From daily developments on the stump to in-depth analysis of campaign issues, UWM faculty members can provide expertise on a range of topics related to the 2020 election.

The Campaign

These political science faculty members can talk about the 2020 election in general as well as the topics specified below.

Kathleen Dolan, women in politics, political participation and electoral and legislative politics
Dolan can answer questions and provide analysis on the campaign, including the impact of the record number of women candidates in the presidential race. She can also talk about the gender gap in voting, public opinion, and how gender stereotypes might affect women candidates.

Thomas Holbrook, voter behavior, political campaigns and forecasting national elections
Holbrook can also speak about what kind of impact a political convention can have on a presidential campaign both regionally and nationally. He is the author of “Do Campaigns Matter?” and “Altered States: Changing Populations, Changing Parties, and the Transformation of the American Political Landscape.”

Hong Min Park, Congress
Park’s research and teaching interests include the U.S. Congress, political parties, and American political institutions in general.


Kathlyn Olson, rhetoric of leadership and languages used in presidential debates
A professor of communication, Olson uses rhetorical criticism to examine political campaign communication on issues with public consequences, empowering citizens who can interpret what they hear and see in the media and from the candidates themselves.

Public Opinion & the Media

Margaret Hankenson, media coverage and debates
Hankenson’s research interests include media coverage of the presidency, including coverage of social media use and false or misleading statements made by candidates and elected officials. The associate professor of political science can answer questions and provide analysis of media coverage of primary and general election debates and the impact media coverage has on public opinion

Maria Haigh, effects of misinformation
Haigh studies the effects of misinformation and methods for fighting it. Her work has found that methods used in the Ukraine and in European countries often forecast what will happen in the United States. An associate professor of information studies, Haigh can talk about why she thinks that the most common counterattack of political information – thorough fact-checking of stories – isn’t working. She can address the tactics perpetrators use to encourage sharing.

Michael Mirer, media ethics, social media and political communication
A visiting assistant professor of journalism, Mirer can discuss how candidates and politicians use social media, the role of social media in journalism and how social media is linked to activism.

Xiaoxia Cao, impact of social media
Cao’s research interests include media and public opinion, and the impact of social media on political participation. An associate professor of journalism, Cao can answer questions about public opinion polls and the role of social media in elections.