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ECONOMY

Vinod AggarwalVinod Aggarwal
Professor of political science and director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center
Phone: (510) 642-2817 (office) or (510) 290-9176 (cell)
Email: vinod@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The politics of trade and finance. His research focuses on corporate strategy in a changing global economy

Sylvia Allegretto
See listing under Jobs.

Alan AuerbachAlan Auerbach
Professor of economics and law and director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance
Phone: (510) 643-0711
Email: auerbach@econ.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Tax and fiscal policy. Auerbach is a member of the advisory committee for the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Commerce Department and served as deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in 1992.

Robert ReichRobert Reich
Professor of public policy and former U.S. labor secretary in the Clinton administration
Phone: (510) 642-0560
Email: rreich@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Industrial policy, jobs and employment policy, leadership and social change, macroeconomic policy, and social and economic policy. Reich has served in three U.S. presidential administrations and is the author of severalbooks, including “The Next Economy and America’s Future.”

Jesse RothsteinJesse Rothstein
Associate professor of public policy and of economics
Phone: (510) 643-8561
Email: Rothstein@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Labor economics, tax policy and education. In 2009-2010, he served as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers and then as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. His research focuses on education and tax policy. A recent brief by Rothstein for the National Bureau of Economic Research examined the U.S. labor market, four years after the start of the Great Recession. More information about his research is available on his website.

EDUCATION

Bruce FullerBruce Fuller
Professor of education and public policy and co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), an independent policy research center based at UC Berkeley and Stanford University
Phone: (510) 642-9163 or (415) 595-4320
Email: b_fuller@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: K-12 education policy, political theory and the sociology of education.

David Kirp
Professor of public policy
Phone: (510) 642-7531
Email: kirp@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Law, politics, education and public policy. Kirp is the author of several books about education, from preschools to universities. Kirp also co-authored "Race-Bait '08: Lessons Learned from the Political Dirty Dozen" (PDF) with UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Chris Edley that looked at 12 campaigns where the use of race by both Democrats and Republicans made the difference.

ENVIRONMENT

Danial KammenDaniel Kammen
Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, professor of public policy; professor of nuclear engineering, and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
Phone (510) 642-1139
Email: kammen@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Roberts Sanders, (510) 643-6998 or rsanders@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The science and policy of energy systems; engineering, management and dissemination of renewable energy systems; health and environmental impacts of energy generation and use, and international research and development policy and climate change.

Inez FungInez Fung
Professor of atmospheric science and co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment
Phone: (510) 643-9367. If urgent, contact lab manager David Elvins at (510) 643-8336
Email: ifung@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Roberts Sanders, (510) 643-6998 or rsanders@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Climate change and global warming. Fung contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning international reports on the carbon cycle and on carbon-climate feedbacks that could accelerate climate change.

HEALTH CARE

William DowWilliam Dow
Professor of health economics
Phone: (510) 643-5439
Email: wdow@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Dow's background is in health economics, both domestic and international, particularly as it relates to health insurance. He served as a senior health economist advising members of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors. Dow has worked with both Democratic and Republican groups on health sector reform proposals at the federal, state and local levels.

Helen Ann HalpinHelen Ann Halpin
Professor of health policy and director of the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies
Phone: (510) 643-1675 or (510) 642-2862
Email: helenhs@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Health insurance policy, including health insurance benefit design, health care reform, access to care, consumer experiences in managed care, and disease prevention and health promotion.

Ken JacobsKen Jacobs
Chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education
Phone: (510) 643-2621
Email: kjacobs9@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Health care coverage, low wage work, labor relations, the retail industry and public policy. He consulted with San Francisco on development of its health care security ordinance and was on the San Francisco Mayor’s Universal Health Care Council.

Richard SchefflerRichard M. Scheffler
Professor of health economics and public policy; director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets & Consumer Welfare
Phone: (510) 643-4100
Email: rscheff@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Health economics, health care reform, insurance/payer issues, health care delivery systems, managed care, health care workforce, health care access, and mental health economics.  Scheffler's book, "Is There A Doctor In The House? Market Signals and Tomorrow's Supply of Doctors," shows how the physician shortage is less a shortage of doctors than a red flag for reform, to deliver health professionals where they are needed most. 

Stephen ShortellStephen Shortell
Dean of the School of Public Health and professor of health policy and management
Phone: (510) 643-5346
Email: shortell@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Organized health delivery systems in the United States. Shortell has done extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illnesses. He can also discuss the impact of budget cuts on the delivery of healthcare services, including community services.

