Oregon Experts

The University of Oregon is home to many elite researchers and experts in a variety of fields who are available for media interview and related requests. Use the menu at the left to search for experts in a specific topic area, or scan our full list of experts, below.

To talk to an expert, contact Molly Blancett at blancett@uoregon.edu | 541-346-9134 (this number rings to her mobile phone).

These #UOExperts have access to the university's on-campus television studio, with point-of-origin Vyvx uplink in HD, and a radio studio with an ISDN phone line for broadcast-quality audio interviews.

Jesse Abdenour, School of Journalism and Communication

Jesse Abdenour is an expert in broadcast news, investigative journalism, documentary filmmaking, and copyright law. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. Before becoming a professor, he spent eight years working as a television news anchor and reporter and has produced several documentary films.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President of the Division of Equity and Inclusion

Yvette Alex-Assensoh’s professional expertise is in racial and ethnic politics; political behavior; West African immigration; equity, inclusion and diversity in higher education; and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). 

Nicholas Allen, Department of Psychology

Nicholas Allen is an expert in mental health, mood disorders, sleep, digital and mental health and prevention research. At the University of Oregon, he is Ann Swindells Professor, director for the Center for Digital Mental Health and the director of Clinical Training.

Adell Amos, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Adell Amos is an expert in water law and policy, natural resource law and resource management, especially related to drought and water rights. She can also speak to policy and law related to public lands, conservation, and wilderness.

Melissa Baese-Berk, Department of Linguistics

Melissa Baese-Berk studies speech perception and production, with special attention to nonnative speakers and listeners. She looks closely at variation in speech production and how that variation influences listeners in perception. She has also worked extensively on how various aspects of perception and productions systems interact. Baese-Berk serves as director of the UO's Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate Program and as an undergraduate advisor.

Elliot Berkman, expert in motivation, self-control, and addiction and assistant professor of psychology

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Elliot Berkman is an expert in motivation and self-control, and studies how people pursue their goals, including eating habits, exercise, smoking, and addiction.

Brendan Bohannan, professor of biology and expert in microbes and our health

Brendan Bohannan, Department of Biology

Brendan Bohannan is an expert in microbes, from how they affect (or are affected by) climate change, to how they affect our health, especially when microbes that are meant to live outside are brought into indoor locations, like classrooms, hospitals, and schools through the air or by users of indoor spaces.

Jack Boss, School of Music and Dance

Jack Boss is an expert in music theory and analysis and composition. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of music theory and composition. Jack is interested in the ways listeners can make sense of music that is difficult and dissonant. His research focuses on the coherence of music in the 20th century and how to understand dissonant music as an outgrowth of older musical traditions. Jack can speak about the relevancy of classical music and on finding an audience for 20th century classical music.

Jim Brau, Department of Physics, Center for High Energy Physics

Jim Brau is an expert in particle physics and astronomy, and the importance of federal and private investment in scientific research. He is a member of the ATLAS Collaboration, studying high energy physics at the Large Hadron Collider, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, where he searches for gravitational waves.

Jim Brooks, Student Aid and Scholarships

Jim Brooks is an expert in college savings, tuition, debt, student loans and state and federal grants for student financial aid. He understands the costs of higher education, and knows the ins and outs of finding ways to pay for it.

Tiffany Brown, College of Education

Tiffany Brown is an expert in addiction, recovery and self-harm. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany’s expertise includes self-harm education and educating college students about addiction and recovery issues. 

Elizabeth Budd, College of Education

Elizabeth "Liz" Budd, a member of the University of Oregon's Prevention Science Institute and the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on obesity and chronic disease prevention. Her approach is done primarily through community-based promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, especially among girls and adolescents. 

Bob Bussell, Director of the Labor Education Research Center and Associate Professor of History

Bob Bussel, Labor Education and Research Center

Bob Bussel is an expert in labor unions and related politics, especially income inequality, immigrant workers, and topics related to paid sick leave, the work-family divide, labor standards, and labor relations.

Troy Campbell, Department of Marketing

Troy Campbell is an expert in consumer behavior, marketing social psychology, political psychology, and scientific communication. His research focuses on what makes people happy, how social movements can be effective, the power of advertising, what makes a good experience (like a music festival) and consumerism. 

Mark Carey, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Mark Carey studies the societal dimensions of climate change, natural disasters, glacier retreat, mountaineering, and water management, especially in the Peruvian Andes but also in many other parts of the world’s mountain ranges.

Christopher Chávez, School of Journalism and Communication

Christopher Chávez is an expert in media studies and how it relates to popular culture, advertising and issues of race and ethnicity. He is especially well-versed in representation of marginalized populations, including the lack of Latinos in music, television and film and about LGBTQ-targeted advertising.

Charise Cheney, Department of Ethnic Studies

Charise Cheney is an expert in African-American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender and sexuality. She studies pop culture phenomena, like the "blackification" of white pop singers, and the history of rap as it ties to black culture and poitics.

Stuart Chinn, School of Law

Stuart Chinn is an expert in constitutional law, constitutional legislation and legal and political history. He studies politics, identity, race, gender, American political community and judicial conceptions of community in the context of public education cases.

Anita Christie, Department of Human Physiology

Anita Christie is an expert on healthy aging and how brain injuries, like concussions, impact motor functions. Anita studies the function of the neuromuscular system in healthy individuals and in individuals under situations of dysfunction, like aging and mild traumatic brain injury.

