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Communication Scholars Available to Discuss February Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

January 30, 2020
Experts Available

The next Democratic presidential primary debate will be the first of three this month in early primary states. The National Communication Association can put reporters in touch with leading Communication scholars who specialize in presidential debates, religion and politics, and women in politics. These experts are well-equipped to address a variety of questions about the debate and the Democratic primary including: 

  • Can any of the candidates appeal to voters who previously voted for Trump?
  • What challenges do candidates face in early primary states? 
  • Do the women in the race face unique challenges? 
  • What issues are motivating voters in early states? 


Joshua Bolton
Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Loras College 

Dr. Bolton researches political communication and political campaigns. Dr. Bolton’s recent research focuses on party and candidate branding. Dr. Bolton has authored peer-reviewed journal articles on presidential primary debates, presidential nominating conventions, and political advertising. 

Stephanie A. Martin 
Assistant Professor in the Department of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Southern Methodist University 

Dr. Martin studies public address and political communication. Dr. Martin is particularly interested in the rhetoric of conservative social movements; for example, why stories of American exceptionalism appeal to evangelical voters. Dr. Martin previously worked in journalism and business-to-business communication. 

Kelly Winfrey
Assistant Professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University

Dr. Winfrey’s research focuses on political communication and gender. Dr. Winfrey has published research on women as political candidates, women voters, and campaign communication. Dr. Winfrey also serves as the coordinator for research and outreach at the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. 


To schedule an interview with any of these experts, please contact Grace Hébert at or 202-534-1104.

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