Media Contacts: 
Erin Kramer

Steve Hartsoe

Amanda Solliday

2020 Census


Ashwin Machanavajjhala is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in computer science. He was part of the team that implemented the privacy algorithms for the 2020 census. (919) 660-6590;


Financial Markets


James Cox, a law professor who specializes in corporate and securities law, has testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading, class actions and market reform issues. (919) 613-7056;

Connel Fullenkamp, director of undergraduate studies in Duke’s economics department, specializes in economic policy, financial market development and regulation of financial markets. He has been a visiting scholar and consultant at the IMF Institute of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., since 1999. (919) 660-1843;

International Trade Disputes

Rachel Brewster
Rachel Brewster is a law professor who specializes in international economic law and international dispute settlement. She writes on World Trade Organization (WTO) law, anti-corruption law and international relations theory.
(919) 613-7213;

Education (K-12)

Early Education

Clara Muschkin, associate research professor of public policy and faculty director of the North Carolina Education Research Data Center, focuses on the impact of early education policies on student outcomes; the impact of grade configuration on student behavior; special education placements, peer influence in schools, and poverty and inequality. (919) 613-9302;

Childhood Well-Being/School Violence

Kenneth Dodge, professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience; founding director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, specializes in child abuse and neglect, behavior disorders and adolescent development. (919) 613-7864;

Katie Rosanbalm, senior research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy, researches the implementation and evaluation of programs in the areas of early childhood systems, self-regulation development, child welfare, and trauma-sensitive schools. (919) 668-3294;

Family Influence on Learning

Anna Gassman-Pines, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience; faculty affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, studies low-wage work, family life and the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being; the effects of job loss on children’s test scores. (919) 613-7301;

Christina Gibson Davis, associate professor of public policy and sociology; faculty affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, focuses on social and economic differences in family formation patterns and how family structure affects children’s academic achievement. (919) 613-7364;

Gifted Education/Assessment

Kristen R. Stephens, assistant professor of the practice of education, specializes in educational policy and assessments, serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented and the National Association for Gifted Children. (919) 660-3083;

Homework/Afterschool Programs/School Calendars

Harris Cooper, professor of Psychology & Neuroscience. Researches the value of homework, making the most of summer school, the value of after-school programs and the impact of school calendars and calendar variations on students and their families. (919) 660-5664;

Environment/Energy Policy

Climate Change

Elizabeth Albright,an assistant professor of the practice of environmental science and policy methods, studies how policy decisions are made in response to storms and other extreme weather events. She can also discuss how such events affect people’s viewpoints.
(252-655-1366 (cell);

Brian Murray, director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. Specializes in the design of economic policies to address a range of environmental problems, with a focus on climate change policy. This includes the design of cap-and-trade systems; price containment mechanisms; and emissions offsets generated by the agriculture, forest and land-use sectors.
(919) 613-1324;

Energy and the Economy

Billy Pizer, professor of public policy, specializes in how clean energy policies can leverage the private sector, how environmental regulation can affect the economy and how to improve market-based environmental policies. Pizer is a former deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury.
(919) 613-8729;

Environmental Politics

Megan Mullin, associate professor of environmental politics, researches the politics of climate change, the factors that shape public perception about it, and how – or if – this affects their voting decisions. Mullin has published broadly in political science, public administration and general science outlets.
(919) 684-1174;

Human Health and Food Security

Drew Shindell, professor of earth science, researches how climate emissions and air pollution affect human health and food security globally. Shindell has testified before Congress and chairs the science advisory panel to the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition; was lead author on the UN’s 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
(919) 681-8467;

Natural Resources Management

Sara A. Sutherland, an environmental economist, researches in part the political economy of natural resource management, with a focus on fisheries and water management. Sutherland collaborates with state agencies to tackle environmental issues in North Carolina. This includes projects to inform legislatures on the economic value of North Carolina’s natural resources including commercial fisheries and seagrass.
(919) 613-9217;

