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 availble 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: 

Kenya LeNoir Messer
Areas of Expertise: Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives including, strategic planning, outreach and communications and central diversity education efforts and reporting with deans, faculty, staff and students; also leads the unit's fundraising and advancement efforts, provides oversight and guidance for the National Diversity Advisory Board and manages partnerships pertaining to special initiatives with local, national and international constituents
Office of Diversity, associate vice provost
225-578-5736
kmesser@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
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:

Kenya LeNoir Messer
Areas of Expertise: Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives including, strategic planning, outreach and communications and central diversity education efforts and reporting with deans, faculty, staff and students; also leads the unit's fundraising and advancement efforts, provides oversight and guidance for the National Diversity Advisory Board and manages partnerships pertaining to special initiatives with local, national and international constituents
Office of Diversity, associate vice provost
225-578-5736
kmesser@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

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 

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 

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:

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

 

In the News

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

 

 

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