Media Resources

The following experts are available to comment on trending topics in the news. Each of these experts is part of the UChicago Academic Communicators Network, a group of nationally recognized leaders in their fields. To see a full list of university experts, click here, and to arrange an interview, contact Colleen Mastony, director of media relations.

UChicago Featured Experts

In the news:

Terror attack in New Zealand

Kathleen Belew is a leading expert on white nationalism. Her first book, Bring the War Home, explored how white power activists leveraged the aftermath of the Vietnam War to build their movement.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Border detention deaths

The director of the International Human Rights Clinic at UChicago, Claudia Flores co-authored a 2018 report that found rampant neglect and abuse in detention centers for migrant children.  

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

North Korea

Bruce Cumings is one of the world's leading experts on Korea, 20th-century international history, U.S.-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy and American foreign relations.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Mueller investigation

Eric Posner is a nationally recognized legal scholar whose research includes financial regulation, international law and constitutional law. His opinion pieces run regularly in the New York Times. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Trump's emergency powers

Aziz Huq studies constitutional law, criminal procedure, federal courts, and legislation with a focus on the interaction of constitutional design with individual rights and liberties. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Brexit

Robert Gulotty is an expert in international trade and studies the effects of domestic institutions on foreign economic policymaking. He is the author of the book "Governing Trade Beyond Tariffs."

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Venezuela

The interim director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Michael Albertus studies egalitarian reforms, political regime transitions and politics under dictatorship in Latin America. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Green New Deal

As the Director of the Energy Policy Institute, Michael Greenstone leads large‐scale projects to estimate and mitigate the economic costs of climate change.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

US - China trade negotiations

Steven Davis is known for his influential work using longitudinal data to explore job creation and destruction and their relationship to economic performance.

Media Contact:

Susan Guibert

In the news:

Afghanistan peace talks

Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, Robert Pape specializes in international security affairs. He offered his most recent thinking on US strategy in Afghanistan in an op-ed in the Boston Globe. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

5G networks

The co-director of the SAND Lab (Systems, Algorithms, Networking and Data), Heather Zheng’s work focuses on mobile systems and data-driven research. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

SCOTUS decision on civil forfeiture

William Baude is a leading legal scholar who studies federal courts and constitutional law. He earned his JD from Yale Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Amazon cancels NY HQ move

James Schrager studies why some companies fail and others succeed with an eye toward the way strategy affects the outcomes and is a frequent expert commentator on business strategy.

Media Contact:

Susan Guibert

In the news:

Climate change

David Archer uses simulations to understand the balance between past carbon dioxide levels in the oceans and atmosphere to better predict the impact that changing levels will have on future climate.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Rights of migrant children in the U.S.

The founder of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Maria Woltjen is one of the nation's foremost experts on the intersection of children's rights and immigration law. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Apple security breaches

Ben Zhao’s research focuses on data-driven models of user behavior/interactions, security of online and mobile communities, and wireless systems and protocols. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Ethics of genetic editing

Lainie F. Ross is a medical ethics expert, who has worked on complex issues involving organ transplantation, genetic testing, pediatrics and human-subject protections.

Media Contact:

Ashley Heher

News.News@uchospitals.edu

(773) 702-0025

In the news:

Clean water protections rolled back

The director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic and a research affiliate of the Energy Policy Institute, Mark Templeton is a leading expert in environmental law, policy and environmental disasters.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Challenges to Affordable Care Act

A leading scholar in the economic analysis of health policy, Katherine Baicker studies public and private health insurance, with a focus on finance and the effect of reforms on quality of care. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Women's rights and the law

Mary Anne Case is a law professor and a leading expert on feminist jurisprudence, sex discrimination and the legal regulation of sexuality, marriage and family.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

National Quantum Initiative

David Awschalom is one of the world’s leading scientists in quantum information engineering. He works to understanding quantum's potential applications in computing, imaging and encryption. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Cyber security and data breaches

Blase Ur specializes in computer security, privacy and human-computer interaction. The founder of the UChicago SUPERgroup, he works to help users make better security and privacy decisions.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

China sentences Canadian to death

The director of the UChicago Center in Beijing, Dali Yang is a leading expert on the politics of China’s development, particularly regulation, governance and state-society relations. 

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Russia charges American with spying

Austin Carson specializes in secrecy and intelligence, with a focus on how governments reveal and conceal what they do and the relationship between “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Criminal justice reform

Alison Siegler is the founder and director of the law school’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic (FCJC), the nation’s first legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent clients charged with federal felonies.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Martial Law in Ukraine

Faith Hillis studies Ukrainian history and modern Russia. She is the author of Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation that details the rise of Russian nationalism.

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254

In the news:

Violence as a public health issue

As founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, Selwyn Rogers is a surgeon and public health expert who leads an interdisciplinary team of specialists. (Availability may be limited.)

Media Contact:

Colleen Mastony

cmastony@uchicago.edu

(773) 702-4254