Faculty in the Media

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December 2016

Faculty in the Media – 30 December 2016

  • Sky Business News interviewed Professor Simon Tormey from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the UK referendum on the country leaving the European Union.
  • Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre spoke to 702 ABC Sydney about developments in US politics.

Faculty in the Media – 29 December 2016

  • Life Matters on Radio National interviewed Dr Mitchell Hobbs from the Department of Media and Communications about his research on dating app technology and how it fosters relationships.
  • In an article about democracy in North Carolina, Quartz (US) mentioned findings from the Electoral Integrity Project, based in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and at Harvard University.

Faculty in the Media – 28 December 2016

  • An article in the Sydney Morning Herald about discoveries in 2016 mentioned researchers from the University of Sydney and ANU found a fragment of the world’s oldest axe.
  • The Huffington Post quoted Dr Agnieszka Tymula from the School of Economics about her research published in Nature on the brain’s changing structure and how this influences decision-making.
  • SBS World News quoted Dr Jean Jonathan Bogais, Adjunct Associate Professor from the School of Social and Political Sciences, about conflict and tension over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Faculty in the Media – 27 December 2016

  • Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History was featured in a story on Australia Wide on ABC News 24 about the Macleay Museum and the Nicholson Museum closing and their collections being moved to the new Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Faculty in the Media – 25 December 2016

  • Al Jazeera (Qatar) published an article by Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about China’s love affair with the US dollar.
  • ABC Radio National's Christmas Breakfast program interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about miraculous births in world religions.

Faculty in the Media – 23 December 2016

  • Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion was interviewed on 2SER FM about Christmas.

Faculty in the Media – 22 December 2016

  • Richard Fontaine, Fellow of the United States Studies Centre, wrote an article published in the AFR Weekend about the multitude of powerful institutions that may influence Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda.

Faculty in the Media – 20 December 2016

  • Professor Michael Humphrey from the China Studies Centre was interviewed by Sky News and AAP Newswire about terror attacks following an incident at a Christmas market in Berlin.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 2GB Sydney and wrote an article for the Age about the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War.
  • Bloomberg TV (US) interviewed Professor Michael Humphrey from the China Studies Centre about the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in Ankara, in light of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in Bloomberg (US), Slate (US) and Yahoo! (US) about the Chinese government seizing an US underwater drone in the South China Sea.

Faculty in the Media – 19 December 2016

  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about recent politics news including US President-elect Donald Trump’s diplomatic approach to the conflict in Syria.
  • Karma Chain, PhD candidate from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, was interviewed on Radio National’s Counterpoint about the rising popularity of decluttering.
  • ABC (702 Sydney, 666 Canberra, Online) interviewed Dominique Wilson, researcher in the Department of Studies in Religion, about the religious origins of Christmas and use of Christian iconography.

Faculty in the Media – 17 December 2016

  • Honorary Associate in the Department of History, Professor Richard Waterhouse, was interviewed on ABC North Coast NSW about the history of the Australian holiday and how perceptions of holidays have changed over time.
  • Honours student Emma Balfour was interviewed on ABC News 24 about becoming a meme scholar as part of the American studies program at the University of Sydney.
  • Raphael Lataster from the Department of Studies in Religion was interviewed on BBC Radio about the historical evidence of Jesus.

Faculty in the Media – 16 December 2016

  • Radio National Breakfast interviewed Emeritus Professor Frank Stillwell from the Department of Political Economy about a Grattan Institute discussion paper on the merits of a shorter working week.
  • Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History was interviewed on 2GB about a book he has co-authored, Stories from the Sandstone, which explores the history of Sydney’s Quarantine Station.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in The Guardian about new satellite imagery indicating that China has installed weapon systems in contested waters of the South China Sea.
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in The New Daily about the CIA finding Russia intervened in the US presidential election.
  • BBC World’s Newsday (UK), The Indian Express (India) and MedIndia (India) quoted Dr Agnieszka Tymula from the School of Economics about her new research published in Nature on the brain’s changing structure and how this influences decision-making. Lifehacker also republished Dr Tymula's article from The Conversation.
  • The Financial Times (UK, Asia) quoted Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre about the announcement that US fighter aircraft will be deployed in northern Australia in 2017.
  • Bloomberg and CNN (US) quoted Ashley Townshend, research fellow at the United States Studies Centre, about new satellite imagery indicating that China has installed weapon systems in contested waters of the South China Sea.
  • Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Riegel, outgoing director of the China Studies Centre, was one of a number of foreign experts interviewed about the China Communist Party for a feature published in People’s Daily (China).
  • Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion was interviewed on 2SER FM about Christmas around the world

