Writing Group Coordinator

City Councilor

Member, and Fmr. Communications Director

In the Media:


Cottier, Earnest. “Election Day Coverage.” Dakota News Now. June 7, 2022.Bonnet, Siandhara. “Political Science Professors Caution against False, Negative Mailers.” Rapid City Journal. June 1, 2022.Matzen, Morgan. “South Dakota Professors Explain Context around Abortion, Roe v. Wade." Argus Leader.  May. 31, 2022Slevin, Peter. “A New Abortion Battleground, in South Dakota.” New Yorker Magazine. March 25, 2022Goren. Lilly. “Eric D. Loepp et al. The Palgrave Handbook of Political Research Pedagogy: an Interview with Eric D. Loepp, Daniel J. Mallinson, and Julia Marin Hellwege.” New Books in Political Science Podcast. New Books Network. Jan. 13, 2022


Pfankuch, Bart. "Polls show strong statewide support for Gov. Noem, except for marijuana legalization." SD Newswatch. Dec. 7th, 2021Benjamin, Zaid. Bernie Sanders is the most popular in Congress despite having only passed 3 pieces of legislation in 30 years.” El Araby TV. Sept. 10, 2021.Benjamin, Zaid. “Biden heads to Congress after a long wait to address his first-year speech.” El Araby TV. April 28, 2021.Benjamin, Zaid. “Reparations for the legacy of slavery.” El Araby TV. March 19, 2021.Benjamin, Zaid. “President Biden's absence from his State of the Union address and his first press conference raises questions.” El Araby TV. March 17, 2021.Bucchino, Rachel. “Kristi Noem and Donald Trump: A GOP Alliance Brewing?” National Interest. Feb. 24th, 2021.Bucchino, Rachel. “Kristi Noem: The GOP’s 2024 Nominee to Take on Joe Biden?” National Interest. Jan. 21, 2021.“Inauguration Day” Credit Hour Podcast. University of South Dakota. Jan. 20th, 2021Goss, Austin. “South Dakota politicians, experts discuss 25th Amendment.” KOTA News- Rapid City and KSFY Dakota News Now. Jan. 12th, 2021Soulek, Lauren. “Engaging in politics, holding elected officials accountable.” KELO News. Jan. 10th, 2021.Gomez, Vanessa. “USD professor weighs in on violence at nation’s capitol.” KSFY- Dakota News Now. Jan. 7th, 2021. (Live)Soulek, Lauren. “Lasting impacts of the Capitol mobs.” KELO News. Jan. 7th, 2021.Matzen, Morgan. “Trump should be removed from office, political science professors say.” Rapid City Journal. Jan. 7th, 2021. Goss, Austin. “The Electoral College has Confirmed Joe Biden as president-elect.” KSFY- Dakota News Now. Jan. 5th, 2021.


Palma, Bethania. “When US Politicians Spread Lies on Social Media, Who is Responsible?” Nov. 13, 2020.   Moen, Mike. “Expert: Casting Doubt on Vote Leads to Slow Erosion of Democracy.” Public News Service. Nov. 12, 2020.Pfankuch, Bart. “Poll: Women less supportive than men of Gov. Kristi Noem and state virus response.” South Dakota News Watch. Nov. 12, 2020.Also printed in Rapid City Journal, Capital JournalKSFY- Dakota News Now. Discussion on highlights from final presidential debate. Live Newscast. Oct. 23, 2020.Engen, Scott. “Noem to Speak at RNC, highlighting women in politics.” KSFY- Dakota News Now. Aug. 26, 2020.Rodriguez, Barbara. “Mothers are Increasingly Running for Office. Will COVID-19 Sideline Their Momentum?” The 19th News. August 1, 2020.Kaczke, Lisa. “Women Candidates Poised to Set South Dakota Legislative Record in November.” Argus Leader. July 31, 2020.Hendry, Jackie. “In The Moment… Show 862 Hour 1: South Dakota’s Home Rule.” South Dakota Public Broadcasting. July 20, 2020.Soellner, Mica. “How Does Your Identity Affect Your Vote? In 2020, That Could Be More Important Than Ever.” Appleton Post-Crescent. USA Today Network- WI. Feb. 6, 2020.Hytrek, Nick. “For Iowa Educators, Caucuses Provide Perfect Up-Close Politics Lesson.” Sioux City Journal. Jan. 28, 2020.


Hélène Guinhut. “Qui est Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, la plus jeune élue du Congrès américain?¨ (“Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest elected official in the American Congress”). Oct. 31, 2019., Eric. “Beto O’Rourke Makes Sioux Center Stop.” Sioux Center News. July 27, 2019. Dockendorf, Randy. “Gov. Noem Could Offer Different Perspective, USD Prof Believes.” Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. Jan. 8, 2019.        Also printed in: “USD Prof: Gov. Noem Could Offer Different Perspective.” Vermillion Plain Talk. 


