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Welcome to the School of Public Affairs' faculty media listing. Below you can view a complete chronological listing of faculty expertise presented through media outlets like The New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press and more. For more information, or if you'd like to contact SPA's faculty as a source for your media outlet, visit AU's media relations home page.

February 2016

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, gave testimony on February 3 at a U.S. Senate Committee hearing regarding the budget.

Jan Leighley, professor of government, was interviewed by WalletHub about the Iowa primary and the primary process.

January 2016

Jan Leighley, professor of government, spoke to McClatchy DC for a syndicated article on January 28 about the growing rejection of traditional political parties in the U.S.

A 2011 quote by Howard McCurdy, professor of public administration and policy, was used in an article by the The Christian Science Monitor on January 25 about the effects of the tragic Challenger launch in 1986.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Guardian on January 22 about Donald Trump's controversial rhetoric.

Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute, spoke to Quartz on January 22 about the Republican Party's and Republican donors' level of support for Donald Trump as the GOP candidate.

Research by Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, about reasons why women do not run for office was cited in an article for Refinery29 on January 20.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to E! on January 19 about the politicization of family ties by presidential candidates.

Jan Leighley, professor of government, spoke to Reuters on January 18 about likely voter turnout among Donald Trump's supporters.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Cleveland.com on January 18 about what Bernie Sanders needs to do to win the Democratic nomination.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Washington Post on January 17 about Nikki Haley and immigration.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke to Inquisitr on January 15 about former Attorney General Eric Holder's endorsement of Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate.

A new Bloomberg Politics podcast hosted by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive in residence, was featured in an article for Adweek on January 15. The podcast is titled Masters in Politics.

David Lublin, professor of government, was interviewed by the Spanish newspaper La Razon for an article published January 13. Professor Lublin discussed President Obama's policies and legacy.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to Time on January 12 about President Obama's final State of the Union address.

David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to the Billings Gazette on January 9 about the primary process and its voter turnout. 

Seth Gershenson, assistant professor of public administration and policy, spoke to the Huffington Post on January 6 about a study addressing the relationship between white teachers and students of color and its effect on attendance rates.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, appeared on The Diane Rehm Show on January 4 to discuss the 2016 presidential election as well as other relevant political topics for 2016.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to Vox on January 1 for an article that examined how voter perceptions of character traits differ for male and female political candidates.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with ABC News on January 1 about the role the South Lawn of the White House plays in hosting events.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Washington Post on January 1 about why people perceive Hillary Clinton as older than she is for an article that looked at the ages of various presidential candidates.