Newsfeed Top Story Faculty Authors Expertise
AU Newsmakers 3.5-3.12, 2020
Additional AU Stories

Top Story
Providing Virtual Tutoring for Children of Faculty and Staff
University Business featured the Virtual Tutoring Corps program. The program connects American University students with the families of AU faculty and staff to help support their children with online learning. (3/5)

Faculty Authors
Republican Resistance to Easy Naturalization Will Likely Backfire
Washington College of Law Professor Amanda Frost wrote an article for The Washington Post about the repercussions of Republican resistance to easy naturalization. Frost wrote, “Over the long haul, the Republican strategy will surely backfire, just as it has in past elections in which naturalized citizens flexed their powers at the polls.” (3/9)
George Floyd's Death Started With an Arrest for a Misdemeanor. Petty Crime Needs a Rethink.
Jenny Roberts, professor in the Washington College of Law, co-wrote an op-ed for NBC News THINK about what George Floyd's death revealed about policing petty crime in America. Roberts and her co-author wrote, “Some misdemeanors do not belong in the criminal system and are better addressed by redirecting resources where they are needed, including into education and social services.” (3/9)
Student Debt and the Disregard for the Black Middle Class
Andre Perry, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, wrote an article for Bloomberg News about racial wealth disparities in student debt. Perry wrote, “More [Black people] are getting jobs that place them in higher tax brackets, but that doesn't mean they have the same ability to pay back their loans as their white colleagues.” (3/5)
Bangladesh at 50: A Nation Created in Violence and Still Bearing Scars of a Troubled Birth
Tazreena Sajjad, senior professorial lecturer at the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation that discussed history of Bangladesh and its struggle for independence. Sajjad wrote, “It was a violent birth, with some of its roots in the 1947 partition of India – when Pakistan was created as a separate nation.” (3/12)

An Alleged Slur During a Basketball Game Recalls a History of Black Athletes Having to Turn the Other Cheek
Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history, spoke to Washington Post about the history of Black athletes standing up to racism in sports. (3/10)
Gig Workers Would Pay Higher Taxes Under Coronavirus Aid Bill
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Roll Call about the higher taxes gig workers would have to pay under the new coronavirus aid bill. Bruckner said, “No one was thinking about Uber and Lyft and Airbnb.” Bruckner's new research on the gig economy was also highlighted in Bloomberg. (3/5, 3/11)
Derek Chauvin Trial: Minneapolis Wanted to Pay Social Media Influencers to Fight Misinformation Around Court Case
Assistant Professor of Communication Saif Shahin spoke to USA Today about allegations that the city of Minneapolis was recruiting social media influencers to battle misinformation around the Derek Chauvin trial. Shahin said, “It's a very delicate situation.” Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcast Group about how Donald Trump is maintaining relevance in the Republican party without access to social media. (3/9, 3/5)
China's $4,230 Electric Cars Tap Huge Market Tesla Can't Reach
Selika Talbott, professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Bloomberg News about the launch of a $4,230 electric vehicle in China. Talbott said, “Taking into account people's access to transportation, it's very important to see a greater diversity of models like EVs being offered on the lower end of the price range.” (3/10)
Border Crisis Creates Risks for Biden
Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, spoke with The Hill about an influx of migrants at the southern border. Hershberg said, “There are plenty of instances in which there have been more people, but the past administration went out of its way to dismantle the institutions that make for a functioning immigration system.” Hershberg also spoke with the Sinclair Broadcast Group. (3/7, 3/9)
Why Access to Safe, Clean Water Is a Wellness Issue
Malini Ranganathan, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Well+Goodness about the wellness implications of water inequality. Ranganathan said, “Folks in the scholarly field often talk about how water is power, so those without water typically lack political and economic power.” (3/5)
Biden Plan a 'Powerful Change' for U.S. Children
Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to AFP about President Biden's economic stimulus plan and its impact on reducing child poverty. Hardy said, “There is substantial social sciences evidence that access to economic resources during childhood can boost a range of longer-term socioeconomic outcomes.” (3/10)

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.