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MSU Denver political science experts contribute to new book, “Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter”

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: January 20, 2016

DENVER – Just ahead of the Iowa caucus, Lexington Books released “Presidential Swing State: Why Only Ten Matter,” that includes a key chapter written by Metropolitan State University of Denver political science professors Norman Provizer, Robert Preuhs and Andrew Thangasamy, noted experts on elections, politics and public policy.

The book explores why some states matter more in American presidential elections than others. The chapter authored by the MSU Denver professors – “Contesting Colorado” – addresses the politics of change in the centennial state, detailing both the political history and demographic changes shaping attitudes toward Colorado policies, including gun control, the environment, immigration, reproductive rights, taxation and party affiliation.

“The 2016 presidential race may arguably be already decided in 40 states and the District of Columbia,” said Provizer. “But voters in Colorado and a handful of other states will make the difference in selecting America’s next president.”

The book includes in-depth chapters on critical swing states that are anticipated to dominate the 2016 presidential race: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. “Many citizens don’t understand why the presidential race has been effectively reduced to only ten states,” said Preuhs. “We want to help people better comprehend what creates swing states, as well as what the future holds for the upcoming presidential election and beyond.”

For journalists, scholars, students and the general public who wish to better understand American presidential elections the book is a must read and can be found at through the publisher, Lexington Books as well as bookstores. An electronic copy of the Colorado chapter will be made available to media upon request.

About Norman Provizer:

Norman Provizer, Ph.D., MSU Denver political science professor, has been studying politics, elections and the presidency for more than three decades. He is the director and founder of the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership at MSU Denver. Provizer has recently written chapters in: “The Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt,” “Fictional Leaders,” “Lincoln’s Enduring Legacy,” and “Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines.” Additionally, he has co-edited three books on the United States Supreme Court and has published articles in numerous academic journals including White House Studies and The Leadership Quarterly. Provizer regularly interviews with regional and national media outlets including The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, The Christian Science Monitor and FOX News Channel, among others.

About Robert Preuhs:

Robert Preuhs, Ph.D., MSU Denver political science associate professor, researches issues of representation and democracy through the lens of racial and ethnic politics, state and national political institutions, and public policy. His publications have appeared in the leading peer-reviewed journals in the discipline of political science, such as The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly and Social Science Quarterly. Preuhs also has co-authored (along with Rodney E. Hero) “Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics:  Beyond Conflict or Cooperation” (Cambridge University Press, 2013), the first study of minority intergroup relations at the national level. He regularly contributes commentary and expertise to regional, national and international media outlets and has been quoted in The New York Times and appeared on PBS, among others.

About Andrew Thangasamy:

Andy Thangasamy, Ph.D., MSU Denver assistant professor of political science, has concentrated his work on American politics and public policy, focusing on state policymaking.  He authored, “State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy Making and Outcomes in the U.S., 1998 – 2005”(LFB Scholarly Publishing 2010), and in 2012, he published his research examining state-level immigrant policymaking appeared in the California Journal of Politics and Policy. Thangasamy also has worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver where he co-authored online and print reports on state-level policymaking addressing health care issues. 



About Metropolitan State University of Denver

For 50 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution.

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