Ben Clarke, College of Education

Ben Clarke is an expert in early childhood education, mathematics learning and the Common Core as it relates to students with disabilities. Ben studies the development of mathematical thinking in elementary age students who are at-risk for or who have mathematics learning disabilities. He helps build screening systems to identify those students and prevent more serious learning problems.

David T. Conley

David T. Conley, College of Education

David Conley is an expert on college readiness, specifically involving common core education standards, college and high school course content analysis, high school-college alignment and transition, and large-scale diagnosis and assessment of college readiness. 

David Conover, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

David Conover is an expert in ocean science who specializes in marine conservation, the ecology of marine fishes and fisheries science. He serves as the vice president for research and innovation and is also available to speak about the importance of federally funded research and the ways in which research and innovation improve human health, strengthen the economy and address the grand challenges that society faces.

Bettina Cornwell

T. Bettina Cornwell, Department of Marketing

Bettina Cornwell is an expert in advertising and marketing. Her primary research interest is in difficult and high context communications where many things are left unsaid and meaning is derived from actors, symbols, logos, and the social milieu.

Bill Cresko

Bill Cresko, Department of Biology

Bill Cresko is an expert in evolution, development, genomics and molecular biology. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the associate vice president for research. Bill is interested in how the evolution of genes and developmental processes produces to the amazing diversity of life on earth.

Jessica Cronce, College of Education

Jessica Cronce is an expert in the prevention of harm related to risky behaviors, including substance use, in college students. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of counseling psychology and human services. Jessica works with the UO’s Office of Student Life to evaluate and increase the efficacy of prevention strategies utilized by the university and design research-based risk prevention programs for first year students.

Lauren M. Cycyk, College of Education

Lauren M. Cycyk studies the bilingual language development of young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and caregiver-centered interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of this population from the earliest ages.  Lauren can speak about the impact of the current political climate and immigration policy on the outcomes of young bilingual children from immigrant families, how to address the 30-million-word gap between children from high- and low-income families, and about national initiatives to improve the early educational outcomes of children from Latino backgrounds.

Nicole Dahmen, School of Journalism and Communication

Nicole Dahmen is an expert in visual communication. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication, with an emphasis on photojournalism in the digital age. Visual media coverage of political campaigns, military conflict, natural disasters, and social issues are some examples of topics where her expertise would be valuable.

Edward Davis, Department of Earth Sciences, Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Edward Davis is an expert in the evolution of large mammals and paleontology. He specializes in the way species respond to ongoing climate change. Most of Edward's work is on terrestrial herbivores (plant eaters, like antelope), but his research also expands into whales and carnivores.

Andrew DeVigal, School of Journalism and Communication

Andrew DeVigal is an expert in social media, specifically consumer behavior, trends, and civic engagement. He is especially interested in the use of social media to inform and move people to action on social issues.

Chris Doe, Department of Biology, Institute of Neuroscience

Chris Doe is an expert in neural stem cells, the generation of neurons, and how neural circuits are formed in model organisms such as fruit flies and mice. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the co-director of the Institute of Neuroscience. Chris has studied how neural stem cells continue to divide without forming tumors, how stem cells change over time to produce different types of neurons, and how the very first neural circuits form and function to generate movement. 

Alexandre Dossin, School of Music and Dance

Alexandre Dossin is an expert in piano performance, music education, chamber music, and the power of music to communicate across cultures and throughout the ages. 

Greg Dotson, School of Law

Greg Dotson is an expert in energy and environmental law, particularly as they relate to climate change. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of law and a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, where he leads the Energy Law and Policy Project.

Hans Dreyer, Department of Human Physiology

Hans Dreyer is an expert in muscle physiology, metabolism and physical rehabilitation. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of human physiology. His current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), looks at the effects of total knee replacements on muscle physiology and metabolism. 

Lillian Durán, College of Education

Lillian Durán is an expert in bilingual learning and education and dual language learners. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in the College of Education. Lillian studies how to best serve young bilingual children in early education programs. 

Tim Duy, Department of Economics

Tim Duy is an expert in the Federal Reserve, unemployment, and the currency market. A frequent contributor to national economic news stories, Tim writes commentary about the economy on his blog, Economist's View.

Ihab Elzeyadi, School of Architecture & Environment

Ihab Elzeyadi is an expert in architecture as it relates to occupant’s health, productivity, and well-being. His multi-disciplinary research area combines sustainable design, occupational health, indoor environmental quality, and employee’s productivity and well-being. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of architecture and the director of the High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE), where he develops tools and technologies for the design and assessment of High Performance Environments and the Green Building industry.

Michael Fakhri

Michael Fakhri, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Michael Fakhri is an expert in food policy, the U.S. Farm Bill, TWAIL (Third World Approaches to International Law), and trade and development in the Middle East.

Caitlin Fausey, Department of Psychology

Caitlin Fausey is an expert in child development. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of psychology. Research in her Learning Lab explores how infants and toddlers learn to recognize words and objects. Her work has opened a window on early human learning by studying what babies initially see around them and how their visual environments change as they age. 

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. Through his work, Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school.

