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UW politics and elections experts

Paul Burstein
Professor emeritus, Department of Sociology; adjunct professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-7088
Email: burstein@uw.edu
Web: https://www.soc.washington.edu/faculty-details/burstein
Expertise: Burstein has studied American politics, social movements, and, especially, the causes of policy change. He finds that we can’t expect to have much influence on most policies, because people don’t care what the government does on most issues; yet it’s also true that on a surprising number of issues there is very little interest group involvement. It may be far from clear who “wins” on most issues. He is the author of the 2014 book “American Public Opinion, Advocacy, and Policy in Congress: What the Public Wants and What it Gets.”

Daniel Chirot
Professor, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, Department of Sociology
Office: 206-685-2412
Email: chirot@uw.edu
Web: https://faculty.washington.edu/chirot/
Expertise: Tyranny, genocide, war, conflict mitigation, the role of ideas in shaping our world, social change, the Tea Party.

David Domke
Professor and chair, Department of Communications
Office: 206-543-2662
Email:domke@uw.edu
Web: http://www.com.washington.edu/domke/
Expertise: Domke studies political leadership, news coverage and social change, particularly the dynamics of post-9/11 America. Recent news articles:Labor Economics, Social Issues

Megan Ming Francis
Assistant professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-685-2338
Email: meganmf@uw.edu
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/megan-ming-francis
Expertise: American politics, race, the development of constitutional law, black political activism, the construction of rights and citizenship. Francis is the author of the 2014 book “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State.”

James D. Long
Assistant professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2947
Email: jdlong@uw.edu
Web: http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Directory/Faculty/Faculty/faculty_long.html
Expertise: Long studies elections in fragile and developing countries, including the determinants of voting behavior and turnout, the dynamics of election fraud, the impact of information and communication technologies on corruption monitoring, the causes of electoral violence and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building and development. James studies these issues in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan.

George Lovell
Professor and chair, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2780
Email: glovell@uw.edu
Web: http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Directory/Faculty/Faculty/faculty_lovell.html
Expertise: Lovell studies American political institutions, political development, social movements and constitutional theory. His research explores how law and litigation influences the way people organize for political participation, with particular emphasis on labor and civil rights organizations.

Justin Marlowe
Associate professor, Evans School of Public Affairs
Office: 206-221-4161
Email: jmarlowe@uw.edu
Web: http://evans.uw.edu/profile/marlowe
Expertise: Marlowe studies public financial management, state and local fiscal policy, government accountability and public-private partnerships.

Margaret O’Mara
Associate professor, Department of History
Office: 206-685-2928
Email: momara@uw.edu
Web: http://depts.washington.edu/history/people/34
Expertise: A historian of the modern United States, O’Mara specializes in political, economic and urban history and the history of capitalism. She is author of the 2015 book “Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century.” O’Mara also examines the intersections between cities, politics and technology.

Christopher S. Parker
Associate professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2947
Email: csparker@uw.edu
Web: http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Directory/Faculty/Faculty/faculty_parker.html
Expertise: Parker brings survey data to bear on questions of historical import. His research has included the tea party, civil rights and the urban crises of the 1960s. Co-author (with Matt Barreto) of “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America.” 2013.

Mark Smith
Professor, political science; adjunct professor, Comparative Religion Program, Department of Communications
Office: 206-616-3606
Email: masmith@uw.edu
Web: http://faculty.washington.edu/masmith/
Expertise: Smith researches public opinion, interest groups, political communication, political economy and public policy.

Stuart Streichler
Affiliate associate professor, Law, Societies and Justice Program; lecturer, UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Phone: 206-842-4902
Web: http://faculty.washington.edu/sstreich/
Expertise: A practicing attorney before his academic career, Streichler has experience with constitutional litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and has provided volunteer legal counsel for presidential campaigns. With a background in political science and law, he can discuss the Supreme Court, constitutional law, presidential campaigns and war powers, in addition to issues involving law and race.

Rebecca U. Thorpe
Assistant professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-6493
Email: bthorpe@uw.edu
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/rebecca-u-thorpe
Expertise: United States political institutions, political development, state violence, the national security state, criminal justice system. Thorpe is the author of the 2014 book. “The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending.”