LSU Experts Available to Speak on Campaign Season and Upcoming Elections


BATON ROUGE – From local elections and the governor's race to the debates and upcoming campaigns for the presidency, LSU has researchers available to talk about each issue being discussed or in general about these elections. LSU researchers available to speak are listed below by topic areas.

To schedule interviews, contact 225-578-5685/eballa1@lsu.edu or 225-578-3870/asatake@lsu.edu.

 

Constitutional Law/Supreme Court Appointments:

Michael Coenen
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law; federal courts; criminal procedure; administrative law.
LSU Law Center – assistant professor of law
225-578-8701
michael.coenen@law.lsu.edu

Ray Diamond
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law; race relations; legal history
LSU Law Center – Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law and James Carville Alumni Chair
225-578-8846
ray.diamond@law.lsu.edu

James Stoner
Areas of Expertise: Political theory; English common law; American constitutionalism
Political Science – professor
225-578-2538
poston@lsu.edu

 

Crime:

Ed Shihadeh
Areas of Expertise: Crime and criminology; demography
Department of Sociology – professor and chair
225-578-1635
edsoc@lsu.edu

 

Diversity and Inclusion: 

Roland Mitchell
Areas of Expertise: History of U.S. higher education; the experiences of underrepresented populations in post-secondary education; school-to-prison-pipeline issues; and university to community outreach/relational issues
College of Human Sciences & Education – interim dean
225-578-2156
rwmitch@lsu.edu 

Dereck J. Rovaris Sr.
Areas of Expertise: Responsible for the oversight of LSU diversity and outreach efforts including administrative oversight of Office of Diversity reporting units, provides vision and executive leadership for inclusive excellence at LSU, and represents the university in promoting the diversity leadership agenda locally, regionally and nationally
Office of Diversity, vice provost for diversity & chief ficersity officer
225-578-5736
drovaris@lsu.edu 

Summer Steib
Areas of Expertise: Women and gender
LSU Women's Center, director
225-578-7563
summers@lsu.edu 

 

Economy:

Leonard M. Apcar
Areas of Expertise: U.S. economic policy, Federal Reserve interest rate decisions
Switzer Chair and Professional in Residence in the Manship School
225-587-2216
lenapcar@lsu.edu 

Daniel Brent
Areas of Expertise: Environmental economics; water resource economics; applied econometrics; experimental economics; transportation; public finance; policy evaluation; energy economics
Department of Economics – assistant professor
dbrent@lsu.edu 

Brian Marks
Area of Expertise: Immigration and the economy; research focuses on political geography, agrarian political economy, political ecology, fisheries and aquaculture; electoral redistricting, the Voting Rights Act, citizenship, foreign policy and geopolitics
Department of Geography & Anthropology – assistant professor of geography
225-578-6077
bmarks@lsu.edu

Joseph Mason 
Areas of Expertise: Financial intermediation and economic growth, with special emphasis on financial innovation and the role it plays in financial expansions as well as financial crises. 
Department of Finance – professor

225-578-6255

masonj@lsu.edu

James Richardson
Areas of Expertise: Regional economics; energy economics; state and local taxation; forecasting; public policy
Public Administration Institute – professor; Department of Economics – professor
225-578-6745
parich@lsu.edu

 

Education:

Roland Mitchell
Areas of Expertise: History of U.S. higher education; the experiences of underrepresented populations in post-secondary education; school-to-prison-pipeline issues; and university to community outreach/relational issues
College of Human Sciences & Education – interim dean and professor
225-578-2156
rwmitch@lsu.edu

Dereck J. Rovaris Sr.
Areas of Expertise: Responsible for the oversight of LSU diversity and outreach efforts including administrative oversight of Office of Diversity reporting units, provides vision and executive leadership for inclusive excellence at LSU, and represents the university in promoting the diversity leadership agenda locally, regionally and nationally
Office of Diversity, vice provost for diversity & chief ficersity officer
225-578-5736
drovaris@lsu.edu 

 

Energy/Oil and Gas:

David Dismukes
Area of Expertise: Analysis of economic, statistical and public policy issues in energy and regulated industries
LSU Center for Energy Studies – executive director
225-578-4343
dismukes@lsu.edu

John Russin
Areas of Expertise: Renewable energy; sustainable bioproducts and biofuels; Agriculture – LSU LSU AgCenter – vice president
225-578-4880
JRussin@agcenter.lsu.edu

 

Environment:

