WC in the News

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. 


  • 11/05/17 NBC News

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, is quoted in this NBC News story about the candidacy of Steve Bannon acolyte Erik Prince, who is running for a Senate seat in Wyoming. Deckman suggests that Prince will have a hard time pulling off a primary win like another Bannon choice, Alabama’s Roy Moore, because Prince, who isn’t even a Wyoming resident, lacks the local base and popularity that Moore has in Alabama.

  • 11/03/17 Politifact
    Politifact quotes Department of History Professor Richard Striner about President Lincoln’s opposition to the Crittenden Compromise, which would have allowed slavery south of the line defined by the Missouri Compromise. The interview was in the context of the response to White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s comments that “lack of compromise” led to the Civil War.
  • 10/29/17 The Japan Times

    The Kyoto news agency and The Japan Times quotes Andrew Oros, author of Japan’s Security Renaissance and professor of political science and international studies, about President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia early next month. Oros says he does not expect Trump to push Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to accept U.S. calls for a bilateral free trade agreement, instead focusing on the strength of the Japan-America relationship in the face of the North Korea threat.

  • 10/26/17 World Politics Review
    Political science and international studies professor Christine Wade, an expert on Latin American politics and a regular contributor to World Politics Review, writes a column in the publication discussing the potential destabilizing effects of President Trump’s restrictions on Central Americans who seek asylum in the United States.
  • 10/24/17 The Washington Post

    The Washington Post interviews Andrew Oros, author of Japan’s Security Renaissance and professor of political science and international studies, in this story about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s victory in solidifying his coalition government’s leadership position. Oros said he expects Abe to use President Trump’s upcoming visit to Japan as an opportunity to push his agenda further.

  • 10/23/17

    Wil Haygood, the Starr Center’s 2017-18 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow, is interviewed at length by about race relations in the U.S. While at Washington College, Haygood is researching and writing his next book, Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street,about 27 young athletes at the segregated East High School in Columbus, Ohio, who achieved triumph, winning state championships in basketball and baseball in the tumultuous year of 1968.

  • 10/23/17 The Kyodo News
    The Kyodo News, Japan’s major news cooperative, as well as multiple news organizations China, interview Andrew Oros about the win on Sunday of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition. Oros, author of Japan’s Security Renaissance and professor of political science and international studies, says the victory is good for America in that it provides a stable relationship for the U.S. in Asia, thanks in part to the good relationship between Abe and President Donald Trump.
  • 10/18/17

    Washington College’s Habitat for Humanity Club is noted in this story in Members of the club returned to Salem County, N.J., where they had helped build two homes for local residents, to see the homes being dedicated.

  • 10/20/17 Bay Times and Record Observer

    The collaborative research of Jennie Carr, assistant professor of biology, as well as Maren Gimpel and Dan Small, field ecologist and Natural Lands Project director, respectively, with the Center for Environment & Society, is featured in this story in the Bay Times and Record Observer. Carr, along with Andrea Freeman ’18, and other interns in the Summer Research Program, have been conducting a long-term study of field sparrows in the restored grasslands at the Chester River Field Research Station.

  • 10/18/17 InSight Crime

    Christine Wade, professor of political science and international studies who specializes in Latin American politics, is interviewed in this InSight Crime story about the potential for U.S. sanctions against Guatemalan citizens who are facilitating corruption in the troubled country’s government. Wade says such sanctions would put pressure on Guatemalan elites who have financial assets in the U.S. or travel here regularly, and the symbolic gesture “would be a very big deal indeed.”


  • 10/23/17 the Chestertown Spy

    Heather Harvey, associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, is interviewed in The Chestertown Spy about her collaboration with fellow artist Elizabeth Casqueiro to create The Davis Arts Center in Easton, a permanent space for working artists in a former industrial building.

  • 09/27/17 Washington Ideas

    Bill Schindler, associate professor of anthropology and director of the new Eastern Shore Food Lab, is interviewed about his teaching of primitive technologies by Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic, at Washington Ideas. Sponsored by The Atlantic, the annual three-day event brings the nation’s leaders in politics, education, science, business, and health for interviews and conversation.

