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FAU Experts on U.S. Presidential Debates and Elections Available to Comment

BOCA RATON, FL (October 22, 2012) With the U.S. Presidential Debate coming to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University political science experts are available to comment, including:
American Politics:

  • Kevin Wagner is an associate professor in the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU. He is an attorney with a doctorate in American politics with an emphasis on U.S. institutions such as the presidency. Wagner has expertise in the field of political behavior, including public opinion, campaigning and elections and is one of the leading authorities on the effects of technology on politics and campaigning. Wagner can be reached at 561-297-3218 (office), 561-252-1794 (cell) or .
  • Kevin Lanning is a professor of psychology at FAU’s Wilkes Honors College. He has published more than 30 books, chapters and papers in psychology, politics and measurement. Lanning’s current research focuses on the psychological foundations of political liberalism and conservatism. He can be reached at 561-799-8652 (office) or .

International Politics:

  • Robert Rabil (Middle East) is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU. His areas of expertise are the Greater Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Rabil can be reached at 561-297-3215 (office) or 561-302-0470 (cell) or .


  • David Cratis Williams is an associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. He is a former assistant debate coach at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Kansas, and also a former director of debate at Wake Forest University. Williams can be reached at 561-297-0045 (office) or


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