Mid-term election issues: UM experts can discuss


Americans return to the polls next month for the midterm elections to make their voices heard on various issues and candidates. University of Michigan experts are available to comment on a wide range of policy topics. For topics not listed, contact Michigan News.


Sioban Harlow is professor emeritus of epidemiology and global public health, and of obstetrics and gynecology. She is also the director of the Center for Midlife Science.

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Guillaume Lopez is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education who researches and teaches about how policies impact communities of color.

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Paula Lantz, Professor of Health Policy, is a social demographer/social epidemiologist who studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. She is engaged in research on abortion policy, housing policy, and how COVID-19 continues to exacerbate existing social, economic, and health inequalities in the United States.

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Paul Fleming is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education. Her research focuses on the root causes of health inequalities, with a particular focus on the development and evaluation of interventions in poor and marginalized communities.

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Justin Heinze is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education. His current research focuses on school safety and violence prevention, as well as an anonymous reporting system designed for the early identification of threats in a school community. He is also the faculty leader for the UM School of Public Health’s IDEAS Initiative for Firearm Injury Prevention and is part of the UM Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

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Richard Roudprofessor of climate and space science and engineering, is an expert in American weather modeling and can discuss the connection between weather, climate and society.

Contact: 301-526-8572, [email protected]

Sue Anne Bell is an assistant professor of nursing and a disaster response expert whose research focuses on the health effects of disasters and the impact of climate change on human health. She is active in clinical disaster response, with recent deployments during Hurricane Maria, California wildfires, and COVID-19 response.

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Tom Ivacko is executive director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. He has studied Michigan local politics for more than 20 years and directs the Michigan Public Policy Survey, a comprehensive annual examination of a wide range of issues facing local government officials. It can discuss trust and threats to the local election administration.

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Josh PasekAssociate Professor of Communication and Media, has conducted research exploring how new media and psychological processes each shape political attitudes, public opinion, and political behavior.

Contact: 734-763-3185, [email protected]


John Chamberlin is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. He is an expert in election methods and ethics, and a board member of the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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Jonathan Hansson is a lecturer in statistics for public policy. He served as a congressional legislative aide for several years and worked on political campaigns.

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Jenna Bednar is a professor of public policy and political science whose research examines the functioning of systems and institutions in complex environments relevant to today’s unprecedented politics.

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J. Alex Haldermanprofessor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, can discuss vulnerabilities in the US voting system.

Contact: 734-647-1806, [email protected]


Ken Kollman is director of the Center for Political Studies at UM’s Institute for Social Research and professor of political science. His research focuses on political parties and organizations, elections, lobbying, federal systems, American politics and comparative politics.

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Aaron Kaldirector of the UM Debate Program and Debate Institute, can discuss the debates and the impact on voters.

Contact: 734-239-3996, [email protected]