These experts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 337-482-6397 or email
Politics and education reform
Dr. Pearson Cross is a go-to expert on local and state politics, particularly Louisiana politics. He has been quoted in "USA Today" and other publications for his insights on Gov. Jindal's politics and actions surrounding education reform. He has published on topics including redistricting, elections, white supremacy, southern political culture, and the Louisiana Judiciary.
Impacts of environmental disasters
Physics professor Dr. Natalia Sidorovskaia is leading an interdisciplinary consortium of 24 scientists and students that will study the impact of the environmental disaster on endangered sperm whales, beaked whales and dolphins. Changes in marine mammal distribution and abundance can impact and reflect the health of the entire deep-water ecosystem. Her research seeks to help understand what may happen to marine mammals during and after events, such as oil spills or other environmental and man-made stressors, and help guide ocean management decisions about conservation, regulations, and mitigation.
Elections and politics
Dr. Ryan Teten is an expert on the presidency, presidential and Congressional campaigns and elections, political communication, and Congress. He has conducted hundreds of television, radio and newspaper interviews for state and Acadiana media and provides national election night coverage for clear channel radio stations from WWL radio in New Orleans. He has published on the subjects of negative advertising, presidential communication, political behavior, politics and “The Daily Show,” campaigns and social media, children and politics, politics and video games, presidential nomination systems, and political communication.