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Welcome to the School of Public Affairs' faculty media listing. Below you can view a complete chronological listing of faculty expertise presented through media outlets like The New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press and more. For more information, or if you'd like to contact SPA's faculty as a source for your media outlet, visit AU's media relations home page.

December 2015

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, and Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to MacLean's on December 31 about how different candidates will fare with voters in the upcoming primaries and the 2016 presidential election.

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Politico on December 29 about the cyber capabilities of terrorist organizations and the possibility of a cyberattack from a terrorist organization.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke to International Business Times on December 28 about Hillary Clinton's support among black voters for the Democratic presidential nomination.

An August article by Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, was featured in a Brookings Institution list of its most popular Chalkboard blog posts of 2015 on December 28. The article focused on a study dealing with teachers' potential racial biases in assessing students' potential.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to The Street on December 27 for an article that looked at Bernie Sanders' campaign fundraising and donations for his presidential bid.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to the Huffington Post for a syndicated article on December 24 regarding Ben Carson's public speeches and campaign fundraising.

Richard Benedetto, adjunct professorial lecturer of government, appeared on On Point on December 23 to discuss Bowe Bergdahl's arraignment and potential court martial.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, spoke to CBS News on December 21 about President Obama's ability to unilaterally take action regarding the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke to Voice of America on December 17 about obstacles that still remain for further U.S.-Cuban relations going forward.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Slate and The Center for Public Integrity for an article that was jointly published on December 17 about efforts by foreign nations with bad human rights records to improve their public relations by trying to hire companies to lobby on their behalf in Washington.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, co-wrote an article for CNN on December 16 which looked at whether the annual Secret Santa exchange between members of Congress results in an increase in bipartisan legislative action.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to NewsOK on December 16 about reasons why women are less likely to decide to run for office.

Todd Eisenstadt, professor of government, wrote an article for the Huffington Post on December 10 about how best to approach the issue of global carbon pricing.

The Center for Environmental Policy and its director Daniel Fiorino were featured in an article for Greenwire on December 9 that highlighted the 2016 recipients of the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, which the SPA research center awards annually.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for The Hill on December 9 that argued how Donald Trump's recent extreme proposals toward Muslim immigrants will affect the way other Republican candidates run their campaigns.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, co-wrote a blog post in the Shelterforce blog "Rooflines" on December 9 about equitable development in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Waters, associate dean of the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for Jurist on December 8 that looked at how the Supreme Court might rule in cases dealing with the conflict between religious institutions providing contraceptive insurance and the regulations set forth in the Affordable Care Act.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to AFP on December 8 about Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

In a Voice of America article on December 9, William LeoGrande, professor of government, discussed talks between the United States and Cuba regarding U.S. business' claims to property taken after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Todd Eisenstadt, professor of government, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post arguing that a "bottom up" approach will be necessary for the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris to find success. The op-ed is also available on The SPA Policy Explainer.

Lewis Faulk, assistant professor of public administration and policy, was featured in a WalletHub article on December 8 that analyzed the most and least charitable states in the year 2015.

Anthony Torres, SPA undergraduate student, was interviewed by Democracy Now! on December 7 about reducing carbon emissions.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with The New York Times on December 6 about the holiday season in the White House. "It was the most special time of the year, but it is just a huge undertaking," said McBride.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, appeared on Federal Times on December 3 to discuss the negative effects that the government shutdowns of the 1990s had on the federal workforce and how they underscored the highly partisan political climate of the day.

Fernando Reinares, scholar in residence, wrote an article for the Wilson Center on December 3 that focused on how best to counter Jihadist propaganda and prevent Western European Muslim youths from becoming radicalized.

Todd Eisenstadt, professor of government, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on December 1 that illustrates the stakes of the 21st Annual Conference of Parties, the latest round of climate change talks, which is taking place in Paris only a few weeks after it suffered from a major terrorist attack. 

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to CNN on December 1 about Donald Trump's lead in the polls and voter turnout among his supporters.

November 2015 

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, co-wrote an op-ed for U.S. News on November 30 arguing that President Obama is caught between two campaign promises: Closing Guantanamo detention facility, and upholding the rule of law between Congress and the Executive Branch.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, was quoted in an article for the Chicago Tribune on November 30 regarding the information provided on lobbyist disclosure reports. 

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to Fox Business on November 30 about why Hillary Clinton is so polarizing among voters.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to the Los Angeles Times on November 25 about Ben Carson's fundraising strategy.

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Marketplace on November 23 about the potential for increased security at hotels in light of recent terrorist attacks.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Washington Post on November 23 about the selection processes each presidential administration has for the "Medal of Freedom."