Scott Fisher, Outreach Director of the Department of Astronomy

Scott Fisher, Department of Physics

Scott Fisher is an expert about space, NASA, and all things astronomy. His particular strength is making science and STEM accessible to non-scientists. If it involves the stars and what we can learn from the universe beyond this home we call Earth, he can speak to it.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Department of Anthropology

Scott Fitzpatrick is an expert in the archaeology of islands and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. His research focuses on how humans got to islands prehistorically using different seafaring and navigational techniques and the methods used for boat construction. He is also interested in what happened once humans reached islands and the impact they had on ancient environments.

David Frank, Rhetoric, Robert D. Clark Honors College

David Frank is an expert in rhetoric, critical reasoning, public address and debate. His research explores the role rhetoric and argumentation plays to resolve conflict without violence.

Kerry Frazee, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

Kerry Frazee is an expert in sexual violence prevention, specifically among college students. At the University of Oregon, she is the director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. She leads the team that develops educational programs, such as Get Explicit, designed to engage students in creating a healthier campus community.

Lisa Freinkel, Department of English

Lisa Freinkel is an expert in Shakespeare, comparative religion and philosophy. At the University of Oregon, she an associate professor of English and comparative literature. 

Jennifer Freyd, Department of Psychology

Jennifer Freyd is an expert in sexual harassment, campus sexual violence, betrayal trauma, and institutional betrayal. She researches the causes and impacts of interpersonal violence. Jennifer coined the term DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender), which refers to how perpetrators may respond to a wrong doing.

Dennis Galvan, International Affairs, Departments of Political Science and International Studies

Dennis Galvan is an expert in international development, global inequality, westernization, ethnic conflict, nation building and democratization. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of political science and international studies and vice provost for international affairs. 

Alison Gash, Department of Political Science

Alison Gash is an expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, same-sex marriage, constitutional rights and public policy. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and how their efforts ultimately influence the "facts on the ground."

Mark Gillem, School of Architecture & Environment

Mark Gillem is an expert architect and urban planner, especially related to reinvigorating postindustrial cities and brownfields. He studies sustainable urbanism, which balances social, cultural, and environmental needs through architectural and landscape design.

Erik Girvan, School of Law

Erik Girvan is an expert in civil litigation, conflict and dispute resolution and criminal law. Erik’s research investigates how stereotypes, attitudes, and other biases might impact decisions in the legal system. He empirically tests practical ways to reduce or eliminate implicit biases by working with a diverse variety of legal and other professionals.

Nicole Giuliani, College of Education

Nicole Giuliani focuses her research on emotion, self-regulation, health behaviors and family dynamics in relationship to the decisions people make about the foods they eat. She uses multiple methods, including neuroimaging, to explore for the basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation.

Ann Glang, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training

Ann Glang is a research professor and director of The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT). Ann designs interventions to support educators and families of children and adolescents with brain injuries, including concussions. She and her team developed a web-based concussion management tool for high schools.

Tim Gleason, School of Journalism and Communication

Tim Gleason is an expert in communication law, communication ethics, and journalism ethics. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of journalism specializing in communication law and ethics. His current research focuses on public access to information and the definition of a “journalist.”

Jessica Green, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Jessica Green is an expert in biology, ecology, engineering and sustainability of the "built environment," (i.e., buildings, homes, apartment complexes, offices, subways, etc.). She studies ways we can improve our health by improving how and what we build. Jessica also speaks about women in STEM careers and encouraging advancement in STEM.

Karen Guillemin

Karen Guillemin, Department of Biology

Karen Guillemin is an expert in microbiology, cell and developmental biology and host-microbe systems. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of biology in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

Mike Hahn, Department of Human Physiology, Bowerman Sports Science Clinic

Mike Hahn is an expert in biomechanics and sports science. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of human physiology and the director of the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic.

John Halliwill, Department of Human Physiology

John Halliwill is an expert on post-exercise hypotension, in which a person's blood pressure drops after workouts. Halliwill has sought to identify hormonal, neural or metabolic factors responsible for heart-related changes during exposure to environmental and physical stresses. He also is seeking to understand the mechanisms that underlie beneficial effects of exercise, particularly in aging populations.

Ben Hansen, University of Oregon Department of Economics

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Ben Hansen is an expert in risky behaviors, like drug and alcohol abuse, and policies to reduce risk. His research has explored policies related to marijuana, school bullying, DUIs, and law enforcement, and he is a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

Beth Harn, College of Education

Beth Harn is an expert in special education, school psychology, learning disabilities, educational assessment, academic interventions and literacy. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in special education and clinical sciences. Her  research primarily revolves around supporting and promoting the early and successful development of academic and social emotional skills in grades k-3. Her focus has been on promoting the development of early literacy skills through the use of evidenced-based instruction and evaluation practices. 

Christopher Hendon, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Energy and Sustainable Materials Initiative

Christopher H. Hendon is a computational chemist (think chemistry without the chemicals) and an international expert on the science of coffee. As part of the University of Oregon’s Energy and Sustainable Materials Initiative, Christopher is searching for innovative answers to vexing energy problems and cheaper, greener ways to make batteries, solar cells, and other products. 

Michele Henney, Department of Accounting

Michele Henney is an expert in accounting, especially for new industries like legalized marijuana. She knows the tax and accounting issues surrounding marijuana and its support industries, including the ethical challenges facing CPAs offering services to those industries.

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

Jocelyn Hollander, Department of Sociology

Jocelyn Hollander is an expert in the prevention of sexual assault and other forms of violence against women. Her recent research investigates the effectiveness of women’s self-defense training for preventing sexual assault, both on college campuses and in the larger community.

