Election 2020: Timely Topics

The 2020 Presidential Election year has been one like no other. Penn State experts are available to weigh in on and help explain the issues most relevant to the U.S. electorate.

  • Patrick McDaniel

    William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology

    Engineering & Technology, Telecommunications

  • Sascha Meinrath

    Palmer Chair in Telecommunications

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Telecommunications

  • Shoba Wadhia

    Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Education

  • Michael Nelson

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Law and Policy, Politics & Policy

  • Joshua Inwood

    Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies

    Social Sciences, Civil Rights, Politics & Policy

  • Flynt Leverett

    Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

    Politics & Policy

Penn State faculty experts are available to speak on a wide range of issues as they emerge on the campaign trail, including election security, civil rights and social movements, climate change, infectious diseases, immigration laws, and many more topics.

  • As Election Day nears, check back on this page for experts who can speak to the issues that voters are eyeing closely, such as the Supreme Court confirmation hearings and election security.
Patrick McDaniel

Patrick McDaniel

William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology,
Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research

Expertise:

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Telecommunications

Focus Areas:

Contact Patrick McDaniel with questions about: Mobile device security, adversarial machine learning, systems security, program analysis for security, and the integrity and security of election systems

Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications,
Director of the X-Lab

Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Policy
  • Telecommunications

Focus Areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Technology Policy
  • Election Hacking
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance
  • Artificial Intelligence

Contact Sascha Meinrath with questions about: the coronavirus pandemic's impacts on Internet connectivity. He can also comment on voting security, technology policy, privacy, surveillance, civil liberties, broadband mapping and artificial intelligence.

Shoba Wadhia

Shoba Wadhia

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar,
Clinical Professor of Law,
Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Expertise:

  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Policy
  • Education

Focus Areas:

  • Racism
  • Diversity
  • Immigration Law
  • American Politics
  • International Affairs

Contact Shoba Wadhia with questions about: Wadhia is an expert on immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and the intersections of race, national security and immigration.

Michael  Nelson

Michael Nelson

Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise

  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics

Contact Michael Nelson with questions about: effects of judicial elections, public support for courts in the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and abroad, and the effects of collegiality on judicial behavior.

Joshua  Inwood

Joshua Inwood

Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies

Expertise:

  • Social Sciences
  • Civil Rights
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • History
  • Racism
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Ethics Education

Contact Joshua Inwood with questions about: the social, political, and economic structures of vulnerable populations.

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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