Top Story Faculty Author Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 9.7-9.14, 2018
Top Story
Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right
The New York Times published a review of a new book by Allan Lichtman, professor of history. The book, “The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present,” delves into the history of voting rights in America. The review author wrote, “Lichtman, a professor of history at American University, uses history to contextualize the fix we're in today.” Lichtman also appeared on MSNBC and CNN International to discuss the Trump administration's reaction to the anonymous White House op-ed. (9/12,9/9)

Faculty Author
Why al-Qaida Is Still Strong 17 Years After 9/11
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the longevity of al-Qaida. Bacon wrote, “Much of the credit goes to al-Qaida's extraordinary ability to form alliances and sustain them over time and under pressure.” The article was republished in multiple media outlets including Salon, The Raw Story, and Chicago Tribune. (9/11)

Google Case Asks: Can Europe Export Privacy Rules World-Wide?
Washington College of Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to The Wall Street Journal about a new privacy case from Google. Daskal said, “It's a clash between the way data is managed and moved around, which doesn't respect borders, and efforts by territorial governments to impose their norms and rules.” (9/9)
Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Seth Gershenson spoke to The New York Times about his research on the impact teacher diversity has on students. Gershenson said, “In the elementary school setting, for black children and especially disadvantaged black children, the effect of having even just one black teacher is fairly big and robust and a real thing.” (9/10)
The F.B.I. Is Quietly Contacting Cubans in Florida, Raising Old Alarm Bells
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about changes in U.S.-Cuban relations. LeoGrande said, “Obviously, when U.S.-Cuban relations are bad, one of the ways that manifests itself is greater attention by the F.B.I. to counterintelligence issues.” (9/12)
Open Access at the Movies
Michael Carroll, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Inside Higher Ed about how paywalls affect scholarly research and publications. Carroll said, “there is too much profit and not enough competition.” (9/10)
US Midterms, Trump and The Media
Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women and Politics Institute, appeared on CBC to discuss the impact media has on voters and elections. Fischer Martin said, “It'll be interesting to see if things ever come back to a more centrist atmosphere, but over the next couple of years I don't see that happening.” (9/11)
Washington Mystics Start Championship Run, Monumental Is Already Seeing Dollar Signs
Matt Winkler, an instructor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to Washington Business Journal about the Washington Mystics advancing to the WNBA Finals. Winkler said, “The value of [Mystics] tickets just went way up.” (9/7)
Indian Ocean Islands' Decolonization Dispute Gets Day in International Court
David Vine, professor of anthropology, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the forced removal of the entire population of the Chagos Archipelago to make room for a U.S. military base. Vine said, “That base has been critical to every major U.S. military intervention or war in the greater Middle East since the 1980s.” (9/11)
Republican Plan to Take Down Joe Donnelly Basically Just Shouting 'Mexico'
HuffPost spoke to Frank DuBois, professor in the Kogod School of Business, about Indiana senatorial candidate Mike Braun's decision to criticize a company for sourcing foreign material. DuBois said it would be “pretty much impossible to avoid imports from China in the car accessory business.” (9/11)
Democrats, Republicans Welcome Obama's Venture into Midterm Campaign
School of Communication Professorial Lecturer Jason Mollica spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about Obama's midterm elections comments. Mollica said, “President Obama is very smart and he's not just going to go out there and fly off the handle.” (9/10)

Bonus Clip
Russia and Turkey Will Collide Over End of Syrian Civil War
Gabriel White, a master's candidate in the School of International Service, co-wrote an opinion article for The National Interest about Turkish-Russian relations and their impact on the war in Syria. White wrote, “As the last three years have shown, the United States is not well-positioned to cooperate with Russia in Syria; however, it could still regain a partner in Turkey.” The article was reprinted in Yahoo! News. (9/6, 9/7)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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