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The lawsuit hoping to retract approval of the abortion drug mifepristone is spearheaded by a group claiming the authority of "Hippocratic medicine." In a blog post for Nursing Cleo, Kristi Upson-Saia , who holds the David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professorship in Religion, examines the historical precedents of framing pregnancy as an illness.
Peter Dreier -- the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy -- and coauthor wrote about baseball for HistoryNet . They examine the history of labor struggles between professional baseball players and team owners during the Gilded Age.
Associate Professor of History Jane Hong was interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry on NPR's The Takeaway about her work on Asian American conservatism. Professor Hong discussed the role of religion and its intersection with politics in Asian-American communities. .
Professor of History Marla Stone was interviewed by Sylvia Poggioli of NPR about the persistent presence of Fascist monuments in Rome. Professor Stone points out that Italian fascists used monuments to expand messages of nationalism, strength, and masculinity.
Billington Visiting Professor of U.S. History Thomas Balcerski explained why the State of the Union address exists to The Miami Herald and discussed the 20-year anniversary of George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address, which foreshadowed the Iraq War, for The National News.
Marla Stone , Professor of History, spoke to the Associated Press article on the firing of a Florida charter school principal for showing a photo of Michelangelo's David. Professor Stone argued that censoring the principal reflected a larger moral panic about art and sexuality.
Billington Visiting Professor of History Thomas Balcerski analyzesthe remarkable life and service of former president Jimmy Carter. His commentary for Connecticut News Junkie highlights President Carter’s oft-overlooked achievements in office.
The Golden Goose awards go to scientific research that sounds trivial, but in fact changes the world. Radiolab covered this year’s winners, and interviewed Professor of Biology Joseph Schulz about his research studying cone snails.
Assistant Professor of Physics Sabrina Stierwalt appeared in an episode of PBS Nova to describe the work her group is doing with the James Webb Space Telescope.
Sierra Leone’s 2023 elections were the first to feature a new gender quota law, requiring that women must comprise 30 percent of parties’ candidates for office. Associate Professor of Politics Jennifer Piscopo spoke with Foreign Policy about whether and when such ‘gender quota laws’ can be successful.
Assistant Professor of Politics Isaac Hale is frequently seen and heard in state and national outlets, unpacking the politics of the day! Recently, Professor Hale appeared on Spectrum News and LiveNOW to discuss the impact and politics of California Senator Dianne Feinstein's extended Senate absence, President Joe Biden’s announcement that he is seeking reelection, and the indictment of former President Donald Trump. In another LiveNOW appearance, Professor Hale covered immigration policy, the debt ceiling, Trump’s ongoing legal battles, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s campaign launch.
Associate Professor of Music Shanna Lorenz works with Indigenous communities on digital privacy. Scientific American interviewed Professor Lorenz about how digital applications can support research by and about Indigenous communities while maintaining data sovereignty.
A major Democratic super PAC’s announced its plans to spend $35 million on California House races in 2024. For Roll Call, Assistant Professor of Politics Isaac Hale discusses how vulnerable House Republicans have held their seats in recent cycles.
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy Peter Dreier analyzes Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s housing policy. Professor Dreier and coauthor argue that Mayor Wu’s rent control proposal - which requires approval of the state legislature - is both pro-business and pro-tenant and will help address the city's serious housing crisis.
Billington Professor of History Thomas Balcerski looks at the long strange history of contested elections for Speaker of the House for CNN. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the first house speaker in exactly a century who failed to be elected on the first ballot.
Associate Professor of Politics Jennifer Piscopo appeared on the Democracy Paradox podcast to discuss Chile’s stalled efforts at writing a new constitution. Building on her recent article in The Journal of Democracy, Professor Piscopo argues that Chile’s new constitution offered a standard blueprint for social democracy, but fell victim to fearmongering and fake news.