2020 Election Experts Guide
University of Michigan faculty are available to offer insights on candidates and issues impacting the 2020 elections. Their expertise covers many disciplines, such as politics, economics, public policy and law.
For topics not listed below, reporters can contact Jared Wadley for assistance. He can be reached at 734-936-7819 (office), 734-834-7719 (cell), email@example.com, @jared_wadley
Michigan News has a satellite uplink/LTN TV studio and an Comrex/IP radio studio for media interviews. Media outlets seeking a studio interview with an expert should contact studio manager Mike Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or associate director Bernie DeGroat (email@example.com).
Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies
“Candidates shape their messaging around the voting populations of the early states, and it is neither fair nor good practice for getting the strongest candidates at the end of the process to have their energy mismatched to the overall population.”
via Pennsylvania Capital Star
Contact: 734-615-9524, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Kall, director of the U-M Debate Program and Debate Institute, can discuss speeches given by elected officials.
Contact: 734-239-3996, email@example.com
Josh Pasek, associate professor of communication and media, and political science, explores how new media and psychological processes shape public opinion and political attitudes and behaviors. He studies biases in the processing of political information, changing survey methods, and how the use of online social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter is changing the political information environment.
Contact: 484-557-4594 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Resnick, professor of information and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility, can discuss social media responsibility and “fake” news.
Contact: 734-647-9458, presnick@umich
Michael Traugott, professor emeritus and a senior research scientist at the Center for Political Studies, is an authority on political communication, public opinion and media polling.
Contact: 734-763-4702, email@example.com
“Tomorrow’s smart, sensor-based infrastructure will be capable of providing new kinds of data and insights,” he said. “The value of this information is increasingly starting to outstrip that of the physical infrastructure itself. Information is trumping function. Cities and towns can harness this to unlock new cash flows and equity value from improved operations or new derivative products and services.”
Contact: 734-763-8032, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Barr, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, is a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and has written about a wide range of issues in economic and financial policy, conducts research and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation.
Contact: 734-763-2258, email@example.com
Jerry Davis is a professor of management and organizations, and sociology. His research is broadly concerned with corporate governance and the effects of finance on society. He recently studied how labor-on-demand models, such as Uber, are out of sync with public policy focused on job creation.
Contact: 734-647-4737, 734-709-4661, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Grimes, an economist with the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, specializes in economic forecasting and regional economic development. He conducts annual Michigan state and county economic forecasts, and has studied occupational wages in the Great Lakes states and the relationship between education and high-paying jobs
Contact: 941-225-1304, email@example.com
Jerome Lynch is an expert in efforts to transform our nation’s infrastructure into more intelligent and reactive systems via the use of sensing, computing and actuation technologies. He is professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering and director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems Technology.
“With our nation’s infrastructure fundamentally the operating system of the nation’s robust economy, the nation needs to urgently focus on reinvesting in our infrastructure; not just improving the physical condition of infrastructure like roads and bridges, but also making them ‘smarter”‘to drive national innovation in smart and connected infrastructure like autonomous vehicles,” he said.
Contact: 734-615-5290, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, is an expert on women’s labor market experiences, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and how labor market experiences and economic forces on the family influence each other.
Contact: 734-615-9595, email@example.com
Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, has research interests include labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, social policy, law and economics, and behavioral economics.
Contact: 734-615-6846, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matthew Diemer, professor of education, examines how young people resist, challenge and overcome racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other constraints in school, college, work and civic/political institutions.
Contact: 734-647-7369, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean of the School of Education, has done research examining young people’s navigations of culture, identity and literacy learning in and out of school in Detroit.
Contact: 734-647-9571, email@example.com
Donald Peurach, associate professor of educational policy, leadership and innovation, can discuss the production, use and management of knowledge in practice, among social innovators and those they seek to serve.
Contact: 734-353-9840, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Weiland, associate professor of education, can discuss the effects of early childhood interventions and public policies on children’s development, especially on children from low-income families. She is particularly interested in the active ingredients that drive children’s gains in successful, at-scale public preschool programs
Contact: 734-615-1530, email@example.com
“Bernie Sanders wants to close down all nuclear power plants. Joe Biden is open to building new nuclear power generation to reduce carbon emissions. With the threat to Earth’s habitability posed by the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, the public is more forgiving of the need to contain nuclear waste. But some argue that nuclear power isn’t practical because wind and solar are now so cheap. That’s an incomplete picture,” he said.
“When you look at the life cycle of these energy sources, the total cost of a fully renewable grid will be much higher than one in which renewables are paired with nuclear power. Many studies have shown that, while we can still grow the amount of renewables significantly, an optimized system contains elements of both renewables and firm resources like nuclear power.”
Contact: 734-647-5845, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Hoffman is a professor of management and organizations, and environment and sustainability. He also serves as education director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. His research uses a sociological perspective to understand cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations.
Contact: 734-763-9455, email@example.com
Patricia Koman a research investigator of environmental health sciences, leads community-engaged research to create healthier communities. Her research interests include the use of science in policy, as well as climate change, weather and health with an emphasis on air pollution from wildfire.
Contact: 734-764-0552, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie O’Neill professor of environmental health sciences, is an expert on the health effects of air pollution, temperature extremes and climate change (mortality, asthma, hospital admissions and cardiovascular endpoints); environmental exposure assessment; and socioeconomic influences on health.
