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GW Experts Available to Discuss Racial Injustice, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Current National Discord

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The George Washington University has faculty available to provide opinions, expertise, and commentary on a variety of topics including race relations (including bias and inequality); protests and extremists; and peace and conflict resolution.

Jameta Barlow, is an assistant professor of writing in the University Writing program, as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has written extensively on black girls’ and women’s health, intersectionality, and restorative health practices in psychology.  

Imani Cheers, an associate professor of media and public affairs, is an expert on race in popular culture and can discuss the nationwide reaction to the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

Seamus Hughes is deputy director of the GW Program on Extremism. He can discuss President Trump’s proposal to label so-called “antifa” as domestic extremists.  

Antwan Jones is an associate professor of sociology at the George Washington University. Trained as a social demographer, he specializes in issues relating to race/ethnicity, social class, and health. Dr. Jones conducts rigorous research to understand the relationship between where people live and a myriad of social outcomes, from chronic health conditions to the closeness that individuals feel to certain racial/ethnic groups

Nicole Ivy, is an assistant professor of American studies. She specializes in black visual culture, social and cultural history, and black studies. She has written about racial formations, memory, and the labor of representation.

Cynthia Lee, is the Edward F. Howrey professor of law at the GW Law School. She has written extensively about police use of force and race and policing.

Peter Loge, is director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication at GW. He specializes in communications and political strategy and can discuss President Trump’s communications during this time. He recently wrote about the political rhetoric necessary for the moment.

Gayle Wald, is chair of American Studies. She specializes in African American literature, cultural theory, and race theory. In 2015, she published the book “It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television,” about the historic PBS show Soul!, which brought a black power sensibility to television from 1968 to 1973. She also wrote the 2007 biography “Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.”

Ronald Weitzer is a professor of sociology and criminologist. Much of his research has investigated police-minority relations in the United States and in other nations, including Northern Ireland and South Africa. Dr. Weitzer can discuss racial profiling, police misconduct, and racially biased policing. He is the co-author of Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform.

Experts are available to speak via email, phone, or various video conferencing services. We have many experts available on various topics if there is something specific you are interested in please contact us and we will help find an expert.


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Yes, Wisconsin Republicans have the power to overturn the extended mask mandate order by Governor Evers

Republicans have the legal power to reverse the order by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers that extends the mask mandate.

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COVID-19 shapes political approval ratings
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Approval ratings of political leaders surged in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Disability Vote Grows to 38.3 Million, a 19.8% Jump Since 2008
Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

A projected 38.3 million people with disabilities will be eligible to vote in the November 2020 elections, representing 16.3% of the electorate. This exceeds the number of eligible voters who are Black (29.9 million) or Hispanic/Latino (31.3 million).

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University of Illinois at Chicago

In a paper published in the Journal on Active Aging researchers conclude that both 2020 presidential candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, and President Donald Trump, 74 — are likely to maintain their health beyond the end of the next presidential term. As a result, they say that chronological age and fitness should not be factors in the 2020 election.

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Trump said he has "a constitutional obligation to put in nine judges — justices.” This claim is false

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