York U experts available to comment on the American election


TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2020 — After closely observing the ripple effects of the Trump administration, including the important social and public policy decisions that have had a direct impact on Canada, many Canadians have felt connected to the outcome of the 2020 American election.

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The following York University experts are available to speak with media:

Laura Levin, associate professor in the Theatre Department, Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, can discuss how a leader’s performance contributes to collective action, body language and gestures, and the relationship between public performance, violence, and threats to democracy.

Prof. Cary Wu, professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is available to discuss social trust as a predictor of American voting behaviour, internal migration and its impact on trust and voting, and why southerners are less likely to vote.

Rodney Loeppky, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is an expert in American politics.

Dennis Pilon, professor of political science in York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is available to speak  on election administration, its decentralization and how the rules for the same presidential election can be different by region, the nature of political divisions between the parties, and how the U.S. system is different than other western political systems both in terms of governing and how parties behave.

Bernie Wolf, professor emeritus of Economics and International Business and director of the Certificate in International Trade and Investment at the Schulich School of Business, is an expert on international trade, investment, trade agreements, exchange rates and monetary policy.

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Media Contact:

Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 647.463.4354, suhasini@yorku.ca