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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. 


  • 12/06/16 Smithsonian.com
    The Starr Center’s ongoing oral history project StoryQuest, as well as center Director Adam Goodheart, are featured in this Smithsonian.com story that describes the project’s gathering of stories from World War II veterans and people on the home front. The story coincided with the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 11/30/16 Yahoo!News

    Adam Goodheart, director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and author of 1862: The Civil War Awakening, is among the historians and social scientists quoted at length in this Yahoo!News story about whether America can reunite under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

  • 12/01/16 International Business Times

    Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department and author of Tea Party Women, is quoted in an International Business Times story about the rise of the “alt-right” in the United States, saying that although members of the Tea Party have strident views on immigration and feel “racial resentment,” that does not mean they support the “alt-right” and its racist views.

  • 11/17/16 World Politics Review

    Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, writes in World Politics Review about Latin American governments, once dubious of presidential re-election, that have been amending election laws to allow presidents to seek multiple terms in office, some indefinitely. Professor Wade looks at the presidential re-election trend in Latin America. focusing on this month’s election in Nicaragua and next year’s election in Honduras.

  • 11/15/16 Fortune Magazine

    Chris Baylor, a visiting assistant professor in political science, publishes an op-ed in Fortune in which he argues how historical precedent shows that the Republican victory in both houses of Congress and the presidency could well be short-lived.

  • 11/07/16 CNN

    Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, is interviewed by CNN for this story about Daniel Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo, who ran as his vice president and helped her husband clinch a fourth term in office as president of Nicaragua.

  • 11/02/16 The Associated Press

    In this Associated Press story, which also ran in the wire service’s Spanish-speaking outlets, Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, talks about the important role that Rosario Marillo, the wife of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, is playing in her husband’s re-election campaign and in his administration.

  • 10/23/16 Slate

    In this cover story about how many Republican women feel betrayed by the GOP and its support of nominee Donald Trump, Melissa Deckman, political science professor and chair of the College’s Department of Political Science is quoted from her book Tea Party Women:Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right

  • 10/15/16 The Baltimore Sun

    Melissa Deckman, political science professor and chair of the College’s Department of Political Science, is quoted about how Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is scrupulously avoiding being overly partisan when it comes to endorsing candidates in Maryland who may have links to Donald Trump.

  • 10/14/16 The Washington Post

    Melissa Deckman, political science professor and chair of the College’s Department of Political Science, writes in The Washington Post that it is Donald Trump’s image as an “alpha male” that continues to appeal to certain parts of the electorate, even after revelations about the Republican presidential nominee’s repeated pattern of sexual misconduct and assault on women.


  • 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.

  • 10/13/16 Bloomberg TV

    College President Sheila Bair is interviewed on Bloomberg TV about the resignation of Wells Fargo Bank’s CEO and chairman John Stumpf in the wake of the bank’s scandal over fake accounts.

  • 09/28/16 CBNC’s “Closing Bell”

    College President Sheila Bair is interviewed extensively about the Wells Fargo Bank scandal and bank regulation as a whole. During the interview she said she doesn’t believe Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf should resign, a statement that was picked up by multiple news outlets including Yahoo!Finance, and Money on msn.com.

  • 09/23/16 PBS “Charlie Rose This Week”

    On the PBS news program “Charlie Rose The Week”, College President Sheila Bair is interviewed to discuss the Wells Fargo Bank scandal. Her interview runs from 4:25 to 8:18.


  • 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.

  • 06/13/16 WYPR’s Maryland Morning

    English and creative writing professor Bob Mooney discusses Bloomsday, Chestertown’s celebration of Irish writer James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.

  • 06/09/16 National Public Radio
    Political science professor Melissa Deckman discusses how Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton can win the votes of white, female voters by continuing to make the case that Republican nominee Donald Trump is a weak, unpresidential candidate.