Tammy Vigil

Tammy Vigil is a professor of communication at Boston University. Vigil’s research has included analyzing the language used in convention speeches made by presidential nominees’ spouses. Most recently she authored a book,  Connecting With Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Addresses. In the book, she studies former candidates convention speeches to better understand the relationship between candidate speeches and the way people vote. Vigil is located in Boston.

Professor of Communication at Boston University

Expert in: Campaign Rhetoric and Women as Political Communicators

Location: Boston, MA


Phone: 617-935-9111

Email: Tvigil@bu.edu

Twitter: @trvphd

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Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.

McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns

Contact Information:

E-mail: cdm1@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-9495
Twitter: @cmcilwain

Mo Elleithee

Mo Elleithee is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.  Before launching the institute, Elleithee spent nearly two decades as one of the top communications strategists in the Democratic Party, helping political leaders and organizations figure out how to tell their story.

Most recently the Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee, he is a veteran of four presidential campaigns, including as Senior Spokesman on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.  He was a campaign strategist for four current or former United States Senators and two former Governors, advised the independent expenditure campaign arms of both the DCCC and DSCC, and has worked on numerous other statewide and local races in every region of the country.

Elleithee was a founding partner of two of Washington’s leading political consulting firms, Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media, and is a frequent political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and PBS News Hour.

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Executive Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Campaigns, Democratic Party, Media in Politics

Location: Washington, DC

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Francesca Chambers

Francesca Chambers is a political reporter at the Daily Mail, where she covers Congress, the White House, the Obama administration and campaigns and elections. Previously she was the editor and publisher of Red Alert Politics, an online publication written by and for young conservatives that she founded on behalf of MediaDC, the parent company of The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard.Chambers has been a featured speaker at Leadership Institute, Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity’s annual “Defending the American Dream Summit” and “Right Online” conference, the State Policy Network’s annual meeting, the Western Conservative Summit and Bridging the Gap summits, and CPAC.

She is a frequent panelist on PBS’s Sunday morning show To the Contrary. She has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, PBS’s NewsHour, MSNBC, CNN, TheBlazeTV, HuffPost Live, and has been a guest on Take Action News with David Shuster and on NPR.

Political Reporter, Daily Mail

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Congress, the White House, the Obama Administration, Conservative Politics, GOP, Young Conservatives, Campaigns & Elections

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: francesca.chambers@dailymail.com
Twitter: @Fran_Chambers

Heard on NPR Morning Edition: At CPAC, GOP Makes Push For Young Voters

Christina Greer

Christina Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion.

Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups.

Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore.

Greer received her B. A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University

Areas of Expertise: American Politics, Black Ethnic Politics, Urban Politics, Quantitative Methods, Congress, New York City and New York State Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Public Opinion

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info: 

Phone: (646) 698-6810
E-mail: greer13@gmail.com
secondary contact info: From September to April
Phone: (212) 636-6242
E-mail: cgreer@fordham.edu

Twitter: @Dr_CMGreer

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Morning Edition: Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race

Greer on CNBC discussing NYC mayor race

Jaime Regalado

Jaime Regalado is professor emeritus of political Science at California State University, Los Angeles. Previously he served as the executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI), a nonprofit public-policy center for applied public policy and community engagement at Cal State LA.

While at the Pat Brown Institute, he was the founding editor of California Politics & Policy and California Policy Issues Annual. He is also a former associate editor of Urban Affairs Review, an internationally recognized journal, and a trustee of the Liberty Hill Foundation. He was previously professor of political science at CSULA, with a specialty in urban politics and state and local politics.

During his tenures in the classroom, as a scholar and as a policy institute director, he developed an applied agenda that focused on urban as well as state and local politics, Latino politics, race relations, inter-community and multi-sector collaborations and coalitions, youth violence mitigation, political representation and electoral politics.

Regalado has long served as an analyst and pundit for the mass, independent and social media on broad array of political, social and policy issues. He has appeared both on air and in print for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, the AP, KPCC and NPR.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Elections and Campaigns, Race Relations and Coalition Building, Voting Rights and Political Representation, Politics of Organized Labor, Voter Attitudes

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Office: (626) 792-9237

Mobile:(626) 644-1936


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Jennifer S. Korn

Jennifer S. Korn is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN). She previously served as director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House Office of Public Liaison and as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2004, Korn worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign as the National Hispanic Director and the Southwest Coalitions Director. As a Republican political strategist, she has provided commentary for Fox and has written for the Huffington Post, NBC Latino, and Fox News Latino.

Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network

Areas of Expertise: Politics & Policy, Political Campaigns, Hispanic and Latino Issues,Women’s Issues, Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

To contact Jennifer, please call or email Emily Benavides, communications director at Hispanic Leadership Network

Email: ebenavides@hispanicleadershipnetwork.org
Phone: (202) 706-7054 (o) | (419) 494-9528 (c)
Twitter: @embena@HispanicLN

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is a senior analyst at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm.

She is also a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a senior fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. According to her Bernard Center bio, she is currently working on a book about conservative feminism. She previously taught political science at Northwestern University and Rutgers University.

DeFrancesco Soto is a regular contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. She blogs for NBC Latino, the Huffington Post, and POLITICO’s Arena.

Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

Areas of Expertise: Social Identity and Political Behavior, Latino Politics, Women, Race and Ethnic Politics, Immigration, Campaigns and Elections, Political Marketing

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Mobile: (312) 480-1868
Twitter: @drvmds

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All Things Considered: In Presidential Ads, A Shared Strategy For Connection

Weekend Edition Saturday: Campaign Ads Target Latinos As A Key Issue Looms


Vincent Hutchings

Vincent Hutchings teaches political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he focuses on American government and politics and race/ethnicity in politics. He was featured in “Race 2012: A PBS Election Special.” 

He has been awarded several grants from the National Science Foundation, including:

  • -2009-2011 to be the Principal Investigator for his project “Elite Communications and Racial Group Conflict in the 21st Century”
  • -2010-2013 to be the Principal Investigator in Michigan for the American National Election Studies

Hutchings was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and was given the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Political Research Quarterly in 2009.

Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: Government and Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Public Opinion, Elections & Voting Behavior, African American Politics, Afroamerican and African Studies, Campaigns

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Info:

Phone: (734) 764-6591

Email: vincenth@umich.edu 

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Morning Edition: Herman Cain And The Politics Of Race

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GOP Searches For Way To Regain Minority Voters