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Expert Available on Democratic Primary, Political Campaigns and Elections

David Menefee-Libey, a professor of politics at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, is available to discuss the race for Democratic presidential nominee and current election issues, as well as placing today’s races in historical context.

Prof. Menefee-Libey focuses his research on the transformation of American campaigns and elections since the 1950s, with special attention to the role of parties in campaign strategies and methods. He has published extensively on the subject, including the book The Triumph of Campaign-Centered Politics (Chatham House, 2000). More recently, he led field research on the most expensive U.S. House race in history, the California race between Jim Rogan and Adam Schiff in 2000, and Schiff's reelection campaign in 2002. Findings from that research were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the summer of 2003 as it heard arguments on the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

His second field of research is the politics of school reform, with a focus on urban public school districts, which makes him a particularly knowledgeable expert on education issues in the 2004 elections.

At Pomona College, Prof. Menefee-Libey teaches Introduction to American Politics, Democratic Theory and Practice, The United States Congress, Political Parties and Elections, and Education Politics and Policy.

His on-air media experience includes serving as one of two west-coast analysts on National Public Radio on Election Night 2000 (and the morning after). In the last six months, he has provided political and election analysis and commentary for Southern California NPR affiliate KPCC's "AirTalk," Chicago Public Radio's "Odyssey," for whom he discussed the relationship between the Democratic Party and different groups encompassed within “The Left,” and a CNBC morning show. He also did analysis and commentary on Ireland's national radio network in 2000, while on serving as a Fulbright Professor in that country.

Prof. Menefee-Libey can be reached at his office (909) 607-9323 or by email at To facilitate high-quality transmission of interviews, Pomona College has installed an ISDN line at its campus radio station. If you would like to use this facility to interview Prof. Menefee-Libey, please call Cynthia Peters, associate director of Public Affairs at Pomona College, at (909) 621-8515.