Fresno State faculty experts
2020 Presidential Election

Several Fresno State faculty members are available to share their expertise on the 2020 presidential election, including key issues and topics important to voters.

Some of these experts can speak in general about campaigns and elections, both at the local and national level. Others can address inquiries relating to media issues and coverage in an election cycle.

If you need assistance connecting with these experts, please contact University Communications at or 559.246.1717.

James Boren

James Boren, lecturer, Department of Media, Communications and Journalism and executive director of Fresno State’s Institute for Media and Public Trust, former executive editor of The Fresno Bee


  • National politics, covered six national conventions as a political reporter
  • Media literacy
  • News trends
  • First Amendment and free speech
  • Trust and credibility of journalists
Lisa Bryant

Dr. Lisa A. Bryant, associate professor of political science


  • Campaigns and elections
  • Election sciences/election administration
  • Public opinion,
  • Political behavior/participation, race and gender
  • Political communication and research methods
  • Gender and politics
  • How an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court can impact election-season dynamics

Bryant was recently interviewed for the Los Angeles Times and KQED.

Dr. Jeffrey Cummins, interim dean, College of Social Sciences, professor of political science, 559.278.3013
(not available on weekends)


  • American politics and public policy, including state politics and policy
  • Public budgeting
  • The presidency
  • How an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court can impact election-season dynamics

Cummins was recently interviewed by the Associated Press.

Timothy Drachlis

Timothy Drachlis, professor of Media, Communications and Journalism, Tatarian Journalism Chair


  • Media coverage of elections and politics
  • Media and its role in public opinion
  • The news cycle
  • Bias in news coverage
  • Media credibility
  • Future of news
Annabella España-Nájera

Dr. Annabella España-Nájera, associate professor of Chicano and Latin American Studies
Spanish speaking


  • Latin American politics
  • S./Latino politics
  • Democracy and democratization
  • Political parties and elections
  • Immigration
Thomas Holyoke

Dr. Thomas Holyoke, professor of political science, 559.278.7580


  • Interest groups and lobbying
  • Social movement politics
  • Western water politics and policy
  • Legislative politics
  • Campaign finance
  • How an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court can impact election-season dynamics

Holyoke was recently quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle and Mother Jones.

Nataliia Kasianenko

Dr. Nataliia Kasianenko, assistant professor of political science


  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Russian and East European politics
  • Nationalism and identity
Melanie Ram

Dr. Melanie H. Ram, Department chair and professor of political science, 559.278.5324


  • International relations
  • Minority rights/discrimination/human rights in Europe, Roma
  • International human rights
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations; Transnational advocacy
Everett Vieira III

Dr. Everett A. Vieira III, assistant professor of political science
Spanish speaking


  • Comparative politics (more international focus than U.S.)
  • International relations
  • Terrorism
  • Political violence
  • Civil war
  • Latin America
  • Human rights
  • Democratization
  • Qualitative methods
  • Politics of memory