Published: Dec. 2, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has started naming proposed nominees for cabinet positions. University of Colorado Boulder experts are available for interviews as the transition continues.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPOINTMENTS

Max Boykoff, professor of environmental studies, is the author of “Creative (Climate) Communications: Productive Pathways for Science, Policy and Society” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He can speak to what we might anticipate from President-elect Biden and his cabinet picks when it comes to climate and environmental policy in 2021 and beyond. 

Alice Madden—executive director of the University of Colorado Law School’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment—can discuss the Biden administration’s likely efforts to reverse Trump administration rollbacks of environmental protections. She can also discuss likely new climate policies.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Dan Larremore, a CU Boulder computer science professor, can explain his research showing the power of rapidly testing more people with less sensitive tests in light of the fact that the transition team lists COVID-19 policy as major priority.

Find more CU Boulder COVID-19 experts here, who can comment on various aspects of the pandemic, from economic impacts to the legality of “stay-at-home” orders.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, IMMIGRATION PRIORITIES

Ming Hsu Chen can speak to Alejandro Mayorkas’ nomination to lead the Department of Homeland Security and the shifts he will likely institute on immigration policy. Chen is an associate professor at Colorado Law who serves as faculty director of the school’s Immigration and Citizenship Law Program. Her book, “Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era,” explores personal journeys across the immigration spectrum. She will be a featured speaker at TedxMileHigh in December.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Anthony Blinken, presumed nominee for Secretary of State, has made headlines with his pun-inspired band name: Ablinken. 

Susan Thomas, director of the American Music Research Center and professor of musicology, specializes in the study of popular music in the U.S.. She can discuss Antony Blinken’s musical activities and the role of music in international diplomacy and domestic politics.

Patty Limerick, professor of history, can discuss the history of politicians’ use of humor and personality. Limerick is the faculty director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at CU Boulder, and has hosted numerous talks about public service and humor.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Kathy Schultz, dean and professor in the School of Education, can comment on the potential appointment of an educator as Secretary of Education, as the transition team has indicated it will prioritize a cabinet pick with teaching experience. Schultz studies how trust is essential in creating just education policies. She can discuss the importance of listening to and engaging with teachers and school communities.