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AU Newsmakers 1.8-1.15, 2021
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AU Experts Discuss Extremism and the Capitol Chaos
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, discussed the role of extremist and right-wing groups with ABC News, CBC Radio, CNN International, PBS Newshour, BBC Radio, Channel 4 News and wrote an article on the topic for the Boston Globe. Miller-Idriss and Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean at the School of International Service, spoke to The Daily Beast about the imagery used by groups that participated in last week's riots. Joseph Young, professor in the School of International Service and the School of Public Affairs, also spoke to The Daily Beast and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Kurt Braddock, assistant professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article for The Conversation, appeared on WORT-FM's A Public Affair, and spoke to the Los Angeles Times about former military and law enforcement officers who participated in the riot. Meili Criezis, program associate at PERIL, spoke to The Wall Street Journal and Shannon Martinez, PERIL consultant, appeared on MSNBC's This Week with Joshua Johnson. Laura Beers, professor of history, wrote an article for CNN about the politicians referencing George Orwell while discussing last week's events. (1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 1/5)
AU Experts Discuss What Comes After the Capitol Insurrection
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Derek Hyra spoke to The New York Times about how last week's attack has reinvigorated efforts to make D.C. the 51st state. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to WUSA-TV, CNN International, Al Jazeera English, The Hill and WTTG-TV about the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and how the events of last week impact his legacy. Daniel Freeman, research fellow-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, also discussed the impeachment with Al Jazeera English. Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to Voice of America and the Los Angeles Times, and wrote an article for Newsweek, about new pardons Donald Trump may make during his last days in office. James Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for Foreign Affairs about the future of American democracy. David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about new divisions within Maryland's Republican party. (1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/14)

Additional Feature
Journalist Sam Fulwood III Appointed Communications Dean at American University
American University announced this week that Sam Fulwood III will be joining the School of Communication as the new dean. The announcement was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Politico, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. (1/11)

Faculty Authors
Pre-Nazi Germany Tells Us the Fight to Save American Democracy Is Just Beginning
Professor of History Michael Brenner wrote an article for The Washington Post about the lessons America can learn from pre-Nazi Germany. Brenner wrote, “The historical example of Germany is often, perhaps too often, invoked. But rarely has it been so close to our reality as it is today.” (1/9)
Trump's Twitter Feed Shows 'Arc of the Hero' from Savior to Showdown
Professor of Marketing Ronald Hill wrote an article for The Conversation about his research analyzing Donald Trump's political career via his tweets. (1/14)

Biden Vows to Heal the Nation's Racial Wounds, but Doing so Will Take More Than Words
Professor of Communication Leonard Steinhorn spoke to The Washington Post about the challenge America's racial tension will pose to President-elect Joe Biden. Steinhorn said, “What Joe Biden is inheriting is the legacy of cultural wars that began in the 1960's but still beset the country today.” (1/11)
Future First Lady Jill Biden Makes History With Plans to Continue Teaching
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CBS This Morning about how Jill Biden will redefine the role of First Lady. McBride said, “Each person changes it a little bit more.” McBride also spoke to The New York Times and USA Today about Melania Trump's legacy as First Lady. (1/13, 1/15)
Pompeo Returns Cuba to Terrorism Sponsor List, Constraining Biden's Plans
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times for two separate stories about Cuba's designation as a state-sponsor of terrorism. LeoGrande said, “The reason this is so sensitive to the Cubans is that they've been subjected to literally hundreds of terrorism attacks.” LeoGrande also spoke to CNN and PRI's The World podcast and wrote an article for Responsible Statecraft. Philip Brenner, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, discussed the issue with The Hill. (1/11, 1/12)
Amy Coney Barrett Should Recuse Herself from Big Oil's Supreme Court Case
Robin Broad, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The New Yorker about her efforts to build a network to combat water contamination in El Salvador. Broad said, “El Salvador's water defenders have been invited by communities–from Haiti and Peru to Canada and Australia–to share the story of their unexpected victories.” (1/13)
Trump Is Threatening to Start His Own Social Network. Could It Actually Work
Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke to Mic about Donald Trump potentially starting his own social media site. Talan said, “The point is, the guy's not a social media whiz.” Jane Hall, professor of communication, discussed the issue with Newsweek. Aram Sinnreich, professor in the School of Communication, spoke to WEAA-FM about social media platforms banning Trump. (1/13, 1/11)
Turn on the Water
Malini Ranganathan, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Slate about the racial inequities of water access. Ranganathan said, “It's not just that Detroit and Johannesburg both have remarkably grave racial histories, but they have eerily similar discourses of pathologizing, criminalizing, and dehumanizing Black households for a ‘culture of nonpayment.'” (1/13)

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