CMC In The News

BloombergJan. 26, 2023

In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, Prof. Minxin Pei wrote that, “after two years in office, President Joe Biden is in a stronger position to deal with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping… Biden should be able to lower the temperature with China without sacrificing any principles or vital U.S. interests.”

NewsweekJan. 25, 2023

CMC government professor Hilary Appel was interviewed by Newsweek in response to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s keynote address on the war in Ukraine and Russia’s role.

"Russia prefers to characterize this as a proxy war to justify its actions and to account for its poor performance on the battlefield," Appel said.

The New York TimesJan. 11, 2023

The New York Times interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei, an expert in Chinese politics, about how the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to limit discord over its sudden “zero Covid” pivot are being challenged. “The sudden 180-degree turn from ‘zero Covid’ has precipitated a new crisis for which the government needs to explain to the people,” Pei said.

BloombergJan. 11, 2023

In an opinion piece published by Bloomberg, Prof. Minxin Pei detailed how Chinese President Xi Jinping has been wounded by China’s Covid surge.

“The Chinese leader is already paying a price. For now at least, the chaotic reopening has derailed his agenda for his third term,” Pei wrote.

The EconomistJan. 10, 2023

The Economist featured a research paper co-authored by Prof. Jessamyn Schaller showing that the shift to remote schooling during the pandemic led to a decrease in teen suicides. Forbes also featured the study.

Nikkei AsiaJan. 10, 2023

In an op-ed for Nikkei Asia, Prof. Minxin Pei wrote that while the Chinese “government has strong incentives to hide the catastrophe” of Covid,  it won’t be able to hide the death toll. Due to the widespread availability of digital technology, “Chinese people now can easily document and disseminate the true extent of the devastation caused by the Covid surge,” Pei wrote. “Despite censorship, savvy social media users are able to post pictures and video clips that put the lie to the official propaganda that only a tiny number of people have died of Covid.”

NBC4Jan. 2, 2023

NBC4 shared the news that Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Parade® float won the Golden State Award for most outstanding depiction of life in California. KFI-AM and Yahoo! Finance also featured the honor.

The Claremont CourierJan. 2, 2023

The Claremont Courier featured Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Parade® entry. “The float—a first for CMC—honored the school’s 75th anniversary and featured Mt. Baldy. The theme focuses on the college’s mission to graduate students who will live thoughtful, productive lives and develop responsible leadership.”

NewsweekDec. 29, 2022

Newsweek interviewed Prof. Hilary Appel about Russia’s war in Ukraine. "The first few days in February 2022 failed to achieve the downfall of the Zelensky regime, as hoped for by the Russian government," Appel said. "Yet it is important to recall that the most important advances leading to the control of nearly 20 percent of Ukraine's territory occurred early in the war.”

KTLADec. 28, 2022

KTLA featured the decorating of CMC’s Rose Parade® float and highlighted the float’s design, including the College’s iconic buildings and public art. KCAL also featured CMC’s float as it was being decorated.

CBS8Dec. 23, 2022

CBS8 in San Diego featured the Kosmont-Rose Institute 2022 Cost of Doing Business Survey, which found that California is one of the costliest states. “California continues to be an expensive place to do business,” said Prof. Ken Miller, who is the director of the Rose Institute for State and Local Government. “Taxes are higher in California, regulations and utility costs, and license fees, all those kinds of things tend to be high in California.”

The High Desert News also featured the survey.

KABCDec. 20, 2022

KABC in Los Angeles interviewed Prof. Ken Miller about the impact of California’s minimum wage increase. "Employers are facing higher rents, higher wage costs, high regulatory costs, so it's very difficult for businesses to do business in this state," said Miller, who is the director of the Rose Institute for State and Local Government.

NewsweekDec. 20, 2022

Newsweek interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about the feuds within the GOP. “Republicans have always faced factional infighting at all levels of politics," Pitney told Newsweek. "At various times, it has been House versus Senate, purists versus pragmatists, or simply one ambitious leader versus another."

KDAFDec. 19, 2022

KDAF in Dallas featured the 2022 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, which found that Texas is one of the least costly states to do business in, while California is one of the costliest. “Doing business in Southern California has many benefits, but the costs make it increasingly hard to pull off,” said Ken Miller, director of the Rose Institute for State and Local Government, and an author of the survey report. “Rising home values, office rents, labor costs, and burdensome new state and local laws were variables to watch this year as these costs continue to escalate.”

BloombergDec. 18, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei published an op-ed in Bloomberg, “Why Didn’t China Prepare Better for Covid Chaos?”

“The trauma of China’s exit from Covid Zero represents a major policy failure that did not need to happen,” Pei wrote. “The country had plenty of time to prepare for this moment and could easily have applied the lessons learned from other countries, such New Zealand and Australia, that adopted and then abandoned similarly strict pandemic restrictions.”

The Associated PressDec. 16, 2022

The Associated Press interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about how San Bernardino County voters approved a ballot proposal to explore seceding from California.

“A lot of Californians are unhappy in many ways,” said Prof. Jack Pitney, citing record gas prices, the rising cost of living, and real estate prices that make home ownership unattainable for many working-class families.

“The vote on secession was like smashing the china. It’s a way of getting attention but in the end it doesn’t accomplish much,” Pitney said.

The Claremont CourierDec. 15, 2022

An obituary published in The Claremont Courier paid tribute to Professor Ward Elliott, who died on Dec. 6, 2022, at age 85. A beloved professor at CMC, Elliott inspired the minds and spirits of generations of students through his teaching, mentorship, and sing-along parties at his home.

The Claremont CourierDec. 14, 2022

The Claremont Courier reported on the unveiling of CMC’s 2023 Rose Parade® float design at Family Fun Day on Dec. 11. The design, with the theme ‘launching responsible leaders,’ was visible in a detailed rendering.

