U-M experts available to comment on Michigan primary

February 21, 2012
Jared Wadley

Media Advisory

ANN ARBOR—Michigan voters return to the polls Feb. 28 for the Republican primary, and University of Michigan experts can provide their analysis. They include:

Donald Grimes, senior research associate and economist at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, specializes in economic forecasting and regional economic development, especially in Michigan and the Midwest. He can be reached at (941) 330-5973 or dgrimes@umich.edu.

Michael Heaney, assistant professor of organizational studies and political science, examines the organizational dimensions of American politics. His research focuses on the role of intermediary institutions—especially interest groups, political parties and social movements—in shaping the political process and policy outcomes. He can be contacted at (202) 236-3369 or mheaney@umich.edu.

Vincent Hutchings, associate professor at the ISR Center for Political Studies, is an expert in elections, public opinion, voting behavior and African American politics. He can be reached at (734) 764-6591 or vincenth@umich.edu.

Arthur Lupia, political science professor and senior research scientist at the ISR Center for Political Studies, deals with questions regarding voting and elections, civic competence, parliamentary governance, and the role of the media and the Internet in politics. He can be reached at (734) 277-0212 or lupia@umich.edu.

Michael Traugott, professor of communication studies and senior research scientist at the ISR Center for Political Studies, is an authority on political communication, public opinion, media polling and campaign surveys. He can be reached at (734) 647-0421 or mtrau@umich.edu.

Nicholas Valentino, associate professor of communication studies and political science, conducts research on race, ethnicity and politics, as well as on political psychology. He can be contacted at (734) 764-3351 or nvalenti@umich.edu.