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Election Experts

Campaign and Elections

  1. Allan Lichtman

    Allan Lichtman

    Distinguished Professor of History

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Allan Lichtman is an expert in the presidency, party conventions, election prediction, presidential and congressional campaigns, voting behavior, public opinion politics, and American political history and analysis. Lichtman is well known for his "13 Keys" system, through which he has correctly predicted the winner of every presidential race since 1984.

  1. Jennifer Lawless

    Jennifer Lawless

    Director, Women and Politics Institute

    School of Public Affairs

    Jennifer Lawless, director of American University’s Women and Politics Institute, is a nationally recognized expert on women's issues and women’s participation in the political process. Her latest book is Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in the Polarized Era

    Video: Lawless on women, politics, and the 2016 election

  1. Leonard Steinhorn

    Leonard Steinhorn

    Professor of Public Communication

    School of Communication

    Leonard Steinhorn, professor of public communication, is an expert in U.S. politics, the presidency, strategic communication, culture and media, and recent U.S. history. Steinhorn regularly appears in the media.

  1. Jeffrey Crouch

    Jeffrey Crouch

    Assistant Professor of American Politics

    School of Professional and Extended Studies

    Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor of American politics, is an expert in U.S. politics and the presidency. His research focuses primarily on federal executive clemency, known as the presidential pardon power. He is the author of The Presidential Pardon Power and is often sought to provide expert commentary on decisions involving the decision to grant presidential pardons, the process, and the potential effect of pardons on the office of the presidency including during an election year.

  1. Austin Hart

    Austin Hart

    Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods

    School of International Service

    Austin Hart, assistant professor in the School of International Service, specializes in the study of voting behavior. He is the author of Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory, in which he challenges the longstanding notion that voters typically reward incumbent parties during prosperous times and punish them when the economy falters.

  1. Don Williamson

    Don Williamson

    Managing Director Kogod Tax Policy Center, Eminent Professor of Taxation

    Kogod School of Business

    Don Williamson is an expert on federal income, estate and gift, corporate and partnership, tax accounting and procedures, income tax credits as well as international tax issues. Williamson can weigh in on Presidential tax returns and the financial disclosures of the 2016 presidential candidates.

National Security and Defense

  1. Tricia Bacon

    Tricia Bacon

    Asst. Professor, Justice, Law, and Criminology

    School of Public Affairs

    Tricia Bacon, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, specializes in terrorism, particularly Al-Qaida, the Islamic State, Lashar-e-Tayyiba, al-Shabaab, and other jihadist groups, counterterrorism policy and tactics, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and East Africa. 

  1. Joe Young

    Joe Young

    Associate Professor, Justice, Law, and Criminology

    School of Public Affairs and School of International Service

    Joe Young, associate professor in the School of International Service, is an expert in cross-national causes and consequences of political violence and extremism and can discuss ISIS; threat of domestic extremism; domestic surveillance and homeland security. He is available for print, online and radio interviews.

  1. Thomas Zeitzoff

    Thomas Zeitzoff

    Asst. Professor, Justice, Law, and Criminology

    School of Public Affairs

    Thomas Zeitzoff, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, can discuss issues related to terrorism, political violence, psychological and electoral consequences of terrorism, why people participate in terrorist groups, and the role of social media in conflict.

     

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Trade

  1. Michelle Egan

    Michelle Egan

    Professor

    School of International Service

    Michelle Egan, Jean Monnet Professor in the School of International Service and Global Europe Fellow at the Wilson Center, is an expert on U.S-European foreign policy and EU affairs, trade, and transatlantic relations.  

  1. Jordan Tama

    Jordan Tama

    Asstistant Professor

    School of International Service

    Jordan Tama, assistant professor in the School of International Service, can discuss foreign policy and national security strategy; terrorism; the intelligence community; and the presidency and U.S. Congress. 

Politics and Media

  1. Jane Hall

    Jane Hall

    Professor of Journalism

    School of Communication

    Jane Hall, professor of journalism, specializes in issues related to politics and media ethics, women in politics and media, young people and the news, and young people and politics.

