Liberal Arts Expertise Around Politics 2020: Campaigns, Elections, and Beyond

The 2020 political campaign season has been unlike any other. From strategies around house and senate tickets, speculation regarding states in play, the process of selecting a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, to a contentious run for the presidency during a global pandemic, our faculty are bringing their insights and expertise to benefit and teach local, national, and international communities. 

Here are some of these thought leaders and recent examples of how their nuanced depth of understanding of political intersections with multiple aspects of our lives leads to their being called upon by the media for clarity and sound reason.

(Last updated October 16, 2020)

Journalism & Mass Communication

2020 Election: Research Insights

  • Hubbard School faculty members and graduate students study many topics that connect to the upcoming election: celebrity candidates, libel law, polling, political ad spending, misinformation & many others. Watch the videos for brief insights & learn more.


Danielle Kilgo

Danielle Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality

Expertise: News media’s and media audiences’ contribution to uneven power dynamics and diversity issues in society

Portrait of Claire Segijn

Claire M. Segijn, assistant professor

Expertise: Synced advertising, Multiscreening, Media Multitasking, Attention, Advertising effects, Information processing and memory

Christopher Terry

Christopher Terry, assistant professor

Expertise: Policy, regulatory and legal analysis of media ownership, media content, and political advertising

Ben Toff

Benjamin J Toff, assistant professor

Expertise: Public opinion and polling, News audiences, Political communication, Political engagement

Portrait of Emily Vraga

Emily K. Vraga, Don and Carole Larson Professorship in Health Communication

Expertise: How individuals respond to news and information about contentious health, scientific, and political issues in digital environments

Political Science


Photograph of Professor Chris Federico

Chris Federico, professor political science and psychology, and director of the Center for the Study of Political Psychology

Expertise: Nature of ideology and belief systems, the psychological foundations of political preferences, and intergroup attitudes

Paul Goren, professor and department chair

Expertise: Relationship between basic human values, public opinion, and symbolic ideology; how opinion on moral issues shape partisan and religious predispositions over time; and how welfare opinions reinforce racial prejudices

Portrait of Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson, professor

Expertise: Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making, the evolution of the norm of respecting precedent in US Courts, executive/judiciary relations, judicial politics, American politics

Howard Lavine

Howard Lavine, professor and associate dean for social sciences

Expertise: Psychological underpinnings of mass political behavior, human rights, populism, partisan asymmetries, and the intersection of race and political context on public opinion

Portrait of Associate Professor Michael Minta

Michael Minta, associate professor

Expertise: Congressional politics, race and ethnic politics, interest group advocacy

Portrait of August Nimtz

August Nimtz, associate professor

Expertise: Marxism, political economy, politics of race, class & ethnicity, and African politics

Portrait: Kathryn Pearson

Kathryn Pearson, associate professor

Expertise: American politics, US Congress, women and politics, Congressional elections and political behavior, US political parties



Photo of Chris Uggen

Christopher Uggen, professor 

Expertise: Crime, law, justice; life course; inequality; methods; policy


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