Election Experts at Webster University

Gwyeneth WilliamsGwyneth Williams
Professor, Political Science

Gwyneth Williams is a professor of Political Science and has taught at Webster University for more than two decades. She also has served as Faculty Chair of Arts and Sciences. She is the faculty advisor for Webster's chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa, honorary society, and has supervised student internships at the Missouri General Assembly and in numerous political campaigns. She teaches a wide variety of courses in political science and public law, including constitutional law, religion and politics, and civil liberties. Her published work covers topics of custody law, the constitutionality of school prayer, and the fathers' rights movement. Recently, Williams has been involved in an interdisciplinary research project on the role of appearance and attire in academia and co-authored several articles resulting from this study. She belongs to the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha and is a recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Politics and gender
  • Civil liberties and rights
  • Religion and US politics

Allen MacNeillAllan MacNeill 
Professor, Political Economy 

Allan MacNeill, PhD, is Professor of Political Economy, with a joint appointment in the Departments of History, Politics, and International Relations and Business. He teaches a variety of courses in political economy and economic history, including International Political Economy, The Political Economy of Sex, Drugs, and Garbage, Gender and Globalization, Economic Development, and The History of Economic Crises. Dr. MacNeill received both the Kemper and Emerson awards for excellence in teaching in 2012. Since arriving at Webster in 1994, Dr. MacNeill has taught in the Netherlands, Thailand, China, and Russia. 

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Economic Policy (tax policy, trade, etc.
  • Economic Inequality

William HallWilliam Hall 
Adjunct Professor of Political Science 

William F. Hall has been an adjunct professor of political science in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis since 1997. He holds joint adjunct faculty appointments in management and business in the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology also at Webster University. Professor Hall also holds additional adjunct faculty appointments in both political science and history in the University College Division in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, since 1998. Professor Hall is an experienced political analyst, public administrator, policy advisor, business-government relations, and management consultant with four decades of experience in federal, state, local and international politics, public administration and business-government relations.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • American National Politics
  • Urban and Suburban Politics
  • Local, State and Federal Government Politics, Policy and Administration
  • Race and Politics
  • U.S. Domestic Policy and Public Affairs
  • History of U.S. Civil Rights Movements and Public Policy

Robert BarnidgeRobert P. Barnidge, Jr. 
Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations 

Prior to arriving at Webster University in January 2014, Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., PhD, held positions at OP Jindal Global University in India and the University of Reading. He has been a visiting lecturer at many universities. Barnidge is the author of two monographs and has published many expert opinion pieces. He is also a licensed attorney in Missouri and an affiliated professor at the University of Haifa.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • International Law
  • Israel
  • Terrorism
  • Middle East

Dan HellingerDan Hellinger 
Professor of International Relations 

After earning the PhD from Rutgers University and a short stint elsewhere, Daniel Hellinger joined the Webster University faculty in 1979. Hellinger is an expert of Latin America. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a Washington-based NGO that promotes better understanding between the United States and Latin America. He writes a monthly news analysis, Caracas Connect, on Venezuela, distributed by the Center. He is also an avid golfer and amateur musician, playing mandolin with two area bands.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Political parties
  • Political economy

Warren RosenblumWarren Rosenblum 
Professor of History and Chair, History, Politics and IR Department 

Warren Rosenblum is a professor of history and Chair of the History, Politics, and International Relations Department. His book Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933 (Chapel Hill, 2009) won the Baker-Burton Prize of the Southern Historical Association for the best first book in European history. He has published historical articles on punishment in Europe and the United States, disability and immigration, and Jewish history. He is currently finishing a book on the “Magdeburg Justice Scandal” of 1926 and doing research for a history of mental disability in modern Europe. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for European Studies and a visiting professor at SUNY – Binghamton, Bowdoin College, and Deep Springs College.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Foreign policy
  • World Affairs
  • European responses to the American election
  • European union

missingJulie Smith 
Adjunct Instructor, Media Literacy 

Julie Smith, author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading expert in media literacy. As a professor at Webster University and other area schools in St. Louis for the past 15 years, Julie specializes in media literacy, advertising analysis, social media, digital literacy, and web 2.0 approaches.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Online rumors
  • Social media
  • Memes and news coverage.  

Scott JensenScott Jensen 
Professor; Program Facilitator, Speech Communication Studies 

Scott Jensen has taught persuasion, debate, and communication for 31 years, the past 20 at Webster. He has been a political commentator for local radio, TV, and newspapers and has also been a C-Span presidential debate commentator and a panelist in programs sponsored by the Webster University-Leiden campus in November of 2004. Jensen also directs Webster’s speech and debate program.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Change management
  • Navigating change
  • Executive change management

Jeff haldemanJeff Haldeman 
Professor, Management 

Organization development and change, organizational behavior, and qualitative research methods make up Jeff Haldeman's areas of teaching. His research includes work in executive change leadership, the learning organization, and brutality in organizations. His latest published work can be found in a number of areas including the proceedings of the International Industrial Relations and Human Resources Conference and the 5th Annual Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education.  

Election Related Areas of Expertise:

  • Change management
  • Navigating change
  • Executive change management