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Primary election experts from UW-Madison

March 28, 2016

Numerous experts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison are available to speak with reporters covering the April 5 primary and upcoming presidential election.

Barry C. Burden, professor of political science and founding director of the Elections Research Center, is an expert on U.S. elections. His recent research has centered on aspects of election administration. Burden can be reached at or on Twitter @bcburden.

Katherine J. Cramer, professor of political science and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, is an expert on civic engagement and political participation. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. Cramer can be reached at, 608-262-0787 or on Twitter @kathyjcramer.

Dhavan V. Shah, professor of mass communication and political science, is an expert on social psychology of media influence, especially communication effects on political judgment. His research focuses on communication influence on social judgments, civic and political engagement. Shah can be reached at, 608-262-0388 or on Twitter @dvshah.

Michael W. Wagner, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, is an expert on media, political communication, political behavior and public opinion. Wagner studies how different elements of the information environment interact with social and individual-level factors to affect people’s preferences, partisanship and political behaviors. Wagner can be reached at, 608-263-3392 or on Twitter @prowag.

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UW-Madison is equipped with a TV studio for live or taped HD television interviews with our experts. To arrange a studio interview with a faculty expert, please contact Peter Kleppin of University Communications at, 608-262-8292 or 608-262-3571.