Samantha Hopkins, Department of Earth Sciences, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Samantha Hopkins is an expert in paleontology, climate change and evolution. She studies the evolution of ecology in mammals, primarily fossil mammals, and is interested in the role climate change and geologic activity play in mammal evolution.

Ocean Howell, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Ocean Howell is an expert in the history of urban planning, design and architecture, gentrification, and the history of race. He studies the processes through which buildings and cities both reflect and shape social experience.

Jim Hutchison

James Hutchison, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jim Hutchison is an expert in environmentally sustainable product and energy development through the use of green chemistry, biochemistry. His nanoscience research explores solar and hydrogen energy production and storage, plus rapid recharging battery technology. Jim is also adept at translating complicated science into terms anyone can understand.

Bart Johnson, Department of Landscape Architecture

Bart Johnson is an expert in landscape architecture, conservation planning, landscape design, urbanization and ecology, with a particular emphasis on wildfire risk management and biodiversity conservation. 

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Darren Johnson is an expert in environmental sustainability through green chemistry. He tackles water pollution and purification, especially related to agriculture and industrial waste water. His research has found ways to filter and capture rare earth minerals from waste water, giving us clean water for everyone and highly valuable metals for industrial use.

David Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Johnson is an expert in nanotechnology, the future of technology and materials analysis. He travels around Oregon giving “science pub” talks, making cutting-edge science accessible and understandable to the general public.

Angela Joya

Angela Joya, Department of International Studies

Angela Joya is an expert in Middle East conflict areas, such as ISIS in Egypt and Syria, and the related experiences of refugees and women.

Andy Karduna, Department of Human Physiology

Andy Karduna is an expert in biomechanics and neurocontrol of the upper body, shoulder injuries and science education. Andy is interested in how and why people use their bodies in space, an innate awareness called proprioception. He works with physicians at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and physical therapists at Oregon Medical Group to help people overcome connective-tissue injuries to shoulders, arms, wrists, knees and ankles that disrupt vital signaling between limbs and the brain. He also studies how it relates to shoulder impingement, a common condition of adults 45–65 years of age, under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Ken Kato, Director of the Infographics Lab

Ken Kato, Campus GIS and Mapping (CGIS) Program

Ken Kato is an expert in mapping and related mapping technologies and apps, transportation planning, geographic information systems (GIS), and "smart cities." His award-winning mapping technologies have been used to help emergency management, risk, planning, operations, and police departments.

Craig Kauffman, Department of Political Science

Craig Kauffman is an expert in environmental politics (with a focus on climate change policy, sustainable development, and natural resource management); environmental law (particularly the development of Earth Law and rights of nature), indigenous environmental law and practices, collaborative governance of forest and watershed ecosystems, and financing forest and watershed conservation. Craig uses this expertise to examine new, alternative global governance regimes, transnational networks, and the reasons global norms change. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of political science and participating faculty in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. 

Nichole Kelly, College of Education

Nichole Kelly, a member of the Prevention Science Institute and Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, conducts research on eating behaviors and weight gain. She seeks to understand the cognitive and emotional mechanisms that work against healthy eating decisions.

Colin Koopman, Department of Philosophy

Colin Koopman's research and teaching focuses on the politics of information and data, in particular on issues of privacy and surveillance. His research explores the ethical and political problems that arise out of information collection, data analytics, and distribution. 

Nico Larco, School of Architecture & Environment

Nico Larco is an expert in sustainable construction and suburban development, including multifamily housing complexes and strip malls. He focuses on the ability of construction to adapt to the changing needs of a community over time.

Peter Laufer, School of Journalism and Communication

Peter Laufer is an expert in ethics, especially related to organic food and GMO labeling, borders, migration, reporting in conflict zones, and journalistic integrity. He has investigated the mislabeling of organic foods from other countries, and the international black market for animal breeding. 

Regina Lawrence, Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center

Regina Lawrence is an expert in civic engagement, journalism innovation, and political communication.

Leslie Leve, College of Education

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Seth Lewis, School of Journalism and Communication

Seth Lewis is an expert in social media, media innovation, emerging technologies, technology and society and digital culture. At the University of Oregon, he is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media. A former journalist turned Ph.D., Seth’s research explores the digital transformation of journalism. He can also speak about robot journalism and journalism in an era of big data.

Nathan Lillegard, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Nathan Lillegard is an expert in entrepreneurship, particularly innovative and scientific business start-ups and investment. The University of Oregon fosters the development of dozens of start-up firms every year to support the transition of groundbreaking research into real-time market use.

Susanna Soojung Lim, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Korean Studies

Susanna Soojung Lim is an expert in Russian literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the context of Russia's relationship to Asia. She also studies transnational and cross-cultural issues linking Russia and modern Korean literature. In addition to teaching classes on modern Korean culture and K-pop phenomena, she has recently begun to work as a translator of Korean literature into English.

Christoph Lindner, College of Design

Christoph Lindner is an expert in the impact of globalization on the space and communities of contemporary cities and can speak to the politics of urban pollution, ruin aesthetics, gentrification and street art, and the rise of elevated parks in cities such as New York and São Paulo. At the University of Oregon, he is dean of the College of Design.

Amy Lobben, Department of Geography

Amy Lobben is an expert in geographic information science (GIS), human-environmental interaction, spatial decision making, neurogeography, geospatial cognition and thinking. She investigates human environmental decision making and behavior using brain science and cartography. 

