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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. 

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  • 06/20/19 Morning Consult

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science and a scholar with the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, is quoted in the Morning Consult about a new survey that examines the conflict over abortion and its root causes in the status and rights of a fetus at differing stages of pregnancy. Deckman says that while abortion has always been a thorny political and cultural issue, it has never been this divisive.

  • 06/13/19 Latin America Advisor

    Christine Wade, a global expert on Latin American politics and Professor of Political Science and International Studies, is interviewed in World Politics Review and Latin America Advisor about whether protests in Honduras threaten the administration of Juan Orlando Hernández. Wade says that the most recent protests are “a manifestation of growing, generalized discontent with the Hernández government and politics as usual in Honduras.”

  • 06/16/19 Al Jazeera

    Christine Wade, a global expert on Latin American politics and Professor of Political Science and International Studies, is quoted in Al Jazeera about the presidential election in Guatemala and U.S. policy in the troubled country. Wade says that the U.S. has let Guatemalans down, choosing to crack down on immigration rather than focus on its root causes, largest among them government corruption and impunity.

  • 06/04/19 PropTalk 

    Math Professor Gene Hamilton is interviewed in PropTalk magazine about his lifelong passion for water-skiing and his skills at jumping, which he still does, on hydrofoil waterskis and wakeboards, at age 71 on the Chester River.

  • 06/01/19 Edible Delmarva
    Edible Delmarva’s feature story on the Eastern Shore Food Lab does a terrific job making the link between the lab’s academic and community missions, highlighting WC students and the work of lab Director Bill Schindler.
  • 05/22/19 MyEasternShore.com

    At Washington College’s 236th Commencement, Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine told students, faculty, and visitors that one of the enduring values of a liberal arts education is learning that “what we share as fellow human beings far exceeds our differences.” Strine was presented an honorary doctor of laws, while 322 students passed across the podium to receive their diplomas from President Kurt Landgraf.

  • 05/6/19 The Mainichi

    Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and an expert on Japan and East Asian politics, is quoted in The Mainichi, Japan’s national daily newspaper, about President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan. Oros says that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government have gone to great lengths to make Trump’s visit special, as they hope it will show that the countries’ relationship is solid, despite difficult trade negotiations.

  • 05/24/19 The Baltimore Sun

    College President Kurt Landgraf is interviewed in this Baltimore Sun story about the situation with the hospital in Chestertown. Among other issues, he notes that having access to full medical services close by is critical not only for people in Chestertown and Kent County, but also for the students at Washington College.

  • 05/24/19 The Star Democrat

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is interviewed about the Maryland 400 for the Easton Star Democrat’s lead story for its Memorial Day issue. Goodheart says the Finding the Maryland 400 Project is starting to bring long-neglected light to the story of Marylanders who turned the tide at a key point in the American Revolution at the Battle of Brooklyn.

  • 05/16/19 The Associated Press

    Christine Wade, an expert in Latin American politics and Professor of Political Science and International Studies, is quoted by The Associated Press in this story about the decision by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court to deny the presidential candidacy of Thelma Aldana, a former prosecutor who has a proven record of jailing corrupt politicians. Wade, who is prominently quoted in this story that went worldwide, says that the court’s decision is clearly politically motivated, as the established powers in Guatemala deeply fear a candidate like Aldana.

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  • 06/07/19 Focus/WTV

    Doug Levin, Deputy Director and Chief Innovation Officer of the Center for Environment & Society, is interviewed on Belgium television about the robots he takes worldwide, teaching students how to build their own and use them to better understand the underwater environment in their communities. In this story, Levin is teaching students from the middle school in Bredene, Belgium.

  • 06/14/19 Maryland Public Television’s State Circle

    Jeff Salkin, the host of Maryland Public Television’s State Circle program, interviews Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, and student intern Nicole Hatfield ’21, about the work of the ESFL at Washington College and within the local and global community. The interview runs from 13:35 to 25:06.

  • 05/27/19 CNN Newsroom

    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, is interviewed on CNN Newsroom about how Amanda Eller, a hiker who got lost on Maui for 17 days, was able to survive. Schindler, who also was co-star of the National Geographic Channel’s “Great Human Race,” says that it’s difficult but possible to subsist on fruit and insects, as Eller did, and that her mental strength is what helped her survive.

  • 04/10/19 The Chestertown Spy

    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, is interviewed by The Chestertown Spy. In this 10-minute video interview, he talks about why what the Food Lab has to teach students and the public is so critical to our health, diets, and the future of our food systems.

