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IU experts available to comment on chaos, violence at U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Shortly after President Donald Trump addressed supporters in Washington D.C., on Wednesday and said he would never concede the election, chaos and violence erupted as a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Congress was in the process of certifying electoral votes to officially confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory when some members of the crowd gathering on the Capitol steps forced their way inside. Lawmakers have been evacuated or told to shelter in place, and the D.C. National Guard is being activated. IU experts in politics, history and constitutional law are available to comment. For more information contact Mary Keck at marykeck@iu.edu or 812-856-2148 or Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

Nicholas Almendares

Accountability, democracy, administrative law, class actions, collective responsibility and liability, election law, protests and democracy, class actions, separation of powers, collective responsibility, campaign financing.

IU Bloomington

Email: nalmend@indiana.edu

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Nicholas Almendares is an associate professor at the Maurer School of Law. His research focuses on accountability and democracy across areas of law such as class actions, separation of powers, collective responsibility and campaign financing. His work takes an interdisciplinary approach, often drawing upon economics, social science and philosophy. (more)

Jeannine Bell

Criminal law and procedure, First Amendment, interdisciplinary perspectives, property.

IU Bloomington

Email: jeabell@indiana.edu

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Jeannine Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law. Her most recent book, "Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing," was published by NYU Press in 2013. Bell was named co-editor of the Law and Society Review in 2016 and has served as a trustee of the Law and Society Association and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism. (more)

Elizabeth Bennion

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Politics, American politics, campaigns, elections, voter turnout, political behavior, race and gender politics, civic education, civic engagement, the youth vote, Indiana state politics, Indiana General Assembly.

IU South Bend

Email: ebennion@iusb.edu

Expert Bio

Elizabeth Bennion is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches courses in American politics. Her research includes large-scale voter registration and mobilization field experiments in which randomized assignments are used to test the effectiveness of different mobilization techniques. (more)

Raymond Haberski

U.S. history, intellectual history, religious history, civil religion, war, just war theory, movies, film critics, tennis, American studies, higher education.

IUPUI

Email: haberski@iupui.edu

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Raymond Haberski Jr. is a professor of history and director of American studies at IUPUI. He also directs the Institute for American Thought and is part of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. He is trained in 20th-century U.S. history with a focus on intellectual history. (more)

Rebecca Spang

Money (history of, current politics); French Revolution; restaurant history.

IU Bloomington

Email: rlspang@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Rebecca Spang is author of two prize-winning books, "The Invention of the Restaurant" and "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution" (both published by Harvard). She regularly teaches about the history of money and, as director of the Liberal Arts and Management Program, also teaches Luxury: From Mortal Sin to Market Sector. She has written for the Financial Times, the TLS, Cabinet Magazine and World Policy Journal, as well as many academic venues. She is a former president of the Bloomington Faculty Council. (more)

Steven Webster

Anger and politics, polarization, voting behavior, public opinion.

IU Bloomington

Email: swwebste@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Steven Webster, an assistant professor of political science at IU Bloomington, focuses his research on the role of anger in American politics. His book, "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics," was published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press. He has also written extensively on the growth of "negative partisanship" in the American electorate, as well as the growing amount of polarization between Democrats and Republicans. (more)

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