Election 2020

With election campaigns, government processes or court decisions, the political landscape is constantly changing. Penn State experts keep their fingers on the pulse of the political climate in the United States and on the issues that could decide the 2020 election.

  • Nichola Gutgold

    Professor of Communcations Art & Sciences

    Politics & Policy

  • Ray Block

    Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

    Civil Rights, Politics & Policy

  • Robert Speel

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Politics & Policy

  • Daniel Mallinson

    Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration

    Politics & Policy

  • Flynt Leverett

    Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

    Politics & Policy

The Penn State community includes a wide range of faculty members and researchers who contribute to an open, public dialogue on important political issues across the state, nation and world. Our faculty often speak with the media on research related to issues that are top of mind during elections.

  • We have faculty specializing in public policymaking, women in politics, gerrymandering, census and demographics and election hacking.
  • Other subject matter experts are available on topics that may arise during the election cycle like climate change, gun violence, immigration, national security and school segregation.
Nichola Gutgold

Nichola Gutgold

Professor of Communcations Art & Sciences

Expertise:

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Voting Behavior
  • Women in Politics

Contact Nichola Gutgold with questions about: rhetoric of women in male-dominated fields.

Ray Block

Ray Block

Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Diversity
  • American Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior

Contact Ray Block with questions about: racial and ethnic group politics, voting behavior, and public opinion.

Robert Speel

Robert Speel

Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise:

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • American Presidency
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior
  • Congress
  • International Affairs

Contact Robert Speel with questions about: many aspects of American politics, including elections and voting behavior, state and urban politics, Congress and the Presidency, public policy, as well as ethnic and racial politics and Canadian politics.

Daniel Mallinson

Daniel Mallinson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration

Expertise

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics
  • Drug Policy

Contact Daniel Mallinson with questions about: state and local politics and policy. His primary research focus examining the mechanics of policy diffusion among the U.S. states, or how new policy ideas do and do not spread among governmental bodies.

Flynt Leverett

Flynt Leverett

Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

Expertise:

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Congress
  • International Affairs
  • Middle East
  • Chinese Foreign Policy

Contact Flynt Leverett with questions about: Middle East, energy and the economic dimensions of international security, and Chinese foreign policy.

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