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Aug. 8, 2007

Three More UI Election Experts Available For Interviews

Journalists covering the Iowa Caucuses and 2008 presidential election now have access to three more resources at the University of Iowa. University News Services has added experts to its Election 2008 Web site ( who can provide commentary on women and politics, Republican politics, and issues affecting the middle class, among other topics.

Tim Hagle, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), is an expert on law and American politics as well as judicial politics. He can speak about federal, state and local elections; grassroots and student organizing; and Republican politics. Hagle is faculty advisor to the UI College Republicans and the Iowa Federation of College Republicans. He has been a member of the Johnson County Republican Central Committee. Hagle recently completed two years of service at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice. He was also appointed by President Bush to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, a committee that oversees the writing of a history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Hagle can be reached at 319- 335-2348 (office) or 319-621-0946 (cell), or

Kevin Leicht, professor of sociology in the CLAS, studies political sociology. He can comment on issues related to the middle class, health care, immigration or domestic policy. Leicht recently co-authored a book titled "Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity," which outlines how and why the economic standing of the middle class has plunged in the past three decades. Leicht is also director of the UI's Social Science Research Center and Co-Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies. He can be reached at 319-335-2502 (office) or 319-621-0570 (cell), or

Tracy Osborn, assistant professor of political science in the CLAS, studies women in American politics. She can speak about women candidates and their activities, women office holders at the state and national level, and the behavior of women as voters and political participants. Contact her at 319-335-2337 (office) or 781-635-3779 (cell), or

University News Services has also updated its laminated, wallet-sized UI election expert cards, which are designed as a handy reference for journalists covering political events from the road. To request a card, contact Deborah Thumma at 319-384-0006, or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070,