CMC In The News

The Associated PressDec. 3, 2021

The Associated Press published the announcement of a transformative lead gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support an iconic new facility to house the CMC’s new integrated sciences program. The program will prepare students for leadership within a modern global economy and create expansive, collaborative, and innovative learning opportunities.

The facility will be named the Robert Day Sciences Center, honoring CMC alumnus, fifty-year trustee, and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair and Chief Executive Officer Robert Day ’65 P’12.

“Students of today must learn how to solve the complex problems of tomorrow,” Day said. “This new center will provide a powerful platform for innovation in pursuit of CMC’s leadership mission to seize the opportunities of scientific discovery and responsibly put them to work in the economy and our democracy.”

Yahoo Finance and Market Watch also published the announcement.

Divided We FallDec. 2, 2021

Prof. Michael Fortner and Sarah Simionas ’23 co-authored an opinion essay for Divided We Fall, “The Bipartisanship of Police Reform and Public Safety.” “The criminal justice dilemma we face is not the people or their preferences but our politics. The will is there for long-term, structural solutions to urban violence,” they wrote.

Real Clear PoliticsNov. 28, 2021

In a commentary, “Will 2022 Midterms Be the Next Great Crisis Backlash?” for Real Clear Politics, Prof. Andrew Busch wrote, “At least twice in U.S. history, big political shakeups occurred in midterm elections that served as endpoints to periods of crisis, privation, and extraordinary government expansion and regimentation.”

ABC NewsNov. 26, 2021

ABC News featured Sarah Chen’22, who is the third CMC senior to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, the most competitive and prestigious scholarship in the world. Chen '22, a dual major in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and international relations, is Claremont McKenna’s first female Rhodes Scholar and the first from the College in 28 years.

The story notes that Chen is the only Rhodes Scholar who attends a Southern California school. She will head to the University of Oxford in England to begin her graduate studies in October.

"My ultimate plan, or my dream, is to wargame for the defense and security of the United States and the world, internationally, and promoting peace through the usage of technology and cyber space," she told ABC.

"She's so deserving of this," said Hillary Appel, one of Chen's professors. "She'll be a wonderful ambassador for the College, for Southern California and for her home state of Alaska too."

The California News Times also featured Chen.

Anchorage Daily NewsNov. 25, 2021

The Anchorage Daily News covered the story that Sarah Chen ’22 has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which funds recipients’ graduate studies at Oxford, and is the oldest international academic fellowship and one of the most prestigious in the world.

Chen, who grew up in Anchorage, is studying the emerging discipline of strategic wargaming. “I want to explore more into technology and the ethical issues and vital implications,” she said. “And then I’m hoping to continue my path into developing more quantitative skills because I think that a large part of wargaming is developing accurate analyses and working with data.”

Yahoo News also covered the story.

International Business TimesNov. 9, 2021

The International Business Times interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about former President Donald Trump’s possible 2024 presidential bid. "If he wants the GOP nomination, it's his for the asking,” Pitney said.

The Washington MonthlyNov. 9, 2021

The Washington Monthly interviewed Prof. Lily Geismer about the history of microfinance. Geismer, whose research into microcredit and the liberal establishment is part of her upcoming book, “Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality,” described how microfinance disappeared as an ideal. In the early 2000s, she said, “plenty of idealistic people I knew went on to work for microfinance organizations. My students today who have similar values are not interested.”

Nikkei AsiaNov. 3, 2021

In an op-ed for Nikkei Asia, “China must not shut the door to cultural exchanges with the U.S.,” Prof. Minxin Pei wrote, “As bilateral ties between Beijing and Washington have steadily deteriorated in recent years, the cultural ties that bind the two nations are also fraying fast.”

New York TimesNov. 1, 2021

“Local politics is the place for ordinary citizens to go if they want to exert control over the political process,” wrote Prof. Lily Geismer in a New York Times op-ed,” co-authored with Eitan Hersh.

The Dallas Morning NewsOct. 20, 2021

The Dallas Morning News published an excerpt from Prof. Ken Miller’s book, "Texas vs. California: A History of Their Struggle for the Future of America.” Miller is the director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

The Daily BeastOct. 19, 2021

Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by The Daily Beast about how the Virginia Governor’s race is the first key indicator of where U.S. politics is headed. “People in Virginia may simply want a change after eight years of Democrats. Even if that’s so, what matters is the perception. It’s the first battle of the 2022 campaign,” he said.

