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Matt A. Barreto is Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions. Barreto’s research focuses on minority and immigrant voting behavior, and he teaches courses in the departments of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies on Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Politics, Immigration Politics, the Voting Rights Act, Elections, Research Methods, and American Politics. Part of his research agenda also includes public opinion and election surveys, including exit polling methodology and pre-election polls. In addition to his work on the Hispanic/Latino population, Barreto partnered with Prof. Karam Dana to implement a large national survey of Muslim Americans, and they are studying the influence of religiosity on political incorporation of American Muslims.

His research examines the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and his work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, among many other peer reviewed journals. He has published 57 academic articles and book chapters on the topics of race, ethnicity and politics and his work has received over 2,250 citations according to Google Scholar

In addition to his research on Latino voting patterns, Barreto has conducted extensive research on voting rights, and has been an expert witness in numerous Voting Rights Act lawsuits. In 2012, he was qualified as an expert witness in Rodriguez v. Harris County, a Section 2 voting rights lawsuit regarding County Commission redistricting, where he provided a report and testimony on vote dilution and racially polarized voting with respect to Latino candidates and he has testified many times in court about racially polarized voting in a variety of cases. Barreto and Prof. Gabriel Sanchez Sanchez teamed up  to provide an expert report and testify in Veasey v. Perry in a challenge to the Texas voter ID law, and a Federal Court struck down the Texas ID law as unconstitutional, in part basing her decision on the evidence presented by Barreto and Sanchez. Most recently, they implemented research and an expert report challenging the voter ID law in North Dakota finding the law would prevent thousands of Native Americans from casting a ballot. A Federal Court blocked the North Dakota ID law. He continues to actively research voting rights in California in Latino, Asian American and immigrant communities.

He is the author or co-author of Ethnic Cues: The role of shared ethnicity in Latino political behavior, Change They Can't Believe In: the Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America, Ethnicity Politics Latino America: How America's Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation.


Thomas L. Brunell is a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He earned his PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine. His teaching and research interests include representation, elections, redistricting and the census. Brunell has published dozens of articles and book chapters on elections, redistricting, political parties, and the Voting Rights Act. He published his book, Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America, in 2008.  Brunell has served as an expert witness for redistricting and voting rights-related litigation and has testified in federal and state courts around the country.



Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995 and has ranged broadly across its pages. He has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. As a staff writer for The Times Magazine, he profiled J. J. Abrams and a health-obsessed billionaire who planned to live to 125; as the Rome bureau chief, he kept tabs on both Pope John Paul II and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Mr. Bruni came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he was, alternately, a war correspondent, the chief movie critic and a religion writer. He is the author of three New York Times best sellers: a 2015 examination of the college admissions frenzy, “Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be”; a 2009 memoir, “Born Round,” about the joys and torments of his eating life; and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, “Ambling into History.” His first cookbook, "A Meatloaf in Every Oven," was published in February 2017 and co-written with his Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer.

In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics, including: American politics, higher education, popular culture and gay rights. 

Susan J. Carroll is professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University and senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Her books include: A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters (Oxford 2018, with Kelly Dittmar and Kira Sanbonmatsu); Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (Fourth Edition, Cambridge 2018, with Richard L. Fox); More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to State Legislatures (Oxford 2013, with Kira Sanbonmatsu); Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford 2003); The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana 2001); and Women as Candidates in American Politics (Second Edition, Indiana 1994). Carroll also has published numerous journal articles and book chapters focusing on women candidates, voters, elected officials, and political appointees in the United States. Carroll is a founder and former president of the Organized Section for Women and Politics Research of the American Political Science Association, and she currently co-edits the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics, a book series published by the University of Michigan Press. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies Award of the Political Studies Association in the United Kingdom as well as the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association. As a nationally recognized expert on women’s political participation, Carroll is frequently called upon for media commentary.


Jonathan Cervas is a doctoral candidate at UCI. At the University of California Irvine. His focus on American politics has been guided by a public choice perspective, often utilizing the tools of Economics.  His research has focused on electoral participation, representation, and institutional rules with a special emphasis on geographic constraints and spatial aspects of politics.

