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 and 617-824-8415.

  • Mneesha Gellman

    Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

     My area of expertise is social movements and ethnic minority rights in Latin America (particularly Mexico and El Salvador) and Turkey. I focus 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. I also have a special focus on the right to mother tongue languages.

  • Spencer Kimball

    Senior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies

    Nationally recognized public opinion pollster; Exptertise in political communication, sports communication and social media.

  • Shane Martin

    Affiliated 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.

  • Vincent Raynauld

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Expertise: Social media, political campaigning, journalism, crisis communication, online politics, political activism, sports communication, e-learning.

  • David Gerzof Richard

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

    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.

  • Keri Thompson

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies

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