New York TimesOct. 19, 2021

Prof. Jon Shields wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, “A Hard but Real Compromise Is Possible on Abortion.” “Why have pro-life sentiment and activism survived this past half century of far-reaching social liberalization?" he asked.

C-SPANOct. 11, 2021

C-SPAN broadcast Prof. Jack Pitney’s class on presidential speeches and public opinion, focusing on the 1970s through the 1990s, and examining the evolution of presidential communication. C-SPAN also shared the lecture as a podcast.

The ConstitutionalistOct. 8, 2021

In an opinion essay for “The Constitutionalist” about the landmark 1964 Supreme Court case, “New York Times vs. Sullivan,” Prof. George Thomas argued for “revisiting this venerable decision.” Thomas is the director of the Salvatori Center.

New York TimesOct. 8, 2021

In an interview with New York Times, Prof. Albert Park provided historical and cultural context to the resurgence of Dalgona, a Korean candy central to the life-or-death contest featured in the worldwide Netflix hit series, “Squid Game.” According to Park, because of the popularity of “Squid Game,” the candy has made a comeback as a retro, nostalgic snack. “For some of these young Koreans, I don’t think they consciously think it’s Korean candy, but it’s a way to connect to their history that they don’t want to necessarily do in a history book,” he said.

New York TimesSept. 27, 2021

Prof. Minxin Pei was interviewed by the New York Times about how China plans to avert a financial crisis. Censorship of the press and social media makes it hard for the general public to know about the extent of such problems.

“The government can place them under watch and pressure them through their employers or relatives not to make trouble,” said Pei, who is writing a study of China’s domestic security apparatus.

Real Clear EducationSept. 24, 2021

President Hiram Chodosh was interviewed about results of the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, which placed Claremont McKenna the nation’s No. 1 college for free expression. “At CMC, we respect and engage in robust discussions around diverse viewpoints, including those with which we most strongly disagree,” Chodosh said. “We seek to examine the underlying basis for those disagreements, including any about the proper protections and limitations of free speech. This is how we can learn from disagreements and reach stronger levels of shared understanding. This is how responsible people serve and lead others, not through the sheer exercise of power, but through the power of persuasion.”

The story highlighted CMC’s commitment to free speech noting that dialogue and debate are central to CMC’s culture. The school sponsors The Athenaeum, a public-affairs program that brings a range of speakers to campus to meet with students and discuss important political and cultural issues. It dedicates several pages on its website to affirming and explaining the school’s commitment to free expression. According to the Free Speech Survey, 54 percent of CMC students surveyed felt it was “very” or “extremely” clear that the administration protected free speech on campus,” according to the story.

KPCC’s “Air Talk”Sept. 21, 2021

CMC Profs. Ken Miller and Andy Sinclair appeared on KPCC’s “Air Talk” to discuss the findings of their Rose Institute poll comparing political attitudes in California and New York states leading up to the recall challenge of Governor Gavin Newsom and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation amid a sexual harassment scandal. Both states are large, Democratic-leaning, with a significant divide between urban and rural voters, and governors in trouble with some voters.

LAist also covered the results of the poll.

City JournalSept. 20, 2021

City Journal interviewed Prof. Michael Fortner, about Black attitudes on crime and policing. Fortner is the author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment. “Today, we see a similar gap between what many white experts and liberal elites want for African-Americans and what many black folks want for themselves,” Fortner said. “Last summer, after cities burned in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, elite media, attentive to the claims of Black Lives Matter and radical activists and academics, made it seem as if most African-Americans wanted to abolish the police. While devastated by instances of state violence, most blacks wanted police reform instead of the dismantling of policing agencies.”

Nikkei AsiaSept. 15, 2021

In a Nikkei Asia opinion essay, “China should take steps to reassure its private entrepreneurs” Prof. Minxin Pei wrote that Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for common prosperity is causing “China's entrepreneurs to lose sleep.”

Los Angeles TimesSept. 12, 2021

In the run-up to California’s gubernatorial recall election, the Los Angeles Times interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney, who said a recall victory over Larry Elder would be “almost a perfect result for [Gov. Gavin] Newsom in 2022.”

The IndependentSept. 11, 2021

Since the 9/11 attacks, “The sorting of the parties, which was under way in 2001, is now complete,” Prof. Jack Pitney, told The Independent. Pitney added that the party has become far more conservative: “There are no liberals in the Republican Party.”

NBC NewsAugust 24, 2021

Sophomore move-in day was covered by NBC News. More than 300 students moved into the dorms after zooming from home for their first year of college. “It feels really surreal to finally be here in person,” said Miller McCraw ’24. “I’m really excited.”

