studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is past president of the World Communication Association, co-editor of "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Discourse," author of "Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective," and co-author of "Intercultural Communication: A Text with Readings" and "Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes." (more)

Aaron Dusso

U.S. politics, voting and elections, public opinion, lobbying.

IUPUI

Email: adusso@iupui.edu

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Aaron Dusso is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the School of Liberal Arts. His work focuses primarily on the political psychology of electoral behavior, with an emphasis on the Big Five personality traits, authoritarianism, civic aptitude and correct voting. His secondary focus is on organized interests, lobbying and influence. (more)

Beth Fossen

Advertising, social media, online word-of-mouth, political marketing.

IU Bloomington

Email: bfossen@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Beth Fossen is an assistant professor of marketing at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, having joined the Department of Marketing in July 2016. She is an empirical modeler, and her primary research areas include advertising, online word-of-mouth, social media and political marketing. Her research has been published in Marketing Science, Customer Needs and Solutions, and Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. (more)

Marjorie Hershey

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

IU Bloomington

Email: hershey@indiana.edu

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Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency. (more)

Gloria Howell

Black students on campus, identity development and experiences, culturally relevant curriculum, Black student activism; Black performing arts.

IU Bloomington

Email: glhowell@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Gloria Howell is the associate director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also faculty coordinator for a first-year experience and introductory research course for freshman Hudson and Holland Scholars. Her research focuses on Black students broadly, specifically identity development and affirmation, culturally relevant pedagogy and curricular practices, and the effects of student activism on institutional change. (more)

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