  • 03/13/19 U.S. Congress

    Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and an expert on Latin American politics, testified before Congress at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on corruption and impunity in El Salvador. Her testimony begins at 24:13. 

  • March 5: The Chestertown Spy

    College President Kurt Landgraf is interviewed in this Chestertown Spy video about the plans for “Radiant Echo,” a visual installation in the Joseph H. McClain ’37 Atrium of the Toll Science Center that will honor Joseph McLain ’37, a former chemistry professor and president of the College. Landgraf is interviewed with McClain’s daughter Lynn about the installation, which is being designed by Baltimore—based artist Glenn Shrum and his team at Flux Studio.

  • 03/04/19 The Chestertown Spy
    Alicia Kozma, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies, is interviewed in The Chestertown Spy about a new role she’s taken on as a member of the oversight committee of the town’s fledgling RiverArts Film Society. The society is working to bring independent films to the new Chesapeake Movies theater, and Kozma is helping make this new collaboration happen to bring art films to the larger Chestertown community.
  • 02/18/19 The Chestertown Spy

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is interviewed in this video by The Chestertown Spy about the deeper history of the founding of Washington College, placing it in context at the time of its founding right after the American Revolution.

  • 02/01/19 WBOC

    College President Kurt Landgraf is interviewed by WBOC about the potential closure of the hospital in Chestertown. Landgraf says that the hospital’s fate becomes a key economic development issue for the town and the county, as, for example, fewer young faculty will want to come and work at the College and make Chestertown and Kent County their home.

  • 12/15/18 The Weather Channel
    Aaron Krochmal, Associate Professor of Biology, was featured on LiveScience about his ongoing studies of how turtles navigate, and how memory and learning is part of that process. Within 24 hours this story was picked up worldwide and had reached over 12.5 million readers, including a segment on The Weather Channel

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  • 06/03/19: Roughly Speaking

    History Professor Rick Striner joins The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodricks’ Roughly Speaking podcast to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump, the prospects of Trump’s impeachment, and the Democrats who are running to unseat him. Striner says that compared to Watergate and the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, the current situation is far more fraught and dangerous.

  • 05/17/19 Deviant Women Podcast

    Elizabeth O’Connor, Associate Professor of English and leading contributor to Pamela Coleman Smith: The Untold Story, is interviewed on this Deviant Women podcast about the elusive and brilliant artist, who is best known for her creation of the influential Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. In addition to the new biography of Smith, the podcast also cites O’Connor’s articles about Smith in the South Carolina Review and the Journal of West Indian Literature.

  • 02/11/19 Foodie and the Beast

     Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, was interviewed by Nycci Nellis of “Foodie and the Beast” on a live broadcast from Washington, D.C., for the program’s “Industry Night” segment. Nellis called it “a mind-blowing interview.”

  • 02/08/19 Two Weeks Notice: A Latin American Politics Blog

    Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and an expert in Latin American politics, is interviewed on Podcast Episode 63 of “Two Weeks Notice: A Latin American Politics Blog,” about the Salvadoran presidential election. Wade, who has been observing elections in El Salvador for nearly 20 years, witnessed the historic election of 37-year-old Nayib Bukele, and in this podcast talks about why he won, what issues the two dominant parties face, and the role of ideology.

  • 11/01/18 WAMU

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, is interviewed by WAMU in a story about the difficulties that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has had in getting his message out to voters.

  • 10/30/18 WAMU

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, is interviewed on WAMU for a story about how incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan will need Democrat’s support to keep his office. Deckman says Hogan “has governed as the anti-Trump,” which has made him stand out among Republicans and makes him more attractive to Maryland voters across party lines.

  • 10/01/18 Learn True Health
    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is featured on the Learn True Health podcast, talking about how ancestral diets can be used to inform our current food culture and technologies.
  • 09/26/18 Peak Human

    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is interviewed on the Peak Human podcast about human development, how it tracked with food technology, ancient food preparation, and using those techniques to inform current health and food technologies.

  • 08/17/18 The Academic Minute, Inside Higher Ed

    On day 5 of “Washington College Week” on The Academic Minute, Jennie Carr, Assistant Professor of Biology, describes her work at the College’s River and Field Campus studying the nesting and feeding behavior of field sparrows. Carr’s long-term study is helping learn the factors that contribute to nest failure for the birds, whose population has declined 65 percent from 1966 to 2010.

  • 08/16/18 The Academic Minute, Inside Higher Ed
    On day 4 of “Washington College Week” on The Academic Minute, Rachel Durso, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, explains how her research with students and a collaboration with the College’s GIS Lab is helping the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence better identify and help victims of domestic violence on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.