Expert Alert: Rice U. political scientist Mark Jones available to discuss death of former first lady Barbara Bush

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Rice U. political scientist Mark Jones available to discuss death of former first lady Barbara Bush

HOUSTON – (April 17, 2018) – Barbara Bush died today at the age of 92. Mark Jones, a political scientist at Rice University, is available to discuss her legacy in Houston and throughout the U.S.

"Barbara Bush was the linchpin of the most successful political family in U.S. history," Jones said. "Only Abigail Adams was also the wife and mother of U.S. presidents. She will be remembered as the glue that kept the Bush family on the right track in spite of the many adversities it has faced throughout the years."

Jones said that while George H.W. Bush focused on business and politics with great success, Barbara Bush ran the Bush household.

"She saw her family through more than a dozen moves, from New Haven to West Texas to Houston to D.C. to New York to D.C. to Beijing to D.C., and then back again to Houston before hitting the campaign trail in 1979 to run for president," Jones said.

He said that in an era of hyper-partisan polarization where there is a "growing tendency" to vilify those with different ideas and ideologies, Barbara and George Bush remained beloved among those on the left, right and in the center.

Barbara Bush was also an early and impassioned advocate for children with dyslexia, Jones said.

"Her efforts dramatically raised public awareness about dyslexia and fostered efforts to assist children in need," he said.

Jones, a professor of political science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is also a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is a leading political expert and a frequent contributor to Texas and U.S. media outlets. His research has been cited widely in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns.

To schedule an interview with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.


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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to

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