IDJC Director  

Margaret Talev is the Kramer Director of the IDJC and a professor of practice of magazine, news and digital journalism at the Newhouse School. She has covered American politics for 30 years and is a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. She is senior contributor at Axios and a frequent political analyst on CNN, NPR, Sirius XM and other major outlets.


Research Director

Johanna Dunaway is IDJC’s research director and a professor of political science at the Maxwell School. Her research focuses on news media and politics, political communication and the impact of changing communication technologies on media effects, public opinion and political behavior.


Senior Researcher

Joshua Darr is a senior researcher at IDJC and an associate professor at the Newhouse School, teaching classes in political communication. His research focuses on campaign strategy, political knowledge, partisan polarization and local news. He has written about politics and media for The Boston Globe, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Vox, The Conversation, Nieman Journalism Lab and Scientific American.


Staff

Nitya Chagti is a research assistant and a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the Maxwell School.

Emma Carroll Hudson, Digital Communications Coordinator


Partner Programs

Newhouse DC

headshot of Beverly Kirk

Beverly Kirk is director of Washington programs and a professor of practice of broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School. She leads student programs for the school across multiple communications majors with a primary focus on journalism.


Maxwell in DC

Andrew S. London is the associate dean for the Maxwell School’s Washington programs and associate dean of research for the Maxwell School.


Affiliated Experts

Luvell Anderson 

Title: Associate Professor, Philosophy

School: College of Arts and Sciences

Contact: lander04@syr.edu

Expertise: Language, race, comedy 


Keith Bybee 

Title: Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media; Vice Dean, College of Law 

School: College of Law; Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.8678 | kjbybee@syr.edu

Expertise: Public law, judicial process, politics of race, legal theory, political philosophy 


Jason Davis 

Title: Research Professor, Office of Research and Creative Activity; Co-Director, Real Chemistry Emerging Insights Lab 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: jdavis72@syr.edu

Expertise: Mis/disinformation detection using AI/ML tools; STEM professional development 


Rachel E. Dubrofsky 

Title: Chair, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies 

School: College of Visual and Performing Arts 

Contact: 315.443.2308 | redubrof@syr.edu

Expertise: Race, gender, surveillance, authenticity 


Hamid Ekbia 

Title: Director, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Contact: hrekbia@syr.edu 

Expertise: Political economy of computing, future of work, AI and society 


Amy Fairchild 

Title: Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research and Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.3115 | afairc01@syr.edu

Expertise: Intersection of social movements, politics, science, work and public health


Shana Kushner Gadarian 

Title: Professor and Chair, Political Science Department 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315-443-3718 | sgadaria@dlmanzie

Expertise: American politics, political psychology, political communication, public opinion, experimental methods 


Joey Gawrysiak 

Title: Executive Director, Esports Communications and Management 

School: David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics 

Contact: ejgawrys@syr.edu 

Expertise: Esports, video games and sport, sports and socialization, international sport culture, sport and technology 


Catherine Gerard 

Title: Professor of Practice; Research Director, Collaborative Governance; Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Contact: 315.443.2756 | cgerard@syr.edu

Expertise: Leadership, organizational development, total quality management, conflict resolution 


Jay Golden 

Title: Pontarelli Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Finance; Director, Dynamic Sustainability Lab 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.5849 | jgolde04@syr.edu

Expertise: Net-Zero Carbon Transition, technology transitions, energy transitions, bio-based transitions, supply chains, ESG and finance 


Jeffrey Gonda 

Title: Associate Professor, History; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.9503 | jdgonda@syr.edu

Expertise: Sports and democracy, history of the civil rights movement, legal history 


Lauryn Gouldin 

Title: Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence; Crandall Melvin Professor of Law; Director, Syracuse Civics Initiative 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.9547 | lgouldin@syr.edu

Expertise: AI, law, civics 


Roy Gutterman 

Title: Professor; Director, Tully Center for Free Speech 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.3523 | rsgutter@syr.edu

Expertise: First Amendment, free speech and media law, courts, journalists and legal education 


Mike Haynie 

Title: Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, Syracuse University; founder, Institute for Veterans & Military Families 

School: Syracuse University

Contact: ivmfdirector@syr.edu

Expertise: Defense, veterans, entrepreneurial decision-making and strategy 


Colleen Heflin 

Title: Associate Dean, Chair and Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.4000 | cmheflin@syr.edu

Expertise: Social policy, poverty policy, child and family policy 


Catherine Herrold 

Title: Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs; Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies  

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.4339 | ceherrol@syr.edu

Expertise: Civil society, international development, democracy promotion 


Nausheen Husain 

Title: Assistant Professor, Magazine, News and Digital Journalism 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 

Contact: 315.443.7388 | nhusain@syr.edu

Expertise: Investigative journalism, civil liberties, incarceration, news coverage of “War on Terror” and impacts on young Muslims 


Thomas Keck 

Title: Professor, Political Science; Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Contact: 315.443.5862 | tmkeck@syr.edu

