Eastern Michigan University offers presidential election expertise from multiple disciplines

EMU faculty experts available to speak to timely political topics for news media

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University faculty are available to speak with media regarding the presidential election, providing insight into timely political topics across a variety of issues, including general political and election commentary, voting rights, policy issues, foreign policy issues as they relate to the election, political communication strategies, and economics.

General Politics and Presidential Election

Jeffrey Bernstein, professor of political science: Jeffrey’s interests and expertise include, American government and politics, political learning and civic competence, scholarship of teaching and learning, campaigns and elections, voting behavior and public opinion

Ed Sidlow, professor of political science: Ed Sidlow has published numerous articles and books on politics. His work has also appeared in such journals as Policy Studies Review, Journal of Law and Politics, Journal of General Education, Western Political Quarterly, News for Teachers of Political Science, and College Teaching. He is frequently called on by print and broadcast media for political commentary and analysis.

Presidential Communications Strategies

Jonathan Carter, assistant professor of communication: Jonathan Carter is an Assistant Professor of Political Rhetoric in the School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts. His research focuses on the ways than new communication technologies, particularly the digital, change the ways that individuals see themselves in political events and as part social communities.

Nick Romerhausen, associate professor of communication: Nick Romerhausen is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Course Director for CTAC 124: Foundations of Speech Communication. He can speak to persuasive rhetoric in regards to the presidential election. He is interested in student experiences in the communication classroom and focuses the majority of his research on the ways that factors that affect rapport building between instructors and students.

Ray Quiel, assistant professor of communication: Ray Quiel is an award-winning emeritus director of forensics, and distinguished service award winner. He has been with EMU since 1973. His courses specialize in rhetoric and argumentation and debate and various communication courses ranging from Foundations of Speech to Theory of Speech Criticism.

Sadaf Ali, associate professor of electronic media and film studies: Sadaf R. Ali is a former television and radio news reporter and has worked for mainstream and ethnic media in Ohio and Michigan. She has a Ph.D. (2014) in Communication from the Department of Communication at Wayne State University focusing on risk/crisis information, securitization, race and audience attitudes towards messages originating from traditional and social media sources. Sadaf is a quantitative researcher, who favors content analysis and experimental design as her methodologies of choice.

You Li, associate professor of journalism: You Li’s research interests include media history, media sociology, and media management.


Christopher Elias, associate professor of economics: Dr. Elias's research and teaching interests are in the fields of macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial economics, and time series econometrics.

To connect with an EMU faculty expert source, contact Morgan Mark, EMU media relations specialist, at mmark@emich.edu.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 14, 2020

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark