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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. 


  • 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.

  • 10/01/16 The Washington Post

    In this in-depth feature story, The Washington Post profiles Bill Schindler, associate professor of anthropology, and his “soul authorship” method of teaching students about their human past through primitive technologies and fundamental food preparation. The story includes an embedded video created by staff videographer Shane Brill, called “Unhurried:Primitive”.

  • 09/30/16 American Banker

    In this essay, College President Sheila Bair discusses the issue of gender in finance, asking why the highest echelons of the banking industry is still a man’s world where women are still largely overlooked for promotion, resulting in the industry losing their valuable input.

  • 09/30/16 Marie Claire

    In this story on marieclaire.com about why Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeals to some women despite his misogynistic statements, Melissa Deckman, political science professor and chair of the College’s Department of Political Science, explains that hwer research has shown that many of these women believe Trump will keep them and their families safe.

  • 09/29/16 The Street

    College President Sheila Bair’s comments on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” about what is happening to Wells Fargo Bank as a consequence of the scandal over fake accounts are quoted in this story.

  • 09/28/16 Bloomberg News

    Bloomberg News reporter Shahien Nasiripour follows up on his profile of Sheila Bair with this closer look at the inception and hopeful goals of one of her signature college affordability programs, George’s Brigade.

  • 09/26/16 Bloomberg News

    Shahien Nasiripour, a business reporter for Bloomberg News who covers financial issues higher education, writes an in-depth profile of College President Sheila Bair, focusing on the parallels she sees between student loan debt and the subprime mortgage crisis she dealt with as chair of the FDIC.

  • 09/22/16 World Politics Review

    Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, writes about how the Central American isthmus is becoming a pressure point for migrants from around the world.


  • 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.

  • 09/13/16 CNBC’s “Squawk Box”

    College President Sheila Bair appears on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to discuss whether it’s time for the Fed to raise interest rates, and the fallout from the Wells Fargo false bank accounts scandal.

  • 09/13/16 The House Ways and Means Committee

    College President Sheila Bair is invited to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight about the cost of higher education and potential ways that colleges and universities could make it more affordable for students, among other higher ed issues. President Bair’s statement runs from 18:00-23:05, and she has subsequent comments throughout the hearing.

  • 08/31/16 CNBC The Santelli Exchange
    College President Sheila Bair talks with Rick Santelli about FDIC funds and money market reform.
  • 08/31/16 MSN Buzz60
    This video story outlines Washington College’s new Saver’s Scholarship program.
  • 7/29/16 The Chronicle of Higher Education

    College President Sheila Bair is interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Ruth Hammond for the Chronicle’s video series “On Leadership” about student loan debt, the parallels to the subprime mortgage crisis, and Washington College’s own efforts to lower college costs and make college more affordable.

  • 07/11/16 CNBC’s Closing Bell

    President Sheila Bair discusses the potential effects on U.S. banks of the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union.


  • 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.
  • 05/25/16 Wisconsin Public Radio
    Political science professor Melissa Deckman is interviewed about her new book Tea Party Women.
  • 05/18/16 BBC Radio, “Good Morning Scotland”

    Political science professor Melissa Deckman is interviewed length about Donald Trump’s attitude toward women, as well as the role of women in the presidential race, both Hillary Clinton as the Democratic frontrunner and women voters themselves. Deckman’s interview begins at 2:28:20 and ends at 2:43:10.