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UF political season experts

The following University of Florida experts are available to speak to reporters about election issues.

Minority Votes

African American Voters

Sharon W. Austin

  • polssdw@polisci.ufl.edu
  • Title(s): Professor, Director of African American Studies, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: American government, urban politics, African American politics, African American mayoral elections, rural African American political activism, African American political behavior.

Hispanic Voters

Phillip J. Williams

  • pjw@latam.ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-4705
  • Title(s): Director of Center for Latin American Studies, professor of political science
  • Areas of interest: Hispanic vote.

Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo

  • casuarez@ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-2361
  • Title: Lecturer, Center of Latin American Studies, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Areas of interest: Spanish-language ballots, urban politics.

Women Voters

Lynn Leverty

  • lleverty@aa.ufl.edu
  • Title(s): Senior Lecturer, Associate Director of the Askew Institute on Politics and Society, Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: Public administration, ethics, immigration, women in politics, public policy.

Trysh Travis

  • ttravis@ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-0393
  • Title(s): Associate Professor, Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor, Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research.
  • Areas of interest: Women and gender issues in the campaign

 

Voting Districts

Michael P. McDonald

  • mcdonald@ufl.edu
  • (352)273-2371
  • Title(s): Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: American politics, elections, methodology, voting, polling.
  • Notes: Using a web-based, open source software, his districtbuilder.org website is helping to depoliticize the redistricting process. He also runs electproject.org, which produces elections statistics, including what many regard as the nation’s most accurate turnout rates.

 

Media and Politics

Stephen C. Craig

  • sccraig@ufl.edu
  • (352)273-2377
  • Title(s): Professor, Director of Political Campaigning Program, Field Chair (Political Behavior), Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: Public opinion, voting behavior, campaign communication, attitude measurement, survey research​.

Beth Rosenson

  • rosenson@ufl.edu
  • (352)392-0262 ext. 232
  • Title(s): Associate Professor, Field Chair (American politics), Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: American politics, state legislatures and Congress, legislative voting behavior, political ethics, corruption, political reform, American political development, media and politics.

 

Environmental Law

Amy Stein

  • stein@law.ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-0953
  • Title: Professor, UF Levin College of Law
  • Areas of interest: clean energy law, environmental law, electric grid governance, energy reliability and federalism.

 

Florida Politics

Jon Mills

  • mills@law.ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-0835
  • Title(s): Professor, UF Levin College of Law, director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility, and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
  • Areas of interest: constitutional law – including the Florida Constitution – environmental law and legislation. Mills, who had a hand in writing the legislation, is a supporter of the passage of Amendment 2.

Deborah Cupples

  • cupples@law.ufl.edu
  • (352) 271-9498
  • Title: Professor, UF Levin College of Law
  • Areas of interest: voter purges, voting rights, civics education and issues, Florida constitutional revisions.

Mary Adkins

  • adkinsm@law.ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-0880
  • Title: Professor, UF Levin College of Law, director of Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
  • Areas of interest: Constitution Revision Commission and its proposed amendments.

 

Political Behavior

Daniel A. Smith

  • dasmith@ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-2346
  • Title(s): Chair & Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor, Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: Political behavior, state politics, direct democracy, voting rights and elections

Michael D. Martinez

  • Martinez@ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-2363
  • Title(s): Professor, Department of Political Science, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Areas of interest: Political behavior, political participation.

 

Voting Systems Security

Juan E. Gilbert

  • juan@ufl.edu
  • (352) 563-0784
  • Title: The Banks Preeminence Chair in Engineering, UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
  • Areas of interest: Electronic voting systems, accessible voting technologies, voting systems security and usability.
  • Note: Gilbert is the developer of Prime III, a secure, open source software enabling all voters, especially those with disabilities to easily participate in the electoral process.

 

Political Humor

Kevin Baron

  • kbaron76@ufl.edu
  • (352) 273-2087
  • Title: Civic Engagement Coordinator at UF’s Bob Graham Center, Lecturer, UF Department of Political Science and UF’s Honor Program
  • Areas of interest: Political humor, civic engagement, Freedom of Information Act, power dynamics between the president and Congress.
  • Note: Dr. Baron has an upcoming book about the development of FOIA as it relates to executive privilege.