Gun Policy

Guns and the Constitution

Joseph Blocher, a law professor who researches federal and state constitutional law, specializes in the First and Second Amendments, legal history and property. His current scholarship addresses issues of gun rights and regulation, free speech, sovereignty and refugee law. Blocher co-directs the Center for Firearms Law at Duke.
(919) 613-7018;

Darrell A. H. Miller, a law professor who specializes in civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure and state and local government law, co-directs the Center for Firearms Law at Duke. Miller is the author of “The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller” (2018).
(919) 613-8517;

Regulating Guns

Philip Cook, a professor emeritus of public policy, economics and sociology, has spent more than 40 years researching the costs and consequences of the widespread availability of guns. He is co-author of “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Cook has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Treasury.
(919) 613-7360;

Kristin Goss, an associate professor of public policy and political science, researches the evolution of gun-related advocacy. She has published three books about gun policy, including, “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know” (co-authored with fellow Duke professor Philip Cook).
(919) 613-7331;

Health Policy

Health Systems/Medicare

Donald Taylor
Donald Taylor, a professor of public policy, researches aging and comparative health systems, including Medicare, long-term care and health policy.
(919) 613-9357, (919) 257-0339 (cell);

Insurance Reform

David Anderson, a research associate at the Margolis Center for Health Policy, can discuss impacts of different health insurance reform proposals, benefit configuration, cost-sharing and policy analysis, and Medicare end-of-life payment reform models.
(919) 361-5809 ext. 121;; Twitter: @bjdickmayhew


Impact of Foreign Aid

Sarah Bermeo, associate professor of public policy and political science, researches the impact of foreign aid on migration (including Central America), relations between industrialized and developing nations, trade agreements and climate migration. She is the author of “Targeted Development: Industrialized Country Strategy in a Globalizing World.”
(919) 613-7349;


Gunther Peck, an associate professor of history and associate professor of public policy studies, researches can discuss immigration policy in North America and Europe, the history of human trafficking and its relationship to the evolution of racial ideology and humanitarian intervention.
(919) 668-5297;


Neil Siegel,a professor of law and political science, specializes in constitutional law. His work on sex equality and reproductive rights examines how equality values are protected under both equal protection and due process, and how the constitutional sex equality doctrine applies to restrictions on access to contraception and abortion.

Constitutional Law/Supreme Court

Darrell A.H. Miller, a law professor, writes and teaches in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure, state and local government law, and legal history. His scholarship on the 2nd and 13th Amendments has been published in leading law reviews.
(919) 613-8517;

Neil Siegel,a professor of law and political science, specializes in constitutional law. He advised U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil M. Gorsuch, and advised then Sen. Joe Biden during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Ernest Young, a law professor, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the constitutional law of federalism, constitutional interpretation and constitutional theory. He can also discuss the difficulties confronting courts as they seek to draw lines between national and state authority.
(919) 613-8506;

Election Law/Gerrymandering

Asher Hildebrand, an associate professor of the practice, teaches politics and policy analysis at the Sanford School of Public Policy. His academic interests include American politics, legislative institutions, civic participation and advocacy, democracy reform and U.S. foreign policy. Hildebrand served for nearly 15 years in congressional offices and on political campaigns. He was formerly chief of staff to U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC).
(919) 613-9509;

Jonathan Mattingly, a professor of mathematics and statistical science and chair of the Department of Mathematics at Duke, has provided expert testimony that’s cited in an appellee’s brief for this case; he and his team developed a computer sampling method to tell when a congressional map tilts too far to one party or another. Read his Quantifying Gerrymandering blog.
(919) 660-2800;

Gunther Peck, an associate professor of history and associate professor of public policy studies, was a plaintiff in the League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Rucho, a partisan gerrymandering challenge to North Carolina’s congressional district map.
(919) 668-5297, (919) 599-3980 (cell);

Media Accountability/Fact-Checking

Press and Politics

Bill Adair, professor of the practice of journalism and public policy, can discuss digital journalism, fact-checking, new media, and the press and politics. Adair is the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact and director of Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
(919) 613-7348;​​​​​

