PresenterPhotoDr. Chris W. Bonneau is a professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, co-founder of the Pitt Prison Education Project, and served as President of the University Senate from 2018-2021.

Chris served on the Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee at the University of Pittsburgh from 2011 until his election as University Senate President in 2018. While Senate President, Chris ensured the faculty's voice was heard on issues ranging from hybrid learning to faculty salaries to health and safety requirements on campus. He also partnered with administrators to institutionalize an effective policy development and review process, ensuring that shared governance was involved in the creation, revision, and endorsement of university policies.

Dr. Bonneau received his BA from Valparaiso University, an MA from Ball State University, and an MA and PhD from Michigan State University. Chris has authored three books, edited two others, and published numerous scholarly articles and chapters on judicial politics, specifically the politics of state judicial selection. He is a frequent speaker before academics, attorneys, bar associations and policymakers.