James Peoples, immigration

A professor of economics, Peoples studies how globalization and a strong economy have pressured U.S. employers to hire workers, particularly immigrants, at low wages. He can discuss the growing share of immigrants in the U.S. labor market and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on individuals traveling to the United States from Muslim-majority nations and how it will affect the percentage of immigrants in the American workforce, from low-skill, low-wage jobs to healthcare and academia.

Scott Adams, health care, education policy, fiscal policy
(414) 229-4812 (office)
(414) 403-0347 (cell)
Professor of economics Scott Adams served as a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2008-’09. His research interests include health economics and labor economics. He can address efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and redirect U.S. education policy.

John Heywood, labor
(414) 229-4310 (office)
John Heywood is a UWM distinguished professor of economics and director of UWM’s Master of Human Relations and Labor Relations program. An expert in the economics of personnel, he has held appointments in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia. His research examines performance pay, earnings discrimination, the labor market for older workers, the determinants and consequences of companies’ family friendly practices, public sector labor markets and the economics of trade unions.


Kevin Spellman
(608) 334-2110
Kevin Spellman is a senior lecturer of finance and director of the Investment Management Certificate Program in the Lubar School of Business at UW-Milwaukee. A former analyst, portfolio manager and director of research, he continues to consult for various sell-side and buy-side investment firms in the areas of behavioral finance, asset pricing, investment strategy and quantitative investments. As Trump’s first term gets underway, Spellman can discuss how the 45th president’s economic-policy decisions affect the economy and financial markets. He can also speak in general about President Trump’s real-estate holdings, as Spellman’s first role was as an analyst in real estate stocks.

Foreign Relations/International Trade

Robert Beck, international law and use of force
(414) 229-3713 (office)
UW-Milwaukee’s chief information officer, Robert Beck is a political scientist whose research interests include international relations, international law and foreign policy. He is working on a new edition of “International Law and the Use of Force: Beyond the U.N. Charter Paradigm.

Christine Evans, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Russian media and pop culture
(414) 979-1402
An assistant professor of history, Christine Evans’ research interests include modern Eurasian mass culture and communications and play, leisure and consumption. She’s the author of “Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television, published in 2016 by Yale University Press. She travels to Russia yearly for research, and was a recent guest on “Sean’s Russia Blog Podcast. She can speak about Trump and Putin’s pop-culture appeal in Russia, and analyze how the Russian entertainment industry, fake news and contemporary Russian propaganda portray that nation’s complicated, evolving relationship with American politics and our 45th president.

Ora “John” Reuter, Vladimir Putin or US/Russian relations
(931) 312-9132
An assistant professor of political science and senior researcher at the Moscow-based International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, Ora “John” Reuter’s research interests include comparative political institutions and political economy, elections, democratization, bureaucracy, authoritarian regimes and Russia and the former Soviet Union. He can speak about the potential for a new American/Russian partnership and analyze the key differences between the Russian and American political systems that are shaping relations between the two countries.

Jeffrey Sommers, Russia, Baltic economies
(414) 988-9670
A professor and senior fellow at UWM’s Institute of World Affairs, Jeffrey Sommers’ research centers on austerity economics in Europe and the United States. Regional focuses include the role played by the Baltic states as the drain for both commodities and capital from the former Soviet Union, and global markets in the context of a wider international political economy. His writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Financial Times. He can speak to shifts in U.S. relations with Russia in a Trump administration.

Leadership Style and Executive Behavior

Stanislav Dobrev
(801) 712-8155
Stanislav Dobrev is the Robert L. and Sally S. Manegold Chair in Strategic Management in the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dobrev’s research interests include business and corporate strategy, organizational change, managerial careers and incentives, and entrepreneurship. He can speak to how the president elect’s entrepreneurial background might shape his management style in the Oval Office, and he can comment on the appeal of Trump’s unorthodox, nonconformist communication/impression management style.


Hong Min Park, mid-term elections
Park is an associate professor of political science whose research and teaching interests include the U.S. Congress, political parties, and American political institutions in general. He can discuss midterm-elections, from predictions and precedents affecting key races, like Wisconsin’s first congressional district and U.S. Senate race, to how presidential politics/popularity affect mid-term congressional candidates from the president’s own party.

Sara Benesh, judicial decision making
An associate professor of political science, Benesh studies  judicial decision-making and the judiciary, including the United States Supreme Court. Benesh codes Supreme Court cases as a member of the contributors team for Washington University Law’s Supreme Court Database. She is available for television, radio and print interviews about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices, public views of the court’s historical and political significance, and its recent rulings on voting rights and gerrymandering and redistricting.

Thomas Holbrook, voter behavior
(414) 939-4207 (Google voice to text)
A professor of political science, Thomas Holbrook can talk about voter behavior, political campaigns, campaign spending and forecasting national elections. He is the author of “Do Campaigns Matter?” and the recently published “Altered States: Changing Populations, Changing Parties, and the Transformation of the American Political Landscape.” His views on Trump’s unexpected appeal to voters appeared in The Daily Caller.

Blain Neufeld
Blain Neufeld is an associate professor of philosophy at UWM, where he works on public reasoning, religious and moral pluralism, and the relationship between economic inequality and political freedom. He can speak to the nature of Trump’s political rhetoric, especially with respect to the growing religious and cultural diversity of American society, and to Trump’s appeal to economically disenfranchised voters.

Paru Shah, race and politics
(651) 324-8797 (cell)
An associate professor of political science, Paru Shah works in the areas of race, ethnicity and politics, urban governance and politics, public policy analysis and outcomes in the educational arena. Her article, “The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities and Towns,” will appear in the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook on Local Politics.” She can address issues involving immigration policy, the Voting Rights Act and states’ rights.