Experts on Fair Elections, NC and National Races Available

The following Duke University scholars are available to provide comment for stories on the election.


Asher Hildebrand
Asher Hildebrand, associate professor of the practice of public policy, worked for nearly 15 years in Congress and on political campaigns, including as chief of staff to U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC) and as director of policy and research for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign in North Carolina.

Fair Elections

Judith Kelley
Judith Kelley is dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, where she is also a senior fellow with the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her areas of research include human rights, democracy and international election observation. Listen to Kelley discuss election issues in NC.

North Carolina & the South

Kerry Haynie
Kerry Haynie is an associate professor of political science and African & African American studies. He directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. Haynie researches race and ethnic politics, legislative processes, state and Southern politics, and comparative urban politics. He is co-author of the new book, “Race, Gender, and Political Representation: Toward a More Intersectional Approach.”

Pope “Mac” McCorkle
Mac McCorkle is a professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, and director of the Polis: Center for Politics. McCorkle was an issues consultant to Democratic political candidates, state governments and others for more than 25 years.

(Asher Hildebrand can also discuss N.C. politics.)

National Politics

John Aldrich
John Aldrich is a professor of political science at Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, where he specializes in American politics and behavior. He has written and contributed to several books, the most recent of which is “Change and Continuity in the 2016 and 2018 Elections.”

Voter Behavior

Sunshine Hillygus
Sunshine Hillygus is a professor of political science who studies American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion and information technology and politics. She is co-author of the book, “Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action” (2020).

Media Contact:
Steve Hartsoe

_ _ _ _
Duke experts on a variety of election-related topics can be found at