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Headliners: Liberal Arts in the News

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Posted Feb. 25, 2014

Last month, the college garnered 76 news stories on a broad range of important topics, including partisan warfare in the U.S. Senate, sports doping, and America’s gender wage gap.  

Media highlights from January included these top liberal arts scholars. Go to this website for a full list of clips.

Sandra Black’s (Economics) research on the gender pay gap was cited in a Slate story titled “Policy Reformers Should Randomize Reforms.”

Sean Theriault (Government) was quoted in a Washington Post story about partisan warfare in the U.S. Senate.

Several media outlets featured James Magnuson’s (English/Michener Center) new book “Famous Writers I Have Known,” including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, NPR and the Washington Post.

H.W. Brands (History) appeared on C-Span to talk about the crises that Andrew Jackson dealt with while president, including the “bank wars” and the “nullification crisis.”

James Henson (Government/Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) shared insight into Texas senate campaign donations in an NPR story titled “Bitcoin Takes Stage in Texas Senate Campaign.” He also discussed Wendy Davis’ political campaign challenges in US News & World Report

John Hoberman (Germanic Studies) was quoted in a New York Times story about sports doping in baseball.

A new study by Zenzi Griffin (Psychology), which found parents mix up their children’s’ names when the names sound alike, was featured in several media outlets, including US News & World Report and Smithsonian.

Washington Post featured research by Jennifer Glass (Sociology) in a story about rising divorce rates among conservative Protestants in red states.

Faculty Member Spotlight: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, professor in the departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, has been honored with the 2013 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. The award is given annually to a person or institution—a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others—who has made significant contributions to book culture over time. Go here for more details.