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Experts on presidential debates
The presidential candidates have agreed to three debates and one vice presidential debate. What should you look for when it comes to the big issues? UW–Madison experts are available to share their insights.
- Laura Albert, an expert on industrial and systems engineering, is available to discuss her recommendations for resilient voting systems.
- Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center and professor of political science, is available to discuss the content and political impact of the debate.
- Kathy Cramer is a professor of political science. Cramer, an expert on civic engagement and political discussion, will talk about what she hears from supporters of President Trump on conservative talk radio.
- Steven Deller is a professor of agricultural & applied economics. Deller, an expert on economic growth and rural economies, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin’s rural counties. Deller recently issued a report, “WIndicators: Impact of COVID-19 on the Wisconsin Economy”.
- Linda Greene is Evjue Bascom professor of law. Greene an expert on constitutional law, civil rights, race and police use of force, will offer analysis of how the candidates choose to discuss racialized police violence and what the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will mean for the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Baron Kelly is a professor of theatre and drama. Kelly, an expert on theatre and stagecraft, will discuss the positions of status on stage and the Black Lives Matter movement as it relates to theatre and the arts.
- Ryan Owens, director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, is available to for available for analysis of SCOTUS and the nomination of Amy Coney-Barrett.
- Allison Prasch is an assistant professor of communication arts. Prasch, an expert on presidential rhetoric, will look at the coming debate in terms of narrative, character, language and use of symbolism.
- Ajay Sethi is an associate professor of population health sciences. Sethi, an expert in public health and infectious disease epidemiology, will discuss conspiracy theories and misinformation in public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mike Wagner, a professor of journalism and mass communication, is available for analysis of Tuesday night’s debate, from the optics to the messaging on key topics.