College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

UNI Election and Caucus Experts


Faculty from the UNI Department of Political Science are frequently called upon by local, state, national and international media for their expertise in public affairs.

University of Northern Iowa political science experts available to discuss the 2020 Iowa caucuses: 

Donna Hoffman, professor of political scienceDonna Hoffman

Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
Presidential-Congressional Relations; Presidential Rhetoric; Realignment Theory; Social and Political Change in the American Electorate; Southern Politics; Art, Politics and Culture

Contact:, (319) 273-5916


Justin Holmes, associate professor of political scienceJustin Holmes

Associate Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
American Politics; Political Communication; New Media and Politics; Political Psychology; Public Opinion; Voter Behavior; Race and Racism; Research Methodology; Experimental Methods; Survey Research

Contact:, (319) 273-6305

Christopher Larimer, professor of political scienceChristopher Larimer

Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
Iowa Politics (including governors and the Iowa Caucuses); Political Behavior (particularly voter turnout and get-out-the-vote techniques); Gender and Decision Making; Public Policy Theory

Contact:, (319) 273-6047
Twitter: @chriswlarimer  

Evan Renfro, Assistant Professor of Political ScienceEvan Renfro

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
International Security; Terrorism; Human Rights; the Middle East

Contact:, (319) 273-2039


2020 coverage of UNI mock caucus:

Iowa Caucus Training with a “Mock-cus” (Political Science Now)

UNI to hold non-partisan mock caucus (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)