The Claremont CourierDec. 8, 2022

The Claremont Courier featured CMC’s float entry in the 2023 Rose Parade®, sharing the float’s design elements, which include “snow-capped Mt. Baldy, public art, iconic buildings, a creative take on CMC’s book and globe logo, and Southern California native flora.”

Los Angeles TimesDec. 7, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times arguing that the Chinese government must order “the immediate approval and import of mRNA vaccines” to quell protests over the country’s “rigid ‘zero-COVID’” policies.

PoliticoDec. 6, 2022

Prof. Terril Yue Jones published an essay in Politico magazine, reflecting on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests—which Jones covered as a journalist—in relation to the recent anti-zero-Covid protests in China. Jones noted the distinct similarities between 1989 and 2022 before detailing the stark differences. “In 1989 there was … no internet and the mobile phone I used was as big as my shoe. People relied on newspapers, radio and television for their news and for their cues. Today of course every pedestrian has a video-capable device packed with social media apps,” he wrote.

Business InsiderDec. 1, 2022

Business Insider interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about how the mass protests in China present the country’s President Xi Jinping with the biggest crisis of his time in power. "This is Xi's first real test," Pei said. "The choices are very hard, and he's not been faced with such a tough challenge in the last decade."

PBS NewsHourNov. 28, 2022

PBS NewsHour interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about the significance of China’s largest protests in more than 30 years. “For the first time, we have seen simultaneous protests in major Chinese cities,” he said. “But the other thing about this round of protests is that participants seem to come from a wide range of social backgrounds.”

Nikkei AsiaNov. 28, 2022

In an opinion piece for Nikkei Asia, Prof. Minxin Pei writes: “(China’s President) Xi Jinping has a tough decision to make on China's COVID protests. Ending lockdowns and cracking down would both have high costs.”

The New York TimesNov. 27, 2022

The New York Times interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about the challenges China’s President Xi Jinping faces with “zero COVID” restrictions: “You can arrest people and put them in jail, but the virus will still be there. There are simply no easy answers for him, only hard choices,” Pei said.

The Daily BeastNov. 26, 2022

In an interview with The Daily Beast about the House Republican caucus launching investigations against President Joe Biden, Prof. Jack Pitney said, “Unless they come up with some dramatic new information that directly involves President Biden, this tactic is unlikely to succeed and may well backfire.”

San Bernardino SunNov. 25, 2022

In their economic analysis, “Riverside County vs. San Bernardino County: A look at employment and the labor force,” published by The San Bernardino Sun, Prof. Manfred Keil and Lowe Institute research analyst Jinghan Hu write: “If you want to improve the economic well-being of the region’s residents and perhaps envision a future where people reside and work in that region, then one must attract industries that have better paying jobs than in today’s mix of industries.”

NewsweekNov. 21, 2022

In an interview with Newsweek, Prof. Andrew Busch discussed the political implications of a railroad strike. He said that while a strike could lead to more shortages, supply-chain disruptions and higher prices, President Biden would not want to "intervene in a heavy-handed way to block a strike, either."

NewsweekNov. 21, 2022

In an interview with Newsweek, Prof. Andrew Busch discussed the political implications of a railroad strike. He said that while a strike could lead to more shortages, supply-chain disruptions and higher prices, President Biden would not want to "intervene in a heavy-handed way to block a strike, either."

FiveThirtyEightNov. 15, 2022

FiveThirtyEight cited a CMC-Rose Institute poll that asked respondents across the nation to register their early preferences for the 2024 presidential race.

BloombergNov. 13, 2022

In an op-ed for Bloomberg, Prof. Minxin Pei, an internationally recognized expert on China, argued that the costs of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s quest for self-sufficiency are likely to be far higher than any possible benefits. “A policy that prioritizes self-sufficiency over efficiency, regardless of cost, will only make China poorer and less secure,” Pei wrote.

Los Angeles TimesNov. 13, 2022

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about a scheduled meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping for a “super power showdown” during the Group of 20 summit. “It’s a very good development; they are at least talking,” said Pei. Even on Taiwan, there is “at least some common ground” between the two countries, Pei added: “They have a lot of differences, but one thing they don’t want to see is a direct conflict.”

KTLANov. 13, 2022

KTLA featured CMC’s Rose Parade® float as it took a test run in Irwindale outside the Fiesta Float barn, where the 55-foot-long float is being constructed.

NBC4Nov. 12, 2022

NBC4 captured the moment when the steel scaffolding of CMC’s Rose Parade® float took a test drive.

CMC’s entry—which depicts iconic campus landmarks—will celebrate the College’s 75th Anniversary and “bright future” in line with the theme “Turning the Corner.”

KTLANov. 12, 2022

KTLA featured CMC’s Rose Parade® float as it took a test run in Irwindale outside the Fiesta Float barn, where the 55-foot-long float is being constructed.

NewsweekNov. 9, 2022

Newsweek interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about the successes of conservative group Moms for Liberty in local school board races on Election Day. “Expect to hear a lot more about this group and its issues,” said Pitney, who noted that House Republicans included a Parents’ Bill of Rights in their “Commitment to America.”

“It is unclear whether such a bill could make it into law, or whether it would have much practical effect. But the House Republicans will provide the Moms for Liberty with a powerful signal boost,” he said.

The Washington Post MagazineNov. 8, 2022

In an interview with the Washington Post Magazine, Lily Geismer, an associate professor of history, discussed the rising influence of a new generation of neoliberals. “There’s been a remarkable generational shift, and there’s a desire [among young Americans] for much more robust forms of social welfare and government assistance,” said Geismer, the author of “Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality.” 

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceNov. 8, 2022

President Chodosh has been named to the NCAA Division III Presidents Council representing the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He will serve a four-year term contributing to the overall management and direction of Division III athletics.

“At this moment of formidable challenge and opportunity, I look forward to contributing to the NCAA's core mission to ensure that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount,” he said.

The Norcal RecordNov 7, 2022

The Norcal Record interviewed Prof. Andrew Sinclair about the Rose Institute of State and Local Government report and survey, “Red vs. Blue States: Competing Visions for 2022 and 2024.” Sinclair co-authored the report with Prof. Kenneth P. Miller, who is the director of the Rose Institute.

