UH Experts: Election 2016

From voter behavior and turnout to campaigning and debating, from minority voter participation to Super Tuesday, the Affordable Care Act and immigration, the University of Houston has experts who can comment on a wide range of topics related to the 2016 elections. For assistance in reaching these experts, please contact University of Houston Media Relations.

THE CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS

Rottinhaus

Brandon Rottinghaus, Associate Professor of Political Science: Rottinghaus can address the presidency, political scandal, the media and political communication, Latino voters and the Texas electorate, as well as key issues in battleground states that could become tipping points, such as immigration. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Salinas

Luis Salinas, Lecturer of Sociology: Salinas can address the vitriolic tone that sometimes defines campaigns and politics, as well as the increased role of women as leaders and voters. Salinas is bilingual.

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Nancy Beck Young

Nancy Beck Young, Professor of History: She is an expert on the presidency, modern American politics, first ladies and Texas political history.  Young can offer commentary on most aspects of the race, the implications for the future of the country and the role of candidates’ spouses in the campaign.

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
Murray

Richard Murray, Bob Lanier Chair of Urban Policy in the Department of Political Science: Murray’s expertise includes local governments and politics, public opinion and political parties. He is considered one of the foremost experts on Houston and Texas politics. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
Cross

Renée Cross, Associate Director of UH Hobby Center for Public Policy: Cross can address issues related to Houston and Texas politics, urban politics and civic engagement.  Her area of expertise also includes state and congressional races.

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Cortina

Jeronimo Cortina, Assistant Professor of Political Science: Cortina specializes in American and Latino politics, immigration and comparative politics. He also teaches classes in Chicano politics. He is bilingual. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Casellas

Jason Casellas, Associate Professor of Political Science:  Casellas specializes in Latino political representation, American politics and public policy. He also is bilingual. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
Northup

Temple Northup, Associate Professor of Communication and Interim Director of the Valenti School of Communication:  Northup can discuss political advertisements and their effectiveness in campaigns.  

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Haley

Christine LeVeaux-Haley: Professor of Political Science and Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at the Honors College of UH. Her teaching and research interests include legislative politics, political behavior, minority representation in Congress and black electoral politics. 

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
Simas

Elizabeth Simas: Assistant Professor of Political Science: She can share perspective regarding voting and American electoral behavior, the Texas electorate, and gender and politics, including messaging to women by both parties. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Keverjekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
Clark

Jennifer Clark, Assistant Professor of Political Science:  Her expertise is in the area of political parties, American and state politics and legislative institutions.  

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Granato

Jim Granato, Professor and Director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy:  Granato can discuss current U.S. policies and American political institutions. He is an expert on political economy, public policy and econometrics.

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

HEALTH CARE

Chandler

Seth Chandler, Foundation Professor of Law: Chandler specializes in insurance law and related fields such as health law, economic analysis of law and contract drafting. Chandler is the author a blog chronicling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Media Contact: Shawn Lindsey, selindsey@uh.edu, 713-743-5725
Patricia Gray

Patricia Gray, Director of Research UH Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute: Gray chaired the Texas House Committee on Public Health and was the House sponsor for legislation creating the Texas Children's Health Insurance Plan, which insures more than 500,000 Texas Children. 

Media Contact: Shawn Lindsey, selindsey@uh.edu, 713-743-5725
Valier

Helen ValierDirector of the Medicine and Society Program: Valier can address voter sentiments on health care and why it has been a hot button issue for decades. She can also speak to the structure of the health care system in America and the health care literacy of the electorate. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Lisa Merkl, lkmerkl@uh.edu, 713-743-8192
Partha

Partha Krishnamurthy, Professor of Marketing and Director of the Bauer Institute for Health Care Marketing: Krishnamurthy’s primary research interest is decision making in the context of health care decisions and can also offer expertise in the accuracy of medical decisions by patients and physicians; recalls, product failures and consumption risk; and survival models, which are the analysis of statistics studying the time it takes before a particular event, such as death or the diagnosis of a disease, occurs.

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

IMMIGRATION

Hoffman

Geoffrey Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor of Law: Hoffman heads the UH Immigration Clinic and specializes in immigration-related federal court litigation, deportation defense, asylum cases and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Hoffman is available to discuss range of issues related to immigration policy. 

Media Contact: Shawn Lindsey, selindsey@uh.edu, 713-743-5725
Ramos

Raúl A. Ramos, Associate Professor of History: He can comment on election rhetoric, the Texas border and immigration, border issues, and local vs. state vs. national response to issues related to immigration.  Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

ENERGY

Hirs

Ed Hirs, Economics Lecturer, Managing Director of Hillhouse Resources LLC: Hirs is an expert in energy economics. He can discuss the energy markets, energy policy including taxes and tariffs, and a wide range of issues related to oil and gas production. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu713-743-0778
Gilmer

Bill Gilmer, Director, Institute for Regional Forecasting: Gilmer monitors the Houston and Gulf Coast business cycle, analyzing how oil markets, the national economy, and global expansion influence the regional economy. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

FOREIGN POLICY

Hirs

Ryan Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Political Science:  His area of expertise includes international energy politics, political terrorism (policy responses to terrorist acts), stability and change in political institutions. 

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778
El Badawi

Emran El-Badawi, Assistant Professor and Director of Arab Studies Program: El-Badawi has studied in the Middle East and South East Asia. His research areas include Arab intellectual history, early Islamic history and Qur’anic studies. He can talk about campaign rhetoric on Islam, the Middle East and ISIS. Play Video of Expert Commentary

Media Contact: Shawn Lindsey, selindsey@uh.edu, 713-743-5725
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