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SFU 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Experts Directory

Last updated: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:00 AM

Welcome to the SFU 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Experts Directory. This directory is here to support media in finding and connecting with SFU experts during the election period and will be updated regularly to include new experts on topics of interest that may come up in the coming weeks. 

Experts are currently available to speak on the following topics:


Sun-ha Hong, assistant professor, communications, 215.605.3493, 778.775.4856;
Topics: online disinformation, hate speech, online platform moderation, U.S. election

Maite Taboada, professor, linguistics, 778.782.5585;
Topics: gender representation in the coverage of the election, media coverage, fake news and misinformation, online comments

Jaime Lee Kirtz, postdoctoral fellow, Digital Democracies Institute, 303-638-8661,
Topics: Platform policies and standards, toxicity, content moderation, algorithmic decision making and media, social media/platform crossover between Canada and the U.S.


Neil Boyd, professor, criminology, 778.782.3324;
Topics: crime and media, drug policy, homicide, rates of crime in the U.S. and elsewhere

Business and Economy

Andrey Pavlov, professor, Beedie School of Business, 604.763.3696;
Topics: economic-related issues, financial markets

Steeve Mongrain, professor and associate chair, economics, 778.782.3547;
Topics: Taxation, welfare programs, unemployment insurance (*speaks French)


Deborah Harford, Executive Director of Adaption to Climate Change Team (ACT), 604.671.2449;
Topics: climate change impacts, risks and strategic solutions for U.S. election

Hendrik Wolff, associate professor, economics, 778.782.4109;
Topics: transportation, energy, environment, climate change (carbon taxes) issues

Health and Aging

John O’Neil, professor, Global and Indigenous Health, Faculty of Health and Sciences, 604.306.4987;
Topics: COVID-19 and public health issues impacting Indigenous Americans, Global Indigenous health


Anil (Andy) Hira, professor, political sciences, 778.782.3286;
Topics: the rise of populist leaders such as President Trump in 2016-17 and how times have changed through social movements and the effects of COVID-19; why the 2020 U.S. election will mark a historic turning point as the majority of Americans have a desire for systemic reform

Aaron Hoffman, associate professor, political science, 778.782.4162;
Topics: U.S. foreign policy, the connection between foreign policy and the election, the chances of violence in the U.S. surrounding the election

Robert Adamson, lecturer, Beedie School of Business, 604.657.1213;
Topics: political strategy and COVID-19 issues in U.S. and B.C. and Canada, the impact of vaccines and COVID issues on the US election, legal and constitutional issues about masks and vaccines, new rules in the workplace and other issues that may impact the election

Steven Weldon, associate professor, political science, 778.782.4995;
Topics: U.S. election, the polls, the “horserace”, the states to watch, the key issues, the Senate race, campaigns, political parties, opinion polls, far right parties, politics of immigration and diversity

Samir Gandesha, associate professor, director, Department of Humanities, 604.726.6704;
Topics: policing, racial politics, authoritarianism/fascism/populism, crisis od liberal-democracy, identity politics, “cancel culture,” free speech/expression and academic freedom, corporatization of the university

Stewart Prest, lecturer, political science, 604.219.9309;
Topics: the presidential and congressional races, implications of the election for Canada and Internationally