The Norcal Record focused on the portion of the survey findings that among all registered voters in California, 44 percent said if they had the opportunity, they would leave the state. Of those people who are interested in leaving, one in three is Republican and one in four is Democrat.

“Understandably, people find times challenging and so they think about a new and better life some other place,” Sinclair said. “But I was surprised the numbers were as high as they were.”

The New York TimesNov. 7, 2022

The New York Times interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about the economic policy effects of China’s President Xi Jinping establishing near absolute power as he enters his third term. Pei told the Times that he believed that Xi’s leadership lineup showed that he did not value expertise in managing a market-oriented economy. “He values people who can implement his policy regardless of the economic consequences.”

KTLANov. 6, 2022

KTLA shared the rendering of CMC’s Rose Parade® float concept.

USA TodayNov. 6, 2022

In their midterm election coverage, USA Today cited findings from the Rose Institute of State and Local Government report, “Red vs. Blue States: Competing Visions for 2022 and 2024.”

The Ohio StarNov. 5, 2022

In her op-ed, “Daylight Saving Time’s Mixed Results” for The Ohio Star, Prof. Laura Grant wrote, that as the “evidence about costs and benefits” of daylight savings time “is mixed…. The strongest arguments, with the exception of energy costs, support not only doing away with the switches but keeping the nation on daylight saving time year-round.”

ReflectorNov. 5, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was cited in an op-ed in the Reflector, about what to expect if the GOP swept the midterm election, as predicted.

NewsweekNov. 4, 2022

In an interview with Newsweek about what would happen if Donald Trump was elected for a second presidential term, Prof. Andrew Busch said it was unclear whether Trump would give federal law enforcement reform “any sustained administrative attention” based on his first term.

Times LeaderNov. 4, 2022

Pennsylvania’s Times Leader featured the CMC-Rose Institute of State and Local Government’s poll of Pennsylvanians, which finds that voters think Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is more relatable, more competent and more likely to take on economic and intellectual elites than Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. Benzinga also featured the poll.

The Pasadena Star NewsNov. 4, 2022

The Pasadena Star News highlighted CMC’s Rose Parade® float rendering, noting that the float will be built “by local business, Fiesta Parade Floats. The entry honors the college’s 75th anniversary by highlighting the importance of leadership in higher education. Elements include iconic campus landmarks, the college’s renowned public art program, student leaders and popular landscaping seen throughout the region. The book and globe are key symbols that highlight the private, liberal arts college’s commitment to global education.”

NBC’s local affiliate also featured CMC’s Rose Parade float rendering.

The Strait TimesOct. 22, 2022

The Strait Times cited Prof. Ken Miller’s appearance on a Texas Tribune panel in a feature about the exodus of Californians to Texas. “I think it’s important to note that newcomers can change a place in some respects” said Miller, who is director of the Rose Institute and the author of Texas vs. California A History of Their Struggle for the Future of America. “Californians will change Texas in important ways, but a place changes newcomers as well.

Business InsiderOct. 20, 2022

Prof. Ron Riggio was quoted in Business Insider about the four reasons employees follow a toxic boss. “A bad leader attracts henchpersons who surround them because they like being connected to a powerful person,” Riggio said.

Yahoo! NewsOct. 18, 2022

Yahoo! News shared Prof. Jack Pitney’s political expertise as the mid-term elections approached. Pitney suggested that on the economy, Democrats need to be careful in the framing. “If they say inflation is coming down, people will hear prices are coming down,” and that’s not happening, he said. “A decline in the rate of increase [in inflation] isn’t a great talking point.”

The Mercury NewsOct. 17, 2022

The Mercury News interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about the Golden State’s midterm elections. In California, “it remains to be seen whether people get excited about the House races when there aren’t any competitive statewide races,” he said.

The New York TimesOct. 16, 2022

The New York Times quoted Prof. Minxin Pei reflecting on China’s rhetoric during the Cuban Missile Crisis. “The official line referred to the U.S. and the Soviet Union as one imperialist fighting another imperialist, each one a threat to the world,” Pei said. “It was a case of ‘dog biting dog.’”

The Bharat Express News also published the story.

The Globe and MailOct. 14, 2022

In his op-ed for The Globe and Mail, “Xi’s inevitable third term will add a new tier to the Communist Party’s house of cards,” Prof. Minxin Pei analyzed the prospects of the Chinese president’s third term.

The Christian Science MonitorOct. 14, 2022

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Prof. Minxin Pei about the economic and societal consequences of isolationism faced by China. “Before 2018 and the trade war, their goal was aspirational. Today, it is existential,” he said, adding that China’s leaders “have elevated self-sufficiency to a level China has not seen since the end of the Mao era” in 1976.

The San Bernardino SunAug. 3, 2022

Prof. Manfred Keil, associate director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy, and Muxi Li ’23, a Lowe Institute research analyst, published an op-ed in The San Bernardino Sun, “National recession vs. Inland Empire recession, where do we stand?” They wrote: “… whether the list of pundits declaring that the U.S. economy is in recession are right or wrong, the IE region is not.”

Los Angeles TimesAug. 2, 2022

In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Prof. Minxin Pei measured the impact of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit. “Even if (Pelosi) had decided to skip Taipei on her tour of Asia, China’s bellicosity toward Taiwan would have continued to intensify, possibly triggering another Taiwan Strait crisis in the near future,” he wrote.

Prof. Pei also explored this topic in an op-ed for Bloomberg.

Daily BulletinJuly 29, 2022

Prof. Frederick Lynch was interviewed by the Daily Bulletin about people who have avoided being infected by COVID-19 and are weighing the tradeoffs of easing their precautions. “The decision a lot of Americans are thinking about is, how long do you want to put your life on hold? It’s the third summer of COVID. … A lot of people are basically saying, ‘The hell with it,’” he said. Lynch, who teaches a course on health care policy, noted that the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths have been among people 65 and older.

