Primary experts from UW-Madison

April 5, 2016 By Käri Knutson

Numerous experts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison are available to help reporters covering the results of the April 5 primary.

Lewis Friedland, professor of journalism and mass communication, and sociology, is an expert on civil society and politics. His work focuses on the ways that social integration and social strain intersect with politics and political communication. He can be reached at and (414) 736-4665.

Young Mie Kim, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, has researched politics in the digital age, and specifically, the role digital media play in political communication among political leaders, advocacy groups and citizens. Kim is teaching and doing research at Princeton University this semester and can be reached at 609-258-4952, or on Twitter @DiMAP_UW.

Kenneth R. Mayer, professor of political science, is an expert on the American presidency and election law. His research and teaching interests include the presidency, campaign finance, public election funding and election administration. He can be reached at or 608-263-2286.

Donald Moynihan, professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, has researched the motivations and decision-making behavior of local election officials, the use of different election technologies, the effects of election laws on turnout and the relationship between health and political participation. Moynihan can be reached at, 608-263-6633, 734-657-2628 or on Twitter @donmoyn.

Eleanor Neff Powell, assistant professor of political science, is an expert on money in politics and political parties. In addition to research on the influence of money, other research projects examine public opinion and the U.S. Congress. She can be reached at or on Twitter @ellieneffpowell.

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UW-Madison is equipped with a VideoLink ReadyCam 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.