ABC NewsAugust 22, 2021

CMC’s move-in day was chronicled by ABC News. "I am absolutely thrilled," said first-year student, Jasmine Tan, of Chicago. Dianna Graves, CMC dean of students, described several precautions, including vaccine and mask requirements, weekly testing, and limits on big gatherings and parties.

Diverse Issues in Higher EducationAugust 19, 2021

Diverse Issues in Higher Education shared the news that Dr. Muriel Poston has joined Claremont McKenna College CMC as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

New York TimesAugust 13, 2021

In an interview with New York Times about how the wedding business is picking up after a pandemic slump, CMC Economics Professor Jessamyn Schaller said, “My instinct, immediately, is: This is not a marriage boom; this is a wedding boom.”

BloombergJuly 22, 2021

In an interview with Bloomberg, Prof. Minxin Pei weighed in on how Chinese regulators will punish ride-hailing startup Didi Global after its U.S. initial public offering. “It’s hard to guess what the penalty will be, but I’m sure it will be substantial,” he said.

Washington ExaminerJuly 22, 2021

Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by the Washington Examiner about how President Biden should counter anti-vaccine groups to get Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. “Public officials and pro-vaccine groups need to … drive home the point that breakthrough cases make vaccination even more important,” he said.

ForbesJuly 19, 2021

In his Forbes essay, “Is Bigger Better in Higher Ed? Or Even Cheaper?” Richard Vedder writes: “…in my judgement probably the best learning experience, both for me and my students, was teaching at Claremont McKenna College.” Vedder, an economic historian focusing on higher education, taught economics at CMC and formerly administered Forbes' Best Colleges rankings.

Northern California RecordJuly 19, 2021

Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by the Northern California Record about a judicial decision related to the California gubernatorial recall election.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher EducationJuly 16, 2021

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education announced that Muriel Poston joined CMC as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Nikkei AsiaJuly 14, 2021

In an opinion piece published by Nikkei Asia, CMC Prof. Minxin Pei explains the contradictory behavior of the Chinese regime. He writes: “…even as Beijing is busy handing out gifts and burnishing its image, it has also established a reputation for itself as a petty bully.”

Project SyndicateJuly 12, 2021

In an opinion essay, Prof. Minxin Pei details the struggles for Chinese tech companies in the face of strict anti-trust and data privacy regulations.

USA TodayJuly 10, 2021

In an op-ed for USA Today, Government Prof. Frederick Lynch writes about the difficult decision-making surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out throughout the U.S., specifically to seniors and minority communities.

The Chronicle of Higher EducationJuly 6, 2021

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced that CMC has appointed of Muriel Poston as CMC’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

NPRJuly 1, 2021

History Prof. Lily Geismer joined NPR’s Throughline podcast to review the roots of the Neoliberalism movement and how the ideology became a powerful force in American politics.

The SignalJuly 1, 2021

The Signal interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about the diminishing autonomy and rising censorship in Hong Kong since China imposed a National Security Law.

USA TodayJuly 1, 2021

Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by USA Today about New York’s ballot-counting breakdown and its contribution to the ongoing debate about the integrity of the 2020 U.S. election. “It doesn’t matter that New York’s problems have nothing to do with Arizona or Georgia," he said. "When you’re gaslighting, any gas will do."

MarketplaceJune 28, 2021

Economics Prof. Jessamyn Schaller was interviewed on American Public Media’s Marketplace, where she discussed her research about race differences in New Deal-era work relief and disparities in administering governmental programs.

Wilson CenterJune 23, 2021

The Wilson Center published an opinion piece, “How Democratic Was Mexico’s National Election?” by Roderic A. Camp, McKenna Professor Emeritus of the Pacific Rim. Camp details the various factors affecting Mexico’s elections, such as voter patterns and violence against campaign workers.

Project SyndicateJune 20, 2021

In an op-ed for Project Syndicate, Prof. Minxin Pei discusses the upcoming Communist Party of China’s centennial celebration and forecasts CPC’s future. “When China’s leaders toast the CPC’s centennial, they should ask whether the party is on the right track. If it is not, the CPC’s upcoming milestone may be its last,” he writes.

ABC NewsMay 15, 2021

The Class of 2021’s in-person graduation ceremony at CMC was covered by ABC News. Reporter Amy Powell interviewed several 2021 graduates, who told her they “felt grateful to have this ceremony here together."