The New York TimesJune 7, 2022

Prof. Andrew Sinclair was interviewed by The New York Times about California’s election system, which allows all candidates from all political parties to be listed on the same ballot. The top two vote-getters then face off in the general election regardless of party affiliation. The Times asked Prof. Sinclair if California’s “open” primary system is a possible solution to hyperpartisanship.
“I think it’s probably the case that it can produce more moderate legislators,” Prof. Sinclair said. “But it’s hard to sort out, and there’s a fairly robust debate about it.”

Spectrum News 1 SoCalJune 6, 2022

Prof. Hilary Appel, an expert on Russian Politics and West and East European Politics, was interviewed by Spectrum News 1 SoCal about the Russian-Ukraine War, how long the war may last, the role of the US, and Putin’s health.

Psychology TodayApril 23, 2022

In his Cutting-Edge Leadership column for Psychology Today, Prof. Ronald E. Riggio discussed grit and its relationship to leadership. “For leaders, it’s not enough to just possess grit,” he said, “they need to also develop the ability to inspire and motivate others.”

ForbesApril 22, 2022

Multiple media outlets published news stories about the George R. Roberts ’66 P’93 $140 million gift, detailing how the gift will fund new construction and double the campus footprint, while highlighting Roberts’ philanthropy. In addition to Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Bloomberg, Inside Higher Education, and the Orange County Register ran stories about the gift.

The Daily BeastApril 21, 2022

Eleanor Clift quoted Prof. Jack Pitney in a The Daily Beast op-ed about how the Democrats are finally learning to fight the GOP’s fire with fire: “They’re clearly latching on to libertarian rhetoric trying to limit the power of the government. That may win them more support than some invocation of ‘woke’ values.”

Washington ExaminerApril 21, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in a Washington Examiner story about the Democrats’ mask mandate dilemma. Even if the Justice Department wins its appeal of a federal court’s decision to strike down the CDC’s public transportation mask mandate, the fact that the TSA stopped enforcing it will make it difficult to reverse. “Reimposing a mandate after it has been lifted is likely to be unpopular,” he said. “People dislike uncertainty and inconsistency.”

The NationApril 20, 2022

Prof. Lily Geismer was interviewed by The Nation about her new book, Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality. In regard to the Clinton administration’s small, market-based reforms as solutions to poverty and inequality, Geismer said: “In the end, these micro-solutions both reinforce the power of the market—because they’re based on the techniques of consulting and especially of the emerging high-tech sector—and at the same time they don’t require much expenditure of political or economic capital. They don’t require rich and powerful people to give very much over.”

Los Angeles TimesApril 14, 2022

In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Prof. Minxin Pei explored the costs of deglobalization for China in a world divided by Putin’s war: reduced access to major Western markets, loss of access to the technologies it needs to build a knowledge economy, and the loss of efficiency gains from dynamic competition. “Although the coming deglobalization process will leave everyone worse off, China stands to lose the most,” he said. Taipei Times and The Japan Times also published this piece.

New York TimesApril 7, 2022

In this New York Times opinion piece, Prof. Jon Shields, co-director of CMC’s Open Academy, explains how he gets students to engage in open inquiry with a mix of classroom norms and guidelines. “While robust defenses of free expression and debate, like the ‘Chicago Principles’ ... are important,” he writes, “they do little to soften the climate of fear that has gripped our campuses.” This is because they “neglect the concrete social norms necessary to facilitate and regulate the collective search for truth in college classrooms.”

CNBCApril 6, 2022

Prof. Hilary Appel was interviewed on CNBC to assess the ceasefire negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, as well as security guarantees sought from NATO by Ukraine President Zelenskyy. “There is no way that the security guarantees that he hopes to get from the existing NATO member states and other countries are the least bit realistic,” she said.

Nikkei AsiaApril 4, 2022

In a Nikkei Asia op-ed, Prof. Minxin Pei suggested a strategy for preventing war in East Asia, looking at what the United States, China, and Taiwan can learn from the war in Ukraine. “While it is unlikely that the three protagonists can reach a new political understanding in an environment of enmity and distrust, they still need to intensify diplomatic efforts to know what each other’s bottom line is and find a new modus vivendi,” he said.

MarketWatchMarch 29, 2022

Prof. Angela Vossmeyer’s co-authored study “Stock Volatility and the War Puzzle” was cited in an op-ed in MarketWatch about the stock market’s prospects as a result of the war in Ukraine. The National Bureau of Economic Research circulated the study, which said that stock market volatility has been “33 percent lower during major wars and periods of conflict since 1921.” Columnist Mark Hulbert said about the authors: “They at least partially solved the puzzle, finding that increased defense spending during wars and military conflicts leads corporate profits to become more predictable. That in turn translates to lower stock market volatility and risk.”

Psychology TodayMarch 28, 2022

In his Cutting-Edge Leadership column for Psychology Today, Prof. Ronald E. Riggio explained why punitive leaders are destined to fail. “Effective leaders use positive reinforcement to motivate followers,” he said. “Offering rewards for good and productive behavior is a much better strategy. It focuses on what team members are doing right, and encourages that, rather than focusing on stopping what they are doing wrong.”

The BulwarkMarch 25, 2022

Prof. George Thomas reviewed Noah Feldman’s “The Broken Constitution,” a book about how President Abraham Lincoln remade the U.S. Constitution.

The Japan TimesMarch 23, 2022

In an op-ed for The Japan Times, Prof. Minxin Pei warned that the war in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear arms race in Asia. “By bolstering the case for more nuclear weapons in Asia, Putin’s war in Ukraine could decimate what little is left of the region’s strategic stability,” he said. “This not only poses an existential threat to Asia; it would also deliver yet another blow to the global nonproliferation regime, making it even harder to prevent the spread of such weapons in other regions.”

