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American University COVID-19 Experts: Impact on Politics and Elections

(Washington, D.C.)  ̶ American University experts are available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. politics and the 2020 election.

David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, has published on topics such as American political parties, campaigns/elections, representation, culture/polarization, ideology/attitudes, information/communication, political institutions (Congress and the Presidency), and various public policy issues. His books have been nominated for several national awards and have been featured in prominent national media outlets. He appears regularly on public panels and is quoted regularly by national and international news media outlets.

Capri S. Cafaro, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, is a former Democratic leader of the Ohio State Senate. She is available to speak about political implications. In addition, Cafaro can also discuss the impact on the national economy and healthcare system. 

Amy K. Dacey is executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics. For more than two decades, she managed prominent national organizations, and advised leading elected officials and candidates. She served as CEO of the Democratic National Committee. She can discuss U.S. elections: federal, state and local, the party system, policy and government affairs, labor movement, progressive infrastructure, and women and elections. 

Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at the School of Public Affairs and the former longtime executive producer of Meet the Press, is an expert in political communications, and media and politics. She can discuss issues related to women in politics, campaigns and elections, partisanship, and U.S. politics.

Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, is a seasoned strategic communication professional with 20 years of experience as a journalist, news producer and PR professional. He provides expert commentary on political trends in social media, campaigns and poll results.

James Thurber, Distinguished Professor of Government, founder and former 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.