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.
Spencer KimballScholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Nationally recognized political pollster.
Shane MartinPart 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 PayneAssociate 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 RaynauldAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
David Gerzof RichardPart 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 StruckSenior Journalist-in-Residence, Department of Journalism
Environmental journalism, global warming issues, science/media communication, investigative journalism, and non-profit models.
Keri ThompsonLecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Political Communication, Speech, Public Speaking, Social Media, Rhetoric & Language, Campaigns & Candidates
Richard WestProfessor, Department of Communication Studies
Family Conflict, Intimacy, Storytelling
Families and Technology
Families and Holiday Stress