Ann O'Leary
See listing under Economy

IMMIGRATION

Lisa Garcia BedollaLisa Garcia Bedolla
Assistant professor of education
Phone: (510) 643-9824
Email: lgarciab@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Immigration, ethnic issues, educational equity and political engagement. Garcia is the author of “Latino Politics” (2009), which focuses on how Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans have participated in U.S. politics to expand and improve their opportunities. Garcia Bedolla also has written “Fluid Borders,” a book about Latino power, identity and politics in Los Angeles. Her research indicates that Latina women are more likely than Latino men to vote and participate in political activities, and considers how social stigma affects the collective political engagement of marginal groups.

Irene BloemraadIrene Bloemraad
Assistant professor of sociology
Phone: (510) 642-4287
Email: bloemr@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Immigration and political sociology. Author of “Becoming a Citizen” (2006), Bloemraad’s research focuses on citizenship and multiculturalism; immigrant community organizations; political socialization in families whose members have different legal statuses; and diversity and democracy. She notes that 1 in 8 U.S. residents and 1 in 4 California residents are foreign-born.

Cybelle FoxCybelle Fox
Assistant professor of sociology
Phone: (510) 642-47601
Email: cfox@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Immigration, race and ethnic relations, political and historical sociology, the American welfare state, public opinion research and health policy.

Evelyn Nakano GlennEvelyn Nakano Glenn
Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies and founding director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender
Phone: (510) 643-8487 or (510) 643-8488
Email: englenn@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Nakano Glenn’s teaching and research focuses on immigration, including family and household formation, racialization processes, struggles over rights, work/labor issues (especially for immigrant women in domestic work), undocumented students in higher education, and skin color politics in immigrant communities.

Aarti KohliAarti Kohli
Director of immigration policy at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at the UC Berkeley School of Law
Phone: (510) 642-0383
Email: akohli@law.berkeley.edu
Law school media relations contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

Expertise: Immigration law and policy. Kohli's work has focused on racial profiling in immigration enforcement, the intersection of criminal and immigration law; the impact of deportations on U.S. citizen children, legal restrictions on immigrant access to healthcare; and the economic, social and legal implications of state and local laws on immigrant integration.

She has served as a consultant to the Office of Children's Issues for the U.S. Department of State and as Judiciary Committee and Immigration and Claims Subcommittee counsel to Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.). Kohli also has consulted for the National Immigration Law Center, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, and the National Immigration Forum.

Kurt OrganistaKurt Organista
Professor of social welfare
Phone: (510) 643-6671
Email: drkco@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American society; minority mental health; cognitive-behavioral therapy; depression in Latinos; and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers. Organista teaches courses on psychopathology, stress and coping, and social work practice with Latino populations.

Harley ShaikenHarley Shaiken
Chair, UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies and professor of geography and education
Phone: (510) 642-2088
Email: hshaiken@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Shaiken is a UC Berkeley professor and an expert on labor and globalization. He and Beatriz Manz, a professor of ethnic studies and geography, regularly co-teach “The Southern Border,” a course that explores immigration reform, education, trade, and politics as well as new cultural and political identities in the border regions.

Sarah SongSarah song
Assistant professor of law and of political science
Phone: (510) 643-5637
Email: ssong@law.berkeley.edu
Law school media relations contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

Expertise: Theories of citizenship, race, ethnicity, and immigration law.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Vinod Aggarwal
See listing under Economics

Steven WeberSteven Weber
Professor of political science and professor at the School of Information
Phone: (510) 643-3755 (office) or (510) 928-0657 (cell)
Email: steve_weber@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: National and international politics, foreign policy, Third World development, technology and health care. Weber has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and worked with the U.S. State Department and other government agencies on foreign policy issues, risk analysis and forecasting.

JOBS

Sylvia AllegrettoSylvia Allegretto
Labor economist and deputy chair of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment’s Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics
Phone: (510) 643-7080 (office)
Email: allegretto@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Allegretto worked several years at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., where she is currently a research associate. Allegretto co-authored several editions of "The State of Working America" and most recently authored "The State of Working America’s Wealth, 2011." She closely tracks a myriad of economic statistics, with particular interest in the labor market and how typical workers are faring. Allegretto often provides commentary and context for economic data and trends.