Andrew Lovering, Department of Human Physiology

Andrew Lovering is an expert in cardiopulmonary and respiratory physiology. He studies the heart, lungs and breathing and the impact of environmental conditions such as high-altitude and heat/cold on the human body. His lab, the Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, has been funded by the Department of Defense, NASA, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association in Oregon.

Daniel Lowd, Department of Computer and Information Science

Daniel Lowd is an expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence. His specific expertise includes adversarial machine learning. These are problems like spam and fraud detection, where it's difficult to build good models because people will always be working to trick them. Daniel researches a range of problems in this area, including understanding the vulnerabilities of popular machine learning methods, how an attacker could exploit them, and how we can build models that are more robust and reliable.

Joseph Lowndes, Department of Political Science

Joseph Lowndes is an expert on conservativism, the Tea Party, social movements, the GOP, race and elections. He studies how political movements, like the Tea Party, come to be, and the role of race and gender in politics. 

Audrey Lucero, College of Education

Audrey Lucero is an expert in oral language development, Spanish-English emergent bilingual children, diversity in public schools, and achievement gaps between white children and children of color, especially Latinos. She can also discuss early bilingual development and the preparation of public school teachers to teach in linguistically and culturally diverse schools.

Ed Madison, School of Journalism and Communication

Ed Madison is an expert in journalism and media with 27 years' experience as an executive producer and director of network television, film and commercial projects. He is a founding producer at CNN.

Stephanie Majewski, Department of Physics

Stephanie Majewski is a particle physicist who is actively involved in the search for dark matter and supersymmetry. She was part of the UO's team involved in the quest for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. Majewski also has had active roles in upgrades to the ATLAS detector at the collider site.

Mohsen Manesh, School of Law

Mohsen Manesh is an expert in corporate, contract, and LLC law. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of law and the faculty director of the law school’s Portland Program. His scholarly work has been cited in leading casebooks as well as by the nation’s top business law courts.

Roberta Mann, School of Law

Roberta Mann is an expert in tax law. At the University of Oregon, she is the Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Stewart Professor of Business Law. Mann teaches and writes about tax law, with a particular emphasis on how the tax system affects the environment. She is active with the ABA Tax Section, the National Tax Association, and the Portland Tax Forum, and regularly speaks at the annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation. Before beginning her teaching career, Mann served on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation and worked for the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.

W. Andrew Marcus, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography

W. Andrew Marcus is a geographer whose research focuses on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. At the University of Oregon, he is the Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences. Much of Dr. Marcus’ work has been in mountain environments and the Yellowstone ecosystem; this latter expertise was a driving force behind the creation of the “Atlas of Yellowstone,” the first-of-its-kind atlas of a national park and its region.

Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication

Gabriela Martinez is an expert in international communications, the political economy of communications, human rights and social movements. An international award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gabriela has produced, directed or edited more than a dozen ethnographic and social documentaries.

Kelli Matthews, Public Relations Program

Kelli Matthews is an expert in social media use among teens and young adults, and trains individuals and organizations on the art of social media. Among her many university and community endeavors, she trains incoming athletes how to build a brand and effectively represent themselves and the University of Oregon through social media.

Ulrich Mayr, Department of Psychology

Ulrich Mayr is an expert in multitasking, brain training, effects of aging on cognitive functioning, eye-witness memory, concussions, ADHD, gender differences in competitiveness and altruism. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of the psychology department. Ulrich’s research examines neuro-cognitive functioning across the entire life span with a particular focus on executive control and memory. He uses neuroimaging and behavioral methods to better understand complex social phenomena, such as altruism or competitive behavior. Media frequently comes to him on issues of brain training (does it work?) and altruism. 

Kent McIntosh, College of Education

Kent McIntosh is an expert in school violence prevention,bullying, school discipline, and racial disparities in school discipline. His research examines implementation of effective school and classroom behavior support practices.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, College of Education

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

Stephen McKeon, Department of Finance

Stephen McKeon is an expert in topics related to cryptocurrency, corporate finance, including venture capital, private equity, entrepreneurial finance,and mergers and acquisitions.

Benedict McWhirter, College of Education

Benedict McWhirter is an expert in adolescent risky behavior, prevention and interventions. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of counseling psychology and human services. Benedict investigates the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors. He is especially interested in developing effective preventive interventions.

James Meacham, Department of Geography

Jim Meacham is an expert in GIS (geographic information systems), the technology behind real-time mapping. A world-class cartographer and atlas designer, Jim's work includes mapping the migration patterns of big game in Wyoming and co-authoring the Atlas of Yellowstone National Park.

Katie Meehan, Department of Geography

Katie Meehan is an expert in water policy and governance, infrastructure and cities and climate change adaptation. Katie examines alternative forms of urban development and water issues. In collaboration with scholars from her Fulbright NEXUS cohort, her current research explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Leah Middlebrook, Department of Comparative Literature

Leah Middlebrook is an expert in the early modern literature of Spain, France, and England. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish. A former Fulbright Scholar and Mellon Fellow, Prof. Middlebrook has published and taught on subjects ranging from Petrarchism to the art of the sonnet to Cervantes. More recently, she has begun to divide her time between a book on lyric poetry and classical myth and a new area of interest: Twenty-first century Spanish writing in the wake of the European economic crisis.

