Marquette University News Release

Marquette Law names political reporter Craig Gilbert as Lubar Fellow

August 9, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel D.C. bureau chief to research political polarization

Noted political reporter Craig Gilbert will research regional political polarization during a fellowship at Marquette Law School, Dean Joseph D. Kearney announced today.

Gilbert, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief and author of the newspaper’s popular The Wisconsin Voter blog, will hold a six-month fellowship established by the Law School through its Sheldon B. Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research. Gilbert began his fellowship this week and will work both from the Law School and the newspaper.

Gilbert’s research will focus on polarization in southeastern Wisconsin, identifying how the region’s partisan divisions set it apart from other metropolitan areas.

“Craig Gilbert is especially well-regarded in both journalism and academic circles,” Dean Kearney said. “His project during his time as a Lubar Fellow will focus on aspects of political polarization in the region, drawing on not only his own extensive experience but also the resources of Marquette University, including its faculty. It is a privilege for me to welcome Craig to Marquette Law School as he helps us expand the contributions we make to the community even beyond our core mission of legal education.”

Gilbert has been called the “most political science-friendly reporter in America” by Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College, writing for the Columbia Journalism Review and citing Gilbert’s efforts to integrate academic research and methods into daily news coverage.

Gilbert’s work will advance Marquette Law School’s wide-ranging public policy initiative. This past spring, Journal Sentinel reporter Rick Romell completed his work as the school’s inaugural Lubar Fellow, with an extensive multi-part series on the economic future of the region published in the newspaper.

Gilbert will collaborate with Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin, who recently joined the Law School’s full-time faculty as a professor of law and public policy. Their work, combined with the efforts of Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, and various faculty, will help Marquette Law School continue to explore the issues that matter most in the region.

Gilbert and Franklin will join Gousha for an “On the Issues” event at Eckstein Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Information on the program and reserving a spot is available here.

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