A number of West Virginia University faculty are available to offer expert commentary related to issues regarding the 2016 West Virginia General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, including the gubernatorial race.

WVU faculty who can offer analysis include:

Allan Hammock is a visiting associate professor of political science who specializes in studying West Virginia state politics, in addition to American politics as a whole. He has written a number of books, and contributed to other writings about West Virginia interest groups and political parties. He can be reached at ahammock@wvu.edu or 304.293.3198.

John C. Kilwein is an associate professor of political science whose research interests include public law and public policy. His research has appeared in a number of prominent research journals and books. He can be reached at John.Kilwein@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.9576.

Simon Haeder is an assistant professor in the WVU John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy & Politics and the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on healthcare and health policy (including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, provider networks, provider quality and insurance regulation), regulatory politics, and state and local government. His most recent work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Policy, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vox.com, and Kaiser Health News. He can be reached at Simon.Haeder@mail.wvu.edu or 559.908.2704.

Atiba Ellis is a professor of law whose research focuses on voting rights law with specific attention to how varying conceptions of the right to vote exclude voters on the margins. In particular he has written about voter fraud, economic entry barriers posed by voter ID laws, formal and informal voter suppression, the theoretical effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and related topics. He can be reached at atiba.ellis@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.4810.

William Hal Gorby is an assistant professor in the Department of History who studies the social history of West Virginia. As an Appalachian historian, he has analyzed how West Virginia history has influenced and played a role in state politics over the years. He can be reached at William.Gorby@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.9428.

John Deskins is an associate professor of economics and the Director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He offers expertise in in state economics, and government and expenditure policy at the state level. He can be reached at john.deskins@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.7876.

Brian Anderson is the director of WVU’s Energy Institute and the GE Plastics Material Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering. He can be reached at 304.293.6631 or Brian.Anderson@mail.wvu.edu.

Timothy Carr, WVU’s Marshall Miller professor of Geology, teaches shale-gas and oil short courses internationally and works with the U.S. Department of State to assist countries in developing the expertise to establish and regulate unconventional resources. He can be reached at Tim.Carr@mail.wvu.edu.

James Van Nostrand is director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and associate professor of law. He can be reached at 304.293.4694 or James.Vannostrand@mail.wvu.edu.

A separate list of WVU experts who can provide commentary and analysis of national-level issues and campaigns is available here.

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.



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