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.
- Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics Ann Owen was a regular contributor on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated radio program Marketplace. She was heard half a dozen times speaking on topics ranging from possible consequences in making changes to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to factors that might be affecting current inflation models.
- Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachel White’s research into children’s behavior when pretending to be superheroes was repeatedly cited by the media, most prominently by The Wall St. Journal in “Superhero Costumes Come to Parents’ Rescue” and “The Power of Pretending:What Would a Hero Do?”
- Vice President of Administration and Finance Karen Leach discussed the possible impact of the tax reform bill on colleges in Politico Pro’s New York private colleges, universities concerned over GOP tax plan and Hamilton’s emphasis on wellness programming in University Business’ “Healthcare: Insurance Policy Challenges.”
- Professor of Math Richard Bedient and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gibbons discussed their department's success in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Welcoming Students to Your Discipline - A Culture of Collaboration.”
- Professor of Economics Paul Hagstrom’s cost/benefit analysis of a refugee resettlement program was featured in The New York Times’ “A Surprising Salve for New York’s Beleaguered Cities.”
- Maurice Isserman’s memories of the March on the Pentagon were woven into The Washington Post’s “The day anti-Vietnam War protesters tried to levitate the Pentagon” and The New York Times’ “The March on the Pentagon: An Oral History.”
- Philip Klinkner addressed President Trump’s continued questioning of President Obama’s birthplace with Bill Moyers on a Moyers & Company interview “Lest We Forget,” and his research on the topic was included in Vox and Newsweek articles. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post referenced his research into voter sentiments in “Donald Trump, ‘King of Alabama’?” and “‘Amnesty Don’? Trump tests the faith of supporters with talk of immigration deal,” respectively
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.