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Political, Legal and Campaign Experts

Politics and Elections

T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D.

  • National and Florida politics
  • County charter governments and the workings of local government
  • The Democratic Party
  • Florida's "Government in the Sunshine" Law

Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailey is a nationally respected authority on politics and a frequent contributor to both television and print news media. He has been involved with national politics since 1972, and has attended eight Democratic National Conventions as a member or delegate.


Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, 386-822-7574,

Paul Boudreaux, J.D., LL.M.

  • Environmental Science issues
  • Natural resources and land use law
  • Endangered species protection

Law Professor Paul Boudreaux worked in the U.S. Department of Justice for more than a decade, appearing in federal courts nationwide on civil matters.


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Paul J. Croce, Ph.D.

  • History of American politics and elections
  • Culture of campaigning
  • Ideological groups and cultural values
  • Science and religion in politics and culture
  • Environmental Science issues
  • America's global reach in war and peace
  • Race relations

American Studies Professor Paul Jerome Croce has been widely published and quoted in national news media and academic publications about American popular culture, history and intellectual life.


Dr. Paul Jerome Croce, 386-822-7533,

Royal C. Gardner, J.D.

  • Wetlands
  • Environmental Science and international environmental law

Law professor and director of Stetson University's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Royal Gardner speaks frequently about wetland policy issues to the national media. He served in the Pentagon working on environmental and international issues, including negotiations regarding nuclear weapons dismantlement by former Soviet nations.


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David L. Hill, Ph.D.

  • National politics
  • Elections and voting behavior
  • Public opinion

Political Science Professor David Hill is the author of one book and several articles on voter turnout in American elections. He also has participated in the development and implementation of local level election-year surveys. He teaches courses in American Government, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Congress, Elections and Public Opinion.


Dr. David L. Hill, 386-822-7579,

Paul Lachelier, Ph.D.

  • American society
  • American culture (especially American ways of thinking)
  • American politics
  • Sociological and political theory
  • Citizen engagement and apathy, civic and political
  • Generational differences in civic and political engagement
  • Political activism

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Paul Lachelier's research, teaching and writing interests include classical and contemporary sociological theory, political sociology (particularly political theory, political participation and contemporary American political culture), sociology of culture, public sociology and community organizing. A dual citizen of France and the United States, he was the 2002 Green Party candidate for state representative in Massachusetts' 26


Middlesex District. He lost with 37.3 percent of total votes cast.


Dr. Paul Lachelier, 386-822-7247,

William Russell Nylen, Ph.D.

  • Foreign policy
  • Democracy and democratization
  • Latin American politics and economics

Political Science Professor William Nylen is widely published on Latin American politics and has taught courses in comparative politics, international political economy and the politics of development at Stetson, Northeastern and Harvard universities. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Dr. William R. Nylen, 386-822-7577,

D. Gregory Sapp, Ph.D.

  • History of Christian doctrine
  • Church-State relations
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and popular culture

Professor of Religious Studies D. Gregory Sapp has published in the area of Christian theology and philosophy and has delivered invited and refereed papers at national conferences on the relationship of religion to popular culture, as well as on the separation of church and state, especially with regard to Creationism and Intelligent Design. He has also written on Just War theory and conflict resolution. He holds the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility.


Dr. D. Gregory Sapp, 386-822-8938,

Constitutional Law

Michael P. Allen, J.D.

  • Federal constitutional law
  • Veterans law
  • Ballot issues

Law Professor Michael Allen is the director of Stetson University's Veterans Law Institute and the associate dean for faculty development and strategic initiatives. He has been frequently interviewed by local and national news organizations about the Supreme Court, constitutional law issues, veterans law issues and healthcare.


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James W. Fox Jr., J.D.

  • Poverty law and related social policies
  • Public benefits law
  • Legal and constitutional history

Law Professor James Fox Jr. has been widely published in the areas of poverty, the history and theory of democratic citizenship and contract theory.


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Bruce Jacob, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.

  • Federal constitutional law
  • Florida constitutional law
  • Criminal law

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob has researched, written articles and spoken on criminal law and procedure, civil rights and civil liberties. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court twice, including representing the prosecution in the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, J.D.

  • Campaign finance
  • Constitutional law
  • Election law

Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy has written extensively about constitutional and election-related issues for national magazines and news outlets, and has been quoted in media including the Huffington Post and Salon. She has testified before Congress, state and local legislative bodies as an expert on campaign finance reform, and helped draft legislation.


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Campaign Issues

J. Anthony Abbott, Ph.D.

  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
  • Climate change and climatology
  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Energy policy
  • International development (Latin America)

Geographer and Director of Environmental Science Science, Tony Abbottconducts research on environmental topics ranging from conservation of agricultural biodiversity to the problematic discourse associated with wind power development. His works, appearing in internationally recognized academic venues, reveal processes that cause well intentioned environmental policy to result in environmentally undesirable outcomes.


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Catherine Cameron, J.D.

  • First Amendment
  • Media law

Professor of Legal Skills Catherine Cameron is a highly sought speaker and expert in the area of media law. She worked for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a non-profit organization that specializes in media law issues in Washington, D.C., where she filed amicus briefs in high-profile cases affecting the media, including two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Glen Epley, Ph.D.

  • First Amendment and public schools
  • Public education finance and administration
  • Separation of church and state

Glen Epley, professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, is a former executive at the world's seventh largest insurance brokerage firm. Before returning to Stetson University where he had previously taught graduate courses in law, finance, management and leadership, he served as associate superintendent of the Volusia County (Florida) School District, which is one of the largest in the nation.


Dr. Glen Epley, 386-822-7078,

Clyde E. Fant, Th.D.

