Experts on US presidential election 2016

Humanities, Human and Social Development, Social Sciences

The following University of Victoria experts are available to media for comment on the US presidential campaign, the upcoming election and its aftermath:

Kimberley Speers (School of Public Administration) is a political scientist who teaches in the areas of Canadian politics, public management and policy, strategic planning, research methods, strategic communication and engagement, and local government. She can comment on political strategies and tactics, implications of the US election on Canadian politics, gender campaign constructs and election campaign analysis. (Office: 250-721-8057 or

Janni Aragon (Technology Integrated Learning / Dept. of Political Science) is an expat American and regularly teaches a course for political science and on technology and society. Her areas of expertise are related to gender and politics and she is willing to comment on the numerous ways that the two US presidential candidates seem to either court or snub women. (Office: 250-721-8796 or

Jason Colby (Dept. of History) teaches modern American history and US foreign relations and, as an expat American, is closely following the political currents of his native country. He can comment on the two candidates, their policies, and the campaign’s impact on the US political landscape. (Office: 250-721-7389 or 

Michael J. Prince (Faculty of Human & Social Development) is an expert on federal-provincial relations, national social insurance programs and income security. His research interests include: trends in social policy over the past 25 years and the next generations; federal-provincial as well as Canada-US relations including trade policy issues; Indigenous governance; and policy-making in disability politics and policy issues. (By email at 

Reuben Rose-Redwood (Dept. of Geography) is an expert in cultural politics, landscape studies, and critical human geography. During the lead up to the US election, he asks whether respectful dialogue is possible across the political divide in an age of increasing social and cultural polarization. “I’ve found the hate-filled political climate we are currently witnessing very troubling and even dangerous,” says Rose-Redwood. He recently debated with a US conservative culture critic about race, gender, sexuality, and the legacy of white supremacy in the US. (By email at 

Media contacts

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