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Karl Baden

Saint Lucy, an online publication devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art, is featuring an essay and photographs by Associate Professor of Film Studies Karl Baden.

Liam Young

Associate Professor of Psychology Liane Young, an expert in the emerging field of moral psychology, has been named a SAGE Young Scholar by the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology in collaboration with SAGE Publications. BC News | She comments on how regions of the brain function and the effects on individuals' capacity for self-control and moral reasoning, in The Atlantic.

David Hopkins

Since the election, analyses have examined how Clinton supporters differ from Trump supporters by race, education, and geographic residence. The persistence of partisan differences by age in American elections, however, has received somewhat less attention, writes Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins. Washington

Alan Kafka

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Alan Kafka wrote an article "Quakes in N.E. not uncommon" in the December 6 Boston Globe's GET SMART column.  

James Russell

A study by Professor of Psychology James Russell and colleagues, showing that interpretations of facial expressions may not be as universal as previously thought, was featured by the Boston Globe "Brainiac."BC News


Associate Professor of the Practice of English Joseph Nugent and a team of BC students are building an immersive, 3D virtual reality computer game designed to help users navigate the world of James Joyce's Ulysses. BC News

Professor of Theology Stephen Pope writes on justice and reconciliation in a post-election op-ed for Commonweal.

Joseph Tecce

Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce discussed ways to cope with stress resulting from the 2016 presidential election in two recent interviews featured in the Boston Globe and The Gavel

Heather Cox Richardson

Given the divisive historical strains at work within his party, how will Donald Trump govern, and what will relative moderates in the GOP do now? An op-ed by Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson: The Guardian (U.K.) She also is featured in a Q&A with Pacific Standard Magazine.

Brian Gareau and Connor Fitzmaurice '10

Undergraduate Research Leads to New Book
They started out as professor and student. Six years later, Associate Professor of Sociology Brian Gareau and Connor Fitzmaurice '10 are not only still friends, but are also co-authors of the new book Organic Futures: Struggling for Sustainability on the Small Farm, based on the award-winning thesis Fitzmaurice wrote while a senior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. BC News

Tim van Opijnen and José Bento

Deadly Strains vs. Antibiotics
Using a novel gene sequencing technique, Assistant Professor of Biology Tim van Opijnen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science José Bento, and colleagues explore how different strains of bacteria use different groups of genes to resist antibiotics. The study of two strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae is published in leading microbiology journal PLOS Pathogens. BC News | The work of the van Opijnen lab is featured by STAT News

Heather Cox Richardson and Dennis Hale

Campaign 2016
There is historical precedent for claims of rigged elections, says Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson in an interview on WGBH-FM News. | The latest DNC-CNN flap feeds Trump's campaign narrative, Associate Professor of Political Science Dennis Hale tells the Boston Herald.

Welkin Johnson

To fight viruses in the present, "genetic fossil hunters" including Professor of Biology Welkin Johnson are combing through ancient viruses similar to HIV to learn more about their historical role in disease and human evolution. STAT News

Eranthie Weerapana

New clues to the cellular damage caused by age-related increases in oxidative stress are revealed in NIH-funded studies by Associate Professor of Chemistry Eranthie Weerapana. BC News

Heather Richardson Cox

In a piece for Atlantic Media Co.'s global  business publication, Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson writes on the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's remarks about women and its affect on the Republican party.

Joseph Tecce

Candidates and Body Language
Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce weighs in on what the presidential and vice presidential candidates' movements during debate may indicate. NECN "The Take".

David Hopkins

Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats tells the strikingly parallel stories of how the conservative movement simultaneously undermined popular faith in both mainstream academe and journalism among its supporters, according to a piece by the book's co-authors, one of whom is Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins, for Inside Higher Ed.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor Peter Krause conducted interviews with MSNBC, WGBH and NECN on the weekend attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, as well as the U.S. response to terrorism.

Shawn McGuffey

Sociology Associate Professor Shawn McGuffey is co-recipient of the Distinguished Article Award for his article "Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality, and Black Women's Accounts of Sexual Assault."  

Patick Maney

Professor of History Patrick Maney was among experts offering advice for Hillary Clinton's nomination speech in advance of the DNC session Thursday night. USA Today

Peter Ireland

Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland comments on what Verizon's $4.83 billion deal for Yahoo could mean for both companies and for shareholders. Boston Herald

David Hopkins

For all the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during Monday night's debate, perhaps the most stark related to the willingness to get specific, Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins contends in an analysis for the Washington He discusses his new book, Asymmetric Politics, in a Q&A: BC News

Jonathan Laurence

Writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (English translation), in response to a column asserting that "terrorism has a lot to do with Islam," Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence contends Europe risks repeating past mistakes on Islam. His piece is featured by The Economist's religion and policy blog "Erasmus." He also discussed developments in Germany and Turkey with, Vatican Radio (in German), and German newspaper Bild.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause provided insight on the fight against ISIS and Trump’s foreign policy speech in an interview with NECN.