  • Politics and conservative/fundamentalist religious issues

Clyde Fant, founder of Stetson University's ecumenical Winter Pastors' School and Institute for Christian Ethics, has studied the development of Christianity in the U.S. for many years. He is former president of the International Baptist Seminary in Zurich, Switzerland, and the author of The Misunderstood Jesus, which describes Jesus as the consummate outsider.


Dr. Clyde Fant, 386-822-8935,

Clark W. Furlow, J.D.

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate law

Law Professor Clark W. Furlow practiced corporate law in Wilmington, Del., in state and federal court, where he argued numerous cases before the Delaware Supreme Court. He chaired the Delaware State Bar's Professional Ethics Committee and frequently speaks to business ethics questions for the press.


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Dan Hale, Ph.D.

  • Health care costs
  • Community health care

Psychology Professor Dan Hale heads the Institute for Congregational and Community Health, which promotes the development of programs within religious communities to address the health needs of the congregation. He recently authored Healing Bodies and Souls: A Practical Guide for Congregations with Harold G. Koenig, M.D.


Dr. W. Dan Hale, 386-822-7289,

Elizabeth D. Heins, Ph.D.

  • Education reform
  • Literacy
  • Single gender education

Teacher Education Professor Elizabeth Heins is an expert in the concept of Professional Development Schools (PDS), a proven avenue to K-12 education reform. In addition to education reform and professional development schools, Dr. Heins is an expert on literacy and classroom management.


Dr. Elizabeth D. Heins, 386-822-7076,

Peter F. Lake, J.D.

  • Higher education law and policy
  • Torts
  • Safety versus privacy in education

Charles A. Dana Chair and Director of the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson, Law Professor Peter F. Lake co-authored the widely cited The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern Universitywith Stetson law professor Robert D. Bickel. Lake is an internationally sought expert who has been quoted in Time magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ABC World News Tonight, USA Today and others regarding privacy versus safety on college campuses, the Virginia Tech tragedy, and other issues facing higher education.


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Gregory McCann, J.D.

  • Business issues and the economy
  • Family business

Business Professor Gregory McCann is the former director of Stetson University's Family Business Center, important because family-owned businesses account for 90 percent of all businesses and two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. With degrees in both accounting and law, he is a member of the Florida Bar and a licensed Florida CPA. Under his leadership, Stetson has developed the nation's first academic major devoted solely to family business.


Dr. Gregory K. McCann, 386-822-7425,

Rebecca Morgan, J.D.

  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Social Security
  • Elder Law

Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law and Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law, Law Professor Rebecca Morgan is a highly regarded pioneer in the field of elder law issues. A life-long advocate for seniors, Morgan was a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, was a special advisor to the ABA Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly and is the past president of the Board of Directors of the National Senior Citizens Law Center.


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Donald W. Musser, Ph.D.

  • Modern Christian thought
  • Religious pluralism
  • Religion and culture
  • Military chaplains' work
  • Mormon studies

Religious Studies Professor Donald W. Musser specializes in religion and culture and is a retired military chaplain. He has researched the faiths of this year's top presidential candidates and can field questions on their spirituality. He was particularly sought as a source on the Mormon faith during former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign, because of his book, Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies (2007), co-edited with Dr. David L. Paulsen of Brigham Young University. A set of dialogues between Mormon scholars and mainstream Christian theologians, the book's preparation and respectful dialogue with Mormon scholars gave Musser valuable insight into Mormon thought.


Dr. Don Musser, 386-822-8930,

Luz Estella Nagle, LL.D., J.D., LL.M.

  • War on drugs and human trafficking
  • International law and international human rights
  • Security issues and terrorism in the Americas

Law Professor Luz Nagle has researched and fought in the war on drugs in Colombia and the United States. An eloquent speaker in both English and Spanish, Nagle is widely published and frequently speaks to news media around the world. In her native Colombia, she served as a lawyer and judge, and she coordinated police operations targeting drug operations before fleeing to the U.S. after two assassination attempts.


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Ellen Podgor, J.D., LL.M., M.B.A.

  • White collar crime
  • Criminal law
  • International criminal law

A former deputy prosecutor and defense attorney, Law Professor and Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor Ellen Podgor is a widely sought expert in white collar crime who has been regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other national media outlets. She is a co-editor of the White Collar Crime Prof Blog.


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Charles Rose III, J.D., LL.M.

  • Criminal law
  • Law of war
  • Military law and terrorism

A former intelligence analyst, officer and judge advocate general in the Army, Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Director of Stetson University's Center for Excellence in Advocacy Charles Rose prosecuted and defended criminal cases for more than five years. His practice included international law, the law of war, federal torts, administrative law and criminal justice. He has been sought by media outlets including the APand Court TV on a variety of issues, including the prosecution of alleged terrorists and the analysis of high-profile murder cases.


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Michele Skelton, Ph.D.

  • Exercise physiology
  • Health care issues
  • Women and family health care issues

Michele Skelton, associate professor and chair of the Department of Integrative Health Science, is an exercise physiologist with expertise in health care issues in general and, particularly, women and family health issues. Her research interests focus on blood lactate studies and fatigue and she has published on the topic. In addition to teaching and research, she is an advocate for community service and domestic partner rights.


Michele Skelton, 386-822-8142,

Dixon Sutherland, Ph.D.

  • Euthanasia
  • Medical ethics

Religious Studies Professor Dixon Sutherland, director of Stetson University's Institute for Christian Ethics, has expertise in the areas of medical ethics and religion, particularly euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide and ethics of dying. He has spoken at many national conferences on aging, death and dying.


Dr. Dixon Sutherland, 386-822-8931,

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