Washington ExaminerMarch 22, 2022

A Washington Examiner piece about Biden’s attempts to move past the pandemic quoted Prof. Jack Pitney: “Most Americans are sick of restrictions and want the pandemic to be over,” he said. “Sounding the alarm bell might trigger resentment instead of watchfulness.”

The SwaddlerMarch 21, 2022

Prof. Ronald Riggio was quoted in a Swaddler piece about why we believe people in power when they lie. Speaking broadly about lying, he said, “It’s the politics of audacity. The more outrageous and audacious the lie is, the more people say ‘that’s got to be true because why would someone make something like that up?’”

BloombergMarch 21, 2022

In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, Prof. Minxin Pei wrote: “Any hopes that U.S. President Joe Biden might persuade his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to help stop the war in Ukraine should probably be put aside. … With no good options, China’s only coping strategy for now is to do what it can to help Russia without crossing U.S. red lines.”

Washington PostMarch 20, 2022

The Washington Post quoted Prof. Frederick Lynch on the benefits of higher education. “ has provided upward mobility...and many benefits outside of work, such as critical thinking, civic engagement, healthy behavior and so on,” he said.

RealClear PoliticsMarch 15, 2022

Prof. Andrew Busch wrote a commentary about mail voting and election legitimacy for RealClear Politics. Co-author of Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics, Busch wrote that the proportion of ballots cast by mail nearly doubled from 2016 to 2020, a development that contributed to undermining confidence in results. He outlines two problems—inadequate ballot security and delayed vote totals—and ways of mitigating future concerns.

C-SPAN2March 13, 2022

Professor Lily Geismer spoke with C-SPAN2 at the Tucson Festival of Books about her book, “Left Behind: How the Democrats Failed to Solve Inequality.”

PatchMarch 12, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in a Patch piece on the challenges Gov. Newsom may face on his path to reelection: “Even if the challenger in November isn't very compelling or strong, a lot of people will vote for that person to express their displeasure with the incumbent. And there might be a lot of displeasure this November.”

New York TimesMarch 11, 2022

Prof. Lily Geismer’s new book, “Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality” was reviewed by the New York Times. Geismer has also appeared at the Tucson Festival of Books and been interviewed on several radio and podcast shows.

Los Angeles TimesMarch 4, 2022

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Prof. Gaston Espinosa about the Latino evangelical community and their growing shift towards conservative politics.

AARPMarch 1, 2022

In an AARP article examining the factors impacting the 2022 midterm election season, Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted on the effect of the pandemic: “If COVID is still lingering throughout 2022, there’s going to be more of a demand for mail ballots and early voting. But in a lot of states that’s going to be more difficult so it could have a negative impact on turnout.”

New York TimesFeb. 28, 2022

In an opinion essay for the New York Times, Prof. Michael Fortner analyzes how Democrats can achieve sustainable police reform. “Palpable fear in the streets must be met with seriousness, compassion and nuance: People want more than just punishment,” he writes.

Standard-SpeakerFeb. 28, 2022

In a Standard-Speaker piece about gerrymandering, New York Times columnist Gail Collins quoted Prof. Ken Miller: “There was a lot of expectation the Republicans were going to exploit the process and that would give them control of the House. But it looks like the Democrats will come out at least equal and maybe advantaged.”

Los Angeles TimesFeb. 27, 2022

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Prof. Minxin Pei said that whether or not China—the world’s second-largest economy—sides with Russia in its war on Ukraine, it will pay a hefty price. “Short-term inconveniences pale in comparison with potential long-term risks and costs if China fails to strike a delicate balance between supporting Russia, its strategic partner of convenience, and preventing ties with the West from collapsing completely.”

Los Angeles TimesFeb. 25, 2022

The Los Angeles Times cited Prof. Wendy Lower, director of CMC’s Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, in an article about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected the Ukrainian Jewish community.

ABC7 Los Angeles Feb. 24, 2022

An ABC7 Los Angeles story about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could impact the Southern California economy quoted Prof. Manfred Keil, director of CMC’s Lowe Institute of Political Economy, on agriculture. Keil did not expect a big impact to wheat, one of Russia’s key exports, in the United States. While European markets are more closely impacted by Russian exports, Keil said, “American farmers will benefit from this.”

CBS Los AngelesFeb. 23, 2022

A CBS Los Angeles news story quoted Prof. Jack Pitney about how Putin’s invasion of Ukraine had been predicted: "He's been indicating for quite some time this is the way he wanted to go.”

The SunFeb. 23, 2022

In part one of a two-part series on growth prospects of the Inland Empire, Prof. Manfred Keil and Robert Kleinhenz of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership wrote: “The Inland Empire is among the nation’s largest based on absolute measures such as population and GDP, but it ranks in the bottom third in terms of the economic well-being of its residents as measured by income per capita. … Now is the time to develop long run goals and associated strategies for the region to move up the economic ladder and improve the well-being of its residents.”

GoverningFeb. 23, 2022

In a Governing piece about why the president’s party almost always loses seats in midterms, Prof. Andrew Busch was quoted on the motivation of the party that lost the presidential election. “Even if the population is fairly divided on whether the president is going a good job, the people who are unhappy are more motivated,” he said.

Spectrum News 1Feb. 22, 2022

Prof. Tamara Venit-Shelton was interviewed by Spectrum News 1 for a story about Pío Pico State Historic Park in Whittier, Calif. “Going back to the history of California and seeing it as a place that was multi-racial, that was polyglot, that was led by mixed-race people, led by Black people like Pío Pico, is a way of in fact reclaiming that history for the people who live in both Mexico and the United States today,” she said. “It’s important to be able to see your own roots and your own self reflected in history.”

BloombergFeb. 20, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei wrote an opinion piece for Bloomberg suggesting that China should remember the lessons of Nixon’s visit in 1972.

CNBCFeb. 19, 2022

CNBC ran a story about the wave of House retirements in California as the Democrats scramble for control of Congress, which included substantial commentary from Prof. Jack Pitney. Regarding Rep. Devin Nunes’ resignation, he said, the special election for Nunes’ current district will give Republicans a “much better shot than they would have under the new map” that debuts in November. Pitney’s insights appeared in a similar story on The Current Online.