Cervas’ research has been published in Public Choice, Election Law Journal, and Social Science Quarterly, and featured in the Washington Post. Cervas has assisted in the drawing of remedial legislative district maps at the behest of the US Federal Court.

 After completing high school at the prestigious Advanced Technologies Academy with a degree specialty in law-related fields, Cervas continued his interest in politics and the law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His first course at UNLV was taught by the now Congresswoman, Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1).  He finished my bachelors of the arts in 2007 and continued taking graduate level courses in the program until transferring to the University of California Irvine. @CERVASJ


David Daley is a senior fellow for FairVote, the author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy" (W.W. Norton/Liveright) and a frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering. He is the former editor-in-chief of, and the former CEO and publisher of the Connecticut News Project. He is a digital media fellow at the Wilson Center for the Humanities and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. His work has appeared in New York magazine, the Atlantic the Boston Globe, the New YorkerThe Washington Post, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Details, and he's been on CNN and NPR. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Boston College and a master's degree in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When writing for the Hartford Courant, he helped identify Mark Felt as the "Deep Throat" source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Daley discusses his book, Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy on C-SPAN. @davedaley3 

Robert S. Erikson (Ph.D., Illinois, 1969) specializes in American political behavior, elections, quantitative methodology, and statistics. He received both an M.A. (1966) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969) at UIUC. Upon graduation he received an appointment as an assistant professor at Florida State University. In 1978 Dr. Erikson was appointed professor of Political Science at the University of Houston; in 1991 he was named Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Houston. He has been Professor of Political Science at Columbia University since 1999.

Erikson has also had visiting appointments at Washington University, St. Louis and the California Institute of Technology. Erikson has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading scholars of American politics. He has published extensively in the fields of political behavior and elections and is held in high regard for his methodological and statistical skills. His research has been funded by four National Science Foundation grants. Erikson has authored four books including The Timeline of Presidential Elections (with Christopher Wlezien); American Public Opinion (with Kent Tedin) is the classic text in the field and is soon to appear in its tenth edition. He has also published more than 50 scholarly articles, publishing regularly in some of the leading journals in the discipline (American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, etc.). Professor Erikson’s scholarly achievements have been recognized in a variety of ways. He served as editor of the American Journal of Political Science between 1982 and 1984 and of Political Analysis between 2004 and 2007. 

In addition, Erikson has served on the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals. In 1989 he was elected President of the Southwestern Political Science Association and in 1995 he was a co-recipient of the Heinz Eulau award for best article in the American Political Science Review in 1995. The American Political Science Association recognized him as one of the 10 living members of the "APSR Hall of Fame" in the March 1996 edition of PS. He was also recognized as one of 21 "integrators of the profession" in Goodin and Klingeman, A New Handbook for Political Science (Oxford University Press, 1996). In 2009, Erikson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. @Bob_Erikson68


William H. Frey is an internationally regarded demographer, known for his research on urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics and his expertise on the U.S. Census. His latest book is "Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America." (Brookings Institution Press, 2018)

Frey is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and Population Studies Center. He has authored over 200 publications and several books including Regional and Metropolitan Growth and Decline in the U.S. (Russell Sage, 1988, with Alden Speare, Jr.); America By the Numbers: A Fieldguide to the U.S. Population (The New Press, 2001 with Bill Abresch and Jonathan Yeasting), and Social Atlas of the United States (Allyn and Bacon, 2008 with Amy Beth Anspach and John Paul DeWitt).

At Michigan, he has directed projects with the National Science Foundation, NICHD Center for Population Research, and several foundations. Frey has contributed to the 1995 President’s National Urban Policy Report, to HUD’s State of the Cities 2000 report, and to the Russell Sage Foundation’s Census research series. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a contributing editor to American Demographics magazine.

