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Election experts from DePaul University available to discuss midterms

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Note: Article updated Oct. 25, 2022 with additional experts.

CHICAGO — As voters head to the polls in less than a month to decide elected positions at the national, state and local levels, DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight and commentary. Their expertise includes political advertising, polling, the Latinx vote, immigration, voter behavior, campaign finance, and more. Experts include:

Benjamin Epstein
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences |​
Author of “The Only Constant is Change: Technology, Political Communication, and Innovation Over Time,” Epstein can speak on the role of the internet and social media in elections, and how the balance of power, policy and democracy could be affected by the variety of midterm outcomes.

Bruce Newman
Driehaus College of Business |

Newman is a professor in the Department of Marketing. His most recent book, “The Marketing Revolution in Politics: What Recent U.S. Presidential Elections Can Teach Us About Effective Marketing,” highlights the infrastructure changes in the U.S. political system and puts forward the model followed by Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election. He can comment on how polls, advertising strategy, micro-targeting and Big Data now drive politics and elections in the U.S.

Xavier Perez
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences |

A faculty member in DePaul’s Department of Criminology, Perez can discuss the Latinx vote, the misconception of Latinos(as) as being a monolith, the criminalization of immigrants, undocumented immigrants and migrants, immigration as a political wedge issue, interactions between police and minority communities, prison education, and mass incarceration.

R. Craig Sautter
School of Continuing and Professional Studies |​

Sautter is author of “Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions 1860-1996” and two other books on presidential conventions and elections. He has co-written and co-produced scores of radio and television political ads for candidates running for office — from mayor to Congress — across the nation since the 1990s. Sautter also served two terms on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Advisory Board. He can speak about both national and local races.

Shailja Sharma
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences |

As the chair of DePaul’s Department of International Studies, Sharma can speak to refugees and asylum seekers as an important topic in the elections; the forcible transportation of asylum seekers to different states; the treatment of people at the southern border; Afghan refugees; and humanitarian parole.

Wayne Steger
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences |​

Author of “A Citizen’s Guide to Presidential Nominations: The Competition for Leadership,” Steger can speak on House, Senate and Gubernatorial elections, political parties, populism, polls, election forecasting, media coverage of campaigns, voting behavior and campaign finance.

Mark Weber
College of Law |

Weber’s expertise includes disability rights and complex tort litigation. He can discuss access to voting for people with disabilities. Safe access for immunocompromised people at high risk from COVID was a major concern during the election in 2020 and led to the People First litigation in Alabama and other legal responses. Similar problems are likely to impede voting by people with disabilities in the 2022 midterms.


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