As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office during his Friday
(Jan. 20) inauguration ceremony, many questions still remain about what he may face
during his presidency and how he may react to them.
After making campaign promises such as building a wall between the United States and
Mexico and repealing the Affordable Care Act without cutting Social Security, Medicare
or Medicaid, it is still uncertain how he plans to accomplish those goals. Since the
election, his somewhat unorthodox nominations for cabinet positions have left many
people uneasy, both because of nominees’ previous stances and because some lack relevant
experience. And in the face of mounting evidence of Russian interference in the American
elections process, Trump has criticized the intelligence community and limited the
daily intelligence briefings his predecessors received.
Texas Tech University has experts available to talk about many of these issues, including
race and immigration, the future of the Affordable Care Act, education policy, intelligence
and national security, the energy-environment-climate change nexus, and the Trump
administration as a whole.
Seth McKee, associate professor, Department of Political Science, (806) 834-1880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- McKee can talk about the presidential election and Trump’s administration.
- McKee’s recently published research includes white conservative voting for minority
Republican candidates in Senate and gubernatorial elections, voting behavior in different
parts of the South, and factors influencing the passage of voter ID laws in states.
To view more of McKee’s research, click here.
Hansel Burley, professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, (806) 834-5135 or email@example.com
- Burley can talk about the impacts of the Trump administration on education policy,
particularly with Trump’s selection of charter school and voucher proponent Betsy
DeVos as secretary of education.
- Burley’s research focuses on higher education remediation, the resilience of developmental
education students, diversity issues related to college access and success, and institutional
effectiveness. He teaches courses on the introduction and foundations of educational
research and the cultural foundations of education. He is a former editorial board
member for the Journal of Developmental Education.
Environmental policy and energy development
Robert Forbis, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, (806) 834-4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Forbis can talk about environmental politics and policy, particularly the connection
between environmental protection and energy development.
- Forbis’ research addresses political conflicts triggered by the hydraulic fracturing
energy resource development process. He is a research fellow of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center and teaches courses on public lands and resource management, sustainability, and
energy and environmental policy.
Future of the Affordable Care Act
Lisa Gittner, assistant professor, Department of Political Science and the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center Department of Public Health, (440) 915-8831 or email@example.com
- Gittner can talk about the Affordable Care Act; the difficulties and effects of repealing
it, as Republicans have vowed to do; and how Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid may affect congress’s efforts.
- Gittner’s areas of specialization include health policy, public health infrastructure
and quality improvement in healthcare systems. She is an associate member of the Laura
W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and a member of The American Society of Public
Intelligence and national security
Col. Dave Lewis, USAF (retired), director of strategic studies, Department of Political Science, (806) 787-9730 or
- Lewis can talk about veterans issues, military strategy, terrorism, intelligence,
national security and Homeland Security.
- Lewis was a career military officer and served as a professor of strategy at the United
States Naval War College. He founded the Texas Tech Military and Veterans Programs office and operates a veterans program in Lubbock.
Race and immigration
Miguel Levario, associate professor, Department of History, (806) 834-8096 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Levario can talk about race, immigration and border issues.
- Levario’s recent research includes the transnational context of immigration, militarization
and race in the western United States and northern Mexico. His book “Militarizing
the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy” explains current tensions and controversy
over immigration and law enforcement issues near the U.S.-Mexico border.
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The department offers graduate study in American politics, public administration,
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