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Political Science

Matthew Lebo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department. His research focuses on political methodology, public opinion, political campaigns, the influence of the economy on political outcomes, and elections, particularly in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Areas of expertise: the analysis of public opinion and political data over time. 

Helmut Norpoth, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for his studies of elections. A member of the Political Science Department at Stony Brook since 1979, he has published widely on voting trends in the U.S., Germany and Great Britain. His research focuses on voter identifications with political parties, the influence of the economy on elections, and historic transformations of electoral patterns. A frequent contributor to The New York Times coverage of voting in presidential and congressional elections, he has also developed a forecast model of elections. 

Areas of expertise: Elections (especially the U.S. and Germany); presidential approval; forecasts of elections. 

Peter D. Salins, Ph.D., is a former Provost of the State University of New York System, and an internationally recognized scholar in the field of urban policy and planning. Dr. Salins has written and presented extensively on policies affecting New York and other American cities in the fields of housing, urban development, economic planning and immigration. He has been author or editor of five books including:Assimilation, American Style (1997), Scarcity by Design (with Gerard Mildner, 1992), and New York Unbound: The City and Politics of the Future (1988). He has edited a number of scholarly journals including theJournal of the American Planning AssociationCity Journal and New York Affairs. He serves on the boards of the Lavanburg Foundation, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University. Dr. Salins is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the planning profession’s highest status.

Areas of Expertise: Housing and urban development; immigration; New York City policies and trends; higher education.

Jeffrey Segal, Ph.D., a SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, is an internationally renowned expert on the U.S. Supreme Court. His research focuses on appointing federal judges and why judges decide cases the way they do. He has co-authored seven books, authored or co-authored over fifty articles, and won over a dozen major awards for his research. His most recent books are The Supreme Court in the American Legal System (2005) with Harold Spaeth and Sara Benesh, and Advice and Consent: the Politics of Judicial Appointments(2005) with Lee Epstein).

Areas of Expertise: U.S. Supreme Court, Judicial appointments. 




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