Expert Pitch
Florida State University

Experts ready to provide insight on 2020 elections

29-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT, by Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: | 3:51 pm 

With the 2020 election cycle in full swing, American voters find themselves with no shortage of issues to consider when deciding which candidate has earned the right to help tackle them. 

Racial unrest, historic wildfires and a pandemic that’s infected millions and led to 200,000 American deaths are among the factors shaping an electorate that’s polarized like never before

Researchers at Florida State University are ready to help sift through the issues that will drive 2020 voters. FSU experts can provide the historical context and nuanced perspective that are critical to understanding and a balanced picture of the political landscape. 

Hans Hassell, assistant professor, Department of Political Science

Hassell’s research focuses on political institutions and specifically on political parties and their role in electoral politics.

Campaigning in 2020 means dealing with issues and problems that previous campaigns have not had to address. Campaigns have been forced to adapt to a new reality in how to reach voters and a political environment that is constantly changing. Campaigns regularly adapt to their political reality, but the 2020 election provides a tougher test for most political campaigns.

Matt Pietryka, assistant professor, Department of Political Science

Pietryka’s research focuses on understanding how the social and political contexts of life influence the political attitudes and behavior of individuals. In particular, he studies how political discussion with friends and family can affect individual political behavior. He is currently studying voting and elections and can discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the November elections.

Davis Houck, professor, College of Communication & Information

Houck can discuss political advertising, news coverage and speech making. He is an expert on the American civil rights movement, war rhetoric, propaganda and media campaigns.

“The 2020 presidential election is being hailed, without irony or hyperbole, as the most important election in American history. It will determine if President Trump is to have another four years; the U.S. Senate is also in play. Turnout also promises to be historic, even as the country sorts through myriad legal battles related to mail-in ballots, felon voting rights and how a pandemic is shaping potential voter turnout. Contrasting rhetorical styles and argument strategies will also be inventoried and analyzed daily given the extremes we’ll be witnessing.”

Patrick Merle, professor, College of Communication & Information

Merle has been involved in international news and is still freelancing in journalism and public relations. He studies media effect with an emphasis on political and international perspectives.

“As a former international journalist based in Paris having covered international affairs and now a professor specialized in crisis communication and political communication, I can provide comparative perspectives and relevant approaches associated with political messaging.”

Michael T. Morley, assistant professor, College of Law

Morley teaches and writes in the areas of election law, constitutional law, remedies and the federal courts. He has been quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, The Atlantic and several other media outlets regarding the 2020 election. 

 

Filters close

Showing results

110 of 5650
Newswise: Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
University of Notre Dame

To get expert opinions on the fate of the nearly 245-year-old democracy, a group of students from Notre Dame conducted a survey and a path selection game with 150 members of political science professional associations who specialize in elections.

Released: 23-Oct-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Trump Led Biden in Twitter Volume and in Positive Mentions, Analysis Shows
New York University

President Donald Trump received more Twitter mentions, and a greater increase of positive mentions, relative to former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night, shows a new analysis of online activity leading up to, during, and immediately after the second presidential debate.

access_time Embargo lifts in 2 days
Embargo will expire: 26-Oct-2020 3:00 PM EDT Released to reporters: 23-Oct-2020 2:45 PM EDT

A reporter's PressPass is required to access this story until the embargo expires on 26-Oct-2020 3:00 PM EDT The Newswise PressPass gives verified journalists access to embargoed stories. Please log in to complete a presspass application. If you have not yet registered, please Register. When you fill out the registration form, please identify yourself as a reporter in order to advance to the presspass application form.

Released: 23-Oct-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Trump continued to falsely claim Biden supported getting rid of private insurance
Newswise

In the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderator Kristen Welker asks the candidates to speak about their plans for healthcare in the United States. President Trump once again accused his oponent of wanting to eliminate private health insurance. Trump has made this claim repeatedly. This claim is false. It conflates Biden's plan with those of other Democrats pushing "Medicare for All."

Released: 23-Oct-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Are we really “rounding the corner" when it comes the coronavirus pandemic?
Newswise

“We’re rounding the turn,” Trump said during the debate. This implies a meaningful improvement. We rate this claim as false. On that very same day the U.S. recorded 77,000 new cases, according to NBC News. This tops the previous high that had been set in July. We may be learning to "live with it," as Trump mentioned, but this is not an improvement.

Released: 22-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance falsely claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus”
Newswise

A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus” and there is no COVID-19 pandemic. Although the video was removed from Youtube, portions of the video are circulating on Facebook. We rate this claim as false. Scientists universally agree that the cuase of this pandemic is a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and not a strain of influenza. COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu. COVID-19 so far has killed more people in the U.S. than the past five flu seasons combined.

Newswise: Time is Not on Their Side: Physicians Face Barriers to Voting
Released: 22-Oct-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Time is Not on Their Side: Physicians Face Barriers to Voting
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Oct. 22, 2020 – Two new UT Southwestern studies published today report some surprising findings: Only half of practicing physicians are registered to vote, and the most common obstacle faced by resident physicians is the lack of time to vote. The researchers say finding ways to increase voter participation among doctors is critical as the nation tackles health care issues.


Showing results

110 of 5650

close
1.64336