IU experts are ready to talk about the election

Set against the backdrop of a pandemic, an economic recession and nationwide social unrest, the 2020 general election is likely to be one of the most important elections in U.S. history. Indiana University experts are available to discuss voting, candidates and the election, as well as the issues that may be important to voters at the ballot box.

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American politics and elections

Matthew Baggetta | Campaigns and elections | Expert bio

Matthew Baggetta is an associate professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington and an expert on civil society and voluntary associations. He can comment on the impact that the coronavirus has had on organizations' abilities to maintain and recruit members as well as the financial impact of event cancellations on organizations and on the paid staff employed by them. He can also discuss how political campaigns and get-out-the-vote efforts have been hit by the need for physical distance.

Contact info: 812-855-2783, baggettm@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Beth Fossen | Campaigns and elections | Expert bio

Beth Fossen is an assistant professor of marketing in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. Fossen can discuss political marketing and the impact television ads have on voters' political views.

Contact info: 812-856-0821, bfossen@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Mark Fraley | Campaigns and elections | Expert bio

Mark Fraley is the associate director of PACE, the Political and Civic Engagement program in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He has extensive experience in community organizing, political campaigning, legislative relations, strategic communications and nonprofit management; he can comment on those topics and student voting.

Contact info: 812-855-7758, fraleym@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Elizabeth Bennion | Civic engagement | Expert bio

Elizabeth Bennion is the founding director of IU South Bend's American Democracy Project and host of WNIT's live weekly television program "Politically Speaking." A nationally recognized expert on civic education and political engagement, Bennion is working on several publications reporting the results of a national survey of student leaders and a series of voter registration field experiments.

Contact info: 574-520-4128, ebennion@iusb.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Lisa-Marie Napoli | Civic engagement | Expert bio

Lisa-Marie Napoli is director of PACE, the Political and Civic Engagement program in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. She is an expert in public policy education and civic skills development and can speak about ways people are staying civically engaged while safely social distancing.

Contact info: 812-855-0123, lnapoli@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Fabio Rojas | Political movements | Expert bio

Fabio Rojas is a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. His main research interest is organizational analysis and its intersections with political sociology. His book, "From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline," uses data from the Black studies movement to show how social movements generate lasting organizational change.

Contact info: 812-856-1491, frojas@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Carl Weinberg | Political movements | Expert bio

Carl Weinberg is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of History and senior lecturer in PACE, the Political and Civic Engagement program in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He is an expert on American history, social movements and culture wars. He can comment on the ways the current social unrest may affect the upcoming election.

Contact info: 812-856-5111, crweinbe@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Ted Carmines | Public opinion, polling and voting | Expert bio

Edward G. Carmines is a Distinguished Professor, Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He is also the director of IU's Center on American Politics and the research director at IU's Center on Representative Government. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion and political behavior.

Contact info: 812-855-5065, carmines@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Marie Eisenstein | Public opinion, polling and voting | Expert bio

Marie Eisenstein is an associate professor of political science at IU Northwest. She is an expert on presidential politics, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and political and religious tolerance. She publishes on both political tolerance and social trust in relation to democratic values in a free society, and how religion intersects with those values.

Contact info: 219-980-6522, cmaeisens@iun.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Marjorie Hershey | Public opinion, polling and voting | Expert bio

Marjorie Hershey is a professor emerita of political science in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent work is on party activists and on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency. She can comment on the general presidential election in terms of voting methods, campaign techniques and platform issues.

Contact info: 812-345-5073, hershey@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Gerald Wright | Public opinion, polling and voting | Expert bio

Gerald Wright is chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington and is an expert in American politics, public opinion and elections. He can comment on the possible effects of the pandemic on public opinion and election outcomes.

Contact info: 812- 606-4035, wright1@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Business and the economy

Suneal Bedi | Corporate responsibility | Expert bio

Suneal Bedi is an assistant professor of marketing in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is available to comment on corporate law and business ethics, marketing ethics, and the First Amendment.

Contact info: 812-855-4920, sbedi@iu.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Todd Haugh | Corporate responsibility | Expert bio

Todd Haugh is an assistant professor of business law and ethics in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is available to discuss white collar and corporate crime, federal sentencing, and business ethics.

Contact info: 812-855-6539, thaugh@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Steven Kreft | Corporate responsibility | Expert bio

Steven Kreft is a clinical professor of business economics and public policy in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is available to discuss corporate social responsibility, sustainable business strategy, and nonmarket risks from activists and public policy.

Contact info: 812-856-4965, skreft@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Andrew Butters | Economic impact of COVID-19 | Expert bio

Andrew Butters is an assistant professor of business economics and public policy in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is available to comment on the impact of stay-at-home orders, stimulus packages, and other responses to COVID-19 on the economy.

Contact info: 812-855-5768, rabutter@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Timothy Slaper | Economic impact of COVID-19 | Expert bio

Timothy Slaper is the research director at the Kelley School of Business' Indiana Business Research Center at IU Bloomington. He is available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on industries and workforces, economic development, trade and foreign investment, and the impact on the Indiana economy.

