For the Media

Faculty Experts on Politics

Faculty in the College’s Communication Studies and Journalism departments are experts on campaign strategies, media coverage, debates, nonverbal communication, stress of campaigning on family life, political polling, and more.

Below is a roster of Emerson’s political experts and their areas of expertise. To connect with these faculty members, please contact Assistant VP/Director of Media Relations Carole McFall at carole_mcfall@emerson.edu and 617-824-8415.


  • Spencer Kimball

    Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies

     Nationally recognized political pollster.

  • Shane Martin

    Part Time Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

    Worked at the Massachusetts State House and consulted state and local politicians throughout New England. As a political consultant he has conducted numerous political polls/surveys, devised campaign strategy and prepared candidates for debate.

    In addition, Shane has taught political and communications courses for the past 5 years at Fitchburg State College and Mount Wachusett Community College. These courses include Speech, Public Speaking, Political Communication and Rhetoric, Moot Court, U.S. Government, State and Local Government, U.S. Congress, Mass and the Federal System, and Leadership and Service Learning.

  • Gregory Payne

    Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Communication Studies

    Expertise in political communication, public diplomacy, crisis communication, celebrity/spectacle media events and health communication, and protest rhetoric.

  • Vincent Raynauld

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

  • David Gerzof Richard

    Part Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    Advertising, Branding, Cyber-bullying, Facebook, Global Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Management, Marketing, Media Ethics, New Media, Public Relations, Social Media, Texting, Twitter

    Founder and President of BIGfish, an integrated social media, PR, marketing and social influence firm. His Twitter handle is @DavidGerzof.

  • Doug Struck

    Senior Journalist-in-Residence, Department of Journalism

    Environmental journalism, global warming issues, science/media communication, investigative journalism, and non-profit models.

  • Keri Thompson

    Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies

    Political Communication, Speech, Public Speaking, Social Media, Rhetoric & Language, Campaigns & Candidates

  • Richard West

    Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Family Communication

    Family Conflict, Intimacy, Storytelling

    Families and Technology

    Families and Holiday Stress