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Expert evaluates impact of 2006 midterm elections

March 21, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A Duke University scholar who is a nationally renowned expert on the U.S. Congress is coming to Western Michigan University in late March to discuss the implications of November's midterm elections.

Dr. David Rohde, professor of political science at Duke, will present the 2006-07 Samuel I. Clark Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium. His talk, titled "The 2006 Midterm Elections and Their Consequences," is sponsored by the WMU Department of Political Science's Institute of Government and Politics and is free and open to the public.

The Sam Clark Lecture is an annual event honoring the late Dr. Samuel I. Clark, a longtime professor of political science and the founding dean of the Lee Honors College.

Rohde's research and teaching interests lie in American politics with emphases on legislative politics and campaigns and elections. His books include "Parties and Leaders in the Post-Reform House" and, with others, "Change and Continuity in the 2004 Elections," "Home Style and Washing Work" and "Supreme Court Decision Making."

Rohde is the author or co-author of nearly 40 book chapters and more than 30 articles in political science journals. He has served as editor of the American Journal of Political Science and has served on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, PS and Legislative Studies Quarterly. His many honors and distinctions include designation as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the CQ Press Award and an APSA Congressional Fellowship.

While at WMU, Rohde also will present a research colloquium for political science faculty and students and others from across the University community.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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