West Virginia University political science and law professors are available to speak about today’s (June 26) U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

The law had prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.

Neil Berch, an associate professor of political science, teaches courses in state and local politics, economic policy and economic models of politics. His articles have appeared in American Politics Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly and Southeastern Political Science Review.

He can be reached via e-mail at berchnorto@msn.com or by cell at 412.445.3957.

Scott Crichlow, chair of the Department of Political Science, teaches and conducts research on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, political psychology and Middle Eastern politics. His current research focuses on how group decision-making dynamics and the beliefs and personality traits of political leaders affect foreign policy.

Most recently, he co-authored with Mark Schaefer Groupthink Versus High-Quality Decision Making in International Relations published by Columbia University Press. He has twice published articles in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Cooperation and Conflict and Political Psychology (twice). Crichlow has also published chapters in such volumes as Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis: States, Leaders, and the Microfoundations of Behavioral International Relations, edited by Stephen G. Walker, et al., in Beliefs and Leadership in World Politics: Methods and Applications of Operational Code Analysis, edited by Mark Schafer and Stephen G. Walker, and in The Great Presidential Triumvirate at Home and Abroad: Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, edited by William D. Pederson and Frank J. Williams.

To reach Crichlow, send an e-mail to Scott.Crichlow@mail.wvu.edu.

Atiba Ellis, associate professor in the College of Law, focuses his research and writing on the law of democracy with a specific interest in voting rights law, and the intersection of democratic theory with race, class, and other critical legal perspectives. He has written about the economic entry barriers posed by voter ID laws, the theoretical effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and related topics.

He can be reached via e-mail at atiba.ellis@mail.wvu.edu

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