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Stephen Maynard Caliendo [press packet] is professor of political science at North Central College. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University and focuses his research in the areas of political communication and political psychology. In addition to his collaborations with Dr. McIlwain (which include Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns and The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity), he is the author of the forthcoming Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise (Westview, forthcoming). His book Teachers Matter (Praeger 2000) examines the effects of political socialization on attitudes toward American political institutions. Caliendo’s research has been presented at major conferences and published in The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and The Journal of Research and Science Teaching. He has authored or co-authored numerous entries in specialized encyclopedias such as Polling in America, The Encyclopedia of Human Rights, and The Encyclopedia of Political Communication. He is a regular analyst for international, national, state and local media outlets including National Public Radio, Al Jazeera English, Radio France Internationale and The Washington Post (see complete list here). [download CV (.pdf) here]

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Charlton McIlwain [press packet] is associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. In addition to his collaborations with Dr. Caliendo (which include Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns and The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity), he is the author of When Death Goes Pop: Death, Media and the Remaking of Community (Peter Lang 2004) and Death in Black and White: Death, Ritual and Family Ecology (Hampton 2003). He has provided expert commentary on a wide range of racial issues for state, national and international media such as CNN, the New York Times, NPR, Associated Press, Reuters TV, O Globo (Brazil), Le Monde (France), CTV (Canada) and many others (see complete list here). Professor McIlwain worked a short stint in politics as Press Secretary for Ed Crocker’s 1996 campaign against former Congressman J.C. Watts, as communications director for Laura Boyd, a former state legislator running for governor against incumbent Frank Keating, and as communications director for the Oklahoma Democratic Party. [download CV (.pdf) here]

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