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IU experts available to comment on nomination of Pete Buttigieg to Biden's Cabinet

Indiana University
15-Dec-2020 4:40 PM EST, by Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Pete Buttigieg as his transportation secretary, news sources are reporting. If confirmed by the Senate, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate would be the United States' first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary. IU experts are available to comment on the significance of Buttigieg's nomination to the state of Indiana and to the LGBTQ community.

Elizabeth Bennion

Politics, American politics, campaigns, elections, voter turnout, political behavior, race and gender politics, civic education, civic engagement, the youth vote, Indiana state politics, Indiana General Assembly.

IU South Bend

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Elizabeth Bennion is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches courses in American politics. Her research includes large-scale voter registration and mobilization field experiments in which randomized assignments are used to test the effectiveness of different mobilization techniques. (more)

Paul Helmke

Mayoral leadership, gun control, urban issues, law and public policy, civic education and participation, nonprofit leadership.

IU Bloomington

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Paul Helmke, former president and CEO of the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a professor of practice at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the founding director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center. (more)

John Graham

Government reform , Energy and the environment , The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries , Presidential studies

IU Bloomington

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Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor John D. Graham is chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. A widely cited scholar in the field of risk analysis, Graham has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 200 articles for academic journals and national publications. (more)

Colin Johnson

History of gender and sexuality in the United States, LGBTQ history, queer theory, rural social and cultural history, history of agriculture and the environment, history of American Midwest, cultural geography, material culture.

IU Bloomington

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Colin R. Johnson is an associate professor of gender studies and adjunct associate professor of American studies and history at IU Bloomington, where he teaches courses on feminist theory, queer theory, LGBT studies, and the history of gender and sexuality. (more)

Steve Sanders

Constitutional law, U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex marriage, LGBT legal and political issues, equal protection, 14th Amendment, family law.

IU Bloomington

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Steve Sanders teaches constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, family law and constitutional litigation (the law of Section 1983 actions for constitutional torts) at the IU Maurer School of Law. His scholarship focuses on questions arising out of the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process, with a special focus on issues affecting LGBT people and same-sex couples. (more)

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Political Variables Carried More Weight Than Healthcare in Government Response to COVID-19
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Political institutions such as the timing of elections and presidentialism had a larger influence on COVID-19 strategies than the institutions organizing national healthcare, according to a research team led by a professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Memoir from Health Policy Expert Challenges American Health Care System and Inspires Change
Amplify Publishing

Amplify Publishing announces the release of Beyond Fear: How I Fought the Feds for Six Years—and Won by Ted Giovanis.

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Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

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Establishing Juneteenth As National Holiday is Opportunity to Create "New America"
Binghamton University, State University of New York

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to establish Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. This is an historic moment and an opportunity to create a “new America,” according to Anne Bailey, professor of history at Binghamton University, State University of New York and director of the Harriet Tubman Center for the Study of Freedom and Equity.

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Keeping the peace
Washington University in St. Louis

New research from Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on how — and in what context — peacekeepers can contain the spread of violence in fragile post-conflict areas.

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