Matt Sienkiewicz

Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News, following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by a former anchor. Assistant Professor of Communication Matt Sienkiewicz commented on the development in an Associated Press article running nationally through media including He also was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, and

Zine Magubane

Racial bias is not the only factor fueling racial tension in the U.S., said Associate Professor of Sociology Zine Magubane, who cited issues related to the economy, healthcare, education, and unemployment in an interview with NECN (her comments begins at :50).

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson's research of the GOP is cited by a columnist writing about "the apotheosis" of Trump in today's New York Times.

Emily Thorson

It would be easy to believe that Americans are falling in love with Donald Trump, according to Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Thorson, who wrote on the election for an audience outside the U.S. in an essay for The Hindu.

David Broido

Boston College Professor of Physics David Broido is part of a team of researchers from six universities awarded a five-year, $7.5-million grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop new, highly efficient heat-conducting materials. BC News

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause explains the causes and effects of “price-tag” violence, a new strategy utilized by Israeli settlers in the West Bank in a new article in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

Who blames the victim? Some respond with scorn, others with sympathy. Psychology researcher Liane Young and alumna Laura Niemi explore why.

Sara Moorman

Professor of Sociology Sara Moorman has won the Matilda White Riley award. Her research centers on how relationships with family and friends shape older persons' physical health and psychological well-being.

Shawn McGuffey

Sociology Professor Shawn McGuffey's article “Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women’s Accounts of Sexual Assault” has received the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award. The article was published in the Du Bois Review.

Professor McGuffey posted personal reflections on the Orlando tragedy on Irreverin: They Want Us Dead: Hate and the Multiply-Marginalized Community.

James Najarian

"The Dark Ages," an evocative poem by Associate Professor of English James Najarian, has received the Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. He will be a featured reader at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, on June 17, kicking off its annual poetry conference. BC News

Seniors to Remember: Class of 2016

Alex Carpenter, James Brogan, and Marissa Marandola, 2016 MCAS students, reflect on their Boston College experience. 

Patrick Maney

Professor of History Patrick Maney, author of Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President, looks ahead at how the former president might handle a new—and unprecedented—role. Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

Assistant Professor Peter Krause was interviewed about the tactics used in recent ISIS attacks in Baghdad, Bangladesh, and Istanbul, as well as ways to combat terror in America, in a live appearance on MSNBC.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause discussed homophobia and ISIS in relation to the shooting in Orlando on NECN "The Take" (segment begins at 4:38).

Joseph Tecce

Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce is interviewed by Fox 25 on body language predicting the presidential election.

Karl Baden

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts Karl Baden is interviewed by Elin Spring about his new book The Americans by Car.  

Robert Murphy

Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy is among experts asked to provide insights into the current landscape for auto financing deals and the buying process for

Julie Mortimer

A working paper on copyright enforcement co-written by Associate Professor of Economics Julie Holland Mortimer, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, is highlighted by Forbes.

Sara Moorman

Associate Sociology Professor Sara Moorman is a 2016 winner of NIH's Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator award.

Heather Cox Richardson

Donald Trump's assault on legitimacy of the system is reminiscent of themes that led to some of America's darkest hours, writes Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson in

Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace and James Wallace

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Garth Williams, a leading illustrator during what many consider to be the golden age of children's literature, Professor of English Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace reflected on his contributions in a piece for Boston Globe "Ideas." She and her husband, Associate Professor of English James Wallace, are co-authors of a new biography of the artist.

James Weiss

Assessments of personal and policy morality are always involved in the selection of leaders, Associate Professor of Theology Rev. James Weiss tells the Christian Science Monitor.

James F. Keenan, S.J.

For National Catholic, Canisius Professor James F. Keenan, S.J., shares his thoughts on Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church by Jean Zizioulas.

Maxim D. Shrayer

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer writes about his generation's "lost Soviet youth" in Tablet Magazine.

Patrick Byrne

The Ethics of Discernment by Professor of Philosophy Patrick H. Byrne has been called the first detailed exposition of an ethical theory based on eminent 20th century philosopher Bernard Lonergan, S.J.,'s method of self-appropriation.

Charles Gallagher, S.J.

Associate Professor of History Charles Gallagher, S.J., who is writing a book on a World War II Boston-based Nazi conspiracy, will spend the next academic year finalizing his manuscript with the help of the William J. Lowenberg Memorial Fellowship from the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. BC News

Natana DeLong-Bas

Natana DeLong-Bas, assistant professor of the practice in the Theology Department and an Islamic Civilization and Societies faculty member, weighed in on whether Saudi Arabia is on the brink of becoming a failed state. NECN "The Take"

Danielle G. Taghian

Danielle G. Taghian, assistant professor of the practice of biology, is this year's recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, presented annually by Boston College students in the prestigious honor society. BC News

Daniel Bowles

Assistant of Professor German Studies Daniel Bowles has won the 2016 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Christian Kracht's Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas. The award ceremony will be held at the Goethe Institut in New York in June.

