Election 2018

August 28, 2018
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  • A RESOURCE FOR JOURNALISTS

    The U.S. midterm elections will be held Tuesday, November 6. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the Senate's 100 seats are in play. Among the most important issues for U.S. voters are foreign policy, immigration, healthcare, the economy and education. Here are relevant faculty experts and resources at Columbia University available for journalists and the news media.

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  • Experts

    Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb
    Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
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    Jelani Cobb is the Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism. He is also the director of the Ira Lipman Journalism and Civil and Human Rights Center that is dedicated to advancing the mission of civil rights coverage, especially in the United States. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

    Farah Jasmine Griffin

    Farah Jasmine Griffin
    William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature;
    African American Studies
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    Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies and is the director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia. She also serves as Program Director for The Schomburg Center's Scholars-in-Residence Program. Her major fields of interest are American and African-American literature, music, and history.

    Jameel Jaffer

    Jameel Jaffer
    Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute
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    Jameel Jaffer is the Knight First Amendment Institute’s inaugural director. He previously served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. Jaffer has litigated some of the most significant post-9/11 cases relating to national security and civil liberties and is one of the nation's leading advocates for government transparency. At Knight, he is currently leading his team in protecting public discourse in the digital age, strengthening legal frameworks for government transparency, and reviving the First Amendment as a constraint on government surveillance.

    Sarah Stillman

    Sarah Stillman
    Project Director, Global Migration Project
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    Sarah Stillman directs the Global Migration Project, which offers several reporting fellows the opportunity to pursue stories on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

    Identity

    Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb
    Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
    Email

    Jelani Cobb is the Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism. He is also the director of the Ira Lipman Journalism and Civil and Human Rights Center that is dedicated to advancing the mission of civil rights coverage, especially in the United States. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

    Farah Jasmine Griffin

    Farah Jasmine Griffin
    William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature;
    African-American Studies
    Email

    Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies and is the director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia. She also serves as Program Director for The Schomburg Center's Scholars-in-Residence Program. Her major fields of interest are American and African-American literature, music, and history.

    Media

    Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb
    Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
    Email

    Jelani Cobb is the Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism. He is also the director of the Ira Lipman Journalism and Civil and Human Rights Center that is dedicated to advancing the mission of civil rights coverage, especially in the United States. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

    Jameel Jaffer

    Jameel Jaffer
    Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute
    Lecturer in Law
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    Jameel Jaffer is the Knight First Amendment Institute’s inaugural director. He previously served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. Jaffer has litigated some of the most significant post-9/11 cases relating to national security and civil liberties and is one of the nation's leading advocates for government transparency. At Knight, he is currently leading his team in protecting public discourse in the digital age, strengthening legal frameworks for government transparency, and reviving the First Amendment as a constraint on government surveillance.

    Sarah Stillman

    Sarah Stillman
    Project Director, Global Migration Project
    Email

    Sarah Stillman directs the Global Migration Project, which offers several reporting fellows the opportunity to pursue stories on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

    Immigration

    Sarah Stillman

    Sarah Stillman
    Project Director, Global Migration Project
    Email

    Sarah Stillman directs the Global Migration Project, which offers several reporting fellows the opportunity to pursue stories on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

    Justice

    Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb
    Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
    Email

    Jelani Cobb is the Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism. He is also the director of the Ira Lipman Journalism and Civil and Human Rights Center that is dedicated to advancing the mission of civil rights coverage, especially in the United States. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

    Technology

    Jameel Jaffer

    Jameel Jaffer
    Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute
    Lecturer in Law
    Email

    Jameel Jaffer is the Knight First Amendment Institute’s inaugural director. He previously served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. Jaffer has litigated some of the most significant post-9/11 cases relating to national security and civil liberties and is one of the nation's leading advocates for government transparency. At Knight, he is currently leading his team in protecting public discourse in the digital age, strengthening legal frameworks for government transparency, and reviving the First Amendment as a constraint on government surveillance.