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Faculty Provide Key Insights in National Media: A 2017 Recap


As the year's end approaches, a look back at Hamilton's national media coverage reveals articles addressing a wide range of topics, from college selection processes to economic forecasts to NAFTA, the 60s protests and more. They include feature stories and expert interviews as well as opinion essays from students, faculty, and staff.

Among opinion writers, Professor of History Maurice Isserman penned two essays for The New York Times: My First Antiwar Protest” and When New York City Was the Capital of American Communism.” Most op-eds focused on political issues including one written by Professor of Government Philip Klinkner whose “Trump’s hard-line immigration stance helped him win the election — but could be his undoing” appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

Charles Dunst '18 wrote “Flawed Democratic Idealism for The Hill. Linowitz Professor E. Anthony Wayne, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, wrote “Treat Mexico as the Important Ally and Trading Partner It Is, Ex-Ambassador Says” that appeared in Newsweek and many other online publications  and “America can’t be first without Europe and “The US and Mexico: Education and Understanding,” both of which were carried nationally on the Associated Press wire and theconversation.com.

Professor of Government Robert W. T. Martin took a look back in history with “What Did the Founding Fathers Think of Fake News?” for the History News Network. Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo took an even lengthier look back and wrote “Trump Should Learn a Thing or Two from Aristotle for the Huffington Post.

Others, including Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Doran Larson, who wrote "Digital database captures voices from inside America’s prisons” and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate who wrote “When do moviegoers become pilgrims,” reflected on areas specific to their research. Both articles appeared on the Associated Press wire and theconversation.com.

Professor of Sociology Daniel Chambliss wrote Let’s Feed the (Educationally) Hungry for InsideHigherEd and penned a letter titled “Loneliness and the College Experience” for The New York Times. In a Huffington Post essay, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Mariam Durrani revealed that: “American Muslims Are Now More Accepting of Homosexuality than White Evangelicals.”

Faculty and staff also offered their expertise in media interviews.

Several articles profiled people and places on campus. Hispanic Outlook profiled Dean of Students Terry Martinez. The Wellin Museum captured prime real estate on The New York Times’ Arts section front page in an article featuring one of its exhibitions.

U.S. News & World Report featured both a student and an alumnus. In “Students, Recent Alums Explain Their College Choices,” Kureem Nugent ’18 pointed to the open curriculum and emphasis on exploration as key to his college choice. In “Colleges Help Liberal Arts Students Find Careers,” Sean Martin ’16 said that as a senior, Hamilton’s alumni network was an important aid in finding a job.

Finally, several professors shared their expertise with TIME magazine readers including Professors of History Douglas Ambrose, Maurice Isserman and Robert Paquette and Director of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie in articles written by Olivia Waxman ’11 throughout the year.

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