UH Experts Available to Discuss Hot Topics: Supreme Court Rulings and Brexit

From the Supreme Court to Brexit and presidential politics, the University of Houston has experts who can comment on a wide range of topics related to current news events. For assistance in reaching these experts, please contact University of Houston Media Relations.


UH offers experts to comment on “Brexit,” including the global impact and unchartered territory surrounding Great Britain's exit from the European Union.

Ryan Kennedy

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: Mike Emery, memery@central.uh.edu, 713-743-8186.

Craig Pirrong

Craig Pirrong, director of the Global Energy Management Institute at UH’s Bauer College of Business, can provide expert analysis on the latest developments with world financial markets.

Media relations contact: Marisa Ramirez, 713-743-8152 or mrcannon@uh.edu


Steven Craig is professor of economics and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  His research has examined economic behavior of governments, particularly how they respond to financial incentives from higher level government.  

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

Tasha Willis

Tasha Willis, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Director and clinical professor at the UH Law Center, is teaching a course on laws of the European Union. In the class, students gain insight into the way in which the law of the European Union (European Community law) impacts the business community at a national and international level, how the EU is governed, and how European Community law is integrated at a national level and enforced on a national and European level.

Media Contact: Marisa Ramirez, mrcannon@uh.edu, 713-743-8152


Susan Scarrow is the Chair of the Department of Political Science. Her teaching and scholarship focus primarily on issues of representation and political participation in parliamentary democracies, including political party development, comparative political finance, and the spread of direct democracy. 

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


The Supreme Court


Immigration: U.S. v. Texas

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

The Court and SCOTUS Cases

Peter Linzer, professor of law, is a constitutional law expert and noted scholar on contract law. Linzer can address all aspects of the Court, including commenting on its currently makeup and aspects of the constitutional impact of SCOTUS rulings on the final eight cases before the Court. Linzer received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and is a former editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Media Contact: Marisa Ramirez, mrcannon@uh.edu, 713-743-8152

Elizabeth Gregory

Abortion: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (ruling expected Monday)

Elizabeth Gregory is the director of the Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at UH and a professor of English. She is the author of “Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood.”

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

Affirmative Action: Fisher v. UT Austin

Catherine Horn is executive director of the Institute for Educational Policy Research & Evaluation in the UH College of Education. She and a group of leading social scientists filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2015. In the document, she and her colleagues argued that race consideration is necessary and complements the top 10 percent plan for UT Austin to achieve its educational mission. 

Media Contact: Marisa Ramirez, mrcannon@uh.edu, 713-743-8152
Jeronimo Cortina

Immigration: U.S. v. Texas

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 

The Presidential Election

UH offers a wide range of experts available to discuss all aspects of the presidential election. A full list of experts is available here.