Chris Minson, Department of Human Physiology

Chris Minson is an expert in exercise physiology, women’s health, heart health and thermoregulation. Chris investigates the impact of estrogen and progesterone on heart health in women. He also studies the effects of aging and heat on athletic performance.  

Juan-Carlos Molleda, School of Journalism and Communication

Juan-Carlos Molleda is a public relations expert whose research focuses on global corporate public relations management. At the University of Oregon, he is the Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.

Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy

Nicolae Morar’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology, ecology, and bioethics (especially biomedical, genethics, environmental, and research ethics). His work looks at how various conceptual analyses in philosophy of biology and ecology influence and transforms debates in bioethics, and in ethics broadly construed. His collaborative research has provided a critical assessment of the normative role of biodiversity in environmental ethics debates.

Cassandra Moseley, Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Cassandra Moseley is an expert in natural resource policy, including forest, wildfire, bioenergy, rural development policy and federal land management. At the University of Oregon, she is a research professor and director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program.

Chris Murray, College of Education

Chris Murray is an expert in diversity and special education, high-risk youth and teacher-student relationships. He works with very high-risk youth and students that have emotional and behavioral problems due to circumstances of their upbringing, and designs educational programs and support systems to promote healthy outcomes. 

Andrew Nelson, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Andrew Nelson is a widely-published expert in entrepreneurship, innovation, and new technology-based fields. As associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, he leads the University of Oregon’s cross-campus entrepreneurship initiatives.

Cris Niell, Department of Biology

Cris Niell is an expert in neuroscience, interested in understanding how the brain interprets sensory information and drives our actions. His lab has developed methods to study the activity of neurons and brain regions during perception and cognition, with applications that range from childhood development and education to understanding autism and schizophrenia.

Drew Nobile, School of Music and Dance

Drew Nobile is an expert in the theory of pop and rock music. He teaches courses on rock and pop music as well as general music theory, Beethoven, and other topics. 

Sarah E. Nutter, Edward Maletis Dean and Professor of Accounting, Lundquist College of Business

An award-winning educator and researcher, Sarah E. Nutter has taught courses in accounting and taxation and has developed executive education courses for Oracle Corporation, General Dynamics, Time Warner, Sallie Mae, and Lee Technologies. Nutter’s research focuses primarily on the impact of taxes and tax structures on individuals and businesses.

Craig Parsons, Department of Political Science

Craig Parsons is an expert in the European Union and French and British politics. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor and department head in political science. Craig has published articles on a wide range of European politics. He can speak about recent issues, such as Brexit and the European refugee and debt crisis.

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Sharon J. Paul, School of Music and Dance

Sharon J. Paul is an expert in choral conducting, choral music history, choirs and score study. She is currently writing a book on student engagement in rehearsals and how conductors can design their rehearsal technique by taking into account how the brain learns, retains and recalls information. 

Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Department of Cinema Studies

Priscilla Peña Ovalle focuses on race, dance and sexuality in film through archival research and media production. Her work also looks at such things as mainstream popular culture and media hairstyles. She is the author of the book "Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom," published in 2011. Ovalle regularly teaches courses on the history of motion pictures, narrative fiction filmmaking, and television studies.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips, Department of Biology; Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Patrick Phillips is an expert in ecology and evolution, the biology of aging, molecular biology and the genetics of complex traits.

Ken Prehoda, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ken Prehoda is an expert in molecular biology and molecular evolution. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Ken studies how cells evolve over time and how cellular evolution can help find clues to diseases. He is particularly interested in how proteins work inside cells. Ken and his team identified an ancient mutation that contributed to evolution of multicellular animals.

Ofer Raban, School of Law

Ofer Raban is an expert in constitutional law, criminal law, and judicial theory. He is a professor of law and the Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Faculty Fellow in Trial Law. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his doctorate from Oxford University. Professor Raban worked as a prosecutor in New York before joining academia.

Damian Radcliffe, School of Journalism and Communication

Damian Radcliffe is an expert in news media trends, social media, community journalism, hyperlocal journalism, and media policy. As an experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, he can speak to the media landscape in the U.K., U.S., and Qatar.

Judith Raiskin, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Judith Raiskin is an expert in LGBTQ studies, disability studies, and postcolonial literature. She is currently working on the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project through the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. At the University of Oregon she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Greg Retallack, Department of Earth Sciences

Greg Retallack is an expert in global climate change, mass extinctions, major evolutionary transitions, ancient Mars environments, and the origin of life. He studies the evolution of life on land, and in particular, the evidence of fossil soils. 

Geri Richmond, U.S. Science Envoy to Southeast Asia and expert in STEM career paths for women

Geri Richmond, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Geraldine Richmond is an expert in science, science policy, and STEM. As a U.S. Science Envoy to Southeast Asia, Geri works to empower women and girls in the U.S. and abroad to pursue careers in the sciences. She also co-founded a career development program for women chemists known as COACh.

Josh Roering, Department of Earth Sciences

Josh Roering is an expert on landslide processes and soil erosion and he uses field observations, laboratory experiments, computer models, and remote sensing to conduct his investigations. His specialty is geomorphology, a discipline of geology that addresses the evolution of landscapes, including mountain building by tectonic and volcanic processes and erosion by rivers, glaciers, landslides, and other processes.

Philip J. Romero, Department of Finance

Philip J. Romero is an economist, policy analyst, and applied mathematician. He is an expert in cost-benefit analysis, economic policy, national security, state and local taxation, and strategy in deregulated industries.

