Election 2022

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 key state of Pennsylvania, the United States and on the issues that could decide the 2022 midterm election.

  • Daniel Mallinson

    Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration

    Politics & Policy

  • Christopher Beem

    Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

    Politics & Policy

  • Michael Berkman

    Director for the Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

    Politics & Policy

  • Ray Block

    Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

    Civil Rights, Politics & Policy

  • Marie Hardin

    Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

    Journalism & Media, Civil Rights, Education

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 the political landscape of the key state of Pennsylvania, including insights into the state's Senate and gubernatorial races and voter demographic.
  • Faculty in the McCourtney Institute for Democracy research issues of rhetorical education, democratic deliberation and forms of dissent and investigate questions of democratic governance and public policy.
  • Other subject matter experts are available on topics that may arise during the election cycle such as fake news and news literacy, sustainable energy policy, abortion rights, immigration, inflation and foreign policy.

Penn State Featured Story

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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.

Christopher Beem

Christopher Beem

Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Expertise

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior
  • Democracy

Contact Christopher Beem with questions about: American politics and the state of U.S. democracy

Michael Berkman

Michael Berkman

Director for the Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Expertise:

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics
  • American Politics
  • Elections
  • Democracy
  • State Politics

Contact Michael Berkman with questions about: State and national politics and the electoral process

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.

Marie Hardin

Marie Hardin

Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications,
Professor of Journalism

Expertise:

  • Journalism & Media
  • Civil Rights
  • Education

Focus Areas:

  • Sports Ethics
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Diversity
  • Fake News
  • Women in Media

Contact Marie Hardin with questions about: deciphering facts from "fake news" and why news literacy is an important skill for everyone.

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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