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Experts by Topic: Politics & Elections | Economy | Health Care

Dartmouth College is home to some of the world's leading scholars in their fields, many of whom have significant experience talking to media and the public about their research and professional expertise. In preparation for the Republican Presidential Debate, we've compiled a list of some of these faculty experts who can make themselves available to reporters working on stories related to their expertise. If you have trouble reaching a faculty member on this list or would like to inquire about an expert not listed here, please contact Latarsha Gatlin.

Politics & Elections

  • Joseph Bafumi

    Assistant Professor of Government

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    Expertise includes electoral behavior, ideology, public opinion, the Federal budget, public policy, representation, and political methodology. Recent research looks at the impact of political polarization on the Federal budget process.
  • Deborah Jordan Brooks
    Associate Professor of Government

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    Current research projects pertaining to public opinion/campaigns include: public opinion regarding female candidates, the effects of negative advertising on voters, the effects of ad sponsorship on voter persuasion and gender and support for war.
  • Linda Fowler

    Professor of Government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies

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    Expertise in Congress (including elections, legislative oversight and involvement with U.S. foreign policy), presidential primaries (especially New Hampshire), interest groups, campaign ethics and female candidates.
  • Dean Lacy

    Professor of Government

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    Expertise includes electoral institutions and behavior, public opinion, political parties, Congress and the presidency, democratic theory, and game theory and methodology. Recent research includes the true predictive value of polling, specifically on the issues of taxes and spending.
  • Russell Muirhead

    Associate Professor of Government

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    Expertise in American political ideas, political philosophy and partisanship and ideology. He is currently writing a defense of party spirit in the U.S. and working on another project on "the problem with political speech today."
  • Brendan Nyhan
    Assistant Professor of Government
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    Research into political scandal, misperceptions about politics and health care, social networks, Congressional elections, and leadership in Congress. Expertise on the presidency, political psychology, public opinion, Congress, the media, and American elections. Blogs at
  • Annelise Orleck

    Professor of History

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    Expertise includes women in politics, the significance of a female front-runner or female president, poverty policy, the changing demographics of the Republican and Democratic base, knowledge of 20th century presidential campaigns, and history of American populism and social movements, including right wing movements and knowledge of labor history and labor politics.
  • Ron Shaiko

    Senior Fellow, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center

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    Research includes American politics, Congress, nonprofit organizations, comparative politics, democratization, social movements, interest groups and lobbying. He is also the Survey Director of the annual NH State of the State Poll at the Rockefeller Center.


  • Jim Feyrer
    Associate Professor of Economics

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    Expertise on macroeconomics, fiscal policy, global capital flows, globalization, implications of technological change, and economic growth in the long run. Recent research includes work on the impact of the fiscal stimulus (ARRA).
  • Andrew Samwick
    Professor of Economics and Director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences
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    Expertise includes economics of retirement and Social Security, pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. He is the co-author of a set of reform proposals that restore solvency to the Social Security system through the addition of investment-based, personal retirement accounts. He has testified three times before Congressional committees on his research. He is a research associate and co-chair of the working group on Social Security research at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as a consultant for the Social Security Advisory Board and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on the assumptions and methods they use to make long-term projections. In July 2003, Samwick joined the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, serving for a year as its chief economist.
  • Matthew J. Slaughter
    Associate Dean for the MBA Program and the Signal Companies’ Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
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    Expertise in economics and politics of globalization, policy responses to the World Financial Crisis, the global operations of multinational firms and on the labor-market impacts of international trade and investment. Slaughter frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress while working with leaders of both parties and served as a Member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President for 2005 to 2007.

Health Care

  • Dr. Ira Byock

    Professor of Anesthesiology and Community & Family Medicine; Director of Palliative Medicine
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    Expertise in end-of-life care and palliative care, with an expertise on the current state of end-of-life care and the growing need for it as the Baby Boomer generation ages.
  • Dr. Elliott Fisher
    Professor at Dartmouth Medical School and Director for Population Health and Policy at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
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    Expertise in the differences in spending observed across U.S. regions and health care systems, on understanding the consequences of these variations for health and health care, the development and testing of approaches to performance measurement and payment reform that can support improvement.
  • Jonathan Skinner

    Professor of Economics and of Community & Family Medicine
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    Expertise in the causes and consequences of geographic variation in health care and health outcomes, the sustainability of growth in Medicare and in health care more generally, and why the U.S. health care system has been growing so rapidly compared to other countries.

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Last updated: 09/19/11