Drake Caucus (en-US)

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Subject Matter Experts

To speak with any of the following experts, please email Jarad Bernstein, director of communications, or call 515-271-3119.

Anthony Gaughan, Ph.D., J.D.
Anthony Gaughan, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Law
  • Election Law Expert

Professor Anthony Gaughan is on the faculty of the Drake Law School and author of multiple articles on campaign finance. He is a former U.S. Navy officer and Iraq War veteran.

Jennifer Glover Konfrst, M.P.A., APR
Jennifer Glover Konfrst, M.P.A., APR
  • Journalism
  • Messaging Expert

Assistant Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst is a journalism professor, a veteran PR professional, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, and an expert in campaign communication strategy and advertising. She has endorsed Senator Cory Booker.

Dennis Goldford, Ph.D.
Dennis Goldford, Ph.D.
  • Political Science
  • Caucus Expert

Professor Dennis Goldford is the co-author of The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of a Media Event (3rd ed., U. of Iowa Press, 2010), and a long-time political analyst.

Mark Kende, J.D.
Mark Kende, J.D.
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law Expert

Professor Mark Kende teaches courses in constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism, civil rights, cyberlaw, and civil procedure at Drake Law School.

Rachel Paine Caufield, Ph.D.
Rachel Paine Caufield, Ph.D.
  • Political Science
  • Caucus Expert

Professor Rachel Paine Caufield is the author of The Iowa Caucus (Arcadia Press, 2016). For two presidential campaign cycles she has coordinated candidate visits to the Drake campus.

Thomas Root, Ph.D.
Thomas Root, Ph.D.
  • Business and Public Administration
  • Economic Expert

Associate Professor of Finance Thomas Root is a frequent commentator on Iowa’s economy in relation to the global economy, tariffs, and market fluctuations.

Arthur Sanders, Ph.D.
Arthur Sanders, Ph.D.
  • Political Science
  • Caucus Expert

Professor Arthur Sanders has published multiple books and articles on presidential elections, campaign finance, and media and elections. His current focus is on the practices that create engaged global citizens.

Allen J. Zagoren, D.O., M.P.A., F.A.C.O.S., F.A.C.N.
Allen J. Zagoren, D.O., M.P.A., F.A.C.O.S., F.A.C.N.
  • Business and Public Administration
  • Healthcare Expert

Dr. Allen Zagoren is a physician, surgeon, and hospital administrator. He teaches courses in public administration, comparative health policy, ethics, and healthcare administration.