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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.

 August 2015

Candice Nelson, academic director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to The Hill on August 28 about why Republican candidates, who are unlikely to win the party's nomination, are still attracting wealthy donors to fund their presidential bids.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to MSNBC on August 26 about how Donald Trump is able to maintain the support of Republican women despite his controversial remarks.

Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, appeared on ideastream on August 20 to discuss the research he conducted with scholars at AU and Johns Hopkins that discovered potential racial biases in teacher expectations.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the International Business Times about the revolving door between banking and government, arguing that the leveraging of public sector relationships for private relationships is cause for concern.

Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, was quoted in an article for Vox on August 19 about how teachers' expectations of students varies depending on race.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with Willamette Week on August 19 about the unethical practices that occur when political consultants lobby for their own clients.

Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, wrote an article for the Brookings Institution on August 18 which cited research from a study that his group conducted regarding teachers' potential racial biases in assessing students' potential.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on August 17 about flights from the United States to Cuba, saying that if people could book ordinary flights instead of charter flights more people would visit Cuba. LeoGrande's quote was also picked up by Fortune and TIME.

Barbara Romzek, dean of the School of Public Affairs, and Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, were interviewed by WJLA on August 17 for a segment which remembered AU professor and civil rights activist Julian Bond.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an Op-Ed for Newsday on August 14 arguing for the lifting of the long-standing U.S. embargo on Cuba.

Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to Fox News Latino on August 12 about the state of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an article for Mother Jones that takes a close look at the negotiations that led to the re-opening of U.S. relations with Cuba.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the New York Daily News on August 11 regarding the gender gap in party voting.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was quoted in an article for Time on August 10 about how Donald Trump's remarks about women may bring women's issues to the forefront in the presidential election.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to CBS News on August 10 regarding the lack of any significant cybersecurity legislation being passed by Congress.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, was quoted in an article for Americateve on August 10 regarding John Kerry's upcoming trip to Cuba.

Karen O'Connor, professor of political science, was quoted in an article for Politifact on August 9 about the historical shift of women's voting toward the Democratic Party.

David Lublin, professor of government, analyzed the Republican debate with The Globe and Mail on August 7. In the article, Lublin compared the candidates to their 2012 counterparts.

Betsy Fischer Martin, executive in residence, spoke with Vox on August 7 comparing the "kids' table" Republican debate to the partisan response to the State of the Union.

In the lead-up to the Republican debate, Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about what each candidate must do to accomplish their goals moving forward.

Patrick Malone, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, wrote a blog post for the Association for Talent Development on August 5 that outlines ways federal leaders can avoid managerial pitfalls, which are heightened as we approach the 2016 election.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to the Los Angeles Times on August 5 about how President Obama needs to convince the nation of the viability of the Iran nuclear deal in his speech at American University.

Richard Bennett, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with the Associated Press on August 4 about the differences between Canada and the U.S. regarding cultural expressions of violence, which were highlighted following hitchBOT's destruction in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Morning Call on August 4 about Katie McGinty's potentially historic bid for the Senate in Pennsylvania. McGinty could be the first female senator from the state.

Vicky Wilkins, senior associate dean for academic affairs, spoke with WJLA on August 4 about the reasons why the public view of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran remains negative.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the Observer on August 4 about the new ad produced by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, which focuses primarily on Clinton's mother.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the Wall Street Journal on August 2 about the relatively low significance of the first GOP debate.

July 2015

Adrienne Lebas, assistant professor of government, addressed the international outcry at the death of Zimbabwe's Cecil the Lion with CBS News on July 31.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke with Breitbart news on July 29 about the divide between issues of economics and issues of race as the 2016 campaign heats up.

Matthew Wright, assistant professor of government, spoke with Vox on July 29 about the factors that drive public perception of illegal immigration, and Donald Trump's ability to touch upon those factors as he rises in the presidential polls.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies spoke to the Washington Post on June 29 regarding the recent motion to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House and its implications.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke to the Los Angeles Times on July 28 about President Obama's recent trip to Africa to meet with a number of African heads of state.

David Lublin, professor of government, was quoted in an article for KUTV on July 24 that looked at a new poll indicating Hillary Clinton may face difficulties in key swing states as her presidential bid continues.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke to the Los Angeles Times on July 24 about President Obama's trip to Kenya, another sign of his burgeoning confidence in the final quarter of his presidency.

Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke to Voice of America on July 24 for a radio broadcast that aired in Africa. Professor Bacon discussed Al Shabab and issues surrounding President Obama's visit to Kenya and Ethiopia in addition to counterterrorism efforts and challenges in the region.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, appeared on WAMU's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" on July 23 to discuss ongoing gentrification problems in the D.C.-area, and focused on mitigating the problem of "micro-segregation".

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, spoke to U.S. News & World Report on July 20 about Donald Trump's rhetoric in the 2016 presidential race.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, appeared on Federal News Radio on July 20 to discuss the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the gap in engagement and commitment scores.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an article for The Hill on July 20 in which he argued that Congress should provide adequate funding for the U.S. Embassy in Cuba to provide American diplomats the resources they need while working abroad. LeoGrande also appeared on WTOP radio to discuss expectations in U.S.-Cuban relations.

Howard McCurdy, professor of public administration and policy, spoke to the Epoch Times on July 17 regarding the private sector's ability to minimize the cost of space launches.

Betsy Fischer Martin, executive in residence, spoke to Senator Ted Cruz on her latest episode of the podcast "Trail Talk" on July 17. Martin and co-host Tammy Haddad spoke with Cruz about his presidential campaign and new book.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with the Los Angeles Times on July 16 about President Obama's push for prison reform. "Probably his best tool is the bully pulpit to talk about race in the criminal justice system," Gould told the newspaper.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke with the Washington Post on July 16 about social ramifications of gentrification in DC's Chinatown neighborhood.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, appeared on MSNBC on July 15 to discuss prison reform in the United States and the potential benefits and consequences of it.

The Huffington Post cited work from Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, and Richard Fox for its piece on the importance of political family dynasties to pave the way for further female political candidates.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with MSN's "Market Watch" on July 13 about the near impossible balancing act economists face when advising presidential candidates

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for The Hill on July 7 that focused on the essential role that losing candidates play in a democracy.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, co-wrote a blog post for Brookings on July 7 providing a series of recommendations that could help stimulate political ambition in young people.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, was quoted in article for the Military Times on July 6 about the future opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Roll Call on July 6 about the Growing Republican Opportunities for Women project.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, was quoted in an article for Reuters on July 2 about the Cuban government’s expansion of wireless internet, saying that the “The Internet cafes and now this Wi-Fi network show that the government is serious about expanding Internet access.”

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke with the Washington Examiner on July 2 about the political fight President Obama is preparing for following the announcement of opening a U.S. embassy in Cuba.

Joseph Young, associate professor of justice, law, and criminology, was quoted in an article for KUTV.com on July 2 that looked at Americans' increased willingness to aid and support counter-terrorism measures and authorities in light of recent attacks.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared on CBS's "This Morning" on July 2 to discuss the White House decision to lift bans on photography and social media sharing.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an op-ed for Fox News Latino on July 1 that lays out the practical benefits of President Obama's decision to restore ties with Cuba. LeoGrande was also quoted in a Fox News article about the decision to open a U.S. embassy in Havana.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about Wal-Mart's progressive positions on hot-button social topics. "They don't want to be seen as a Republican store or Democratic store. They want to be seen as a great American store," Lublin said.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, contributed an op-ed to The Hill on July 1 arguing that GOP presidential hopefuls should be thankful for the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage, removing a "wedge issue that only worked against them."

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