  1. Scott Talan

    Scott Talan

    Professor of Public and Strategic Communication

    School of Communication

    Scott Talan, professor of public and strategic communication, is an expert in social media and personal branding. He can provide analysis of the social media reaction, what messages resonated with social media users and trending convention topics.

  1. Robert Lehrman

    Robert Lehrman

    Professor of Public Communication

    School of Communication

    Robert Lehrman, professor of public communication, is a former speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore and dozens of other Democratic political figures. 

Economic Hardship, Taxes, and Urbanization

  1. Bradley Hardy

    Bradley Hardy

    Asst. Professor, Public Administration and Policy

    School of Public Affairs

    Bradley Hardy is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests focus on labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes.

Environmental Policy

  1. Daniel Fiorino

    Daniel Fiorino

    Director, Center for Environmental Policy

    School of Public Affairs

    Daniel Fiorino, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Executive in Residence in AU’s School of Public Affairs, is available to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental policy, energy and climate change, environmental sustainability, and public management of natural resources.

Reproductive Rights

  1. Jessica Waters

    Jessica Waters

    Asst. Professor, Justice, Law, and Criminology

    School of Public Affairs

    Jessica Waters, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and professor in the School of Public Affairs, is an expert on reproductive rights law, legal impact of women’s medical decisions during pregnancy and childbirth, employment-based conscience protections for reproductive health care providers, and the reproductive rights of employees working for religiously affiliated employers.

Additional Campaign and Election Experts

Richard Benedetto, professor of journalism, covered every national convention since 1972.  Benedetto covered the White House for USA Today from the Reagan through the George W. Bush administrations.  

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, is the author of Power without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security. He is available to discuss issues of presidential national security authority in the context of the presidential election and Congress's role regarding national security and the use of military force, among other topics.

Jan Leighley, professor of government, is an expert on American political behavior, racial/ethnic political behavior, voter turnout, and the intersection of media and politics. She is an author of Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States. Video: Leighley on 2016 voters.

Diane Lowenthal, professor of American politics and Senior Associate Dean in American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies, writes and teaches in the fields of political science, campaigns and elections, and political psychology.

David Lublin, professor of government, is an expert on race and ethnicity, congressional elections, partisanship, redistricting, and electoral systems. 

Anita McBride served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She also served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. McBride has coordinated three presidential transitions and is actively involved in international women’s issues. McBride’s work at American University has led to a partnership with the National Archives and the White House Historical Association for a series of conferences focusing on the role of the First Ladies of the United States. 

Candice Nelson, associate professor of government, is an expert on presidential and congressional elections and also studies voting behavior. Her book Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968-2008 looks at how the convention processes have evolved.

Richard J. Semiatin is an assistant professor of American politics. He specializes in campaigns, campaign strategy, funding and elections. Semiatin is the editor of the three editions of Campaigns on the Cutting Edge and is the author of Campaigns in the 21st Century.  

Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, is an expert on issues concerning women in public life, economic challenges facing women in the workplace, and the potential for statewide policies on family leave and comparable worth. 

James Thurber, director of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, is a leading expert on campaigns and elections, presidential-congressional relations, and author of Obama in Office and American Gridlock: The Sources, Character and Impact of Political Polarization, among other highly-regarded political books and articles. Video: Thurber on campaign finance.

 

Additional National Security and Defense Experts

Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), distinguished practitioner in residence in the School of International Service, is an authority on military operations, the changing character of conflict, civil-military issues, and leader development.  

Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, is a widely published expert on issues related to national security, defense, and foreign policy.

Stephen Tankel, assistant professor, specializes in terrorism and counterterrorism with a special focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, including Afghanistan. 

 

Additional U.S. Foreign Policy and International Trade Expert

Miles Kahler, professor in the School of International Service, can comment on U.S. foreign policy, particularly toward Asia and Europe, globalization, global and regional institutions and their future, international economic issues and agreements.