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

  • 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

  • Shoba Wadhia

    Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Education

  • Michael Mann

    Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science

    Earth Science

  • Sascha Meinrath

    Palmer Chair in Telecommunications

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Telecommunications

  • Jeffrey Catchmark

    Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

    Sustainability & Environment, Engineering & Technology, Politics & Policy

  • Lacey Wallace

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    Social Sciences, Law and 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

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.

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
  • Politics & Policy

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 Mann

Michael Mann

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science,
Director of the Earth System Science Center

Expertise:

  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

Contact Michael Mann with questions about: The scientific understanding of historic climate change based on the temperature record of the past thousand years, man-made activity that has changed our climate and extreme weather

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.

Jeffrey Catchmark

Jeffrey Catchmark

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute

Expertise:

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Materials Science
  • Biomedical Materials Engineering
  • Packaging Materials Engineering
  • Food Materials Engineering
  • Nanomaterials Engineering
  • Biological Materials Engineering
  • Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Ethics Education

Contact Jeffrey Catchmark with questions about: Ethical leadership and decision-making. He can also speak about sustainable packaging, construction materials, food products and biomaterials for healthcare.

Lacey Wallace

Lacey Wallace

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Expertise

  • Social Sciences
  • Law and Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Gun Control

Contact Lacey Wallace with questions about: Gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior and the effects of intervention and policy on these processes

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