Philip Napoli, professor of public policy, researches media institutions, media regulation and policy, such as net neutrality. He has testified on these topics to the U.S. Senate, the FCC and the FTC. He is the author of the forthcoming book “Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age” (August 2019)
(201) 394-9551;


Charles Dunlap Jr., a professor of the practice at Duke University’s School of Law, is executive director of its Center on Law, Ethics & National Security. Dunlap retired from the U.S. Air Force in June 2010 as a major general after a 34-year career in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
(919); 613-7233;


​​​​Domestic Politics

John Aldrich, a professor of political science, specializes in American politics and political institutions. He has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Political Science and as president of the American Political Science Association. Aldrich is author of the book “Why Parties?” and co-author of “Change and Continuity in the 2012 and 2014 Elections.”

Kerry Haynie, an associate professor of political science and African & African American Studies, specializes in state politics, African-American politics, Southern politics and race and poverty issues. He also directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.
(919) 452-7877;

Foreign Policy

Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy, served as a special adviser for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House (2005-07). He also directs the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy.
(919) 660-4331;

Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy and political science, was a senior adviser at the State Department from 2009-11. He served on the presidential campaigns of Barak Obama (2012), Al Gore (2000) and worked in the State Department (1993-94). He is author of the book, “The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship.”
(919) 641-6873 (cell);

North Carolina/South

Kerry Haynie, an associate professor of political science and African & African American Studies, specializes in state politics, African-American politics, Southern politics and race and poverty issues. He also directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.
(919) 452-7877;

Pope “Mac” McCorkle, professor of the practice of public policy, has served as an issues consultant to political candidates, state governments, and various organizations for the last two decades. Since starting McCorkle Policy Consulting in 1994, he has worked for state and federal candidates in North Carolina as well as 28 other states.
(919) 613-4390;


Christopher Bail, a professor of sociology and public policy, researches political polarization, culture and social psychology using tools from the emerging field of computational social science. He directs the Polarization Lab, which works on developing new technology to bridge America’s partisan divides.
(919) 660-5643,​​​​​

Voter Behavior

Ashley Jardina, an assistant professor of political science, studies the nature of racial attitudes, the development of group identities and the way in which these factors influence political preferences and behavior. She is primarily interested in how Americans are responding to increasing diversity, and is author of “White Identity Politics” (2019, Cambridge).
(919) 660-5951;

Deondra Rose
Deondra Rose, an assistant professor of public policy and political science, researches and teaches political behavior, identity politics (i.e., gender, race, and socioeconomic status) and inequality. (919) 613-7395;

Wealth and Politics

Nicholas Carnes, associate professor of public policy and political science, studies American politics, economic and social class inequality, and political representation. He studies the factors that discourage middle- and working-class people from holding office. Carnes is the author of “The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office–And What We Can Do About It.”
(919) 613-7330;​​​​​

Women in Leadership

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, an associate professor of management and organizations, studies leadership, diversity and negotiations with a specific focus on gender, race, intersectionality, and social inequity in the workplace. She is also a fellow at the Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics.
(919) 660-8021;

Kristin Goss, an associate professor of public policy and political science, researches why people do (or don’t) participate in political life. She has also written widely on gender and politics. Goss is the author of the book, “The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice.
(919) 613-7331;

Race and Culture

Mark Anthony Neal is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, where he offers courses on black masculinity, popular culture and digital humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition and The History of Hip-Hop. He is also director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke.(919) 684-3987;


Simon Miles, an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of “Engaging the Evil Empire,” an account of how Washington and Moscow ended the Cold War.
(919) 630-9560;


Homeland Security

David Schanzer is an expert on counterterrorism strategy, counterterrorism law and homeland security. He is also director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003-2005. He previously served as the legislative director for Sen. Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), and counsel to Sens. Joe Biden (1996-98), and William Cohen (1994-96).
(919) 613-9279;