The following Oregon State University faculty and staff have expertise related to the elections and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below. For help with other OSU faculty experts, contact Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected].

Catherine “Katie” Bolzendahl, 541-737-0590, [email protected]

Bolzendahl is the director of the School of Public Policy and a professor of sociology at Oregon State. She is a political sociologist whose work examines gendered political change over time and cross-nationally, particularly women’s access to democratic political participation. Her expertise includes:

  • Comparative differences in democratic political participation (including voting and informal participation).
  • The meaning of family and gender in the political culture of the U.S. and other wealthy Western democracies.
  • The importance and impact of women’s political empowerment.

Daniel López-Cevallos, 541-737-3850, [email protected]

López-Cevallos is an associate professor of ethnic studies and assistant vice provost of undergraduate education at Oregon State. His research focuses on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other socioeconomic and sociocultural constructs, and their relationship to health and health care issues. El Dr. López-Cevallos puede responder a sus preguntas en español. His areas of expertise include:

  • Health and well-being issues in the Latinx community and its implications for voting & election results
  • Socioeconomic and immigration status challenges.
  • Community resilience and community-based approaches
  • Mistrust, stigma and discrimination.

Michael Paul Nelson, 541-737-9221, [email protected]

Nelson holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources in the College of Forestry and is a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State. He is also the lead principal investigator at the H.J. Andrews Long-Term Ecological Research Program at OSU. He has a long history of research and writing on many topics related to ethics, conservation and science, from the Endangered Species Act to the concept of wilderness, from science and advocacy to the intrinsic value of nature. His work sits at the intersection of ethics, social science and ecology. His areas of expertise include:

  • Topics on politics and conservation with a philosophical or ethical underpinning.
  • Sustainability.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-3530, [email protected]

McKnight Nichols is the director of the Center for the Humanities and an associate professor of history in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion within the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State. He is the author or editor of six books on U.S. history. His expertise centers on U.S. political history and U.S. foreign policy, Oregon and U.S. politics, international relations and the historical dimensions of contemporary issues. His areas of expertise include:

  • U.S. presidential election history.
  • The role of domestic politics on U.S. foreign policy.
  • The historical dimensions of globalization, isolationism and internationalism as they undergird the role of the U.S. in the world today.
  • Lessons learned from the influenza pandemic of 1918, including the history of national and state strategies/policies addressing the 1918 flu pandemic in comparison to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Elizabeth Schroeder, 541-737-1476, [email protected]

Schroeder is an associate professor of economics in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State. Her research is in the fields of applied microeconomics and econometrics. She has studied the impact of partisan media on voters’ political knowledge, as well as the effects of current events and social movements on the political speech of elected representatives. Her areas of expertise include:

  • The effects of partisan media on voting and information.
  • Partisan differences in political speech.

Christopher Stout, 541-737-4729, [email protected]

Stout is an associate professor of political science at Oregon State and the current co-president of the Racial/Ethnic Politics section of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of two books around the campaigns of candidates from underrepresented groups and the use of racial appeals in elections. (For more information: The Case for Identity Politics.) He teaches classes and his research focuses on Congress, the presidency, campaigns and elections, racial/ethnic politics, gender and politics and social movements. Below are a few topics he would be available to speak about:

  • Election administration.
  • Campaign strategies.
  • Identity politics.
  • Voting behavior.
  • Public opinion and polling.
  • Political parties.