Expert Guide

Public Policy
Ragui Assaad
Professor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
612-625-4856
Contact Email:
  • Arab Spring
  • Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Youth in the Middle East
Health Sciences
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Professor
Graduate education and research
School of Nursing
612-624-5933
Contact Email:
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Cesarean section
  • Natural birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Post-partum depression
  • Pre-natal care
College of Liberal Arts
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Anthropology Department Chair
Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
(612) 625-3400
Contact Email:
  • Peasant and nomadic societies
  • Philosophic anthropology
  • Action anthropology
  • Paralinguistic and nonlinguistic semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics and the semantics of interaction
  • Cross-cultural comparison of theatrical and performance genres
  • Opera
  • Middle East
  • Islamic world
  • Iran
  • South Asia
  • Japan
  • Business anthropology
Agriculture, Business
Michael A. Boland
Professor and Director
Department of Applied Economics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
612-525-3103
Contact Email:
  • Governance of cooperatives
  • Organization of food economy sector
Environment
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Lead Scientist
Global Water Initiative/IonE
Institute on the Environment
612-626-9502
Contact Email:
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecohydrology
  • Land-water relationships
  • Water scarcity
  • Agricultural water use
Education
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Professor of Learning Technologies
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
612.625.1073
Contact Email:
  • Online Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Adventure Learning
  • Environmental Education
  • Design of Education Learning Environments
  • K-12 Technology Integration
Education
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Professor
Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
612-625-4752
Contact Email:
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Marriage
  • Fatherhood
  • Divorce
  • Family challenges during holiday gatherings
Design & Architecture
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Associate Professor and Director, Apparel Design Program; Co-Director, Wearable Technology Lab
Apparel Design
College of Design
612-626-5901
Contact Email:
  • Smart Clothing
  • Wearable Technology
  • Functional Apparel
  • Human Factors in Design
  • Sustainable Fashion
Education
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Assistant Professor
Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
612-301-6272
Contact Email:
  • Autism
  • Early brain development
  • Developmental social neuroscience
  • Emerging psychopathology
Design & Architecture
Thomas R. Fisher
Professor
College of Design
612-626-9068
Contact Email:
  • Fracture-critical system failures
  • Cities in the new economy
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Creating sustainable, resilient futures
  • Design thinking and the creative economy
Education
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Immersion Projects Director
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
651-269-3851
Contact Email:
  • Dual language immersion education
Health Sciences
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Professor
Center on Aging
School of Nursing
612-626-2485
Contact Email:
  • Care for Alzheimer's disease
  • Effective interventions for dementia/memory loss
  • Improving outcomes by focusing on family caregivers of persons with memory loss
  • Long-term care for memory loss
Education
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Professor and Director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health
Family Social Science and Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-1475
Contact Email:
  • Children's mental health
  • Trauma
  • Parenting
Education
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Professor
School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-3678
Contact Email:
  • Culturally sensitive services to African American families ​
  • Intergenerational caregiving with ​African American grandmothers ​
  • Experiences of African American parents and children who have been​ suspended ​
  • S​ocial justice ​issues in social work practice​
Design & Architecture
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Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research
Architecture
College of Design
612-626-8783
Contact Email:
  • Energy and climate change
  • Equitable design
  • Water cycle in relationship to built enviornment
  • Materials for healthy buildings
  • Resilient communities
Environment
Jeff Hahn
Extension Entomologist
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
612-624-4977
Contact Email:
  • Insects found in gardens
  • Insects found in landscapes
  • Insects found in homes
Environment
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Director/IonE
Professor in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
(612) 625-3951
Contact Email:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Biogeography
  • Natural resource management
  • Conservation biology
  • Population genetics
Public Policy
Larry Jacobs
Professor and Director
Center for the Study of Politics and Government
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
612-625-3384
Contact Email:
  • Minnesota politics and policy
  • Presidential and legislative politics
  • Health care policy
  • Elections and voting behavior
  • Public opinion and polling
  • American political history
Environment
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Program Director & Lead Scientist
Natural Capital Project/IonE
Institute on the Environment
651-353-9294
Contact Email:
  • The economic value of clean water
  • Water resources in Minnesota
  • Water and equity
  • Natural capital and the value of ecosystems
  • Nitrogen pollution
  • The value of nature in urban areas
  • Green infrastructure and sustainable cities
College of Liberal Arts, Law
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Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, affiliated faculty member at the Law School.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Law School
CLA, Law School
612-625-9038
Contact Email:
  • Constitutional law
  • EU data protection
  • First Amendment
  • Free speech
  • Freedom of information
  • Freedom of the press
  • Information privacy
  • Media ethics
  • Media law
  • Media/military relations
  • National security
Environment
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Program Director
Boreas Leadership Program
Institute on the Environment
612-624-8359
Contact Email:
  • Sustainability leadership
  • Sustainability transition
  • Leadership for social change
  • Graduate leadership education
  • Societal response to climate change
Health Sciences
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Associate Professor