Chris D’Elia
Areas of expertise: Nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems; estuarine ecology; coral reef ecology; algal/invertebrate symbiosis; science history and policy; math and science education; marine pollution; global climate change; analytical chemistry
College of the Coast & Environment - dean and professor
225-578-7188
cdelia@lsu.edu

Margaret Reams
Areas of expertise: Environmental policy and management; resilience; sustainability
Department of Environmental Sciences - professor
225-578-4299
mreams@lsu.edu

Robert Twilley
Areas of Expertise: Coastal and environmental issues including land loss and storm surge; seafood industry support
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program executive director and LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences professor
225-578-6710
rtwilley@lsu.edu

 

General Election:

Leonard M. Apcar
Areas of Expertise: Political journalism, media criticism, campaign communication, social media strategy.
Switzer Chair and Professional in Residence in the Manship School of Mass Communication
225-587-2216
lenapcar@lsu.edu 

Nichole Bauer
Areas of Expertise: the barriers that female candidates face in running for and winning elected office; the role gender stereotypes play in voter evaluations of female candidates, the campaign strategies female candidates develop to overcome such biases and how the news media cover female candidates
Political Science & Manship School of Mass Communication – assistant professor
nbauer4@lsu.edu 

Robert “Robbie” Hogan
Areas of Expertise: American electoral politics; campaigns; political parties & interest groups and state politics
Political Science – professor
225-578-3217
rhogan1@lsu.edu

James Honeycutt
Areas of Expertise: The effects of political partisanship on voting intentions; psychology and political ideology
Communication Studies – professor
225-578-0032
sphone@lsu.edu

Lyman Hunt
Area of Expertise: Political ideology
Communication Studies – senior instructor
225-578-5989
lhunt@lsu.edu

Nancy Isenberg
Areas of Expertise: Gender and politics, cultural and legal history in the U.S.; Author of "White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America"
Named to Politico's Top 50 Guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American Politics
History, T. Harry Williams Professor
225-578-4492
nisenberg@lsu.edu 

Nathan Kalmoe
Areas of Expertise: Voting & elections, public opinion, political news & advertising, partisanship/ideology & polarization, political violence
225-578-8013
nkalmoe@lsu.edu 

 

Immigration:

Lauren R. Aronson
Area of Expertise: U.S. immigration law and unaccompanied immigrant children - director of Immigration Law Clinic and assistant professor of professional practice
225-578-2071
lauren.aronson@law.lsu.edu

Brian Marks

Area of Expertise: Immigration and the economy; research focuses on political geography, agrarian political economy, political ecology, fisheries and aquaculture; electoral redistricting; the Voting Rights Act; citizenship; foreign policy; and geopolitics
Department of Geography & Anthropology – assistant professor of geography
225-578-6077
bmarks@lsu.edu

 

International Policy:

Brian Marks
Area of Expertise: Immigration and the economy; research focuses on political geography, agrarian political economy, political ecology, fisheries and aquaculture; electoral redistricting; the Voting Rights Act; citizenship; foreign policy; and geopolitics
Department of Geography & Anthropology – assistant professor of geography
225-578-6077
bmarks@lsu.edu

 

Mass Media/Political Communication:

Leonard M. Apcar
Areas of Expertise: Political journalism, media criticism, campaign communication, social media strategy.
Switzer Chair and Professional in Residence in the Manship School of Mass Communication
225-587-2216
lenapcar@lsu.edu 

Nichole Bauer
Areas of Expertise: the barriers that female candidates face in running for and winning elected office; the role gender stereotypes play in voter evaluations of female candidates, the campaign strategies female candidates develop to overcome such biases and how the news media cover female candidates
Political Science & Manship School of Mass Communication – assistant professor
nbauer4@lsu.edu 

Joshua Darr
Areas of Expertise: Campaign strategy, earned media, presidential primaries, field offices, voter contact
Manship School of Mass Communication – assistant professor
225-578-0395
jdarr@lsu.edu

Martin Johnson
Areas of Expertise: Media; politics; public opinion; political psychology; and public policy
Manship School of Mass Communication: Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication and professor of mass communication and political science
225-578-7381
martinj@lsu.edu

Mike Henderson
Areas of Expertise: Public Opinion and election
Public Policy Research Lab research director
mbhende1@lsu.edu

Nathan Kalmoe
Areas of Expertise: Voting & elections, public opinion, political news & advertising, partisanship/ideology & polarization, political violence
225-578-8013
nkalmoe@lsu.edu 

