The following Washington State University faculty members will be available for expert analysis of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Cornell Clayton

Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
509‑335‑2427, cwclayton@wsu.edu

Clayton is the Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government.

His research focuses on American politics, political polarization and electoral history, populism and political paranoia, constitutional law and judicial politics.

A frequent news commentator, Clayton can discuss everything from what is happening in Washington’s congressional races, along with their impact on the Trump presidency and its policy agenda going forward.

Travis Ridout

Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
509‑335‑2264, tnridout@wsu.edu

Ridout is the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy at Washington State University. He is also co‑director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which has tracked all political ads aired in the United States since 2010—and is ramping up its study of the 2018 campaign.

His broad areas of research interest include political communication, campaigns and elections, campaign finance and political participation, and presidential nominations.

Ridout’s expertise on political campaigns and advertising is frequently sought out by news outlets like the New York Times, ABC News and CNN among others. He can discuss both local and national races in addition to a wide range of other issues surrounding the elections.

Michael Salamone

Assistant professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
509‑335‑7569, salamone@wsu.edu

Salamone is an assistant professor of political science in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University.

His research focuses on politics of the American courts. He is especially interested in how courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, shape and are shaped by political forces such as public opinion, the news media, and organized interests.

He can discuss how the public’s perception of the Supreme Court might affect voters going into the 2018 and 2020 elections and other issues relating to judicial nominations and the future of the federal courts.