Pfankuch, Bart. “Women to have ‘larger voice’ in 2019 SD Legislature”. SD Newswatch. December 25, 2018. Also printed in: The Capital Journal, Jan. 2, 2019. “Influx of Women in SD Government May Bring Fresh Approach”. The Dickinson Press. Jan. 1, 2019 Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, Dec. 28, 2018. The Daily Republic, Jan. 2, 2019. “Hoping to Make a Difference”, Watertown Public Opinion, Jan. 2, 2019.  Nelson, Nick. “USD is Watching: Midterm Election Results After Season of Involvement” The Volante. November 7, 2018.  Newville, Rachel. “Women in Leadership: Year of the Woman”. The Volante. November 7, 2018.            Matzen, Morgan. “Political Science Professor Specializes in Identity Politics, Elections”. The Volante. November 7, 2018.  Feldman, Michaela. “App Shows You’re your Contacts Voted and Party Affiliation.” KSFY News. November 5, 2018. USD Marketing Communications and University Relations. “124: Julia Hellwege- Political Campaign Advertisements” USD Credit Hour Podcast. Feldman, Michaela. “Getting the Independent Vote, More People Registering As Independent.” KSFY News. November 5, 2018. Vondracek, Christopher. “Higher education a low priority in governor’s race”. Rapid City Journal. November 3, 2018.  Langland, Jill. “Will Millennials Turnout to Vote this Election Day?” KSFY News. November 2, 2018.  Royal, Allison. “With Election Day Approaching, are Voters Excited or Fatigued” KDLT News. November 1, 2018.  King, Kevin. “Do Political Endorsements Matter?” KSFY News. October 31, 2018. Strubinger, Lee. “Advertising and Motivating Voters”. South Dakota Public Broadcasting. October 31, 2018.  Newville, Rachel. “Women in Leadership: Political Involvement at USD”. The Volante. October 30, 2018. “Protests Outside the White House Could Soon Be Limited & Experts Are Sounding the Alarm”. Bustle Magazine. October 12, 2018.  “League of Women Voters SESD To Host Educational Forum”. Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. Oct. 8, 2018.  “League Hosts Forum” Yankton County Observer. Oct. 5, 2018.  “Political Science Professor Examines How Identity Influences Politics” College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter. Fall 2018.           “League Hosts Forum” The Southern Union County Leader- Courier. September 13, 2018.  “League Will Host Forum Sept. 12” Vermillion Plain Talk. Sept. 11, 2018.  Nuño, Stephen A. “Can a Latina Primary Candidate’s Win Bring Democrats Back to their Roots?”. NBC News. June 27, 2018. Prete, Ryan and Christopher Brown. “Online Sales Tax Supporter Wins South Dakota Governor Primary”. Bloomberg BNA- Daily Tax Report. June 5, 2018.  Royal, Allison. “Negative Campaign Ads: Do They Work?” KDLT News. May 31, 2018.  Anderson, Anndrea. “Does Ballot Order Matter?” KDLT News. March 20, 2018.  Nuño, Stephen A. “’Still a man’s domain’: Latinas face hurdles in politics despite making strides”. NBC News. March 16, 2018.  In the Moment. “SDPB’s Jackie Hendry Reports on South Dakota ‘Brain Drain’”. February 22, 2018.


 Hayworth, Bret. “1 year away: South Dakota governor race tilts Republican”. November 5, 2017. Sioux City Journal.           Also quoted in “Facing of Out-of-Stateyness, Noem Raises Money in Minneapolis” by Cory Allen Heidelberger. Dakota Free Press.  Volante Staff. “Political Science League Hosts Annual Debate”. November 2, 2017. The Volante. . Matzen, Morgan. “Marijuana policy advocates gather signatures for 2018 ballot initiatives”.  April 19, 2017. The Volante.   “South Dakota Focus 2215: State of Politics”. February 16, 2018. South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Live televised 3-person panel to discuss the “State of the Nation”. 


Whyte, Liz. Influence of outside spending on South Dakota initiatives. Center for Public Integrity. October 11, 2016.                  Printed in:                   “South Dakota’s Proxy War Over Political Transparency”. Slate Magazine. Oct. 13, 2016.            Bernardo, Richie. "States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day". WalletHub. Oct. 5, 2016.           Krasnow, Bruce. “Report: Perceptions of Cronyism Hurt NM”. Deming Headlight. Jan. 28, 2016. [research referenced; not quoted].