Robert Mann
Area of Expertise: Political history; political communication
Manship School of Mass Communication – Manship Chair and professor
225-578-2053
bobmann@lsu.edu

Ofer Mintz
Areas of Expertise: Marketing analytics, marketing strategy, political marketing, and digital marketing (social media)
Department of Marketing – assistant professor
225-578-8321
omintz@lsu.edu

Kathleen Searles
Areas of Expertise: News media; campaign advertising; political psychology
Political Science/Manship School of Mass Communication –assistant professor
225-578-7588
ksearles@lsu.edu

 

Race Relations:

Lori Martin
Areas of Expertise: Race and ethnicity relations; demography; racial wealth inequality; asset poverty; race and sports
Department of African & African American Studies and Sociology – professor
225-578-1785
lorim@lsu.edu 

Bryan McCann
Areas of Expertise: Race, racism and criminal justice; primary and general election debates; and how campaigns structure arguments
Communication Studies
225-578-6813
504-330-8166
bryanm@lsu.edu 

Roland Mitchell
Areas of Expertise: History of U.S. higher education; the experiences of underrepresented populations in post-secondary education; school-to-prison-pipeline issues; and university to community outreach/relational issues
College of Human Sciences & Education – interim dean and professor
225-578-2156
rwmitch@lsu.edu 

 

Women and Gender:

Nichole Bauer
Areas of Expertise: the barriers that female candidates face in running for and winning elected office; the role gender stereotypes play in voter evaluations of female candidates, the campaign strategies female candidates develop to overcome such biases and how the news media cover female candidates
Political Science & Manship School of Mass Communication – assistant professor
nbauer4@lsu.edu 

Summer Steib
Areas of Expertise: Women and gender
LSU Women's Center, director
225-578-7563
summers@lsu.edu 

 

 

In the News

Nov. 26, 2019
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's often-recycled quips win over national audience
The Advocate

Nov. 17, 2019
Did Louisiana football success boost Edwards? Couldn’t hurt.
Associated Press

Odd-year elections have let Democrats expand footprint in Southern states
Associated Press

Nov. 16, 2019
Edwards keeps Governor’s Mansion blue in a deep red state
Louisiana Radio Network

Democratic Governor Wins Reelection in Deep-Red Louisiana
Mother Jones

Nov. 15, 2019
Louisiana Votes For Governor
NPR

What is it going to take to win the Governor’s mansion?
KTVE

Nov. 14, 2019
At rally, Trump says impeachment probe has been ‘very hard’ on family
PBS News Hour

Trump impeachment hearings begin before a deeply divided audience
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Nov. 13, 2019
Tight Louisiana governor's race is testing Trump's coattails
Associated Press

Nov. 12, 2019
Attack ads move to state issues in Louisiana governor's race
Associated Press

Nov. 11, 2019
This impeachment brought to you by…
Marketplace

Newest poll shows Gov. Edwards 48%, businessman Rispone 46%
WWL

Nov. 9, 2019
How the term ‘trial lawyer’ became a vicious attack this campaign season in Louisiana
The Advocate

Oct. 26, 2019
55 Years Ago, “The Speech” That Launched Ronald Reagan’s Political Career
Bayou Brief

Oct. 22, 2019
Louisiana GOP Rallies Behind Eddie Rispone in Governor's Race
WWNO

Oct. 15, 2019
What's Next in the Race for Louisiana Governor?
WRKF

Oct. 14, 2019
Governor John Bel Edwards confident he'll win runoff, political analysts more cautious
WBRZ

The GOP is two seats away from Super Majority in the state House
WWL

Oct. 13, 2019
Eddie Rispone won a spot in the runoff against Gov. John Bel Edwards; Trump may be the reason why
The Advocate

Oct. 11, 2019
Gov. John Bel Edwards stars at glittery medical school groundbreaking
Shreveport Times

Oct. 9, 2019
GOP early voting up in Louisiana gubernatorial election
The Washington Times

Republicans target Dem incumbents to gain majority in Baton Rouge
Manship News Service

Oct. 8, 2019
Trump gets 51 percent approval in Louisiana
WWL

Oct. 4, 2019
A short primer on preventing political violence
Washington Post

Oct. 3, 2019
Impeachment takes 'oxygen out of the room' for 2020 Democrats
Bloomberg

Oct. 1, 2019
Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon
New York Journal of Books