LANGUAGE

George LakoffGeorge Lakoff
Professor of linguistics
Office: (510) 643-7616
Home phone: (510) 848-7465
Cell phone: (510) 910-3397
Email: Lakoff@cogsci.berkeley.edu

Expertise: Language, cognitive science and politics. His work on "framing" — the use of practical applications of cognitive linguistics — has been applied by social advocates to recast social and political issues. He is author of "Don’t Think of an Elephant” and “The Political Mind: Why You can’t Understand 21st Century Politics with an 18th Century Brain.”

Robin LakoffRobin Lakoff
Professor of linguistics
Phone: (510) 841-6269
Email: rlakoff@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: How words are used, including the confusing and misleading use of words, language and feminism. Lakoff is the author of “The Language War,” “Talking Power” and “Language and Woman’s Place.”

Geoffrey NunbergGeoffrey Nunberg
Adjunct professor at UC Berkeley's Information School
Phone: (510) 642-3159
Email: nunberg@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Nunberg is the chair of the usage panel of the American Heritage Dictionary and does a feature on language on the National Public Radio show "Fresh Air." He is the author of "Speaking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show" (2006) and “The Years of Talking Dangerously” (2009).

LAW

Jesse ChoperJesse Choper
Professor of law and former dean of UC Berkeley‘s School of Law
Phone: (510) 642-0339
Email: choperj@law.berkeley.edu
Law school media relations contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

Expertise: Constitutional law and corporation law. His other areas of interest include political parties, voting rights, presidential powers, civil liberties, civil rights, criminal law, education, and state and federal courts.

David GamageDavid Gamage
Assistant professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law
Phone: (510) 643-6116 (office) or (510) 852-9829 (cell)
Email: dgamage@law.berkeley.edu
Law school media relations contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936 (office) or (510) 705-3366 (cell) or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

Taxation, budget policy and public finance. Gamage just completed two years working with the U.S. Treasury Department on tax provisions for the Affordable Care Act.

POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION, CAMPAIGNING AND VOTER TURNOUT

Terri BimesTerri Bimes
Lecturer in UC Berkeley’s Political Science Department
Phone: (510) 642-4629
Email: bimes@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: During this presidential election season, Bimes is completing work on "The Metamorphosis of Presidential Populism," a book that examines the evolution of presidential populism. Her previous publications have examined presidential rhetoric, divided government and the 2000 presidential election. She teaches courses on the American presidency and political development. She has written commentary for CNN.com about the role of evangelical voters in the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

Lisa Garcia Bedolla
See listing under Immigration

Henry BradyHenry Brady
Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch professor of political science and public policy
Phone: (510) 642-5116
Email: hbrady@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Electoral politics, political participation and voting, voting systems, welfare policies, public opinion and American politics. Brady teaches courses on political participation, party systems, and advanced quantitative methodology. Brady worked in Washington, D.C. at the Office of Management and Budget and at the National Science Foundation.

Jack CitrinJack Citrin
Professor of political science and director of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies
Phone: (510) 642-4465
Email: gojack@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Public opinion, group politics, voter turnout, nationalism and patriotism. Recent writings in professional journals, books and other publications include: "War and Peace in American Political Culture" and "Déjà vu all over again: Political cynicism in an angry age."

Jack GlaserJack Glaser
Associate professor of public policy
Phone: (510) 642-3047
Email: jackglaser@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Glaser focuses on political decision-making and behavior and political ideology. His paper on the effects of partisanship and candidate emotion on voter preference was published in the journal Imagination, Cognition, and Personality in 2006.

Don MooreDon Moore
Associate professor of management of organizations, Haas School of Business
Phone: (510) 642-1059
Email: dmoore@haas.berkeley.edu
Haas School of Business Media Relations contact: Ute Frey, (510) 642-0342 or frey@haas.berkeley.edu

Expertise: Overconfidence, judgment and decision making, and conflicts of interest.

Ethan RarickEthan Rarick
Director of the Robert D. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service
Phone: (510) ) 642-5158
Email: erarick@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Rarick is the author of “California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown” (2005). He also is editor of “California Votes: The 2006 Governor's Race” (2007) and ”California Votes: The 2010 Governor's Race” (2012). A former political journalist who covered California politics and government, he writes frequently about California politics, policy and political history for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and California History.

Robb WIllerRobb Willer
Assistant professor of sociology
Phone: (607) 339-6466
Email: willer@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Impact of terrorism on U.S. elections, the role of masculinity in political attitudes and why Americans support war.

