Melinda Jackson is a professor of political science and currently serves as associate dean of undergraduate education. Her research focuses on public opinion and political engagement in American politics. She is an expert on polling and the importance of Silicon Valley in U.S. politics. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in American politics and political psychology.
Tom Moriarty is a professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at SJSU. His work focuses on political rhetoric and communication — speeches, debates, and campaign advertising. He is the author of “Finding the Words: A Rhetorical History of South Africa’s Transition From Apartheid to Democracy.” He holds a doctoral degree in writing and rhetoric from Purdue University.