In Today's America, Everybody Who Disagrees With You Is a Traitor
Reason

Sept. 27, 2019
Republicans Target Taxes, Medicaid in Louisiana Governor’s Race
Bloomberg Tax

Sept. 23, 2019
Democratic race tightens at Steak Fry
Tribune News Service

Sept. 22, 2019
LSU reacts to the Sept. 19 Gubernatorial Debate; faculty, students express frustration with questions
The Daily Reveille

Sept. 21, 2019
Louisiana students heading to Iowa this winter for campaigns
Associated Press

2020 Democratic Steak Fry separates top tier and rest of field
Bloomberg

Sept. 20, 2019
Four takeaways from last night’s governor’s debate
Business Report

Governor Edwards defends his record on the economy in first televised debate
Louisiana Radio Network

Highlights from the first Gubernatorial Debate of this election season
Tiger TV

Friday, September 20th: Bob Mann, Bridget Gordon, Holly Howat, Carlos Thomas
WRKF

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren Is a Modern-Day Frederick Douglass
Washington Free Beacon 

Washington Post mocked for comparing Elizabeth Warren to Frederick Douglass
Fox News

Sept. 19, 2019
Louisiana governor debate: Gov. Edwards touts accomplishments; opponents hit on taxes, economy, more
The Advocate

Edwards' record challenged in Louisiana governor's debate
Associated Press

Governor’s debate not short on small jabs between candidates 
WAFB

La. governor candidates tangle in first debate 
WVLA

Three Louisiana gubernatorial candidates clash in debate at LSU Thursday
WBRZ

Three Louisiana gubernatorial candidates clash on debate stage Thursday night
The Daily Reveille 

First Gubernatorial Debate of the season held on LSU's campus
Tiger TV

Candidates weigh in after heated gubernatorial debate
KLFY

Top gubernatorial candidates share stage in Baton Rouge debate
KLFY

Rivals hit Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on economy in first debate
Washington Times

Claws Out? Three way candidate debate tonight at LSU
WWL

Candidates ready for first Louisiana Governor’s race debate
Associated Press

Gubernatorial candidates square off at LSU tonight in televised debate
Louisiana Radio Network

Louisiana journalist Robert Mann's book explores Ronald Reagan
Shreveport Times

Sept. 18, 2019
Louisiana Governor Primary Debate Thursday night at Louisiana State University
WVLA

What you need to know: Louisiana's governor's race candidates face off in debate tonight
The Advocate

Louisiana gubernatorial candidates Edwards, Rispone, Abraham prepare for debate
Washington Times

LSU students share their predictions for the Gubernatorial Debate
Tiger TV

LSU Gubernatorial debate preview with moderator Chad Sabadie
Tiger TV

Sept. 10, 2019
No, Trump isn’t Teflon. Scandals lower his approval among Republicans — if they see the news.
The Washington Post

Sept. 6, 2019
Justice Dept. Investigates California Emissions Pact That Embarrassed Trump
The New York Times 

Aug. 15, 2019
Global recession fears could impact US economy, 2020 election
Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Aug. 14, 2019
ICE blames 'political rhetoric' for violence against offices as immigration tensions rise
Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Aug. 8, 2019
Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You’re a Democrat or a Republican
New York Times

Democrats train students of color in battleground states, hoping to avoid Clinton’s 2016 mistakes
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Advocates Say LGBT Issues Need More Time in Next Democratic Debate
Bloomberg

Aug. 7, 2019
Rage Rules American Politics
Reason

Aug. 6, 2019
While Trump condemns white nationalism, his campaign Facebook ads lean on talk of migrant invasion
USA Today 

Trump is provoking far-right terrorism — but the New York Times still handles him with kid gloves
AlterNet

Aug. 5, 2019
Texas gunman’s manifesto carries echo of Trump’s language
The Irish Times

Echoes of Donald Trump’s language in the rants of the Texas gunman
The New Daily

The El Paso Shooting Is Being Handled as a Domestic Terrorism Case and Could Lead to Hate Crime Charges, the Death Penalty
Teen Vogue

Aug. 4, 2019
El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language
New York Times

July 26, 2019
Democrats should run on the popular progressive ideas, but not the unpopular ones
Vox

July 4, 2019
10 New Books We Recommend This Week
The New York Times

July 3, 2019
Why the president is feuding with Megan Rapinoe, star of the US women’s soccer team
Vox

 

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Media Note:
Please check back as experts will continue to be added to the list throughout the election year.

 

 

Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu 

or

Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations
225-578-3870
asatake@lsu.edu