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Barkun quoted in Business Insider piece on QAnon's Trump conspiracy theory

"You really feel like you're in an Alice in Wonderland world when you start going through the ideas of the sovereign citizens," says Michael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science. "They will construct more and more complex rationalizations that push the events that they wish for farther and farther into the future." 
March 1, 2021

Barkun participates in discussion panel on QAnon

The panelists discussed the dangers of conspiracy theories, the processes of joining and leaving cults (and whether QAnon is itself a cult), and the threat that the United States faces from QAnon now that Joe Biden is president. 
February 17, 2021

Gadarian quoted in City & State article on Tenney's win in New York's 22nd congressional district

"If you’re a Democrat who is trying to walk the line in a kind of socially conservative district, I think having to vote on impeachment, having to take positions on budgets—those are now (votes) that your opponent can push against," says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science. "It’s not just rhetoric to say that you vote with Nancy Pelosi. You’re a Democrat in Congress, you have voted with the House speaker."
February 12, 2021

Banks weighs in on Trump's impeachment case in Wall Street Journal

In a criminal case, a prosecutor would have to prove that former President Donald Trump "could have reasonably foreseen that his incitement was likely to lead to all hell happening at the Capitol," says Professor Emeritus William Banks.
February 8, 2021

Barkun cited in Mere Orthodoxy article on insurgency in America

Professor Emeritus Michael Barkun's research on extremism and conspiracy theories was cited in the Mere Orthodoxy article, "A Homegrown Christian Insurgency."
January 28, 2021

Thompson shares her thoughts on Biden, Harris with LocalSYR

"President Biden served eight years as vice president, so he was very much involved in the Obama presidency," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. 
January 26, 2021

Reeher discusses Trump's legacies in The Hill

Professor Grant Reeher says that, in terms of policy, one of former President Donald Trump’s most enduring legacies could be the tax cuts he enacted in 2017. 
January 21, 2021

Sharp op-ed on survival of democracy published on

"For democracy to survive, there has to be public confidence in the rule of law and regular and fair elections," writes James Roger Sharp, professor emeritus of history. His op-ed, "Democracy on trial: Can we save it?," was published on 
January 20, 2021

Banks quoted in China Daily article on the inauguration

Professor William Banks was quoted in the China Daily article, "Capital prepared, tense for inauguration."
January 20, 2021

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