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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 617-824-8415.
Mneesha GellmanAssistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Gellman’s area of expertise is social movements and ethnic minority rights in Latin America and Turkey. She focuses on how memories of state and paramilitary violence are used in rights claims, and how policies of political, economic, and cultural exclusion or inclusion of minorities affect democratization and multiculturalism. Currently, Gellman has a focus on the right to mother tongue languages.
Spencer KimballSenior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Kimball is a nationally recognized public opinion pollster. He also holds expertise in political communication, sports communication, and social media.
Shane MartinAffiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
Martin is an experienced political consultant who has conducted numerous political polls and surveys, devised campaign strategy and prepared candidates for debate. He has worked at the Massachusetts State House and consulted state and local politicians throughout New England.
Vincent RaynauldAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Raynauld is an expert in social media, political campaigning, journalism, crisis communication, online politics, political activism, sports communication, and e-learning.
David Gerzof RichardAffiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
Gerzof Richard is knowledgeable on the subjects of advertising, branding, cyber-bullying, Facebook, global marketing, integrated marketing, management, media ethics, new media, public relations, social media, texting, and twitter. He is the founder and president of BIGfish an integrated social media, PR, marketing and social influence firm.
Keri ThompsonSenior Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Thompson is an expert in political communication, speech, public speaking, social media, rhetoric and language, as well as campaigns and candidates.