Ray WolfingerRaymond Wolfinger
Emeritus Heller professor of political science
Phone: (510) 527-6865
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Elections, the inner workings of the U.S. Congress and such aspects of voter turnout as comparative registration systems and political calculations behind voter registration reform. Wolfinger is the author of several books including "The Myth of the Independent Voter" and "Who Votes?"

RACE ETHNICITY AND GENDER

Charles HenryCharles Henry
Professor of African American studies, former president of the National Council for Black Studies and former chair of Amnesty International USA
Phone: (510) 642-3426
Email: cphenry@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Race in America, identity and black leadership. Henry wrote a book on Jesse Jackson's campaigns and teaches a course on race and public policy. In fall 2007, he taught a graduate level course on Obama and black leadership.

David HollingerDavid A. Hollinger
Professor of American history
Phone: (510) 642-6822
Email: davidhol@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Politics of race and ethnicity including what is meant by the terms "post-racial" and "post-ethnic" politics. He also is an expert on multi-culturalism and census categories and wrote the book "Post-ethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism," Hollinger has also written about religion and politics. In a 2008 essay for the Center for American Progress's book "Debating the Divine," he said that religion basically gets a pass in American politics, compared to candidates' ideas about the economy, gender, race, literature, science, art and virtually everything else.

Rosemary JoyceRosemary Joyce
Professor of anthropology
Phone: (650) 704-7860 (cell)
Email: rajoyce@berkeley.edu    
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeleley.edu

Expertise: The study of sex and gender in politics

Robin Lakoff
See listing under Language

Ann O'Leary
See listing under Economy

Barrie ThorneBarrie Thorne
Professor of gender and women’s studies and sociology
Phone: (510) 643-2513
Email: bthorne@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Gender politics and cultural change in relation to social class, racial ethnicity, sexuality, and age in contemporary U.S. society.

Robb Willer
See listing under Politics, public opinion, campaigning and voter turnout

RELIGION

David A. Hollinger
See listing under Race ethnicity and gender

Michael HoutMichael Hout
Professor of sociology
Phone: (510) 759-5557 or (609) 258-5875
Email: mikehout@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: The role of religion, class and Christian conservatism in U.S. elections. He is co-author of "The Truth about Conservative Christians" (2006), which explores the class divisions in conservative denominations.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Claude FischerClaude Fischer
Professor of sociology
Phone: (510) 642-4772
Email: fischer1@berkeley.edu
Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: American cultural and social history, social networks, social aspects of technology, and the social psychology of urban/rural life. Fischer has conducted research on American social history, most recently in the form of the 2010 book, "Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character," which analyzes social, cultural and psychological developments since the colonial era. He also comments on electoral politics, religion and issues such as the growing economic, social, geographical and cultural divisions between Americans of less and more education in his "Made in America" blog.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Coye CheshireCoye Cheshire
Assistant professor at the School of Information
Phone: (510) 643-6388
Email: coye@ischool.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Social networks and information exchange, social psychology and social exchange.

VOTING SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

Dierdre MulliganDeirdre Mulligan
Assistant professor at the School of Information and director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
Phone: (510) 642-0499
Email: dkm@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Technology, privacy and free expression. She serves on the board of the California Voter Foundation and on the advisory board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Mulligan served as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C.

Philip StarkPhilip Stark
Professor of statistics
Phone: (510) 642-1430 [forwards to cell phone]
Email: stark@stat.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Robert Sanders, (510) 643-6998 or rsanders@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Stark is available to talk about post-election audits and the accuracy of voting equipment. He was a member of the Post Election Audit Standards Working Group commissioned by the California Secretary of State in 2007 to develop standards and best practices for random hand audits used to assess the accuracy of machine vote counts. Stark created a statistical method to assess the reliability of election outcomes using post-election audits, and to tell election officials how much to expand manual audits in the wake of a close election.

David WagnerDavid Wagner
Associate professor of computer science
Phone: (510) 642-2758
Email: daw@cs.berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741 or scyang@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Electronic voting, Internet and computer security, wireless networks and cryptography. Wagner led a research team that found serious security holes in the software source code for e-voting machines in California. He co-authored a report disclosing serious flaws in a federally-funded Internet voting system scheduled for use in the 2004 primary and general elections but scrapped by the Pentagon, largely because of the security flaws highlighted by Wagner and his co-authors.