State and Local Government


Alphabetical List of Experts on State and Local Government

Neal Coates
Areas of Expertise:
International Relations, State & Local Government.
Background:
Neal Coates is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Abilene Christian University.  He holds a B.A. in Government from Abilene Christian University, a J.D. from the University of Kansas, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He has experience in local and state law and politics, having served as Staff Attorney for the Texas Department of Insurance in Austin, in the Financial Division and the Legal Compliance Section, and as Assistant City Attorney for the City of College Station, Texas.  Coates has published and presented on a range of topics including evidence in criminal trials, zoning adult bookstores, the Texas Torts Claims Act, administrative penalties in Texas insurance law, Texas and the death penalty, and the forms of execution allowed under the Eighth Amendment.  His writings also include various aspects of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention, the Bush Doctrine, and U.S. foreign policy in East Africa.  In addition, he has three publications dealing with the topic of e-government, in Texas, China, and Zambia.  Coates is currently at work on articles regarding the present-day situation for Christians in the Middle East and the historical recognition of the United States by France and Morocco.
SpeakingProfessor Coates is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Texas and its Unique Place in the Politics of the United States of America”
“The Death Penalty in Texas and the United States”
“International Rules for the Oceans Pursuant to the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention”
“Should the U.S. Join the UN Law of the Sea Treaty”
“E-government Around the World”
Contact Information:
E-mail: coates@pols.acu.edu
Phone:  (325) 674-2917    
Website: Abilene Christian University Faculty Page
Kimberly H. Conger
Areas of Expertise:
American Politics, Religion and Politics, State and Local Government
Background:
Kimberly H. Conger is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University.  She received her PhD from Ohio State University and taught at Iowa State University for several years before moving to CSU.  Professor Conger studies religion and politics, political activism, and state politics.  Her research has been published in Perspectives on PoliticsParty PoliticsState Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Political Psychology.  Her recent book, The Christian Right in Republican State Politics (Palgrave, 2009), examines the political goals and strategies of the state-level conservative Evangelical activists.  She has been quoted in numerous national and international news outlets  including NPR, The Kansas City Star, and the Times of India.  Professor Conger is currently at work on a book about religiously motivated activism - on both the right and the left - in the 2008 election.
Contact Information:
E-mail: kimberly.conger@colostate.edu
Phone: (303) 523-4721
Website: Colorado State University Faculty Page
Jennifer E. Walsh
Areas of Expertise:
American Politics, State and local government, crime and sentencing policy, executive branch decision making, constitutional jurisprudence
Background:
Jennifer E. Walsh is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Azusa Pacific University.  She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. in Politics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.  An expert in crime policy, Jennifer’s recent publications include Three Strikes Laws (Greenwood Press, 2007) and “To Do Justly and Love Mercy: Using Scripture to Guide Criminal Justice Policy” in Is the Good Book Good Enough? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).  In 2009, she was an invited speaker before the New Zealand parliament on pending sentencing legislation and is frequently consulted by the media on matters of crime and justice, state and local government, and American politics.  In June 2011, she was invited to participate in a faculty seminar on Religious Freedom and the Rule of Law in Shanghai and Beijing, China.  Currently, Walsh is working on a book chapter examining the influence of race, ethnicity and gender in presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court and an article analyzing the impact of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) on the freedom of religion.
SpeakingProfessor Walsh is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"The Christian Response to Crime"
"Mandatory Prison Sentences:  Benefits and Consequences"
"Executive Discretion:  Does it Undermine our System of Checks and Balances?"
Contact Information:
E-mail: jwalsh@apu.edu
Phone:  (626) 815-6000 x3502
Website: Azusa Pacific University Faculty Page

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