for journalists

Penn State has a wide range of experts who can take complex ideas and make them understandable for your audience. These experts were selected specifically for you as members of the media – those featured are experienced and interested in responding to inquiries. Can’t find what you’re looking for? The media relations team can assist with your print, broadcast or digital media needs.

featured experts

Politics & Policy

Lena Surzhko-Harned

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Russian politics, Ukrainian politics, comparative politics, political behavior, European politics

Sustainability & Environment, Earth Science

Erica Smithwick

Distinguished Professor of Geography

Climate Change, Wildfires, Forest Sustainability, Ecosystems

Earth Science

Jenni Evans

Professor of Meteorology

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Climate Change

Need help finding an expert?

Penn State expertise spans far beyond those that we have currently featured on the site. Call us at 814-865-7517 or contact a member of the media relations staff

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