College MagazineMay 11, 2021

College Magazine ranked Claremont McKenna College sixth on its “Top 10 Best Colleges for Networking” list, praising how CMC’s alumni are “heavily involved in the lives of current students.” The magazine also highlighted CMC’s student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, “which allows students to receive a lot more attention and help with their education. This also increases the likelihood of building relationships with professors which can build students’ networks.”

RealClearPoliticsApril 21, 2021

Professors Andrew Busch and Jack Pitney joined RealClearPolitics' “The Takeaway” podcast to discuss their new book, “Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.” The duo offered a comprehensive overview of how the historic 2020 presidential election was won and lost.

Los Angeles TimesApril 20, 2021

Prospective students are getting a taste of life at Claremont McKenna College, with CMC resuming limited, in-person campus tours. In a Los Angeles Times story, a student, who had yet to make her college decision, “fell in love with the smaller Claremont campus. She was impressed by the Athenaeum, a lecture and dining space that fosters free-wheeling discussions with high-profile speakers — and attracts students with chocolate-covered strawberries and Rice Krispies treats.” Also helping to complete the ideal campus portrait: A peek at the expansive athletic facility, Roberts Pavilion; a stroll by the popular picnic spot, “Green Beach,”; and a personal greeting from CMC President Hiram Chodosh!

3:16April 16, 2021

In an interview with 3:16, Prof. Amy Kind explained why she became a philosopher, and how she's an "optimist about imagination." "I think imagination can do much more than philosophers often give it credit for, and a lot of my work endeavors to bring this out in various ways," she said.

Los Angeles TimesApril 7, 2021

Prof. Minxin Pei wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, “How China’s bullying threatens its own economic future,” arguing that China is “undermining its economic prospects” by “attacking private corporations for having expressed concerns over forced-labor allegations.”

NPR affiliate KPCRMarch 17, 2021

In an interview with NPR affiliate KPCR, Prof. Manfred Keil, chief economist for Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), shared information about local employment numbers and opening up the economy, now that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The HillMarch 5, 2021

CMC Prof. Zach Courser, director of the Claremont McKenna College Policy Lab, wrote an op-ed, “First aid money for real America,” published in The Hill, about the Congressional repeal of the moratorium on earmarks.

The Asean PostFebruary 9, 2021

In an op-ed for the Asean Post, Prof. Minxin Pei explained why a goodwill gesture from either Chinese President Xi Jinping or U.S. President Joe Biden, could kickstart U.S.-China cooperation.

The EconomistFebruary 5, 2021

The Economist shared the insights of CMC Prof. Ken Miller, associate director of the Rose Institute, on how California and Texas have combated the coronavirus pandemic.

Smithsonian MagazineFebruary 1, 2021

Smithsonian Magazine selected CMC History Prof. Wendy Lower's book, "The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed," as one of their "new books to read" in February.

Project SyndicateJanuary 14, 2021

In a Project Syndicate op-ed, “China’s Fateful Year,” Prof. Minxin Pei reflected on China’s policies from 2020.

The Art NewspaperJanuary 7, 2021

The Art Newspaper reviewed Prof. Jonathan Petropoulos’ book, “Göring’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World,” calling it a “definitive biography,” and describing Petropoulos as “an enterprising, investigative historian.”

Billings GazetteJanuary 2, 2021

At the end of two terms as Montana's governor, Steve Bullock '88 said in an interview with the Billings Gazette that most of his accomplishments were grounded in "bipartisan efforts" and "stakeholder buy-in."

ForbesDecember 2, 2020

Forbes’ “30 under 30” list featured Maddie Hall '14, co-founder and CEO of biotech company Living Carbon, and Lydia Yancan Li ’13, climate investor at Generate Capital.

The Chronicle of Higher EducationNovember 23, 2020

As part of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Scholars Talk Writing” series, Professor Emeritus John Roth discussed what he values about his career as a writer and an academic.

KPCC’s “Air Talk”November 23, 2020

Prof. Zach Courser, co-director of the Policy Lab, joined KPCC’s “Air Talk” to discuss President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet picks and the latest on the national political scene.

Bloomberg LawNovember 9, 2020

Bloomberg Law quoted Prof. Ken Miller, associate director of the Rose Institute, on a potential outcome of Prop. 22's success.

New York TimesNovember 7, 2020

In his New York Times column, Frank Bruni cited “Trump’s Democrats,” the book by Professors Stephanie Muravchik and Jon Shields, as offering one of the most “intriguing takes on Trump’s appeal.”