Joseph Young, associate professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to International Business Times on November 20 about how law enforcement will need to adapt to prevent potential suicide bombers in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, was interviewed by MSNBC on November 19 to discuss the challenges and benefits of coordinating efforts between nations in combating ISIS.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for the American Constitution Society on November 19 arguing that it is important to unite Americans of all faiths in light of the recent terrorist attacks rather than divide them based on religion.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to Roll Call on November 18 about how voters now view party affiliation as more important than any gender biases in their election choices.

Dave Marcotte, professor of public administration and policy, wrote an article for The Baltimore Sun on November 18 about the importance of states funding public universities.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, wrote an article for The Hill on November 17 about free speech and the issue of racism on college campuses.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for the National Constitution Center on November 17 about the constitutional war powers of the executive office and how this plays a role in the face of modern threats such as ISIS.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, wrote an article for Shelterforce on November 17 that looked at how to increase community engagement in mixed-income and mixed-race neighborhoods.

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Nextgov on November 17 about the cyber capabilities of terrorist organizations and the threat they pose. Nextgov referenced Tricia Bacon's remarks from an event "Barriers to Cybersecurity in the Next Presidential Administration," co-hosted by the School of Public Affairs and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Robert Johnson, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Morning Call on November 14 about the nature of a "life without parole" prison sentence and argues that it should be regarded as similar to a death sentence.

Karen Telis, adjunct professorial lecturer of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Styrk on November 13 about Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and how it relates to the art and architecture of medieval Florence during the author's life.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, was quoted in an article for The Hill on November 13 that looked at President Obama's ability to close Guantanamo Bay going forward.

Jessica Waters, associate dean of the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for The Huffington Post on November 11 that argued against a religious employer's ability to conduct hiring practices toward pregnant women based on codes of conduct.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, appeared on The Diane Rehm Show on November 11 to discuss the last Republican Debate and the impact such debates have on voters.

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for Democratic Audit UK on November 11 about the newly established Women's Equality Party in the UK and the impact it could have on other mainstream parties.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Roll Call on November 10 about Ted Cruz's record as a senator.

NPR featured an article on November 10 on the first National Consortium on the Right to Counsel, an initiative that is part of the Justice Programs Office, which is directed by Caroline Cooper. The article focused on the Consortium's effort to improve the Sixth Amendment rights of individuals.

David Lublin, professor of government, was interviewed by NBC News on November 6 to talk about how Ben Carson's potentially inaccurate claims may affect his candidacy for president.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Roll Call on November 5 which looked at John Boehner's future plans after stepping down as Speaker of the House.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to Fox News Latino on November 5 about how Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, aids his campaign and gains support among voters.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to Wisconsin Public Radio on November 5 about Donald Trump's new book and how such publications affect a presidential candidate's campaign.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor on November 5 about how Ben Carson is viewed by the African American community as a presidential candidate.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Fox News Latino (Article in Spanish) on November 3 about Bernie Sanders' description of himself as a socialist and how it affects his campaign chances.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, was quoted in an article for Bloomberg on November 2 regarding donations for presidential campaigns.

October 2015

Diane Singerman, associate professor of government, appeared on BBC on October 30 to discuss the youth problem she has termed "waithood."

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was featured in an article for Examiner.com on October 30 that looked at some of her recent work and why young people are avoiding careers in politics.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke to EIN Newsdesk on October 30 about U.S. opposition to the UN resolution regarding its embargo on Cuba.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was featured on MPR News on October 29 after she spoke at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis to discuss her book Running from Office and why young people are disinterested in running for political office.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to El Espanol (Article in Spanish) on October 28 about Paul Ryan as the new House Speaker.

Four SPA students were interviewed by ABC 7 on October 28 to discuss millennials' views on politics and the 2016 presidential election. The interview was syndicated across multiple news outlets.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to AZCentral on October 26 about the use of consultants in presidential campaigns.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Des Moines Register on October 23 providing analysis of how Bernie Sanders' public image works with voters.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to Time on October 19 to discuss different ways to spark children's interest in politics and the presidential election.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was quoted in article for U.S. News on October 16 regarding millennials' lack of interest in running for office. The article also referenced her recent book Running From Office.

Adrienne LeBas, assistant professor of government, spoke to Voice of America on October 16 about presidential term limits in African nations and their leaders adherence to them.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke to the Key Reporter on October 16 about the benefits of having adjunct professors teach in colleges.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to ABC 7 on October 16 about several aspects of the presidential candidates' current campaign fundraising for an article that was syndicated across multiple news outlets.

Richard Bennett, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to the Portland Tribune on October 15 about the effectiveness of setting up specific guidelines for police officers when dealing with the homeless population.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Hill on October 14 about how Hillary Clinton's more focused approach on gender is different from her 2008 campaign.

