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Paolo Annino

Glass Professor of Public Interest Law


Annino is an expert in health care access for young people and children, and legal issues involving Medicaid.

(850) 644-9930
pannino@law.fsu.edu
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Bill Bales

William Bales


Bales is an expert on sentencing, the effectiveness and consequences of punishment strategies, the evaluation of correctional practices and programs, and prisoner recidivism.

(850) 644-7113
wbales@fsu.edu
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Kevin Beaver

Kevin Beaver


Beaver is an expert on biosocial criminology, which explores the biological and environmental factors involved in crime and antisocial behavior.

(850) 644-9180
kbeaver@fsu.edu
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Thomas Blomberg


Blomberg is an expert on criminology research and public policy; delinquency, education and crime desistance; penology and social control; and victim services. His ongoing research includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful community reintegration.

(850) 644-7365
tblomberg@fsu.edu
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Courtney Cahill

Donald Hinkle Professor


Cahill is FSU’s Donald Hinkle Professor at the College of Law. Her expertise includes the legal and social debates surrounding same-sex relationships and reproductive rights, as well as general family law.

(850) 644-9028
ccahill@law.fsu.edu
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Terry Coonan

Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights


Coonan is an internationally known human rights lawyer who has advised U.S. judges on immigration and refugee law, worked with the United Nations and the U.S. Justice Department, and litigated asylum and torture victim protection cases for more than two decades. He has done leading advocacy and policy work regarding human trafficking and has trained law enforcement, service providers and judges nationwide on the topic. Coonan serves as an associate professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a courtesy professor in the FSU College of Law and the FSU Film School.  He teaches courses on international human rights, human trafficking, refugee and asylum law, and human rights and film.

(850) 644-4550
tcoonan@fsu.edu
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James Gwartney


Gwartney can discuss the kinds of macroeconomic issues that are typically discussed in election years, such as taxes, budget deficits, monetary policy and unemployment.

(850) 644-7645
jdgwartney@fsu.edu
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Carter Hay

Carter Hay, Professor & Graduate Program Director


Hay is an expert on the causes of crime and delinquency, particularly causes related to the family environment and its implication for the development of self-control. He also is an expert on the use of evidence-based practices in the juvenile justice system.

(850) 644-1594
chay@fsu.edu
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Randall G Holcombe

DeVoe L. Moore Professor of Economics


Holcombe is an expert on the effect of government activity on economic growth.

(850) 644-7095
holcombe@fsu.edu
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Davis Houck

Professor


Houck is FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information. Houck, who earned a doctorate in communication at Penn State University, offers expertise on political advertising, speech-making and news coverage. He’s also an expert on the American civil rights movement, war rhetoric, propaganda and media campaigns.

Houck is one of the nation’s leading experts on Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder in the Mississippi Delta helped launch the civil rights movement. Houck helped create and lead the Emmett Till Memory Project, which developed a 21st-century digital historical record of the people, places and episodes associated with Till’s murder and legacy. Houck coauthored “Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press” with Matthew A. Grindy.

Houck is collaborating with FSU Libraries’ Division of Special Collections and Archives to continue to build the only existing Emmett Till Archive. The archive will house several collections from leading scholars, filmmakers, historians and activists, many of which will be digitized to share with a global audience.

(850) 980-2656
dhouck@fsu.edu
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Mark Isaac

Quinn Eminent Scholar Professor


Isaac is an expert on the national economy as it relates to energy policy and government regulation.

(850) 644-7081
misaac@fsu.edu
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Jay Kesten

Associate Professor


Kesten is an expert on the legal aspects of corporate governance and corporate finance.

(850) 644-1596
jkesten@law.fsu.edu
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Gary Kleck

David J. Bordua Professor Emeritus


Kleck is an expert on gun control, deterrence, crime control and violence. Some of his recent research has found that higher general gun ownership rates reduce homicide rates, probably because the violence-reducing effects of guns among noncriminal victims and prospective victims outweigh the violence-increasing effects of guns among criminals.

(850) 644-7651
gkleck@fsu.edu
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Wayne Logan

Gary & Sallyn Pajcic Professor


Logan has published widely on a variety of issues, including capital punishment, police search and seizure, sex offender registration and community notification and the interplay among state, federal and local criminal justice systems.

(850) 644-7215
wlogan@law.fsu.edu
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Milton H Marquis

Professor of Economics


Marquis, who served the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as Research Department senior economist from 2000 to 2003 and as visiting scholar in 2005-2006 and 2009, can discuss national economic issues, including monetary theory and policy, and macroeconomic theory, which relates to taxes and budget deficits.