  • 07/17/17: The Chestertown Spy interviewed President Kurt Landgraf last week for well over half an hour. Here’s a six-minute excerpt of that conversation, along with a brief introductory news article.
  • 06/01/17 The New York Times
    College President Sheila Bair is a featured speaker at the New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum, and in this interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin.
  • 05/25/17 WUSA Channel 9

    Anthropology Professor Bill Schindler and his students show WUSA-Channel 9 reporter Bruce Leshan why it’s important to understand how primitive technologies can help us tackle the challenges of being human today, especially when it comes to food. In this feature story, Schindler and students take Leshan foraging, show him how to make a stone tool, and start a fire using a bow drill.

  • 03/22/17: The Atlantic Live
    The Atlantic talks with President Sheila Bair and other educational leaders on college affordability, accessibility, and the future of postsecondary education policy.
  • 03/13/17 WMAR ABC News Baltimore
    The War on the Shore, the lacrosse rivalry between Washington College and Salisbury University, is featured in this story.
  • 02/28/17 Countdown to the Closing Bell
    President Bair on the front line with Fox Business Liz Claman on creating debt relief programs for students.
  • 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.


  • 11/06/17 Preservation Maryland PreserveCast

    Bill Schindler, director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College and associate professor of anthropology, is interviewed by Nick Redding of Preservation Maryland in this PreserveCast podcast on “Primitive Technology and Food of the Future.” Redding points out that historic preservationists often think about history only through the lens of buildings or historic sites, whereas Schindler comes at it from a whole different angle.

  • 10/27/17 National Public Radio Academic Minute

    Aaron Krochmal, associate professor of biology, is featured on National Public Radio’s Academic Minute. Krochmal discusses his ongoing work studying Eastern painted turtles and how they learn migration paths.

  • 10/20/17 The BBC World Service

    Andrew Oros, author of Japan’s Security Renaissance and professor of political science and international studies, is featured on this BBC World Service program about the changing face of the military in Japan. Oros joins three other contributors in this discussion led by the BBC’s Owen Bennett Jones.

  • 09/15/17 The Wilson Center

    Andrew Oros, professor of political science and international studies and the author of Japan’s Security Renaissance, gave a talk at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., about the US-Japan alliance in the context of the North Korea threat.

  • 08/21/17 WAMU, The Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Wil Haygood, the Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU reflecting on the life, work, and legacy of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

  • 08/25/17 WYPR

    A project led by Anthropology Chair and Associate Professor Aaron Lampman was featured on WYPR, after news editor Joel McCord traveled to Smith Island with Kirsten Webb ’18 and Hayley Hartman ’18 to hear them interview local residents about the effects of high water on Smith Island. The interviews are part of a summer project that the students conducted on perception of risk as it relates to sea level rise on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

  • 07/28/17 WMAL

    Melissa Deckman is interviewed on WMAL about Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to join other governors opposing his party’s “skinny” healthcare repeal. Deckman, professor of political science, says she was not surprised by the move, noting that Hogan understands that a majority of his constituents are not in favor of the GOP health care plan.

  • 07/28/17 WMUR

    Political science Professor Melissa Deckman is interviewed on WMAL about Maryland Rep. John Delaney’s decision to run for president in 2020. Deckman notes that Delaney, a Democrat, “really hasn’t been a leader within the Democratic party. He’s been, I think, more of a maverick.”

  • 07/17/17 The Baltimore Sun, Roughly Speaking

    Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department, weighs in on “Roughly Speaking,” the podcast by the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodricks, about the false equivalents of the Trump presidency and “the levels of duplicity and frankly stupidity coming from this White House,” especially in light of last week’s revelations about the Trump campaign’s Russian connection through Donald Trump Jr.

  • 06/28/17 Council on Foreign Relations

    Andrew Oros, professor of political science and international studies, has been traveling the world this summer on a tour with his well-received and timely new book Japan’s Security Renaissance. In this Council on Foreign Relations “Asia Unbound” podcast, Oros discusses the evolving role of Japan’s military under President Shinzo Abe and what the future holds for the country’s national security posture.