January 04, 2021

Media advisory: Experts on impact of U.S. Senate run-off elections in Georgia

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has several experts available to assist reporters and news crews with perspective on the Tuesday, Jan. 5, runoff races for U.S. Senate in Georgia and the policy and political implications for the country. The experts’ specialties include political polarization, American politics and campaign finance.

These experts – from the Department of Political Science and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute – with contact information to arrange for interviews, include:

  • Benjamin Bricker, associate professor of political science, taught a University Honors Program class on the 2020 elections during the fall 2020 semester. He also teaches courses in constitutional law and administrative law. His research interests include judicial decision making and political polarization. He can be reached at 202-664-3873 or brickeb@siu.edu.
  • John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute visiting professor, has more than four decades of political expertise and research in presidential politics, campaigns and elections. He can be reached at 618-303-1240 or jsjacson@siu.edu.
  • John T. Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, spent 26 years in Washington, D.C., covering Congress and economic issues for Market News International before his arrival at SIU Carbondale in 2018. He has been a guest on the PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN. He can be reached at 618-453-4009 or shaw@siu.edu.