Chauvin trial: U-M experts available to comment

April 20, 2021
Contact: Laura Lessnau llessnau@umich.edu,
Bernie DeGroat bernied@umich.edu

University of Michigan experts are available to comment on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, whose actions led to the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

Alford Young is a professor of sociology and Afroamerican and African studies. His primary research focus is on low-income, urban-based African American men and how the social experiences of African Americans shapes their worldviews, belief systems and ideologies.

Contact: ayoun@umich.edu


Christian Davenport is a professor of political science and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research. His primary research interests include political conflict—for example, human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements—as well as measurement, racism and popular culture.

Contact: cdavenpt@umich.edu


Matthew Countryman, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, has studied African American social movements.

Contact: 734-973-1775, mcountry@umich.edu