Top Story Faculty Authors Expertise
AU Newsmakers 10.26-11.2, 2018
Top Story
The Big Midterms Question: Who Will Turn Out?
Andrew Ballard, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to CNN about voter turnout ahead of the 2018 Midterm Elections. Ballard said, “It would be pretty shocking if we ended up with turnout that is higher in 2018 than it was in 2016.” Allan Lichtman, history professor, discussed congressional races with The New York Times. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, talked with NBC News and WAMU's 1A. David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke at the State Department's Foreign Press Center about the midterm elections. Lara Schwartz, professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Vice News about racist political ads in 2018, and Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, sat down with anchors from WAWV-TV to dissect campaign ads for the 2018 Midterm Elections. (10/27)

Faculty Authors
Chinese Leaders Tried Before to Assimilate the Uighurs. This Time It Might Face Less Resistance.
Justin Jacobs, associate professor of history, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog about the plight of the Uighurs, a Chinese minority group. Jacobs wrote, “A peaceful Xinjiang will be met with the politics of accommodation, but Beijing reacts to violence in Xinjiang with renewed assimilation efforts, couched in terms of a civilizing or modernizing mission.” (10/31)
If the Mail Bomber Had Worn an ISIS Hat
School of International Service Assistant Professor Stephen Tankel wrote an opinion article for The Atlantic about how the U.S. government defines domestic extremism, in connection with the case of Cesar Sayoc Jr. Tankel wrote, “A perpetrator's ideology should not dictate the nature of justice that he or she receives, but that is precisely what happens under today's laws… The same violent crime is labeled and tried differently depending on what inspired it.” (10/27)

Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed with Ads
Kathryn Montgomery, professor of communication, spoke to The New York Times about the regulation of ads in children's apps. Montgomery said, “It is unfair to children and deceptive the way the ads are structured into the play.” (10/30)
AP Explains: How Brazil's Bolsonaro Used Trump Tactics
Matthew Taylor, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Associated Press about Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's election strategy. Taylor said, “The idea that you would skip the debate on health grounds but then have three 10-minute interviews with a friendly TV network is very Trumpian at its core.” The interview ran in more than 600 outlets, including The New York Times. (10/28)
With Midterms Approaching, Trump Goes Hard on His Favorite Message: It's All the Media's Fault
Associate Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to The Washington Post about President Trump's habit of disparaging the news media. Hall said, “It does feel to me that the president feels that this is a winning strategy with some of his supporters before the midterms.” (10/30)
Hate Crimes on the Rise
Carolyn Gallaher, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN about the increase of right-wing extremist attacks in the U.S. Gallaher said, “There's a definite spike. It's been rising since 2012. We're seeing a lot of hate group activity.” (10/30)
November Argument the Calm Before the Storm?
Washington College of Law Professor Stephen Wermiel spoke to Bloomberg BNA about the types of cases the Supreme Court will be taking on. Wermiel told Bloomberg that while the justices likely won't go out of the way to grant any particularly contentious cases, they may not be able to avoid them either. (10/29)
Making Sure Gig Workers Pay the Right Amount of Tax
Forbes wrote about a panel discussion on taxes in the gig economy that Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, participated in. Bruckner and her fellow panelists discussed ways to improve tax compliance for platform-based workers. (10/30)
The Fate of the World Order Rests on Tokyo's Shoulders
Distinguished Professor of International Affairs Amitav Acharya was quoted in a Foreign Policy article about the new global order following the withdrawal of the United States from the world stage. Acharya said that the new world order will need to “be a ‘multiplex world'” with several countries replacing the United States. (10/30)
The Unseen Driver Behind the Migrant Caravan: Climate Change
Robert Albro, research associate professor in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to The Guardian about reasons for the Migrant Caravan. Albro said, “This has a strong link to climate change- we are seeing tremendous climate instability that is radically changing food security in the region.” Alan Kraut, professor of History, also spoke to Inverse about the Migrant Caravan. (10/30, 10/31)
Deng Xiaoping's Son Urges China to 'Know Its Place' in Counterpoint to Xi's Expansionist Foreign Policy
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Telegraph about comments made by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's eldest son in regards to current Chinese leader Xi Jinping's expansionist policies. Torigian said, “It wouldn't be surprising if Deng Pufang was upset with the way Deng Xiaoping's legacy was being discussed.” (10/30)

''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

Prepared by University Communications

American University's faculty, staff, students and programs appear in regional, national and international print, online and broadcast media regularly. Each week, AU Newsmakers provides highlights of AU in the news. For prior weeks, go to:

Disclaimer: Material supplied may be used for internal review, analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display is forbidden and prohibited by copyright law.