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McDowell Weighs in on Countries Using Gold to Avoid Sanctions in Kitco Article

January 26, 2023

"Gold has become an attractive hedge against sanctions risk for central banks at risk of such penalties. While there are limitations to gold's usefulness compared to, say, U.S. Treasuries, its unique appeal is found in its physical form, unquestioned value, and the ability to store bars in national vaults, safe from foreign seizure," says Daniel McDowell, associate professor of political science.

McCormick Talks With BBC Newshour About the US Trial of Mexico’s Former Drug Czar

January 25, 2023

"Here we have yet one more opportunity to fully flesh out and understand what went wrong with the drug war in Mexico and why it could arguably be considered to be a colossal failure," says Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history and Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations.

Gueorgueiv Quoted in Politico Article on China’s New Ambassador to the US

January 24, 2023

With [Chinese President] Xi now signaling a shift to less rancorous bilateral ties, “I expect [Xie Feng, China's new ambassador to the U.S.] to be more kumbaya-ish,” says Dimitar Gueorguiev, associate professor of political science and expert on Chinese elite politics.

Benanav Discusses Latest Tech Company Layoffs in TIME Article

January 23, 2023

“When interest rates were very low, companies basically had endless money—and investors were telling them to focus on growth, not profitability,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “But because interest rates are rising, there’s a shift from big investors to say, ‘No, now you really have to focus on profitability.’ And the big way to do that is through cuts.”

Hromadžić Featured in Al Jazeera Article on the Balkans and the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

January 20, 2023

"People in the Balkans are trapped in ethnic grids, in a monstrous bureaucracy that doesn't work, brought to a 'status quo' that is paralyzing," says Azra Hromadžić, associate professor of anthropology. 

Jacobson Speaks with MSNBC About Prigozhin, Emergence of Mercenary Fighting in Ukraine

January 20, 2023

A paramilitary outfit is making gains for Russia in eastern Ukraine. The Wagner Group, as the militia is known, is operated by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington programs, discussed the situation with MSNBC.

Gadarian Quoted in Christian Science Monitor Piece on Trump’s Political Future

January 19, 2023

“Trump starts off with a huge advantage in terms of name recognition and money in the bank—not his own money, but money from 2020 and money that he’s raising now,” says Shana Kushner Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. “So there is absolutely the case that he could be the nominee.”

Thompson Talks to WRVO About the Scrutiny Surrounding Rep. George Santos

January 18, 2023

"If people decide that they will vote for somebody, regardless of what they may have done in their past, that's one thing," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "But if they vote under the misconception that somebody is what they say they are and then they find out later when it's too late that [it] is wrong. That's a very different situation."

Purser Weighs in on New York’s Minimum Wage Increase in WAER Article

January 17, 2023

"Because what we have been experiencing in recent years has been really historic levels of in terms of increase of the cost of living," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. "And so this increased minimum wage doesn't reflect what we have all been experiencing, which is the rising cost of living."

American Association of Geographers Recognizes Mark Monmonier with Lifetime Achievement Honor

January 17, 2023

Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment, was recognized for ‘outstanding contributions.’

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