LMU COVID-19 Experts

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines, Loyola Marymount University has experts available to speak to journalists and add context to news stories. Professors at LMU and LMU Loyola Law School can cover topics such as COVID-19’s impacts on the economy and film industry, how people are coping, how the virus has changed religious practices, the history of global diseases and questions surrounding government regulation of citizen behaviors.

Members of the news media can email our Public and Media Relations Team at news@lmu.edu or call 310.258.INFO to reach these and other faculty experts:

Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.

Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance and Economics

An internationally-known economist who is regularly quoted by major news outlets, Professor Sohn can discuss the U.S. economy, finance and banking, international trade in the Pacific Rim and technology.

David Offenberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance

COVID-19’s impact on entertainment and sports; studios selling their films to streamers; how filmmakers are adapting; the effect of social distancing on movie theaters.

Branden Grimmett

Associate Provost, Career and Professional Development

Hiring trends, including which industries are growing and which have stalled; how students and employers are adapting to virtual recruitment.

Jessica Levinson

Jessica A. Levinson

Clinical Professor of Law; Director of LMU Loyola Law School’s Public Service Institute

How government entities are adapting, or attempting to take advantage of these unique conditions

Aaron H. Caplan

Professor of Law

Constitutional implications of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic; whether coronavirus social distancing orders violate religious freedoms.

Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt

Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Law

Constitutional implications of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic; whether coronavirus social distancing orders violate religious freedoms.

Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Law

Clinical psychologist with a current emphasis in community psychology. How African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Fernando Guerra, Ph.D.

Professor of political science and Chicana/o Latina/o studies and founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles

Public response to government actions during the pandemic.

These attorneys in the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic are available to discuss the increasing urgency of securing freedom for wrongfully convicted and other incarcerated clients amid coronavirus-related health concerns.

Elizabeth Bluestein

Executive Director, Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic;
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Samantha Buckingham

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic


Christopher Hawthorne

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic

Paula Mitchell

Executive Director, Project for the Innocent at Loyola Law School

Allen Deck, S.J.

Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies and Rector of the LMU Jesuit Community

How the Catholic Church has adapted religious practices during the pandemic, faith-based solutions for fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

Einat Metzl

Chair and Associate Professor, Marital & Family Therapy/Art Therapy

Stress and anxiety during the pandemic; methods of coping through creative engagement.

William Parham

Interim Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor in the Counseling Program

Interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity, trauma and health psychology.

Carla Bittel

Associate Professor of History

History of health and disease, including the 1918 influenza pandemic (the Spanish flu).