Betsy Fischer Martin, executive in residence, was quoted in an article for The Hill on October 14 which looked at how Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show" has brought a larger political focus to late night television.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor on October 13 about which factors could influence Joe Biden to decide to run for president.

Adrienne LeBas, assistant professor of government, provided analysis to Voice of America on October 13 about the upcoming presidential election in Tanzania.

Connie Morella, ambassador in residence, was featured in an article for the Washingtonian on October 12 which looked at her Congressional career as a moderate Republican.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Yahoo News on October 10 about Congress's inability to find a middle ground.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for the American Constitution Society on October 9 which argued against waterboarding and looked at various presidential candidates' attitudes toward it.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with International Business Times on October 8 regarding Hillary Clinton's tougher stance on the banking sector.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to the New York Times on October 7 about why the House Speaker job is not as desirable as it once was.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to The Baltimore Sun on October 7 about how Baltimore's Mayor Rawlings-Blake might be able to use the media attention surrounding the Baltimore riots to try to forward anti-poverty measures in major cities.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Fox News 11 in a syndicated broadcast on October 7 regarding the trouble the Republican caucus is having in choosing a new House Speaker.

Jessica Waters, associate dean at the School of Public Affairs, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on October 6 arguing that the facts have been ignored throughout the political firestorm around Planned Parenthood.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to Fortune on October 3 about the importance of presidential candidates having an effective campaign donation strategy.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to U.S News on October 2 about presidential candidate Ben Carson and how his conservative stances on issues will play out with voters. Lublin was later featured in a similar article for The Christian Science Monitor.

Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, spoke with Education Week on October 1 about his research into classroom instruction and student achievement.

September 2015

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was quoted in an article for The Christian Science Monitor on September 30 about how Hillary Clinton's recent drop in support may be tied to "Clinton-ism" rather than sexism.  

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke to Voice of America on September 30 about the housing dilemma Chinese residents in Chinatown are facing as prices in the area rise.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to The Center for Public Integrity on September 29 about wireless phone companies' lobbying efforts and how this affects public policy. TIME Magazine also ran the story.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, appeared on CCTV-America on September 29 to discuss relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, was quoted in an article for U.S. News on September 28 regarding the issues the new House Speaker will face following John Boehner's resignation.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to CCTV-America on September 25 about the important role the first lady plays in hosting foreign heads of state when they visit the U.S. 

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to International Business Times on September 25 about John Boehner's resignation and how it may lead to more partisan politics within the House of Representatives.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with The Hill on September 24 about the lasting impact and damage the email server controversy could have on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared on EWTN on September 23 to discuss the White House ceremony for Pope Francis' visit to Washington, DC.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to The Morning Call on September 22 about the upcoming papal visit and its potential significance.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, told AP News on September 22 that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington will be a "delicate dance" for both sides, as tensions between the U.S. and China remain elevated.

Research from Lynn Addington, associate professor of justice, law, and criminology, was cited in WVNS TV on September 21 for an article investigating unreported instances of crime in West Virginia.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for The Hill on September 21 arguing against Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the controversial reactions of some of his campaign's followers. 

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with Government Executive on September 21 about the uniqueness of papal state visits. "It was one of the most memorable things personally that I worked on," McBride said, harkening back to her service in the White House.

Jessica Waters, associate dean of the School of Public Affairs, appeared on the NPR affiliate radio station KCRW on September 18 to discuss the politically divisive nature of issues like abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to Mashable on September 17 about Carly Fiorina and the most recent Republican presidential debate.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Washington Post on September 16 regarding Hillary Clinton's fallen support among male and female voters.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to NPR on September 15 about the benefits for the presidential candidates who do not poll in the top 10 to attend the earlier debate.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, appeared on PBS Newshour on September 15 to discuss the ongoing Republican-Democrat gender gap in political representation.

Anita McBride, director of the First Ladies Initiative, spoke with WRAL about Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States, which will bring him to the White House and Capitol Hill.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with BBC Magazine about Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks aimed at GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke with Fast Company & Inc. on September 8 about the need for more social interaction within neighborhoods to reduce inequality within them.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke with the Alabama Media Group on September 4 about Donald Trump's chances to secure the GOP nomination. "He's by no means assured to be the nominee," Lublin tells readers.

Bradley Hardy, assistant professor of public administration and policy, was interviewed by NY1 News on September 4, where he discussed the recent federal unemployment report and the likelihood of raised interest rates by the Federal Reserve.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to the Boston Herald on September 3 for an article examining corporate contributions given to Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Jan Leighley, professor of government, appeared on BBC Radio on September 3 as part of a panel to discuss how the U.S. political system operates. Leighley discussed a range of issues from front-runner candidates for president to Super Tuesday and campaign finance.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke with the International Business Times on September 1 about the new push by Cuban dissidents for human rights and democracy.