WBURFeb. 18, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei was quoted in a WBUR podcast series about Richard Nixon’s great wager and how the former president’s diplomacy can inform U.S-China relations today. He expressed concern about China’s growing military strength, suggesting that it could take something like the 1962 Cuban missile crisis to prompt dialogue. “My fear is that the U.S. and China will not start talking seriously until they've actually gone through a similar episode—a really hair-raising, very dangerous episode in the next, say, three to five years.”

EABW NewsFeb. 17, 2022

In an opinion piece for EABW News, Prof. Minxin Pei argued that “50 years on, [Nixon’s] visit to Beijing remains, as Americans would say, a geopolitical no-brainer.” While many in Washington consider Nixon’s meeting and the policy of engagement it initiated to be “one of history’s greatest strategic blunders” in that they “helped make China an economic superpower and a geopolitical threat to America,” Pei disagrees and goes on to describe some of the resulting geopolitical and economic dividends for the United States.

ProMarketFeb. 17, 2022

In ProMarket, the publication of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Prof. Minxin Pei is quoted in a Stigler Center panel, part of a series of conversations on China’s current situation and future prospects. “[Xi] wants to create a new narrative in China that would convince the Chinese people that China’s day in the sun has arrived, [that] he’s elevated China to a new status in the global community.” Whether he succeeded in achieving these goals, Pei said, is a complicated question.

New York TimesFeb. 16, 2022

The New York Times interviewed CMC Prof. Ken Miller, director of the Rose Institute, for an op-ed about redistricting. “There was a lot of expectation the Republicans were going to exploit the process and that would give them control of the House,” he said. “But it looks like the Democrats will come out at least equal and maybe advantaged.”

Nikkei AsiaFeb. 15, 2022

In an op-ed published in Nikkei Asia, CMC Prof. Minxin Pei wrote that while the Ukraine crisis is a threat to Eastern Europe, for China it’s a “gift that keeps on giving,” while the U.S. is focused on that possible conflict. Russia could also become more economically reliant on China if sanctions are imposed. China is also observing Russian tactics and missteps in the event of a future crisis with Taiwan.

CNBCFeb. 12, 2022

CMC Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by CNBC about Latino voters under California’s new House map. “Given the national climate and what they’re up against, Democrats will be extremely grateful for any kind of gain in California during the midterms,” he said.

Real Clear PoliticsFeb. 11, 2022

In a commentary for Real Clear Politics, CMC Prof. Andrew Busch posed the COVID pandemic question, “When will the emergency end?” He compared the complicated resolution of this pandemic emergency to World War II, “an emergency that had at least four distinct endings because it had at least four distinct faces.” The Ohio Star also published this piece.

The Courthouse NewsFeb. 11, 2022

CMC Prof. Lily Geismer was interviewed by The Courthouse News, in a story examining neoliberalism politics with examples such as privatizing the Chicago parking meters and the rise of charter schools in Chicago. “For [neoliberals], the government’s main function is… to support and protect the free market,” Geismer said.

Los Angeles Daily NewsFeb. 11, 2022

CMC Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in the Los Angeles Daily News, in reaction to billionaire businessman Rick Caruso announcing his entry into the Los Angeles mayoral race and the hiring of a top campaign consultant. Caruso has hired Ace Smith of Bearstar Strategies, a “major force in California politics,” said Pitney. “Anything associated with him (Smith) should be taken seriously.”

The Washington ExaminerFeb. 11, 2022

The Washington Examiner interviewed CMC Prof. Jack Pitney in an article about President Biden’s ongoing responses to issues such as COVID-19, inflation, and crime. Pitney weighed in on each of these issues and how Biden is reacting and responding.

The Press EnterpriseFeb. 8, 2022

CMC Prof. Manfred Keil co-authored an article for The Press Enterprise with Robert A. Kleinhenz examining the economic conditions and recovery for Southern California during 2021 and the outlook for 2022. Keil is the Associate Director of the Lowe Institute and leads the Inland Empire economic forecast research team. Kleinhenz is CEO Kleinhenz Economics, Inland Empire Economic Council, Cal State Long Beach.

News-PressFeb. 8, 2022

A study conducted by CMC Prof. Jon Shields was referenced in an opinion piece in News-Press, disputing concerns that liberal college professors are influencing students and conservative colleagues with their beliefs. Shields conducted interviews with conservative professors in the humanities and social sciences from dozens of colleges and found that those professors did not feel discriminated against and were happy and succeeding in their careers. Naples Daily News also published this piece.

The Daily StarFeb. 5, 2022

In a commentary in The Daily Star, CMC Prof. Minxin Pei describes the high “geopolitical stakes” for China if Russia invades Ukraine and how China could be affected depending on how the United States is involved in the crisis. The Japan Times also published this piece.

New York TimesFeb. 3, 2022

In an op-ed for the New York Times, CMC Prof. Jon Shields explores the rivalry between Congresswoman Liz Cheney and former President Donald Trump. “Even if Liz Cheney and Donald Trump understood each other better, their feud would still be impossible to resolve,” he writes. “They are wed to each other, captured by rival codes of honor that are remaking the American right.”

The AtlanticFeb. 3, 2022

In an essay for The Atlantic, CMC Prof. George Thomas examines “how unwritten ideas drive our readings” of the Constitution.

“My point is not to argue for or against any particular method of constitutional interpretation; it is, rather, to insist that a large majority of the issues faced by the Court cannot be resolved simply by appealing to constitutional text,” he writes. “Going outside of the text is essential to reading the Constitution.”

The Daily StarFeb. 2, 2022

Prof. Hilary Appel, director of CMC’s Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and Prof. Jennifer Taw wrote a piece titled “Will Russia’s Anti-NATO Gambit Succeed?” for Bangladesh’s The Daily Star. “On the surface, Putin seems to have unnecessarily boxed himself in by making unacceptable demands on an issue—Ukraine's NATO accession—that was unlikely to materialize anyway. But Putin has, in fact, made real gains by exposing the West's disarray and the weakness of its commitment to Ukraine.”