The AtlanticNovember 2, 2020

"The Constitution was meant to foster a complex form of majority rule, not enable minority rule," wrote Prof. George Thomas in an essay for The Atlantic.

USA TodayNovember 1, 2020

In an opinion piece for USA Today, “America’s political future is a California-Texas duel,” Prof. Ken Miller wrote: “If you want to know the potential stakes in Tuesday's national elections, you need not look much further than California and Texas.”

The New York Times Sunday Book ReviewOctober 30, 2020

The New York Times Sunday Book Review of Corinna Vallianatos’ new novel, “The Beforeland,” called her writing “haunting and precise.”

Daily BulletinOctober 27, 2020

The Daily Bulletin featured Randall Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13 and his $3.75 million gift to CMC to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Sacramento BeeOctober 5, 2020

The Sacramento Bee featured one of the Rose Institute’s white papers about California’s voting rights, which noted that "it is likely, but not guaranteed" that by-district election systems can increase Latino representation in local government.

Seventeen magazineSeptember 22, 2020

Seventeen magazine featured Aishat Jimoh ’23 as their first-ever Voice of Change for her volunteer work this past summer rebuilding homes and feeding the community of New Orleans.

New York TimesSeptember 18, 2020

Prof. Lily Geismer, who studies suburban voters, was cited in the New York Times.

New York TimesSeptember 16, 2020

In their New York Times op-ed, Prof. Jon Shields and Stephanie Muravchik contended that Democrats in working-class communities who flipped red to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 might just find Joe Biden appealing in 2020.

Los Angeles TimesAugust 6, 2020

Claremont McKenna College was featured in a story about how campuses are preparing for a number of scenarios due to the lack of clear and timely state guidance for campus re-openings. The uncertainty has resulted in a “wild array of different configurations of approaches and solutions” among campuses, said Hiram Chodosh, president of CMC. According to the story, CMC had begun planning a fall return months ago, envisioning classes in larger spaces or outdoors, students in single rooms or small-group dorms, takeout food eaten outside with safe distances among friends. His campus plans far exceed Los Angeles County’s draft reopening protocols for colleges and universities, which Chodosh helped create as a member of the higher education task force. He said failing to take “measured risks” to reopen and simply waiting for a vaccine was not a “sensible way to confront the challenge.”

New York TimesAugust 2, 2020

In a front-page story, “Covid Tests and Quarantines: Colleges Brace for an Uncertain Fall,” President Hiram Chodosh was quoted on the challenges facing U.S. colleges: “We have learned how to close safely. But the big question now is, can we open safely?”

Associated PressMay 21, 2020

President Hiram Chodosh was interviewed by the Associated Press about challenges colleges and universities are facing in the uncertain times of COVID-19.

Fox 11 NewsMay 11, 2020

Sharon Basso, vice president of student affairs, was interviewed in Fox 11’s series “New California,” which highlights a different industry and how it's changing in the midst of COVID-19. Basso spoke about how college campuses are planning alterations.

Los Angeles TimesApril 30, 2020

CMC was featured in a Los Angeles Times story about how colleges may look when they reopen to students — from teaching classes outdoors to offering food to go. “These strategies may not work. They may not be feasible,” President Hiram Chodosh cautioned. “But we need to exhaust the path before we get to that particular dead end.”

Los Angeles TimesApril 13, 2020

Claremont McKenna College was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times story about financial aid needs in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. CMC is hearing from more families apprehensive about college costs and remains committed to fully covering a student’s demonstrated financial need.

The Chronicle of Higher EducationApril 9, 2020

President Hiram Chodosh was featured in an in-depth Chronicle of Higher Education article that illustrated how four college presidents made decisions to close their campuses — and helped pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit.

Los Angeles TimesMarch 17, 2020

Claremont McKenna College was highlighted in a Los Angeles Times story about college students who petitioned to stay in campus housing during the pandemic. About 85 CMC students received approval to stay, including all international student applicants, who face potential health risks and visa problems if they leave the country, said Dianna Graves, assistant vice president and dean of students. “Our goal throughout this response has been to acknowledge the significant personal losses while offering support to get through this,” she said.

Los Angeles TimesMarch 11, 2020

Claremont McKenna College was featured in a Los Angeles Times story on campus closures across the country. The story mentioned that all students would be required to return home or find another off-campus location by March 23 — with some exceptions. “We recognize that not everyone has a good or safe place to go,” President Hiram Chodosh said.