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  • Jackson reflects on bell hooks's legacy in Washington Post

    bell hooks, a trailblazing author, poet, feminist, cultural critic and professor, died on December 17, at the age of 69. Her influence, many have said, was most profound for Black women. When Jenn Jackson, assistant professor of political science, reflects on hooks’s legacy, they think of the wisdom, experience and love that infused hooks’s work. “Her writing was representative of the personal being political,” says Jackson “I genuinely believe there’s a whole generation of Black feminists who only exist because of bell hooks.” Read more in the Washington Post's The Lily article, "Black women share what bell hooks taught them about feminism."



    Murphy examines race and borders in the colonial Caribbean in new book

    In her new book, "The Creole Archipelago: Race and Borders in the Colonial Caribbean" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021), Tessa Murphy, assistant professor of history, traces how generations of Indigenous Kalinagos, free and enslaved Africans and settlers from a variety of European nations used maritime routes to forge connections that spanned the eastern Caribbean.



    Grant Funds Syracuse Housing Research

    Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology at the Maxwell School, is part of a three-member team that has received a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate how building local power among tenants can enhance community health and well-being.



    Brege examines how Tuscany established a global presence in new book

    In his new book, “Tuscany in the Age of Empire” (Harvard University Press, 2021), Maxwell School faculty member Brian Brege offers a fresh appraisal of one of the foremost cities of the Italian Renaissance as it sought knowledge, fortune and power throughout Asia, the Americas and beyond.



    Mitra discusses impact of US-China trade conflict on India in ET

    "US-China trade conflict: Geopolitics alone may not help Indian manufacturers," written by Professor Devashish Mitra was published in the Economic Times. "It is not unreasonable to believe that due to the escalating U.S.-China conflict, having China on the same supply chains or global production networks as the U.S. is now much costlier for American companies, thereby opening up new opportunities for Indian manufacturers," writes Mitra. "However, India's domestic policies and institutions make it difficult for it to take advantage of these favorable circumstances," he says.



    Herrold piece on the Summit for Democracy published in Foreign Policy

    President Joe Biden recently held a virtual Summit for Democracy to amplify U.S. commitments to defend democracy. But what can the Biden administration realistically hope to achieve from the summit? Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, says, "A humbler approach is needed in which the United States creates a platform for dialogue about how to shift power to citizens rather than prescribing democracy templates." In their article "When Promoting Democracy, Less Is More," published in Foreign Policy, Herrold and co-author Aseem Prakash recommend three primary reforms.



    In Memoriam: Longtime Economics Professor Susan Gensemer

    Susan Gensemer, who retired from the Maxwell School as an associate professor of economics, died on Nov, 10, 2021, at the age of 68.



    Resident Expert: Economist Mary Lovely to Serve at Library of Congress

    Professor Mary Lovely has been tapped to serve as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. The nine-month appointment begins on Jan. 3, 2022, and includes full access to the Library’s collections, which are the largest in the world, and an office in the Library of Congress overlooking the Supreme Court Building.



    Herrold Wins Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize

    Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School, has been awarded the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize for her book, “Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond” (Oxford University Press, 2020). The prize was awarded in November 2021 by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).



    Lambright discusses how NASA administrators transfer power on FNN

    The role of NASA administrator is one of the more unique positions in the federal government. Over the past few decades, there have been differing management and planning styles by whoever is in the big seat, and now there’s comprehensive research to show the results of them. Professor Harry Lambright recently penned a report, which draws on insights from recent and past NASA administrators to chart how leaders have passed the torch toward enabling machine and human space exploration of Mars, and its long term impact on strategic priorities for the space program. He spoke with Federal News Network about his findings.



    Lovely talks to McClatchy about fixing holiday supply chain issues

    Four California Democrats and 18 other House members are calling on their colleagues to get prices down and ease the supply chain crunch before Christmas but experts say there's very little that can be done. “I fail to see how Congress or the President could do much to unclog supply chains and lower prices before people finish their Christmas shopping, with one exception—oil,” says Professor Mary Lovely. She was quoted in the Sacramento Bee (McClatchy) article, "California Democrats say they want to help lower prices for the holidays. Can they?"



    Khalil weighs in on foreign perceptions of the US in Morning Consult

    Favorable views of the U.S. rose among adults in nine ally and partner states in Europe and Asia during the first year of the Biden administration, with adults in the same countries maintaining firmly negative views of China over the same period. "The Biden bump, if you will, is probably more about personality and rhetoric. The fact that he is not Donald Trump accounts for a large part of that swing,” says Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history and chair of international relations. Read more in the Morning Consult article, "America Is Experiencing a Biden Bump Abroad, but It’s What Allies Fear That Matters Most."



    Patel piece on the battle against illicit finance published by Law360

    "Why We're Losing The Battle Against Illicit Finance," co-authored by Kristen Patel, Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, was published by Law360. Patel and co-author William Lichtenfels argue that the U.S. Department of the Treasury's anti-money laundering framework, as well as the department's bureaucratic structure, is not fit for purpose and is due for an overhaul. 12/07/21



    Reeher quoted in The Hill article on anti-elitism, public distrust

    Populism and anti-elitism have been two of the biggest forces shaping American society in recent years. “The thing that needs to be borne in mind is that there has been a very clear and significant decline in trust in all major institutions in the United States, government being the most notable one,” says Professor Grant Reeher. “It is the media, it is physicians, it is the church, it is corporations. We have seen it all across the board.” Read more in The Hill article, "The Memo: Elites' misdeeds fuel public distrust."



    Flores-Lagunes to lead the American Society of Hispanic Economists

    Maxwell School Economics Prof. Alfonso Flores-Lagunes has been named president-elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE). Flores-Lagunes’ three-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2022. He will serve as president-elect for the first year, president for the second year and past present for the third and final year.



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