Expertise: Supreme Court, democratic erosion, global free-speech jurisprudence 


Kelvin King 

Title: Assistant Professor, Digital Misinformation 

School: School of Information Studies 

Contact: 315.443.5441 | kkking@syr.edu

Expertise: Machine learning algorithms; combating misinformation on social media; behavioral economics and information decision-making in virtual communities 


Austin Kocher 

Title: Research assistant professor with the Civic Research Data Lab (CRDL)

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 

Contact: 315.443.4455 | ackocher@syr.edu

Area of Expertise: FOIA, federal government, immigration detention, deportation and courts


Charisse L’Pree 

Title: Associate Professor, Communications 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 

Contact: 315.443.5331 | clcorsbi@syr.edu

Expertise: Social psychology and communication, American Dream, intersectional identity


Regina Luttrell 

Title: Senior Associate Dean, Newhouse School; Associate Professor, Public Relations; Co-Director, Real Chemistry Emerging Insights Lab 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.3613 | mluttre@syr.edu

Area of Expertise: AI, data analytics, social media and society, multi-generational workforce 


Tina Nabatchi 

Title: Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration; Director and Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute; Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  

Contact: 315.443.8994 | tnabatch@syr.edu

Area of Expertise: Citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution and challenges in public administration 


Sean O’Keefe 

Title: University Professor; Phanstiel Chair in Leadership; distinguished senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; senior research associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute; research affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  

Contact: 315.443.8583 | scokeefe@syr.edu

Expertise: Former NASA Administrator, Navy Secretary, deputy OMB director, DOD Comptroller and LSU Chancellor. National security law and policy; public management, finance and budgeting. Technology development, innovation management, executive leadership 


Kristen Patel 

Title: Professor of Practice, Policy Studies; Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs; Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; Maxwell Advisory Board Member 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.2348 | kbpatel@syr.edu

Expertise: Intelligence and research analytics in the public and private sectors, transnational financial crime and natsec risks, counterterrorism and proliferation 


Steven Pike 

Title: Associate Professor, Public Relations and Public Diplomacy 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.4315 | slpike@syr.edu

Expertise: State Department, public relations and public diplomacy 


Srivi Ramasubramanian 

Title: Newhouse Professor Endowed Chair; Professor, Communications; Director, CODE^SHIFT (Collaboratory for Data Equity, Social Healing, Inclusive Futures, and Transformation)

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.8042 | srramasu@syr.edu

Expertise: Media literacy, anti-racism, civic engagement, difficult dialogues, data justice, critical AI and South Asia 


Grant Reeher 

Title: Professor, Political Science; Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute; Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  

Contact: 315.443.5046 | gdreeher@syr.edu

Expertise: American politics, democratic representation, citizenship, legislatures, health care policy,  public engagement, gun politics and policy 


Jason Steinhauer 

Title: Adjunct Professor; public historian; CEO, History Communication Institute; global fellow, Wilson Institute  

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: jstein20@syr.edu

Expertise: Technology, media, museums, disinformation, impact of social media on public understanding of news and history, State Department diplomatic exchanges 


Olivia Stomski 

Title: Professor of Practice, TV, Radio and Film; Director, Newhouse Sports Media Center

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.4065 | okstomsk@syr.edu

Expertise: Sports media, directing, producing, managing and overseeing live event coverage 


Jennifer Stromer-Galley 

Title: Professor; Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs 

School: School of Information Studies 

Contact: 315.443.1823 | jstromer@syr.edu

Expertise: Presidential campaigning and the internet, campaign advertising and social media, predictive modeling for online behavior, political misinformation


Junko Takeda 

Title: Professor, History Department; Interim Chair, Citizenship and Civic Engagement; Daicoff Faculty Scholar 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  

Contact: 315.443.5868 | jtakeda@syr.edu

Expertise: Citizenship, civic engagement, globalization, revolution, ethics, justice


Robert Thompson 

Title: Director, Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture; Trustee Professor of TV, Radio and Film 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315. 443.4077 | rthompso@syr.edu

Expertise: Media and pop culture 


Emily Thorson 

Title: Assistant Professor, Political Science Department; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: 315.443.3629 | eathorso@syr.edu

Expertise: American politics, misinformation and misperceptions, experimental methodology, political psychology, media and politics 


Jodi Upton 

Title: Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism; Professor, Magazine, News and Digital Journalism 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.7360 | jupton@syr.edu

Expertise: Investigative and data journalism, sports, military, government, crime and economic data 


Bill Werde 

Title: Director, Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries; Co-director, Audio Arts 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.3280 | bwerde@syr.edu

Area of Expertise: Business of music, media marketing and entrepreneurship, digital and audiovisual media, founder Full Rate No Cap newsletter 


Lars Willnat 

Title: John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair; Professor, Communications 

School: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Contact: 315.443.9232 | lwillnat@syr.edu

Expertise: Cross-national studies of public perceptions of news media’s role in democracy, role of political polarization on perceptions of journalism, foreign correspondents 


Baobao Zhang 

Title: Assistant Professor, Political Science Department; Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute 

School: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Contact: bzhang22@syr.edu

Expertise: AI analysis, governance and ethics, American politics, technology and public policy