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Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Presidential Debate Topics

Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences have a range of faculty experts available before, during and after the first presidential debate on the selected topics: the records of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, "race and violence in our cities” and “the integrity of the election.”

For interviews, reach out to the listed contacts. Additional campaign issue experts can be found here.

David Greenberg: Trump's and Biden’s records, Supreme Court, Race and Violence

Expert on American political and cultural history, including the presidency, campaigns and elections, political parties, political ideas, public policy and a contributing editor to Politico. Professor of history and of Journalism & Media Studies.


Ross Baker: Supreme Court

Expert in American government, U.S. legislative politics, Congressional issues and the presidency. Distinguished Professor in political science; can speak to key senate races.


Ashley Koning: Trump's and Biden’s records, Supreme Court, COVID-19, Economy, Race and Violence

Expert on American public opinion, survey design, polling trends and mass political behavior. Director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Center for Public Polling and Eagleton assistant research professor.


John J. Farmer, Jr.: Election Integrity

Expert on American politics, redistricting, law, national security and community protection for vulnerable populations. Director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, and University Professor of law.


Elizabeth Matto: Election Integrity

Expert on voter access, youth political participation, youth voter turnout, young candidates running for office and youth voter mobilization. Director of Rutgers’ Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Eagleton associate research professor.


Henry F. Raymond: COVID-19

Epidemiologist; available to comment on coronavirus trends, rates, surveillance and sampling methods. Associate professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and associate director for Public Health of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.


Brittany Friedman: Race and Violence

Expert on prisons, incarceration, and Black protest; can speak to racism in corrections and prisons, Black protest against the criminal justice system, and monetary sanctions.


Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Race and Violence

Expert in American slavery, emancipation studies and the intersection of race and gender in American history.


James W. Hughes: Economy/Trends

Expert on the economy, demographics, housing markets and real estate development; can speak to economic trends as they relate to the COVID-19 recession, as well as the presidential candidate’s jobs and economic plans.


Bill Rodgers: Economy/Income Inequality

Expert on labor economics and the economics of social problems; can speak to the U.S. unemployment rate, racial inequality, the recession's impact on Black Americans and the current job loss and economic recovery of Americans. Chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.


Nancy DiTomaso: Economy/Income Inequality

Expert on diversity, culture and inequality in relation to management and global business.


Yana Rodgers: Economy/Income Inequality

Expert on pay equity, relationship between women’s economic empowerment and access to reproductive health services. Director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work.


Farrokh Langdana: Economy/Jobs

Expert on monetary and fiscal theory, international trade and global macroeconomic policy.


Janice Fine: Economy/Jobs

Expert on federal immigration policy and immigrant labor, low wage work, unions and new forms of worker organization, and government enforcement of minimum wage and other employment laws.


Michael Merrill: Economy/Jobs

Expert on U.S. politics, class conflict and the labor movement, including its continuing campaigns for good jobs and higher wages.


Rebecca Kolins Givan: Economy/Jobs

Expert on strikes, labor unions and their changing relationships with political candidates.


Jay Soled: Economy/Taxes

Expert on taxes, including how government defines taxable income, allowable exemptions and permissible deductions.


Farok Contractor: Economy/Trade

Expert in international business and management.

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UCLA Health infectious disease experts tout critical role mask wearing plays in limiting spread of COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

With thousands of new cases logged daily and a vaccine to fight COVID-19 still in development, UCLA Health infectious disease experts are encouraging people to continue to wear masks as the best method of protecting against virus transmission.

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Surgeon General expects COVID-19 vaccine to be available by year’s end
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

In a wide-ranging talk with UCLA Health physicians, Wednesday, Oct. 28, United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, addressed the politicization of the pandemic and the means of containing the spread of COVID-19. He also offered hope that a vaccine for the virus will be available by year’s end.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Study shows myocarditis linked to COVID-19 not as common as believed
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

A study conducted by Richard Vander Heide, MD, PhD, Professor and Director of Pathology Research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and Marc Halushka, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, suggests myocarditis caused by COVID-19 may be a relatively rare occurrence.

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Researcher develops app to reach Black community with COVID-19 information
University of Cincinnati

A University of Cincinnati cardiologist is partnering with researchers in St. Louis and rural Georgia to develop a smartphone app that will deliver COVID-19 information and education that is targeted toward Black communities.

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SARS-CoV-2 might attack red marrow and block new erythrocytes formation
Far Eastern Federal University

Specialists from the Department of Fundamental Medicine of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) with Russian and Japanese colleagues have probed into mechanisms of COVID-19 inside-the-body distribution linked to erythrocytes damaging. According to researchers, the virus might attack red marrow, thus being detrimental not only for erythrocytes in the bloodstream but also for the process of the formation of the new ones.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Government of Canada awards $2.5M to McMaster University to support the COVID-19 border study with McMaster HealthLabs
McMaster University

McMaster University has been awarded $2.5 million from the Government of Canada to support the McMaster HealthLabs (MHL) Canadian International COVID-19 Surveillance Border Study at Toronto Pearson International Airport, being run in partnership with Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
5 Big Questions on Health Care and COVID-19
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The coronavirus pandemic has once again thrust the unusual state of American health care into the spotlight. With a presidential election that could have a dramatic impact on the state of health care for millions on 3 November, Professor Vivian Riefberg considers the state of the industry.

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Infection by Confection: COVID-19 and the Risk of Trick-or-Treating
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers determined that COVID-19 transmission risk via Halloween candies is low, even when they are handled by infected people, but handwashing and disinfecting collected sweets reduces risk even further.

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TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: "Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29

"Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29, 3PM EDT

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