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

Gerardo Sandoval, expert in the roles of immigrants in community regeneration

Gerardo Sandoval, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Gerardo Sandoval is an expert in immigration, urban planning and undocumented workers, especially related to the Latino/a immigrant community. He also studies the effects of urban redevelopment on immigrant neighborhoods. 

Ben Saunders, Department of English; Comic and Cartoon Studies

Ben Saunders is an expert in comic and cartoon studies, and English literature pop culture, including topics like 1950's rock-n-roll and the history of pornography. He is a frequent speaker at ComicCons and other pop culture conventions.

Philip Scher, Department of Anthropology

Philip Scher is an expert in folklore, popular culture, world heritage and heritage sites, and cultural practices of the Caribbean. Phil enjoys talking about the role of popular culture in world events, popular music and film and culture identity and ethnicity.

Marc Schlossberg, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Marc Schlossberg is an expert in city planning and sustainable development, especially related to transportation and how to retrofit communities to better support biking and walking. 

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, Sports Product Management Program

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin is an expert in the sports product industry, including the women’s sports product business and women in sports; the sports product life cycle; and Asian manufacturing. Ellen spent nearly three decades working for Nike after competing for legendary coach, Bill Bowerman.

Ellen Scott, Department of Sociology

Ellen Scott is an expert in welfare, minimum wage, and income inequality especially in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Elizabeth Skowron, College of Education

Elizabeth Skowron is an expert in counseling psychology and prevention science, early childhood adversity, and family-based interventions. Her research examines at the neurobiology of parenting at risk, developing self-regulation, and family interventions that are effective for supporting positive, healthy parenting and reducing child maltreatment.

Paul Slovic, Department of Psychology

Paul Slovic is an expert in human judgment, decision making, and risk perception. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of psychology and president of Decision Research. Paul studies the psychology of risk and perceptions of risks. His most recent research examines psychological factors contributing to apathy toward genocide.

Marian Smith, School of Music and Dance

Marian Smith is an expert in music and dance history and ballet. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of music. Marian is interested in the historical performance of ballet, 19th-century ballet classics, Tchaikovsky ballets, opera and the history of music. Frequently interviewed by dance critics, Marian has published two books as well as articles in both music and dance journals.

Tasia Smith, College of Education

Tasia Smith, a member of the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative, focuses on the prevention and reduction of health disparities among under-served populations. Her research centers on obesity prevention among African American and Hispanic/Latino families and rural communities. She seeks to identify risk and protective factors that influence people’s engagement in health-promoting behaviors.

Josh Snodgrass, Department of Anthropology and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Josh Snodgrass is an expert in human evolutionary biology and global health, describing how humans adapt to environmental stressors, such as sustained extreme cold, and the influence of economic and cultural change on aging, diet, cardiovascular health and metabolic diseases.

McKay Sohlberg, College of Education

McKay Sohlberg is an expert in special education, early intervention, communication disorders, and brain injury recovery, especially related to concussion. She also collaborates with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences to design technologies to help people with brain injuries.

Susan Sokolowski, Department of Product Design

Susan Sokolowski is an expert in sports product design innovation, as it relates to footwear, apparel and equipment. Her work explores the interface of the body and design, focusing specifically on underserved populations. A self-professed “sports product geek” who holds more than 35 utility patents in the space, Susan can talk about sports injuries, fit and performance, and history – all as they relate to sports product design.

Jeffrey Sprague, College of Education

Jeffrey Sprague is an expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Lynn Stephen, Department of Anthropology

Lynn Stephen is an expert on immigration, asylum and gendered asylum in the U.S., gendered violence, transnational communities, indigenous immigrants from Latin America, Mexico, and Central America, and Latino community histories in the Northwest. At the University of Oregon, she is Philip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and a participating faculty member in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. 

Aparna Sundar, Department of Marketing, Sports Product Management

Aparna Sundar is an expert in marketing, consumer behavior, product design and package design. Her research explores ways businesses can leverage consumer inferences about product and brand design elements, such as packaging and logo color.

Dave Sutherland, Department of Earth Sciences

David Sutherland is an expert in climate change and how melting glaciers and polar ice caps affect ocean temperatures, sea levels, and life in the water and along the coasts.

Nicole Swann, Department of Human Physiology

Nicole Swann is an expert in neuroscience, electrophysiology, and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of human physiology. Nicole studies how different parts of the human brain interact to generate and control movements and how these processes can be disrupted in disease.

Richard Taylor, Department of Physics

Richard Taylor is an expert in chaos theory, fractals, and the relationship between art and science. His research focuses on "bioinspiration" in which artificial systems benefit from using nature's patterns. He also uses computer analysis to study and authenticate art works, and is considered the leading expert on the artist Jackson Pollock.

Mark Thoma, Professor of Economics

Mark Thoma, Department of Economics

Mark Thoma is an expert in debt, unemployment, interest rates, monetary policy and U.S. economic policy. His blog, Economists View, is considered one of the best sources for economic trends and news by journalists who cover the economy.

Sylvia Thompson, College of Education

Sylvia Thompson is an expert in instruction and assessment of English language learners with or at risk of learning disabilities. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in the College of Education. Sylvia can speak about the role of bilingual education, and the identification of English learners for special education, dyslexia and English language learners.