Robert Imbelli

It is shortsighted to consider the ascension as the absence of Jesus, as though he were now away "on sabbatical" until the second coming, writes Theology Associate Professor Emeritus Rev. Robert Imbelli.

Marc Landy

Professor of Political Science Marc Landy is among panelists discussing the role of colleges and universities in the examination of differing ideas and unpopular opinions at a time when public clashes of ideologies are occurring on campuses nationwide. WNYC/PRI's "The Takeaway"

Priya Lal

Assistant Professor of African History Priya Lal comments on Trump's pronunciation of Tanzania during a foreign policy speech: U.K.'s Guardian.

David Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins looks at Donald Trump's likely effect on the GOP in a piece for the

Paul Mariani

The latest biography by University Professor of English Paul Mariani, The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens, has been rated a number one best seller on in American Literary Criticism and Hot New Sellers, and drawn praise from numerous media outlets, including the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Atlantic, and Washington Post. BC Bookmarks

NIH Awards $10M to BC-led team
Assistant Professor of Biology Tim van Opijnen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jose Bento, and colleagues have received a $10-million NIH grant to study how the immune system, bacteria, and antibiotics interact, and develop tools to help researchers to forecast resistant bacteria and optimal treatments. Office of News & Public Affairs news release.

Peter Krause

In a new article (Spanish) completed with his “Project on National Movements” undergraduate research team, Assistant Professor Peter Krause analyzes “When Terrorism Works: Success and Failure Across Different Targets and Goals”.

Maxim D. Shrayer

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer reflects on dissent, protest and the price of freedom in an essay about his family's last Passover in Russia. Jewish Journal

Paul Lewis

Professor of English Paul Lewis, who was instrumental in the campaign to reclaim native son Edgar Allan Poe for Boston that resulted in the erection of a statue of the writer (shown at left) in newly named Poe Square, extends his vision to renaming the Longfellow Bridge in an op-ed in the Boston Globe.

Matt Sienkiewicz

Assistant Professor of Communication Matt Sienkiewicz commented on editorial and satirical jabs against Donald Trump by the Boston Globe on WMEX-AM.

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson was among experts weighing in on GOP politics on WGBH "Greater Boston."

J. Elisenda Grigsby

Associate Professor of Mathematics J. Elisenda Grigsby has won a Simons Foundation Fellowship, granted to accomplished faculty for their recent research and the potential impact of their future work. BC News

Alan Rogers

History Professor Alan Rogers discusses the roots of shield laws that in some states protect from prosecution parents who deny their children necessary medical attention for reasons of faith. The Guardian (U.K.)

Heather Cox Richardson

Today's political crisis is the latest phase of a conflict that began a century and a half ago over two fundamentally different ideas about the nature of America, writes Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson in an essay for Salon.

David Hopkins

A new study by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins that explores which news major news networks are--and are not--trusted by Republicans and Democrats is featured by

Jonathan Laurence

Professor of Political Science Jonathan Laurence reflects on the geopolitical situation in Turkey in light of the clash that surrounded the visit of controversial Turkish President Erdoğan to Brookings Institution last week.

Michael Serazio

An article in The Atlantic on guerrilla marketing in Cuba, penned by Assistant Professor of Communication Michael Serazio and first cited in the 3/21 edition of UPDATE, led to an interview about the nation's advertising ban with WNYC's nationally syndicated "On the Media."

John Ebel

The U.S. Geological Survey has released the first report on quakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas drilling. Geophysicist John Ebel, a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and former director of BC's Weston Observatory, comments on the data's likely effect on local businesses. CNBC

Gustavo Morello, S.J.

Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican to open its archives from the era of Argentina's "Dirty War." While it is important for the victims, the survivors, and their families to have access to the historical documents, it is also important for their voices to be heard, writes Argentinian Assistant Professor of Sociology Gustavo Morello, S.J., for Religion News Service.

James Smith

Associate Professor of English James Smith reflects on the death of an inspirational survivor of Ireland's Magdalene laundries, who helped spark both a successful campaign for redress and his own advocacy role with the Justice for Magdalenes Research group. Irish Times

Joseph Quinn

As more and more Americans either choose, or are forced into, "bridge employment," retirement is becoming more of a process than a one-time event, according to research by Professor of Economics Joseph Quinn, which leads a national piece by the Associated Press.

Cynthia Lyerly

Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, co-edited by Associate Professor of History Cynthia Lynn Lyerly, offers college and high school teachers guidance on explaining slavery and its continuing ramifications within American culture.