Contact: 734-615-5135, email@example.com
Jonathan Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability. He is an expert on paleoclimate, climate-vegetation interactions, climate and weather extremes, sea-level rise, the impacts of climate change and options for dealing with it.
Contact: 734-764-2550, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, political science, and environment and sustainability, is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He surveys Americans on issues related to climate change in the National Surveys on Energy and Environment.
Contact: 734-615-9596, email@example.com
Anna Stefanopoulou director of the Energy Institute, is an expert on the estimation and control of internal combustion engines and electrochemical processes such as fuel cells and batteries.
Contact: 734-615-8461, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thomas Buchmueller, is a professor of business economics and public policy whose research focuses on the economics of health insurance and related public policy issues. His recent work has examined the relationship between employer-sponsored insurance and labor market outcomes, interactions between the public sector and private insurance markets, and consumer demand for health insurance.
Contact: 734-764-5933, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Hirth, professor of health management and policy and member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, can discuss the economics of health insurance, health care costs and payment system design.
Contact: 734-936-1306, email@example.com
Peter Jacobson is a professor of health law and policy and director for the Center for Law, Ethics, and Health at the School of Public Health. He can address the legal aspects of dismantling Affordable Care Act, a key issue for many of the candidates.
Contact: 734-936-0928, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Levy, research professor of public health and public policy and at the Institute for Social Research, can discuss the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. Her research includes evaluation of public health insurance programs.
Contact: 734-936-4506, email@example.com
Ann Lin, associate professor of public policy, studies potential immigration policies, such as guestworker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants, with a specific focus on Arab Americans.
Contact: 734-764-7507, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Lopez, a clinical assistant professor of public health, teaches the health impacts of immigration law enforcement in the U.S.
Contact: 734-764-6497, email@example.com
Silvia Pedraza, professor of sociology and American culture, has interests in the sociology of immigration, and race and ethnicity in America, Cuba and Western Europe. Her research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of immigration as a historical process that forms and transforms nations.
Contact: 734-647-3659, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margo Schlanger, professor of law, is a leading authority on civil rights issues and served as the presidentially appointed officer for civil rights and civil liberties in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Contact: 734-615-2618, email@example.com
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Alan Deardorff, the John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and a professor of public policy, focuses on international trade.
Contact: 734-764-6817, email@example.com
Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, spent 35 years as a U.S. diplomat, including serving as an ambassador to Brazil and Bulgaria.
Contact: 734-615-4262, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Lim, professor emerita of corporate strategy and international business, focuses her research on the political economy of multinational and local business in Southeast Asia. That includes the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations.
Contact: 734-763-0290, email@example.com
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Richard Hall, professor of political science and public policy, can discuss the U.S. Senate nomination fight to replace Scalia.
Contact: 734-763-4390, email@example.com
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, professor of art and design, teaches visual identity and branding, and poster and packaging design. He can discuss campaign branding, logos and design.
Contact: 734-834-4340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Yoon, , the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, has covered five presidential campaigns for CNN and has prepared moderators for more than 30 presidential debates. He can discuss the debates, primaries and caucuses, the delegate selection process, national political conventions, campaign fundraising and history, candidate messaging, and the key role of Michigan in 2020.
Contact: 734-764-0420, email@example.com, @robyoon
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Roshanak Mehdipanah, assistant professor of health behavior and health education, has led several projects on housing and health, including health evaluations of housing policies on affordability and discrimination in the U.S.
Contact: 734-763-1788, email@example.com
Kristin Seefeldt, assistant professor of social work and public policy, explores how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well-being. She conducts research on family financial coping strategies, and the effects of the recession and recovery policies on individuals” well-being.
Contact: 734-717-1239, firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Shaefer is associate professor of social work and public policy and director of Poverty Solutions. He can discuss the measurement of poverty and alternative metrics for measuring hardship, and has published articles on rising extreme poverty in the U.S., the effects of major anti-poverty programs and low-wage work.
Contact: 734-936-5065, email@example.com
Marc Zimmerman professor of public health, conducts research on adolescent health, which examines how positive factors in adolescents’ lives help them overcome risks they face. His research includes analysis of adolescent resiliency for risks associated with alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, precocious sexual behavior, and school failure.
Contact: 734-647-0224, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jason Corso is a computer vision expert and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the College of Engineering. He can comment on deepfake video technology and how we might detect it in the lead-up to the presidential election. In one project, Corso is working to improve a computer’s ability to track an object through a video clip—a feature that could aid in understanding how deepfakes are made. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Voxel51, a startup building an advanced video analytics platform.
“There is no known method yet to really detect a deepfake,” he said. “We don’t have reliable software. Humans are good at detecting deepfakes if they alter large swaths of scenes, because the technology to do that type of manipulation is not yet mature.
“However, faces are a unique sub-area that is much more mature, technologically. So humans are easily fooled by deepfake faces. Because rendering the inside of the mouth is much harder than the rest of the face, it’s hard to detect a face deepfake unless a speaker is flamboyantly opening his or her mouth.”
Contact: 734-647-8833, firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, can discuss vulnerabilities in the U.S. voting system.
Contact: 734-647-1806, email@example.com
Florian Schaub, assistant professor of information, can discuss privacy issues and foreign interference in social media, human-computer interaction, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and the Internet of Things.
Contact: 734-764-5607, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science, is an expert on public opinion, elections, voting behavior and African American politics.
Contact: 734-764-6591, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Ocampo, an LSA Collegiate Fellow, has examined the political incorporation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities both as everyday participants and as political leaders within American institutions.