Experts available to speak on grand jury’s indictment against Trump
USC experts are available to discuss the grand jury’s four-count indictment against former President Donald Trump in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in which Trump supporters attempted to stop the vote ratification by then-Vice President Mike Pence and overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Experts can discuss the legal issues and political implications of the indictment and the advancement of the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Jack Smith amid the ramp up of presidential campaigns for Election 2024.
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Robert Shrum is an expert in presidential elections, political advertising and policy. He is co-director of the Center for the Political Future at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
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Jeffrey Fields is an associate professor of the practice of international relations and director of USC’s Dornsife Washington, DC Program. His research and teaching focus on American foreign policy, diplomacy, and international security.
Alison Dundes Renteln
Alison Dundes Renteln researches constitutional law, political and legal theory, international law, and human rights. She is a professor of political science and anthropology, law, and public policy at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Christina Bellantoni has covered local, state and federal government, along with four presidential campaigns and the White House. She is professor of professional practice and director of the Media Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Fred Cook is an expert on crisis communications and public relations. He is director of the USC Center for Public Relations.
Christian Grose is an expert in U.S. politics and government, political reforms and voting rights. He is an associate professor at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.
Dan Schnur is an expert on strategic political communications. He is an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Franita Tolson is an expert on election and constitutional law. She is the George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Chair in Law at the USC Gould School of Law.
Dora Kingsley Vertenten
Dora Kingsley Vertenten is an expert on political consulting, election campaigns and social media. She is a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Johanna Blakley is an expert on media habits of liberals versus those of conservatives and social impact of social media. She is managing director and director of research for The Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Abby Wood is a professor of Law, political Science and public policy at the USC Gould School of Law. Her r current projects analyze what voters learn from campaign finance disclosures, whether transparency can affect donor decision-making, and patterns in congressional oversight of agency activity.
Jeffrey Jenkins is provost professor of public policy, political science, and law, Maria B. Crutcher professor of citizenship and democratic values, and director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Mindy Romero is a research assistant professor and the founder and director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is an expert in political sociology, voting rights, and civic engagement.