Relevancy in the Campaign Cycle

Gingrich's 1971 dissertation on the Congo.

A note by way of a practical example to all those hungry young campaign staffers working on research (opposition or otherwise) for their respective candidates: libraries are a great resource.

Just ask alumna Laura Seay (PhD, ’09), whose investigation into now-presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s 1971 dissertation (“Belgian Education Policy in the Congo”) from his European history study at Tulane is getting some renewed appraisal.

Seay located the document among the microfiche collections at PCL.

The lesson could well be that while the Congressional record and the Internet may be fine resources, a little legwork in the stacks can result in treasure.

Alcalde has the whole story here.

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