Aeron Hunt

Assistant Professor of English Aeron Hunt's book Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015.

Natana DeLong-Bas

Natana DeLong-Bas, assistant professor of the practice in the Theology Department and a member of the Islamic Civilization and Societies program faculty, discussed the terror attacks in Brussels on NECN "The Take" (begins at :55).

Patrick Maney

The divisiveness and polarizing paralysis that characterizes Washington politics may seem a recent phenomenon, but a new book by Patrick Maney traces its origins to the presidency of Bill Clinton. BC News

David Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins weighed in on the fallout from Super Tuesday 3 on WGBH "Greater Boston" (at 1:35).

Marc landy

Professor of Political Science Marc Landy commented on the widening chasm between Democrats and Republicans on CBS Boston and on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's stance on the Democratic candidates with the Boston Herald.

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson talked about the GOP's cyclical history with the Christian Science Monitor, on WGBH News and on NECN "Broadside." She also commented on the turbulent political climate in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and on WNYC's "The Takeaway," and reviewed E.J. Dionne's book Why the Right Went Wrong for Australian Financial Review.

Suzanne Matson

A letter in which an 11-year-old takes Justin Bieber to task for failing to use subjunctive mood correctly in his lyrics has gone viral. Professor of English Suzanne Matson makes the case for correct grammar in an interview with Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Chris Serico '00 for NBC

Marilyn Johnson

One of the major influences in the development of Boston over the past several decades is immigration, Professor of History Marilynn Johnson, author of The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area Since the 1960s, told a gathering at the Massachusetts Historical Society. New Boston Post

Welkin Johnson

A team led by Professor of Biology Welkin Johnson has traced the global spread of an ancient group of retroviruses that affected about 28 of 50 modern mammals' ancestors some 15 to 30 million years ago. BC News | Sampling of coverage: UPI | Science Daily, Science 2.0 | PhysOrg | R&D Magazine | TechTimes

David Hopkins

Comments on the GOP nomination process by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins are cited by the Christian Science Monitor.

Carlo Rotella

Country singer Margo Price is a singular voice, aching with desperation and resolve, according to Professor of English Carlo Rotella in his entry for the "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going," to be showcased in Sunday's New York Times Magazine.
(scroll to No. 7).

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson discusses divisions in the Republican Party past and present in The Guardian (U.K.)

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson discussed the past, turbulent present, and future of the Republican party with and WGBH "Radio Open Source", and in an essay for

Thomas Dodman

Assistant Professor of History Thomas Dodman has received a Mellon Fellowship to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The fellowships support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. BC News

Thomas Seyfried

Comments by Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried lead a piece that explores limitation of fuels available for fermentation—sugar glucose and the amino acid glutamine—as an overlooked approach to aid cancer treatment. NPR "Your Health."

Jeremy Shakun

The impact of climate change will persist for millennia, reports a team of scientists including Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Jeremy Shakun.

Eli Grigsby

Associate Professor of Mathematics Eli Grigsby has received one of the highest research honors bestowed by the U.S. government.

Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson served as a consultant for the "American Experience" program on President James Garfield that premiered February 2 on PBS.

Joseph Tecce

Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Tecce draws on cues from Donald Trump's body language for an op-ed in the New York Daily News.

Liane Young

Associate Professor of Psychology Liane Young, whose research focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of moral judgment and behavior, has won the 2016 Stanton Prize, awarded by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology to a young scholar who has made significant contributions to interdisciplinary research in those and or/related fields. BC News

Katherine McAuliffe

Assistant Professor of Psychology Katherine McAuliffe was among a team of psychologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists that devised a pioneering experiment to study how fairness develops in seven different societies around the globe. The results of their study are reported in the journal Nature.

Karl Baden

The Boston Globe praised Assistant Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts Karl Baden's "extraordinary color prints" in their review of his new street photography exhibition, "Rising," on display at the Miller Yezerski Gallery.

Peter Krause

Assistant Professor Peter Krause analyzed ISIS attacks on tourists and debates over U.S. policy on NECN.

Carlo Rotella

An essay in tribute by Professor of English and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella to pedal steel guitar virtuoso Buddy Emmons, who popularized the instrument in jazz, country, and western swing bands, is included in the New York Times Magazine's annual issue 'The Lives They Lived'.

Louise and James Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry James Morken and his team have developed a new type of chemical reaction, building on a Nobel Prize-winning technique that is one of the most sophisticated tools available to research chemists. BC News Release | Sampling of coverage: Chemical & Engineering News, PhysOrg, Science 2.0, Chemicals Technology, Medical News,

Juliet Schor

Among thought leaders asked to provide reasons for optimism and pessimism regarding climate change as 2016 begins, Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor outlines four reasons to be hopeful. The Atlantic