School of Public Health
AHC
612-626-3812
Contact Email:
  • Women's health
  • Reproductive health
  • Health policy
  • Maternal health
  • How policy impacts vulnerable populations
  • Birth outcomes
Education
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Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
College of Education and Human Development
612-625-​2​312
Contact Email:
  • Addiction treatment and recovery
  • Spirituality
  • Gratitude
  • Positive psychology
Design & Architecture
Barry Matthew Kudrowitz
Assistant Professor
College of Design
561-445-4994
Contact Email:
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Toys, games and play
  • Design of food
  • Sketching and drawing ideas
  • Humor and improvisation
Education
Nicole M. LaVoi
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director
Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
College of Education and Human Development
612-626-6055
Contact Email:
  • Coach behavior and its impacts on athletes, ethics, and women in coaching
  • Sportsmanship and/or bad behavior of athletes
  • Sport parent behavior on youth sport sidelines
  • Sport participation and gender equity
  • Benefits for girls and women in sport, gender equity
  • Media coverage of female athletes
Education
Ann S. Masten
Professor
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-0215
Contact Email:
  • Resilience in children
  • Homeless children
  • Children in disaster
  • Children in war
  • Interventions to promote resilience in children
Campus Climate, Public Policy
Keith Mayes
Professor and Chair
Department of African American & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
612-723-9079
Contact Email:
  • Race relations
  • Race and perception
  • Black men
  • Civil Rights commemorations and policies
  • Black History Month and Kwanzaa
  • Achievement gap
Environment
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Coodinator
Sustainability Studies Minor / IonE
Institute on the Environment
612-624-9430
Contact Email:
  • Sustainability Education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability education
  • Engaging students in sustainability efforts
  • K-12 sustainability education (e.g. Green Ribbon Schools, environmental education)
  • Sustainability in cities in Minnesota (e.g. GreenStep Cities, best practices for small cities)
  • Campus-based sustainability (in energy, food systems, water, etc.)
  • Community-based sustainability projects on campus and in Minnesota
  • The energy transition in Minnesota (e.g. new projects, law and policies on energy)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFFC) Conference of the Parties (e.g. "the climate talks")
  • Human rights and sustainability
  • Sustainability expressed through arts and humanities
Outreach
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University Archivist
Archives & Special Collections
University Libraries
612-625-5756
Contact Email:
  • History of the University of Minnesota
  • Timely source of information pertaining to the University, faculty and administrators, both current and past
  • Source for University records, documents, photographs and film footage
  • Resource for institutional archival procedures and preservation
  • Digital archives
Human Rights, Law
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Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
University of Minnesota Law
University of Minnesota Law
612-624-2318
Contact Email:
  • International law
  • Human Rights law
  • National security law
  • Transitional justice
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Gender and conflict terrorism and Counter-terrorism Law
  • Practice of occupation
Health Sciences
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Professor, School of Public Health and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
School of Public Health
AHC
(612) 626-6770
Contact Email:
  • Infectious diseases
  • The spread of diseases
  • Vaccines
  • Bioterrorism
  • Influenza
  • Global disease outbreaks
Law
Richard W. Painter
Professor
Law School
612-626-9707
Contact Email:
  • Securities law and regulation
  • Corporate governance
  • Government ethics
  • Professional responsibility
Public Policy
Kathryn L. Pearson
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
612-626-2777
Contact Email:
  • American politics
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. political parties
  • Congressional elections and political behavior
  • Women and politics
Education
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Professor and Co-Director of the Educational Equity Resource Center
Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-4324
Contact Email:
  • Educational equity
  • Achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Educational testing and assessment
  • Social-emotional learning and youth development
Public Policy
Eric P. Schwartz
Dean
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
612-625-5370
Contact Email:
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • International humanitarian affairs
  • Refugees
  • Human rights and rule of law
  • Global crises
  • The United Nations
Public Policy
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Copyright Program Librarian
Content & Collections
University Libraries
612-624-1851
Contact Email:
  • Copyright law
  • Copyright issues in academic publishing
  • Copyright issues in higher ed and K12 teaching
  • Public interest intellectual property law
  • Trademark, patent, music & media copyright, downloading, piracy, and infringement
  • Google Books
  • Fair use
  • Creative Commons
  • Open licensing
Environment
Photo of Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment Timothy Smith
Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment
Professor, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
612-624-6755
Contact Email:
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Environmental Accounting/Footprinting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Supply Chains
  • Electricity Markets & Pricing
  • Bioenergy
Environment
Marla Spivak
Professor
Department of Entomology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
612-624-4798
Contact Email:
  • Bee breeding
  • Bees
  • Colony Collapse Disorder (bee health)
  • Floral landscapes for bees
Education
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Curator
Children's Literature Research Collections, Archives and Special Collections
University of Minnesota
612-624-4817
Contact Email:
  • Children's Literature
  • Literacy pre-k - 8th grade
  • Emergent and Family Literacy
  • Award-winning Children's Books
  • Diversity in Children's Literature
  • Children's Book Publishing
  • Children and Young Adults Reading and Writing
  • Children's Librarianship
Education
Kyla L. Wahlstrom
Senior Research Fellow
College of Education and Human Development
612-624-1890
Contact Email:
  • School leadership
  • Educational reform policies
  • Later school start times
  • Teens and sleep
  • Teacher professional development

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