Daniel Tichenor, Department of Political Science

Daniel Tichenor is an expert in U.S. immigration history and politics, and has published extensively on the development of American immigration law and policy, patterns of anti-immigrant nativism, and national struggles over unauthorized immigration, refugees, and legal immigration priorities. He also studies the American presidency, Congress, political parties, and national politics, and is an expert in social movements like the Civil Rights movement and the new Christian Right.

Elizabeth Tippett, School of Law

Elizabeth Tippett studies behavioral ethics, employment law and decision-making. Her recent research examined how employee timekeeping software can erode compliance with wage and hour laws, and she has studied how contract terms may predict a company’s litigation risk. Tippett also studies drug injury ads, through which attorneys recruit consumers for lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.

Doug Toomey, expert in earthquakes and volcanoes, professor of geophysics

Doug Toomey, Department of Earth Sciences

Doug Toomey is an expert in natural disasters, including earthquake, tsunami, and volcano-related events. His work develops risk assessments and early warning systems for each, especially in the Pacific Northwest. 

David Tyler, expert in the life cycles of everyday items and Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Inorganic, Organometallic & Polymer Chemistry

David Tyler, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Tyler is an expert in sustainable materials, plastics, and natural gas. He studies the life cycles and environmental impacts of everyday items, like Keurig cups, and also studies light-sensitive materials that can transform sustainable production.

Ilana Umansky, College of Education

Ilana Umansky is an expert in education policy and practices as it relates to immigrant students, bilingual students and English learner students. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of educational methodology, policy and leadership. Ilana can speak to the expansion of bilingual and dual immersion schools, learning outcomes among English learner-classified students, changes in English learner classification and reclassification policies, and education programs to support refugees and other recently-arrived immigrant students.

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, School of Architecture & Environment, Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is an expert in energy efficiency, specifically with architectural design. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of architecture and the director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. He teaches classes in daylighting, integrated design principles, energy performance in buildings, and design.

Frank Vignola, Department of Physics

Frank Vignola is an expert in physics, specifically solar radiation. At the University of Oregon, Frank is the director of the University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory.

Whitney Wagoner, Warsaw Sports Marketing Center

Whitney Wagoner is an expert in sports marketing, fan engagement, fan experience, corporate sponsorships, athlete endorsements, collegiate sports and sustainability in sports.

Merle Weiner, School of Law

Merle Weiner is an expert in domestic abuse law, family law, international and comparative family law, family law policy and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. At the University of Oregon, she is a Philip H. Knight Professor and faculty director of the Domestic Violence Clinic.

Julie Weise, Department of History

Julie Weise is an expert on immigration, Latino immigration, race and identity. Her book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South looks at the history of Mexican immigration and immigration policy.

Ray Weldon, Professor of Geological Science, expert in earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami and predicting each

Ray Weldon, Department of Earth Sciences

Ray Weldon is an expert on active earthquake fault zones and on earthquake probabilities, including earthquake early warning systems for the Cascadia and San Andreas faults on the west coast. His work in national hazard mapping is used by the insurance industry and for tsunami monitoring.

Tim Williams, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Tim Williams is an expert in United States history with a focus on nineteenth-century the American South. His research looks at the history of education in the U.S., and antebellum southern history, including gender, slavery, and the Civil War. 

Daniel Wojcik, Department of English

Daniel Wojcik is an expert in apocalyptic beliefs and millennial visions, contemporary folklore, new religious movements, trauma and artistic expression, subcultures, pilgrimage, and festive events. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of English and Folklore Studies, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies. 

Juan Eduardo Wolf, School of Music and Dance

Juan Eduardo Wolf is an expert in Latin American music and dance, ethnomusicology, indigenous music, folklore, immigration and identity. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology and the coordinator of the UO World Music Series. Ed is interested in how people identify through music, particularly in relation to race in Latin America. He works with Afro-descendant and indigenous musics, religions and carnival dancing and patron saint festivals, all within the context of the South Central Andes.

Woan Foong Wong, Department of Economics

Woan Foong Wong is an expert in international trade, trade costs and trade and transport. Her recent research explores the round trip effect of transport costs and international trade. Past papers look at the free rider effect and market power in trade agreements and preferential trade agreements. 

Mary Wood, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Mary Wood is an expert in environmental law and originated Atmospheric Trust Litigation. She studies law related to natural resources, public trust, federal Indian law, public lands, wildlife, and hazardous waste. Her research related to Atmospheric Trust Litigation holds governments accountable for reducing carbon pollution, and is actively argued in courts worldwide.

Yuan Xu, Department of Mathematics

Yuan Xu is an expert in mathematics, analysis, scientific computing, and applied Mathematics. At the University of Oregon, he is professor of mathematics. Yuan specializes in approximation theory, harmonics analysis and numerical analysis.

Priscilla Yamin, expert in marriage, women, gender roles and assistant professor

Priscilla Yamin, Department of Political Science

Priscilla Yamin is an expert on politics, women in politics and the role of marriage in U.S. political history. She specifically explores how politicizing marriage has been used as a means to grant and withold rights from people of color, women, LGBT people, and low-income Americans.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert on transnational migration, especially in the Americas. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, as well as the Center for Global Health.

Naomi Zack, Department of Philosophy

Naomi Zack is an expert in race, racial profiling, homelessness, feminism, and disaster ethics. Her April 2015 book, “White Privilege and Black Rights” challenges us to re-think social justice and the concepts of privilege through the lens of racial profiling and homicide in American policing.