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The media turns to our faculty experts to enhance coverage of a wide range of topics, from international security and economic policy to American history and politics. 


  • 02/15/17 broadwayworld.com

    Michele Volansky, chair and associate professor of the Department of Theatre and Dance, is featured in this broadwayworld.com story about Azuka Theatre’s world premiere of the play “Sh_theads” about a down-and-out bike shop in lower Manhattan. Volansky is the dramaturg for the play through her work as associate artist for PlayPenn in Philadelphia.

  • 02/08/17 World Politics Review

    Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, discusses the upcoming presidential election in Ecuador in her monthly column in World Politics Review.

  • 02/10/17: The Washington Post

    Andrew Oros, associate professor of political science and international studies who specializes in Asian studies and recently published Japan’s Security Renaissance, says in this Washington Post story that Donald Trump’s election is beneficial to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goals to push his security agenda.

  • 01/31/17 TIME Money Magazine

    Washington College’s proposal for an income share agreement (ISA)-based option for helping students afford tuition is featured in this story in Money Magazine.

  • 01/2017 The Washington Post “Monkey Cage”

    In an essay for The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage”, Melissa Deckman, chair of the Department of Political Science, discusses whether pro-life and pro-choice can find enough common ground on other social and political issues to move a larger feminist agenda forward.

  • 1/19/17 Prospect Magazine

    In an essay for the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine, Melissa Deckman, chair of the Department of Political Science and author of Tea Party Women, discusses how it happened that despite Donald Trump’s “contempt for the female half of the electorate”, 53 percent of white women voted for him in the presidential election, helping push him past Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College vote. If you’ve paid attention to the Tea Party, she says, it should have come as no surprise.

  • 1/18/17 The Baltimore Sun

    Richard Striner, professor of history, and Melissa Deckman, chair of the Department of Political Science, are among seven Maryland professors that The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodrick’s asks to weigh in on the presidency of Barack Obama.

  • 1/17/17 The Baltimore Sun
    In an editorial in TheBaltimore Sun about the cost of higher education in Maryland and the problem of student loan debt, especially for the middle class, Washington College and President Sheila Bair and earn praise for the College’s “multi-pronged approach” to address the issue.
  • 1/5/17 World Politics Review

    In her regular column in World Politics Review, Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, reviews how Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have addressed the problems of corruption over the past year.

  • 01/07/17 The Washington Post

    In this Washington Post story about this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis, Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department, says she expects Maryland Democrats to try to align popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan more with the policies of President Donald Trump in preparation for Maryland’s next gubernatorial election in 2018.


  • 02/17/17 Fox Business News Wall Street Week

    College President Sheila Bair speaks on Fox Business Network Wall Street Week about the issue of student loan debt, advocating that we scrap the concept of debt forgiveness and change the student loans to income share agreements and an equity-based model. She also discusses how Washington College is researching a philanthropy-based pilot program for income share agreements.

  • 02/11/17 WBAL-TV 11 News Weekend Today

    Bill Schindler, chair of the Department of Anthropology and primitive technologies and foodways expert, goes live on WBAL-TV Baltimore’s weekend program to cook up some cricket tacos and cricket-flour protein balls for anchor Jennifer Franciotti. The live program was to promote the February event on campus “Insects on the Menu,” which focused on insects as a sustainable protein source for the human diet.

  • 02/05/17 The Chestertown Spy

    The Chestertown Spy profiles Joseph Prud’homme, associate professor of political science, in a video interview about the intersection of politics, religion, and culture.

  • 11/28/16 Bloomberg “Surveillance”

    On the “Bloomberg Surveillance” program, College President Sheila Bair speaks on market expectations for President-elect Donald Trump to roll back bank legislation, as well as the concept of income share agreements to help students pay back college debt.

  • 11/15/16 Fox Business News

    College President is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business News concerning the market’s response to the election of Donald Trump, potential changes to Dodd-Frank, and the future of the SEC once Mary Jo White steps down.