Defence ConnectFeb. 1, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei was interviewed by Australia’s Defence Connect for a story on China’s stake in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The in-depth piece builds on Pei’s assessment that “Beijing may be 6,500 kilometers from Kyiv, but the geopolitical stakes for China in the escalating crisis over Ukraine’s fate couldn’t be higher.”

The ParadiseFeb. 1, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in an article for The Paradise after Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement about how rare it has been in recent years for a Senate of one party to confirm a Supreme Court nominee from a president of the other party. Pitney expressed slight optimism about a future cross-party confirmation. “An opposing-party Senate might approve a nominee in the next several years, provided that the nominee is a moderate who would not shift the ideological makeup of the court,” he said. This interview was cited in a Politifact post, “Supreme Court nominees confirmed by opposite party in Senate are rare.”

The Mercury NewsJan. 31, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was interviewed by The Mercury News about proposed sports betting measures for the November California ballot. The revenue from some of these initiatives could provide financial relief for the state’s homelessness and mental health programs, similar to the California Lottery helping to fund public education. But according to Pitney, voters know that the Lottery has not fixed the education system, and homelessness is a hard problem to solve, which may make passing the sports wagering measures more difficult. “I wouldn’t take this as a sure bet,” Pitney said.

BloombergJan. 30, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg about why China can’t afford to decouple from the United States.

Nepal24Hours.comJan. 29, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei wrote a piece for about how China views the Ukraine crisis. “While China obviously stands to benefit if a Russian invasion of Ukraine forces the United States to divert strategic resources to Eastern Europe, a peaceful resolution of the crisis will likely leave it worse off,” he said.

Penn Live Patriot-NewsJan. 29, 2022

Prof. Andrew Busch wrote a guest editorial for Penn Live Patriot-News on the question of how contentious the battle over Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s replacement will be. “One thing is almost certain to be true: No matter who is nominated by President Joe Biden, there will be no 87-9 favorable vote—the tally when Breyer was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1994,” he said.

The AtlanticJan. 27, 2022

In an interview with The Atlantic, CMC Prof. Angela Vossmeyer explained how higher Federal interest rates might affect Americans in their everyday lives. In general, “individuals seeking bank loans or lines of credit to purchase a car, remodel their home, expand their business, or even purchase retail items with credit cards will see monthly interest payments higher than what we have seen in the last two years,” Vossmeyer said. “On the other hand,” she pointed out, “with interest rates going up, Americans will have safe and meaningful outlets for saving again.”

Daily BeastJan. 26, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in a Daily Beast piece recognizing the Jan. 6 Committee as “a model of congressional congeniality among members with differing ideologies.” Pitney said, “This is what grown-ups look like. You have Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger who have very conservative voting records, but they understand this is different, that it’s separate from their policy differences with the Democrats. And their loyalty to country and the institution trumps loyalty to party.”

Inside Higher EducationJan. 21, 2022

As members of the NCAA voted to ratify a new constitution, Inside Higher Education interviewed President Hiram Chodosh, who said the NCAA faces “a major question: How can we restore amateur athletics through effective measures?” He added that the changes in the constitution amounted to window dressing. “There’s no real transformative change in this document,” Chodosh said.

New York TimesJan. 20, 2022

The New York Times interviewed Hiram Chodosh about the National Collegiate Athletic Association schools and conferences vote to adopt a new constitution, and take the first step in decentralizing.

Representing the joint Division III athletics teams from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps Colleges Division III athletics program, Chodosh said: “We’re just the virtual kale on the Division I burger.” He also noted that Division III carries the banner for the term student-athlete, adding, “without the rest of us, it may just start to look like a commercial enterprise.”

Law360Jan. 20, 2022

As the National Collegiate Athletic Association schools and conferences voted to adopt a new constitution, Hiram Chodosh was interviewed by Law360. Chodosh—representing the joint Division III athletics teams from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps Colleges—voiced opposition to the new constitution.

“How can we restore amateur athletics through effective rules that, one, limit the corrosive effects of money and simultaneously distribute revenue from lucrative commercial activity in principled, equitable, inclusive ways?" he said. "Instead of taking this on directly, we seem to be playing a weak form of defense. The process and the substance here are disappointing."

CBS Los AngelesJan. 11, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted in a CBS Los Angeles story about Gov. Newsom’s plan for universal healthcare, which he said would be paid for through the state’s general fund, and the Democrats’ proposal in the state legislature that would require a major tax increase. “This proposal could allow for a very large tax increase, and in recent elections, California voters have not been entirely positive about tax increases,” he said. “Even though they are overwhelmingly Democratic, that doesn't mean they are going to be progressive up and down the line.”

Los Angeles TimesJan. 6, 2022

The Claremont Colleges were included in a Los Angeles Times story about California colleges extending remote instruction amid the Omicron surge. President Hiram E. Chodosh’s message to the community announcing online instruction for the first two weeks of the spring semester was quoted.

Taipei TimesJan. 6, 2022

Prof. Minxin Pei published an editorial in the Taipei Times about U.S.-China relations. “In the unfolding new ‘cold war’ between the U.S. and China, the U.S.’s strategic priorities have flipped,” he wrote. “Today, U.S. security strategy is dominated by the China threat, and East Asia has replaced Europe as the principal theater of the world’s defining geopolitical contest.” Pei’s editorial explored the security consequences of this shift.

The Press EnterpriseJan. 5, 2022

Prof. Jack Pitney was quoted by The Press Enterprise about how Southern California Republican lawmakers have voted on matters tied to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. With polls showing most GOP voters believe the election was stolen, “Republican politicians buck this sentiment at their own peril, even if they know better,” Pitney said.

