Midterm elections: U-M experts available to discuss

November 8, 2022
Voters in Livonia, Michigan on November 8, 2022. Image credit: Jeremy Marble, Michigan News


Election Day is finally here. Races throughout the country are expected to be tight and several referendum votes will have significant state and national implications. University of Michigan experts are available to comment on a broad range of political topics. For topics not listed, contact Michigan News.


Jenna Bednar is a professor of public policy and political science whose research examines how systems and institutions operate in complex environments—relevant for today’s unprecedented politics. Contact: jbednar@umich.edu

John Chamberlin is a professor emeritus of political science and public policy. He is an expert on election methods and ethics, and a member of the board of directors for the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Contact: johnch@umich.edu

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, jhalderm@umich.edu

Jonathan Hanson is a lecturer in statistics for public policy. He served as a legislative assistant in Congress for several years and worked on political campaigns. Contact: jkhanson@umich.edu


Ken Kollman is the director of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research and professor of political science. His research focuses on political parties and organizations, elections, lobbying, federal systems, American politics and comparative politics. Contact: kkollman@umich.edu


Tom Ivacko is executive director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. He has studied Michigan local policy for more than 20 years and heads up the Michigan Public Policy Survey, a comprehensive annual look at a wide range of issues facing local government officials. He can discuss confidence in, as well as threats to, local election administration. Contact: tmi@umich.edu


Siobán Harlow is a professor emerita of epidemiology and global public health, and obstetrics and gynecology. She is also the director of the Center for Midlife Science. Contact: harlow@umich.edu

Paula Lantz, professor of health policy, is a social demographer/social epidemiologist who studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. She is engaged in research regarding abortion policy, housing policy and on how COVID-19 continues to exacerbate existing social, economic and health inequities in the U.S. Contact: plantz@umich.edu

William Lopez is a clinical assistant professor of health behavior and health education who researches and teaches on the ways in which policies impact communities of color. Contact: wdlopez@umich.edu


Sue Anne Bell is an assistant professor of nursing and a disaster response expert whose research addresses health effects of disasters and the impact of climate change on human health. She is active in clinical disaster response, with recent deployments to Hurricane Maria, California wildfires and the COVID-19 response. Contact: sabell@umich.edu

Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, is an expert on U.S. weather modeling and can discuss the connection between weather, climate and society. Contact: 301-526-8572, rbrood@umich.edu


Justin Heinze is an assistant professor of health behavior and health education. His research focuses on school safety and violence prevention, and on an anonymous reporting system designed for the early identification of threats in a school community. He serves as faculty lead for the U-M School of Public Health’s IDEAS initiative for preventing firearm injuries and is part of the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention. Contact: jheinze@umich.edu


Paul Fleming is an assistant professor of health behavior and health education. His research focuses on the root causes of health inequities, with a particular focus on developing and evaluating interventions in poor and marginalized communities. Contact: pauljf@umich.edu