  • 11/14/16 CNBC’s Santelli Exchange
    Broadcasting live from Hodson Hall, Rick Santelli speaks with Audrey Utchen ’17, Samson Ramasamy ’18, Graham Hulsey ’17 and Preston Cooper, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, discussing topics including entitlements, job security, and the national debt.
  • 11/14/16 CNBC’s Santelli Exchange
    CNBC’s Rick Santelli comes to Washington College to broadcast live in an interview with College President Sheila Bair, and with Washington College students. Both segments were the opener to the George Washington Leadership Series forum discussing the national debt. In this segment, Bair discusses America’s fiscal health, as well as the student loan debt issue and the College’s efforts to address it.
  • 11/02/16 CNBC “Closing Bell”

    On CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” College President Sheila Bair comments on the Fed’s decision to leave interest rates where they are for now, how the outcome of the presidential election may affect the banking and finance industry, and how the election may be a good catalyst for Republicans to come to grips with core issues.

  • 10/21/16: Maryland Public Television’s State Circle

    On Maryland Public Television’s State Circle, anchor Jeff Salkin interviews President Sheila Bair about what Washington College is doing to make college more affordable and accessible, as well the problem of student loan debt, and the concept for all of higher education of shifting from a debt model for financing higher education to an equity model—known as income sharing. President Bair’s comments begin at 13:44 and end at 23:24.


  • 10/17/16 Fox Business News

    On Fox Business News “Morning With Maria,” College President Sheila Bair comments on the Wells Fargo’s “missteps”, as well as Deutsche Bank and the future of bank regulation.


  • 12/17/16: WNYC “This Week in Politics”

    Christopher Baylor, a visiting assistant professor in political science, is interviewed on WNYC’s “This Week in Politics” about the history and purpose of the electoral college and moments in our history where the popular vote and electoral vote diverged.

  • 12/16/16 International Business Times-UK “In the Field”

    Melissa Deckman, chair of the Department of Political Science, talks with Orlando Crowcroft of the International Business Times UK podcast “In the Field” about America’s reaction in the weeks since Donald Trump was elected president. She says diehard Democrats are still in shock at what has happened, while even Republicans who had been against Trump are now backing him because of the opportunities they have with a Republican in office. She also discusses Trump’s cabinet picks, and the surge in hate speech and the voice of white nationalists.

  • 11/30/16 National Public Radio, “Here & Now”
    On National Public Radio’s “Here & Now” program with Jeremy Hobson, College President Sheila Bair talks about how the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulations could be rolled back under President-Elect Donald Trump and whether it’s a good idea to loosen banking regulations.
  • 11/11/16 “Two Weeks Notice”

    In his Latin American politics blog “Two Weeks Notice,” Greg Weeks talks with Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, about the elections in Nicaragua.

  • 09/15/16 On TAP

    The work of Michele Volansky, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, is featured on this “On TAP” podcast about her examination of the presidential campaign and the nature of democracy as a live, theatrical event. Volansky’s segment begins at 6:15.

  • 08/16/16 The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio
    College President Sheila Bair joins higher education policy analysts and reporters to discuss student loan debt and higher education. She comments on how the student loan system could be improved, what Washington College is doing to make college more affordable and accessible, and her take on Hillary Clinton’s free college plan as well as Donald Trump’s concept of making it more difficult for students seeking degrees in the liberal arts to get loans.
  • 08/02/16 Midday with Sheilah Kast on WYPR
    Political science professor Melissa Deckman is interviewed at length about her new book Tea Party Women and how women are shaping politics in this election cycle. 
  • 07/15/16 The Baltimore Sun’s Roughly Speaking 

    History professor and presidential historian Richard Striner is interviewed by Dan Rodricks about the 2016 presidential election, saying it could be a catastrophic year for the GOP or a progressive breakthrough. He also says the GOP has become a “corrosive” force in American politics that needs to re-evaluate its purpose and policies. 

  • 07/04/16, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered

    John Conkling, professor of chemistry emeritus and former executive director and technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, is interviewed by National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro about how the sounds of fireworks are designed.


  • 06/20/16 WNYC “The Takeaway”

    College President Sheila Bair is interviewed about the growing issue of bank overdraft fees and how just 8 percent of consumers pay 75 percent of such fees—often students and people who are the least able to pay for them.