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WVU experts available to dissect 2020 election and beyond

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WVU experts are available for comment and insight after the 2020 General Election Tuesday (Nov. 3). (WVU Photo)

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Several West Virginia University faculty members can provide insight and expert commentary to the media regarding Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) election and its fallout.

WVU experts who can delve into various angles of election topics include:

Election anxiety

Dr. James H. Berry, chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, School of Medicine, can offer advice on how to stay calm and quell anxieties during the election, including engaging with others with differing political views. Berry’s insight is featured on Thunder11’s Public Health Podcast. Contact: or

Legal issues/human rights/tax law

Jena Martin, a College of Law professor, is an expert in business and human rights. She can discuss the impact of elections on human rights law and securities regulation. Martin has served as senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, and as a member of the RFK Center for Human Rights Global Advisory Team. She can be reached at

Elaine Waterhouse Wilson, a College of Law professor, is an expert on tax law. She teaches courses on the federal income tax, taxation of business entities and nonprofit organizations. Wilson can be reached at

Anne Lofaso, Anne Lofaso, a College of Law professor, is an expert on the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court. She co-founded WVU’s U.S. Supreme Court Clinic, which takes cases to the U.S. Supreme Court on a pro bono basis. Lofaso can be reached at


M. Paula Fitzgerald, the Nathan Haddad Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, conducts research in public policy and marketing. She has expertise in healthcare marketing, expanding religious freedom rights to for-profit businesses and how political wins and losses affect citizens’ political engagement. Fitzgerald can be contacted at

Michael Walsh is an expert in advertising and consumer resistance to change. Walsh, marketing chair and associate professor in the Chambers College, spent 25 years in the advertising field before moving to academia. He notes that this election set a new high in money spent on advertising. He can be reached at

Judicial, prosecutor elections

Bryan McCannon is an associate professor of economics in the Chambers College. His research investigates the career motives of prosecutors and judges, including how re-election pressures influence criminal justice outcomes. He can be reached at

Racial/social justice; policing

Tiffany Mitchell-Patterson is an assistant professor of secondary social studies. Her research interests include critical civic education, educational activism, teaching Black and underrepresented narratives in social studies. Activism, intersectionality and anti-bias/racist education lie at the core of her research and teacher practice. She can discuss racial and social justice and teaching the election. She is available at

James Nolan, chair and professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, teaches courses in the area of crime and social control. His research currently focuses on neighborhood dynamics, police procedures, crime measurement and hate crimes. He is available at

The economy

Heather Stephens is an associate professor in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Her expertise focuses on regional economic development and the differences in the impact of policies across regions. Her research has examined questions related to energy, environmental quality, entrepreneurship, health and regional growth. She can be reached at

John Deskins is director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and an associate professor in the Chambers College. His areas of expertise are the West Virginia economy, economic forecasts and economic studies. He can be reached at

Health and public policy

Robert Duval is associate professor of health policy, management and leadership in the School of Public Health. He can discuss issues relating to global health, public policy and foreign policy, climate change and environmental policy, and statistical methods for policy analysis. He can be reached at

Chris Plein is professor of public administration in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. His areas of expertise are public policy formation and implementation, welfare reform and health policy. He is available at

Political science

John Kilwein is an associate professor and chair of political science. His research is on law and politics, the American state and federal courts, and the intersection between law and poverty. He can be reached at

Matt Jacobsmeier is an associate professor of political science and his research focuses on the process of representation in American politics, political behavior and public opinion. He is particularly interested in how race, ethnicity and religion affect politics in the United States. He can be reached at

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.



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