November 7, 2016

Wayne State University experts available to comment on 2016 presidential election

Wayne State University offers a wide range of experts available to help bolster stories regarding the 2016 presidential election. Please contact Wayne State University public relations to arrange an interview.

Tim Bledsoe, professor of political science — Bledsoe can speak to American national and urban politics. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2008-2012 and is familiar with Michigan politics and elections.

Liette Gidlow, associate professor of history — Gidlow can discuss U.S. elections, the presidency, presidential and political history, campaign advertising, and women's and gender history, including the history of women and gender in U.S. politics. She is a former congressional and state house staffer and the author of Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in 2008.  

Marc Kruman, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship — Kruman can discuss the history of the presidency and presidential elections, in particular contested and purportedly corrupt presidential elections in the 19th century.

Jack Lessenberry, journalism lecturer, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts — Lessenberry can discuss Michigan politics, political journalism, media coverage of the election and the history of American presidential elections.

Karen McDevitt, professor of new media studies, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts — McDevitt is available to discuss the use of new and social media in the presidential campaigns.

Fred Pearson, professor of political science and director for Center for Peace and Conflict Studies — Pearson is available to discuss foreign policy issues.

Marjorie Sarbaugh Thompson, professor of political science — Sarbaugh-Thompson can discuss Michigan Politics, U.S. Congress, redistricting, voter registration issues and public policy issues.

Matt Seeger, professor and dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts — Seeger, an expert in crisis communications, can discuss communication ethics, crisis and emergency communications.

Lyke Thompson, professor of political science and director of the Center for Urban Studies — Thompson can discuss how the Michigan and Detroit vote play in national elections.


Shawn Wright
Phone: 313-577-4562

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