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IU experts available to comment on nomination of Pete Buttigieg to Biden's Cabinet

December 15, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Pete Buttigieg as his transportation secretary, news sources are reporting. If confirmed by the Senate, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate would be the United States' first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary. IU experts are available to comment on the significance of Buttigieg's nomination to the state of Indiana and to the LGBTQ community. For more information, contact Mary Keck at marykeck@iu.edu or 812-856-2148, or Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

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

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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)

Paul Helmke

Mayoral leadership, gun control, urban issues, law and public policy, civic education and participation, nonprofit leadership.

IU Bloomington

Email: phelmke@indiana.edu

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Paul Helmke, former president and CEO of the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a professor of practice at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the founding director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center. (more)

Colin Johnson

History of gender and sexuality in the United States, LGBTQ history, queer theory, rural social and cultural history, history of agriculture and the environment, history of American Midwest, cultural geography, material culture.

IU Bloomington

Email: crj2@indiana.edu

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Colin R. Johnson is an associate professor of gender studies and adjunct associate professor of American studies and history at IU Bloomington, where he teaches courses on feminist theory, queer theory, LGBT studies, and the history of gender and sexuality. (more)

Steve Sanders

Constitutional law, U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex marriage, LGBT legal and political issues, equal protection, 14th Amendment, family law.

IU Bloomington

Email: stevesan@indiana.edu

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Steve Sanders teaches constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, family law and constitutional litigation (the law of Section 1983 actions for constitutional torts) at the IU Maurer School of Law. His scholarship focuses on questions arising out of the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process, with a special focus on issues affecting LGBT people and same-sex couples. (more)

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