Frey has also been active in creating demographic media for use by educators, policy makers and the general public. Examples are the websites:;; and

Frey received a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University in 1974. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria); the Andrew W. Mellon, Research Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C., and the Hewlett Visiting Scholar at Child Trends in Washington, D.C. He previously held positions at Rutgers University, the University of Washington-Seattle, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the State University of New York at Albany. He is a member of the Population Association of America, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the American Sociological Association, and is a past Fellow of the Urban Land Institute.



Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., is the fellow in political science at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University. Jones also serves as the faculty director of Rice’s Master of Global Affairs program and is a research associate at the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs. His research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Politics, as well as in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He is also the lead author of one of the state’s leading Texas politics textbooks, Texas Politics Today, and is presently working on a project which examines the evolution of Texas politics from 1836 to the present.  He is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets, and his research on the Texas Legislature and Texas elections has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns.



Susan A. MacManus is a distinguished professor emeriti in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of Southern Florida. A leading expert on politics in Florida, MacManus is nationally known for her expert and incisive commentary on public opinion and intergenerational politics. She routinely designs and analyzes surveys of public opinion on a wide range of issues for various local governments, think tanks, and the media. MacManus has authored and co-authored numerous political books, including co-authoring "Politics in States and Communities," the nation's leading textbook on state and local politics, with mentor Thomas R. Dye. @DrMacManus


Richard Murray is a native of Louisiana with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Government from Louisiana State University (1962, 1963) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota (1967). Murray has taught at the University of Houston since 1966, and is the Bob Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy. After serving as the director of the University of Houston Center for Public Policy for over nine years, he is now concentrating on the Center’s polling operations as the director of the Survey Research Institute. His academic interests are in Houston and Texas politics, focusing on campaigns and elections, political parties and interest groups, and public opinion. Murray has written extensively in these areas including co-authoring Texas Politics: An Introduction (6 Editions, 1972-1992), and Progrowth Politics: Change and Governance in Houston (1991), while teaching courses ranging from graduate seminars to introductory American Government. Murray has previously consulted in more than 200 political campaigns. He conducts polls for The Houston Chronicle, other media, and local governments, and is the political commentator for the local ABC affiliate, KTRK-TV, Channel 13. In addition, his analyses and commentary are carried by television and radio, as well as print media such as The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, and The Houston Chronicle.

Francisco I. Pedraza (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2010) is a political scientist at University of California, Riverside with appointments in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science.   He is the coordinator of the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium,

Francisco’s research centers on political attitude formation and political behavior, with a special emphasis on the attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. His research draws on sociological, psychological, and policy processes theoretical frameworks to better understand individual-level policy preferences, electoral candidate preferences, political knowledge, and other political orientations like trust in government. His substantive research interests also include the relationship between immigration policy and health policy. From 2012-2014 Francisco was in residence at the University of Michigan as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Methodologically, he specializes in the design and deployment of surveys, including survey-embedded experiments, designed to investigate aspects of racial and ethnic minority politics. His specialization in surveys includes the development of survey items in English and Spanish language.

Francisco’s past or current research efforts have received support from several sources. He is grateful to the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race at the University of Washington, Seattle; Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium hosted by UC Riverside; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program; the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance at Texas A&M University; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico; the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan; the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality; and the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University. @QuicoPedraza


Professor Daron R. Shaw is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Chair of State Politics and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses in American Government, Campaigns and Elections, Political Parties, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, and Applied Survey Research. Professor Shaw worked as a survey research analyst and strategic consultant for three presidential campaigns and numerous state and local campaigns. Professor Shaw is currently an associate PI for the 2020 American National Election Study, co-director of the Fox News Poll and a member of the Fox News Decision Team, PI for the UT Government Department/Texas Tribune survey, director of the Texas Lyceum Poll, and a member of the advisory board for the Annette Strauss Institute. In 2013 he served as one of the lead academic advisors for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. From 2003-2009 he served as a presidential appointee to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. He has also served as a research fellow for the Hoover Institution, and as a consultant for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and the Texas Poll. Professor Shaw is the founder and director of Shaw & Company Research.