Spartans are playing leading roles in many aspects of the 2012 Elections.
Associated Students and the Office of Public Affairs began the election season with a multimedia voter registration drive.
Voters statewide are weighing in on Proposition 30, which will raise taxes to provide funding for public higher education.
In San Jose, an SJSU professor and students initiated Measure D, which will raise the minimum wage.
On election night, Associate Professor Melinda Jackson and Professor Larry Gerston will serve as political analysts for local TV news programs.
Melinda Jackson, who will appear on KGO Bay Area News, joined the San Jose State University faculty in 2005 after earning her Ph.D. with concentrations in American Politics, Research Methods, and Political Psychology, from the University of Minnesota.
Her research interests center on public opinion, civic engagement, and political participation in American politics with a special focus on political psychology and political identity. She has published research on these topics in a variety of academic journals and books.
Jackson also serves as research director for the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San José State University. Since joining the San José State University faculty in 2005, she has provided numerous media interviews on local, state and national political issues to the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, and several local TV and radio stations.
Larry Gerston, who will appear on NBC Bay Area News, specializes on the public policy process at the national and state levels. He has written 11 books, focusing on a “hands on,” user-friendly approach to politics.
Gerston’s most recent book, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California (Taylor and Francis, publisher), assesses California’s politics in the context of a complicated, contentious socio-economic environment.
Among his other books about California, Gerston has written California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach (with Terry Christensen), now in its eleventh edition (2011) and the best-selling text in its category. Previously, Gerston and Christensen teamed up to write Recall! California’s Political Earthquake (2004), winner of the prestigious CHOICE award.