Newsfeed Top Story Faculty Authors Expertise
AU Newsmakers 3.19-3.26, 2021
Additional AU Stories

Top Story
'A Diverse Teaching Force is a Quality Teaching Force'
The 74 Million spoke to Seth Gershenson, professor of public affairs, about his research studying the impact of diverse teaching forces, and his new book about the changing demographics of American schools. (3/24)

Faculty Authors
10 Habits to Humanize Online Classrooms
Amaarah DeCuir, professorial lecturer of education, wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed about antiracist pedagogy in the online classroom. DeCuir wrote, “Humanizing validates my students' rights to show up as they are and claim their lived experiences as meaningful, and it recognizes them as deeply complex individuals.” DeCuir also wrote for Education Post about trauma-informed education in the K-12 classroom in the wake of COVID-19. (3/24)
U.S. Museums Hold the Remains of Thousands of Black People
Delande Justinvil, a doctoral student in anthropology, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about how to respect the skeletons of Black people included in academic and museum collections. (3/24)
COVID Stimulus Checks: Does Victory Include Abandoning the Most Vulnerable?
Thespina Yamanis, associate professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Globe Post about the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from stimulus plans. Yamanis wrote, “I have heard many personal stories about the horrific effects of the pandemic on their financial, emotional and physical well-being.” (3/25)

A New Way to View Homelessness: Not as a Problem, But as a Culture
Dan Sayers, associate professor of anthropology, and Aaron Howe, doctoral student in anthropology, spoke to The Washington Post about new ways to look at homelessness. (3/22)
A Damning Portrait of Presidential Corruption, but Hondurans Sound Resigned
Associate Professor of International Studies Charles Call spoke to The New York Times about the scandals surrounding Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez. Call said, “One would think he'd be crippled by these allegations, but there have been so many shadows over the legitimacy of his presidency, and he's still been able to hold the office”. (3/23)
In America, There is 'No Logical Rationale' for the Way COVID-19 Vaccines Are Allocated
Jody Gan, professorial lecturer of public health, spoke to Kaiser Health News about the confusing vaccine rollout in America. Gan said, “This hasn't been a great system for keeping, you know, the virus contained.” (3/23) The article ran in 73 outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News & World Report. Gan also spoke to KCBS Radio about vaccine jealousy.
NRA Still 'Very Powerful' in Gun Reform Debate Despite Financial, Legal Issues: Experts
Professor of Public Affairs James Thurber spoke to Newsweek about the NRA's influence. Thurber said, “They are still powerful when it comes to pressuring members to go along with what their position is on gun controls versus gun rights.” (3/25)
Harry Potter Could Make HBO Max a Streaming Giant, but J.K. Rowling and a Deal with NBC Stand in the Way
Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact Caty Borum Chattoo spoke to CNBC about the impact of J.K. Rowling's social media comments on the Harry Potter franchise. Borum Chattoo said, “Social media, despite inherent flaws, can serve as a mechanism to empower voices that have been traditionally disenfranchised, like trans individuals, and also to demand accountability for those in positions of power whose words may cause harm to groups with historically less power.” (3/24)
Israel Election
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, appeared on BBC World News to discuss the latest Israeli election. Ziv said, “Every recent election in Israel has essentially been a referendum on Netanyahu.” Ziv also discussed the election with BBC Radio. Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence in the Center for Israel Studies, spoke to the Jerusalem Post about the election. (3/23, 3/24)
Capitol Riot Suspects Ramped Up Donations to Trump After His Election Defeat
Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, and Thomas Zeitzoff, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to NBC News about the rise in donations to the Trump campaign from alleged rioters. Braddock said, “I think, quite simply, it shows the effectiveness of Trump's messaging in the weeks leading up to the election.” Zeitzoff added, “There's this very cynical view that this was just a total cash cow for people to fundraise off of vulnerable folks.” David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to USA Today about the U.S. Capitol rioters. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about new QAnon conspiracy theories. (3/24, 3/25)
Congress Grills Big Tech CEOs on Social Media's Role in Promoting Misinformation
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to MarketWatch about a congressional hearing on how misinformation and extremism spreads on social media. Mollica said, “There aren't steadfast policies in place to curb misinformation.” Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, also spoke to MarketWatch about the latest stimulus package and its impact on gig workers. (3/24, 3/25)

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.