East African Business Week NewsJan. 3, 2022

In an op-ed published in the East African Business Week News, Prof. Minxin Pei writes that the United States strategic priorities have flipped and East Asia is replacing Europe as the greatest threat to the U.S. security strategy.

Korea JoongAng DailyJan. 3, 2022

At a high school competition in Seoul, Korea for students interested in data science, Prof. Jeho Park, who is director of the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab at CMC, led a four-week course on big data analysis. In an interview with Korea JoongAng Daily, Park said, “Some of the students took on issues that graduate students would take on, and tried to visualize data on issues very relevant to our lives. We are in an age and time when students from a young age should be exposed to reading and understanding data, and I hope that this program was a step in the right direction for many participants.”

MintDec. 30, 2021

In an article published in Mint, Prof. Minxin Pei writes of the legacy of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He writes that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), may shape the future of Asia’s geopolitical landscape.

San Bernardino SunDec. 28, 2021

Sarah Chen ’22 and Prof. Manfred Keil shared 21 “good news” items from 2021 in an article they co-wrote for the San Bernardino Sun. Chen, who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar, is a forecast analyst with CMC’s Lowe Institute of Political Economy. Keil is the Associate Director of the Lowe Institute and leads the Inland Empire economic forecast research team.

Real Clear PoliticsDec. 22, 2021

In a commentary published in Real Clear Politics, Prof. Andrew Busch discussed the history of budget reconciliation use and misuse, starting with the establishment and evolution of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act from 1974.

The Daily BeastDec. 13, 2021

The Daily Beast interviewed Prof. Jack Pitney about the expectations that President Joe Biden would rescue America like a superhero. “We expected Biden to return us to normality and it hasn’t happened. It’s not necessarily his fault, but people aren’t grading on a curve,” he said.

Salt Lake TribuneDec. 13, 2021

In an op-ed published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Religious Studies Prof. Cristina Rosetti writes of the distrust that fundamentalist groups have for government and medical authorities, resulting in many refusing COVID-19 vaccinations and searching for alternative remedies. These groups “still view the government with suspicion. Many continue polygamy, and fear of being reported to law enforcement keeps them from accessing resources like health care.”

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 Oct..

"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.”

C-SPANSept. 17, 2021

Professor Emily Pears appeared on C-SPAN with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood to examine the political debates that surrounded the creation of the U.S. Constitution.

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 NewsAug. 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 NewsAug. 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 EducationAug. 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 TimesAug. 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.”

Los Angeles TimesApril 22, 2021

A Los Angeles Times story reported that CMC President Hiram Chodosh announced that all students would be required to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus this fall. In an interview, Chodosh said the college is requiring only student vaccinations at this time because of pending questions over whether they can be required for employees before the FDA formally approves the vaccines. But he said he expected faculty and staff members to get the shots “as a matter of choice.”

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 PostFeb. 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 EconomistFeb. 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 MagazineFeb. 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 SyndicateJan. 14, 2021

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

The Art NewspaperJan. 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 GazetteJan. 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."

ForbesDec. 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 EducationNov. 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”Nov. 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 LawNov. 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 TimesNov. 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 AtlanticNov. 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 TodayNov. 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 ReviewOct. 30, 2020

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

Daily BulletinOct. 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 BeeOct. 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 magazine 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 TimesSep. 18, 2020

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

New York TimesSep. 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 TimesAug. 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 TimesAug. 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.

FortuneMay 4, 2020

CMC President Hiram Chodosh was interviewed by Fortune magazine for an article featuring CMC’s “heroic” effort to meet the needs of their 2020 graduates, who were facing the “worst career environment” that college students “have faced since the Great Depression.”

CMC expanded its robust internship program, accomplishing something “unprecedented.”

“We’re expanding our internship program into the immediate postgraduate environment,” Chodosh said. Thanks to “a very generous anonymous donor,” Chodosh explained that 2020 grads would be eligible for a summer of training in high-value skills and potentially for financial support in low-paid or unpaid work—à la internships—until next June, up to $10,000 per quarter. As Chodosh told the class of 2020, “This funding will enable you to work for an employer who may not be able initially to hire you.”

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.

Los Angeles TimesJune 12, 2019

The Washington Post interviewed CMC President Hiram Chodosh about the role sports play in admissions to the nation’s most prestigious private colleges and universities.

Chodosh said that CMC, a Division III college, aspires to be “the go-to college for the scholar-leader-athlete.”

He acknowledged a concern, however, about all the money that affluent parents pour into athletic trainers, traveling clubs, sports camps and other activities—separate from high school sports teams—that give their children an edge in the recruiting chase.

Too often, he said, wealth and privilege determine “who becomes a competitive athlete in a world where we have structured sport and play to an extreme.” Those disparities, he continued, pose a challenge for the country and for colleges that want to level the playing field. “We have a lot more work to do there.”

Los Angeles TimesMarch 17, 2019

The Los Angeles Times interviewed CMC President Hiram Chodosh in an article about the stereotypes of elite colleges being exclusively for wealthy families.

Access and affordability, Chodosh said, are rooted in the founding vision of the College, whose first students in 1946 were World War II veterans. He further detailed how the College “has stepped up its commitment” to low-income students, as well as students who are the first in their families to attend college.

“I’m concerned about a growing frustration with elite institutions generally, including higher education institutions, that becomes very corrosive and can serve to undermine the tremendous investment and success of our leading colleges and universities,” he said.

Los Angeles TimesNov. 13, 2015

In a video interview with the Los Angeles Times, CMC President Hiram Chodosh discussed how higher education can help students “develop a full sense of home and belonging” while simultaneously committing “to notions of free and critical inquiry and speech.”

“These are not … mutually exclusive goals,” Chodosh said. “We need to do—and can do —both at the same time. And part of our process, part of our commitment here at Claremont McKenna College, is to commit to that process of building security and self-confidence and a sense of belonging in each and every one of our students. And to engage the whole community to think deeply about the problems of our country, the challenges of a pluralistic society, and to join together to build community and build that capacity.”