(850) 645-1526
mmarquis@fsu.edu
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Michael J. McVicar


McVicar is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion. He researches the relationship between religion and politics in 20th century U.S. history, with a specific focus on the emergence of the American conservative movement in the post-World War II era.

mmcvicar@fsu.edu
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Dan Mears

Dan Mears, Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology


Mears is an expert on mental health, public opinion and other aspects of mass shooting tragedies. His research expertise includes juvenile and criminal justice policy, crime theory, public opinion, “supertax” prisons, mental health, religion, sentencing and reentry.

(850) 644-7376
dmears@fsu.edu
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Patrick Merle

Associate Professor


Merle is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication & Information. He focuses on international comparisons, cultural differences, as well as international media behaviors and attitudes. Merle, a French native and former international journalist who covered Olympic sports and international news, offers particular expertise on how international media view political issues and how certain news topics get covered across cultures.

(850) 644-8773
patrick.merle@cci.fsu.edu
/patrickmerle
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Carrie Pettus-Davis

Carrie Pettus-Davis


Pettus-Davis’ research concentrates on working with community partners to develop and research interventions that enhance positive social support, respond to trauma experiences among justice-involved adults and generate overall well-being for those impacted by incarceration. 

cpettusdavis@fsu.edu
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Matthew Pietryka

Assistant Professor Matt Pietryka


Pietryka’s research focuses on understanding how the social and political contexts of life influence the political attitudes and behavior of individuals. In particular, he studies how political discussion with friends and family can affect individual political behavior.

(530) 574-6175
mpietryka@fsu.edu
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Deana A Rohlinger

Deana Rohlinger, Associate Professor of Sociology


Rohlinger is an expert on the sociology of mass media (including social media), social movements, digital participation and democratic processes. She is the chair of the American Sociological Association’s section for Communication, Information Technologies & Media Sociology and the author of two books, Abortion Politics, Mass Media and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and New Media and Society (New York University Press, 2019). Her current research examines deliberation online around controversial issues such a gun control.

(850) 644-2493
drohling@fsu.edu
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Mark R. Schlakman


Schlakman serves as senior program director for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and as coordinator of its Human Rights & National Security in the 21st Century lecture series. He is regarded as an expert on Florida’s death penalty process and the state’s policy on restoring former offenders’ civil rights. Schlakman served as principal investigator for the Center’s Florida Bar Foundation/Administration of Justice grant-funded projects relating to the American Bar Association Florida Death Penalty Assessment Team report, which examined the fairness, accuracy and impartiality of Florida’s death penalty process. It also led to a project known as Rethinking Civil Rights Restoration in Florida several years before the ballot initiative that became known as Amendment 4.

Schlakman teaches Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy at the College of Law and two unique interdisciplinary courses on Felony Disenfranchisement in Florida after Amendment 4, and Executive Clemency in Florida including pardon power, sentence commutations, civil rights restoration after Amendment 4 and death penalty case review. He also teaches courses for graduate, honors and undergraduate students in Human Rights & National Security. Schlakman designed the courses, and they are informed by his experiences and engagement abroad, including Afghanistan and the United Nations in Geneva.

(850) 644-4614 or (850) 766-2146
mschlakman@fsu.edu
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Samuel R. Staley


Staley, director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center, is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and professor at FSU where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation and urban economics. He has authored several books and has published more than 100 articles, studies and reports.

(850) 645-9694
sstaley@fsu.edu
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Carol Weissert

LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Political Science


Weissert teaches American national and state politics. Her research interests include Florida politics, elections, intergovernmental relations, federalism and health policy.

(850) 644-7320 or (850) 297-0111
cweissert@fsu.edu
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Hannah Wiseman

Professor


Wiseman is an expert on the role of regulation in protecting the character of living spaces and environmental quality, including regulations surrounding fracking, oil and gas and energy.

(850) 645-0073
hwiseman@law.fsu.edu
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Samuel Wiseman

McConnaughhay and Rissman Professor


Wiseman’s research focuses on pre- and post-trial issues in criminal procedure, including the use of DNA evidence, postconviction litigation and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive bail.

(850) 645-0093
swiseman@law.fsu.edu
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Mary Ziegler

Stearns Weaver Miller Professor


Ziegler is one of the nation’s leading experts on the legal history of the U.S. abortion debate. She studies the current debates surrounding reproductive health, the family, and the Constitution.

(850) 645-0364
mziegler@law.fsu.edu
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