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Available Expert - Queen’s experts available for analysis of Trump protesters storming the US Capitol building

Thursday, January 7, 2021

The chaotic breach of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on Wednesday. It has been met with condemnation by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Queen’s University has several experts available to comment on the election results and the fallout that could follow. 


  • American politics expert Paul J Gardner (Political Studies) is available to comment on the American institutions and separation of powers, public law, judicial politics, legal mobilization, constitutional law (including civil rights and liberties), race and law, and legal institutions
  • Terrorism and civil unrest expert Amarnath Amarasingam (Religion, Political Studies) is available to comment on the violence.
  • Security expert Christian Leuprecht (Political Studies) can speak to how this breach of the Capitol was able to occur
  • Criminal Law expert Noah Weisbord (Law) is available to comment on the areas of Incitement, treason, Propaganda/misinformation, authoritarianism, extremism, sectarian conflict, political violence, democratic institutions in the US, populism and Illiberal democracies
  • Queen’s National Scholar in Legal and Political Philosophy, Ashwini Vasanthakuma (Law) can speak to broader debates around protest, resistance, and sedition and contrasting events yesterday with Black Lives Matter protests over the past year.



To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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