Contact info: 812-855-7475, tslaper@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


Kristoph Kleiner | Labor issues | Expert bio

Kristoph Kleiner is an assistant professor of finance in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is available to comment on unemployment, small business, bankruptcies and foreclosures, the job market, and labor issues in corporate finance.

Contact info: 812-856-7182, kleinerk@indiana.edu

Media contact: Mary Keck, 812-856-2148, marykeck@iu.edu


D. Eric Schansberg | Labor issues | Expert bio

Eric Schansberg is a professor of economics in the School of Business at IU Southeast and is an expert in poverty and inequality, labor economics and health care. He is the author of "Poor Policy: How Government Harms the Poor," and can talk about how government policy affects income inequality and poverty in America.

Contact info: 812-941-2527, dschansb@ius.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt | Labor issues | Expert bio

Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt is the Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law at the IU Maurer School of Law. A nationally recognized teacher and scholar on the subjects of labor and employment law, Dau-Schmidt can comment on unions, collective bargaining, employment law, employment contracts, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers compensation, unemployment compensation and pensions.

Contact info: 8812-855-0697, kdauschm@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Rebecca Spang | Political implications of recessions | Expert bio

Rebecca Spang is a professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington and a historian of politics, culture and consumption. She can speak about how plagues, pandemics and the subsequent economic fallout have influenced politics and revolutions in the past.

Contact info: 812-856-4671, rlspang@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Kindred Winecoff | Political implications of recessions | Expert bio

William Kindred Winecoff, an associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, can discuss the domestic and international political economy of the COVID-19 crisis, including the governmental responses (and non-responses) to it, the potential for global coordination, and the crisis' impact on economic and political stability both in the United States and around the world.

Contact info: 618-303-2766, rwkwineco@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Wendy Leutert | Trade | Expert bio

Wendy Leutert is the GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington. She can comment on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese economy and U.S.-China economic relations.

Contact info: rwleutert@iu.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Health and wellness

Thomas Duszynski | Coronavirus response | Expert bio

Thomas Duszynski is the director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. He is an expert in infectious disease epidemiology, field epidemiology and public health surveillance, and he can discuss these topics in relation to the novel coronavirus.

Contact info: 317-274-4319, tduszyns@iu.edu

Media contact: Andrea Zeek, 317-278-1703, anzeek@iu.edu


Shandy Dearth | Coronavirus response | Expert bio

Shandy Dearth is the director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. An expert in infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and public health informatics, she can discuss these topics in relation to COVID-19.

Contact info: 317-274-2185, sdearth@iu.edu

Media contact: Andrea Zeek, 317-278-1703, anzeek@iu.edu


D. Eric Schansberg | Health care policy | Expert bio

D. Eric Schansberg is a professor of economics in the School of Business at IU Southeast and is an expert in poverty and inequality, labor economics and health care. He can comment on the impact of COVID-19 on economic inequalities and health care policy.

Contact info: 812-941-2527, dschansb@ius.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Jody Madeira | Reproductive rights | Tipsheet

Jody Madiera is a professor of law, Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow and co-director of the Center for Law, Society and Culture at the IU Maurer School of Law. Her most recent book, "Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception," takes readers inside the infertility experience, including dealing with infertility-related emotions, forming treatment relationships with medical professionals, confronting difficult decisions and negotiating informed consent.

Contact info: 812-856-1082, jmadeira@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Seema Mohapatra | Reproductive rights | Tipsheet

Seema Mohapatra, an associate professor of law and dean's fellow in the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI, can discuss the need for reproductive justice and support for policies that benefit families in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact info: 317-278-4736, mohap@iu.edu

Media contact: John Schwarb, 317-503-1312, schwarbj@iu.edu


Social justice and inequality

D. Eric Schansberg | Inequities in health care | Expert bio

D. Eric Schansberg is a professor of economics in the School of Business at IU Southeast and is an expert in poverty and inequality, labor economics and health care. He can comment on the impact of COVID-19 on economic inequalities and health care policy.

Contact info: 812-941-2527, dschansb@ius.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Steve Sanders | LGBTQ+ issues | Expert bio

Steve Sanders is a professor of law at the IU Maurer School of Law, adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Gender Studies and The Kinsey Institute. His scholarship focuses on the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process, with a special focus on issues affecting LGBTQ people and same-sex couples.

Contact info: 812-855-1775, stevesan@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Amrita Myers | Racism and racial inequality | Expert bio

Amrita Myers is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History/Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Her research interests revolve around issues of race, gender, freedom and power, and the ways in which these constructs intersect with one another in the lives of Black women in the Old South.

Contact info: 732-397-5457, sapmyers@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu


Ellen Wu | Racism and racial inequality | Expert bio

Ellen Wu is associate professor in the Department of History, director of the Asian American Studies Program and affiliated faculty in the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. She focuses her research, writing and teaching interests on Asian Americans, race and immigration, and she is the author of "The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority."

Contact info: 812-855-6344, wue@indiana.edu

Media contact: Marah Yankey, 812-856-1442, mqharbis@iu.edu