Issues and Experts

SFU experts on U.S. politics – from impeachment vote to inauguration

January 12, 2021

Following last week’s riot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., a historic second impeachment vote in the final days of presidency for Donald Trump will begin tomorrow, January 13th. This event marks a week before the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden.

The following SFU experts are available to provide comment on the current U.S. political events as they unfold:


Robert Adamson, lecturer, Beedie School of Business, 604.657.1213;
Topics: legal issues surrounding the transition to President-Elect Biden, constitutional law issues, potential impact of U.S. Supreme Court on government policies, election law

Samir Gandesha, associate professor, humanities, 604.726.6704;
Topics: authoritarianism/fascism/populism, crisis of liberal-democracy, identity politics, “cancel culture”, free speech, racial politics

Andy Hira, professor, political science,
Topics: rise of populist leaders such as President Donald Trump, impact of social movements, how the 2020 election marks an historic turning point towards systemic reform

Aaron Hoffman, assistant professor, political science,
Topics: U.S. foreign policy and the recent election


Neil Boyd, professor, criminology, 778.782.3324;
Topic: crime and media, homicide, rates of crime in the U.S.


Sun-Ha Hong, professor, communication, 215.605.3493;
Topics: mis/disinformation, conspiracy theories, deepfakes/cheapfakes, role of social media/online communication

Jaime Lee Kirtz, communication, postdoctoral fellow, Digital Democracies Institute, 303-638-8661;
Topics: hate speech, platform policy standards, FCC, congress and governance of media, American civil religion and nationalism


BRADEN MCMILLAN, SFU Communications & Marketing
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