Marquette has a variety of experts available for election coverage

October 30, 2018

Faculty available to weigh in on national and state races, and issues shaping voters' minds

MILWAUKEE — From health care to the impact of the election on the economy, Marquette University has a variety of experts available for election coverage.

Please contact any of these experts directly or contact Christopher Stolarski, senior communication strategist, or Anne Broeker, to set up an interview. Chris can be reached at or at 414.288.6060. Anne can be reached at or at 414.288.7536.

Some of these experts have limited availability, especially on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

National and state politics
Drs. Paul Nolette and Julia Azari, associate professors of political science, can discuss general political issues. Dr. Nolette has a law degree from Georgetown, a Ph.D. from Boston College and is an expert on the relationship between state attorneys general and the federal government. Dr. Azari researches the American presidency, American political parties and the politics of the American state.Dr. Azari is at Nolette is at

Wisconsin's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races
Dr. Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science and director of the Marquette Democracy Lab, can discuss the two hottest races in Wisconsin and broader issues related to national politics. She specializes in election behavior, public policy, urban politics, public opinion and research methods.Dr. Wichowsky is at

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, is releasing the university's final poll before the election at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Marquette University Law School. Please contact Christopher Jenkins, associate director of university communication, at or 414.288.4745 to reserve a spot during the poll announcement, or to talk to Charles Franklin at other times. Please note that because Professor Franklin serves as an election-night analyst for ABC News, he is unavailable Nov. 2-7.

Health care
Ms. Lisa Grabert, health policy researcher in Marquette's College of Nursing, and Dr. Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science, are experts in health care issues facing America. Ms. Grabert was professional staff for the House Ways and Means Committee, where she was responsible for the Medicare Part A portfolio, before joining Marquette this year. Dr. Rocco is the co-author of The Obamacare Wars on the Affordable Care Act.Ms. Grabert is at or 414.288.7356.Dr. Rocco is at

Tariffs and the economy
Dr. Joseph Daniels, chair and professor of economics and director of Marquette's Center for Global & Economic Studies, can discuss how the tariffs and the economy are affecting Wisconsin and the nation, and other issues relating to international economics.Dr. Daniels is at or 414.288.3368.

Urban issues
Dr. Robert Smith, Harry G. John Professor of History and director of Marquette's Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach, can discuss the broad implications of the election key issues associated with racial equality. Please contact Joe DiGiovanni or Anne Broeker to set up an interview with Dr. Smith.

The language of politics
Dr. Angela Sorby, chair and professor of English, can discuss the language used by politicians and political parties during this election season.Dr. Sorby is at or 414.288.7263.

Political parties and the Founding Fathers
Dr. Kristen Foster, associate professor of history, can discuss the fear the Founding Fathers had of political parties along with issues regarding women's history and feminism.Dr. Foster is at or 414.288.3562.

Race, ethnicity, law immigration, LatinX issues
Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in political philosophy and the philosophy of race and ethics of racism. He is currently researching the challenges that undocumented immigration and the militarization of the border pose to mainstream political philosophy.Dr. Silva is at or 414.288.5653.

The Caravan
Dr. Noelle Brigden, assistant professor of political science, can discuss the causes of the caravan in Central America, the nature of its organization and the Mexican reaction. She's researched the violence and uncertainty that confronts Central American migrants in transit, and has conducted two years of fieldwork along unauthorized routes in El Salvador, Mexico and the United States. Please contact Joe DiGiovanni or Anne Broeker to set up an interview with Dr. Brigden.

Authoritarianism, environmental politics
Dr. Peter Staudenmaier, associate professor of history, can discuss the history of fascism, authoritarianism and populism and its relation with contemporary movements. Dr. Staudenmaier also can discuss environmental history and environmental politics in general.Dr. Staudenmaier is at