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IU experts available to comment on political and civic engagement during COVID-19 pandemic

April 30, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb postponed Indiana's primary election. Originally scheduled for next week on Tuesday, May 5, it has now been moved to June 2. Many traditional methods of political engagement -- such as rallies, demonstrations and canvassing neighborhoods -- have been deemed unsafe by public health experts. Indiana University experts are available to comment on COVID-19's impact on political movements and civic engagement. For more information, contact Marah Yankey at 812-856-1442 or mqharbis@iu.edu.

Matthew Baggetta

Civil society, voluntary associations, civic engagement, social capital.

IU Bloomington

Email: baggettm@indiana.edu

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Matthew Baggetta, an associate professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is an expert on civil society and voluntary associations. His research interests include civil society and civic engagement, membership-based organizations,and social movements. Baggetta’s work focuses on the impacts of voluntary associations on their members and the broader impacts of associations and movements on society. (more)

Marjorie Hershey

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

IU Bloomington

Email: hershey@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency. (more)

Lisa-Marie Napoli

Mediation and facilitation services, conflict management research, leadership and public policy education, civic skills development, community engaged learning implementation, deliberative democracy.

IU Bloomington

Email: lnapoli@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Lisa-Marie Napoli is director and senior lecturer in the Political and Civic Engagement program in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. She founded Voices for Democracy and Civility and is chair of the Big Ten Voting Challenge, both campus and community-wide initiatives to enhance a positive political climate. (more)

Carl Weinberg

Social movements, science and politics, the evolution/creationism debate, Christian conservatism, the labor movement, the meat industry.

IU Bloomington

Email: crweinbe@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Carl Weinberg teaches and writes about social movements, culture wars, science and American politics. He is a senior lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and adjunct associate professor of history at IU Bloomington. He also teaches in the Political and Civic Engagement program, or PACE; and the Liberal Arts and Management Program, known as LAMP. (more)

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