Faculty in the Media – 15 December 2016

  • Dr Agnieszka Tymula from the School of Economics was interviewed on ABC Radio National Breakfast about her brain structure and risk taking research. The research was also featured in the Adelaide Advertiser and Daily Mail (UK), and Dr Tymula authored an article in The Conversation about the findings.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre wrote an article in the Australian Financial Review about the implications of Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson to Secretary of State.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times about the cabinet of US President-elect Donald Trump and their relationship with Australia

Faculty in the Media – 14 December 2016

  • Dr Agnieszka Tymula from the School of Economics was quoted in Business Insider about her new research published in Nature on the brain’s changing structure and how this influences decision-making.
  • ABC News Online quoted Research Associate from the United States Studies Centre, Brendan Thomas-Noone, about the identity of hackers.
  • Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on Radio Adelaide about the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.
  • Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in the Daily Telegraph about relations between the US and Taiwan.
  • CNBC (US) and Yahoo! (India, UK) interviewed Associate Professor Justin Hastings from the Department of Government and International Relations about the 2017 presidential election race in South Korea.
  • National Interest (US) published an article by Senior Fellow Tom Switzer of the United States Studies Centre about Donald Trump nominating Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and the implications for US foreign policy.
  • Foreign Affairs (US) published an article by Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about the different names given to Taiwan.
  • The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) published an opinion piece by Hendri Yulius, Master’s student in Gender and Cultural Studies, about corporate involvement in a peaceful mass rally in Jakarta.

Faculty in the Media – 13 December 2016

  • The Sydney Morning Herald and regional Fairfax newspapers published an opinion piece by Dr Nicholas Riemer from the Department of English about a protest by the Teachers for Refugees group.
  • Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Daily Telegraph, news.com.au and The New Zealand Herald quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about political motivations underlying China’s decision to fly the H-6 bomber across disputed territory in the South China Sea.
  • 702 ABC Sydney interviewed Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations about the CIA finding Russia intervened in the US presidential election.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 666 ABC Canberra about Donald Trump’s response to the CIA investigation.
  • Research Associate from the United States Studies Centre, Brendan Thomas-Noone, wrote an article published in The Australian about Russia’s influence on democratic processes in the context of the investigation.
  • PhD candidate Lisa Heinze from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on 774 ABC Melbourne about ethical Christmas gifts to give to loved ones.
  • Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications wrote an article published on The Conversation, verifying whether Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is among the highest in the world.
  • CNBC (US) interview Associate Professor Justin Hastings from the Department of Government and International Relations about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

Faculty in the Media – 12 December 2016

  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre reviewed Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader by Troy Bramston in the Weekend Australian.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer of the United States Studies Centre wrote an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Age about how Samantha Armytage of Sunrise correctly predicted the outcome of the US election, going against polling predictions. He was also interviewed on Weekend Sunrise about the CIA finding that Russia intervened in the US presidential election.
  • Crikey.com.au, News.com.au, Daily Mail (UK) and New Zealand Herald reported Eleanor Gordon-Smith from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry was interviewed on the podcast This American Life about how she confronted catcalls.
  • In an article about the fairness of the US presidential election, The Daily Beast (US) mentioned findings from the Electoral Integrity Project, based in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and at Harvard University. Professor Pippa Norris was mentioned as the leader of the project.
  • Dr Anna Boucher from the Department of Government and International relations co-authored an article oandren Inside Story about changes to Australian citizenship laws.
  • Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about the Philistines.

Faculty in the Media – 9 December 2016

  • Sky News and Radio National Between the Lines interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre about Australian-US relations during Trump’s presidency.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on Sky News about the recent appointments to Donald Trump’s cabinet.
  • Dr Olaf Werder from the Department of Media and Communications was interviewed on 2UE Sydney about the art of communication.
  • Honorary Associate, Professor Richard Waterhouse, from the Department of History was interviewed on SBS World News about the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Giovanni Navarria from the Sydney Democracy Network was interviewed on SYN FM about the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following a referendum.
  • The Diplomat (Japan) published an opinion piece by Nick Derewlany, recent International Relations and Political Economy graduate, about Australia’s ties with China and the US.

Faculty in the Media – 8 December 2016

  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre wrote an article published in the Australian Financial Review about the US foreign and defence policy under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump.

Faculty in the Media – 7 December 2016

  • Sky (News, Business News) interviewed Professor Simon Tormey from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the referendum on constitutional reform in Italy.
  • B&T mentioned Dr Fiona Martin and Dr Jonathon Hutchinson from the Department of Media and Communications have helped develop a community manager’s code of ethics to combat online trolling.
  • Professor Richard Waterhouse from the Department of History was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about the 75th Anniversary of Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor, and its impact on Australia and the US.
  • Dr Seiko Yasumoto from the Department of Japanese Studies was interviewed on ABC1 about the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate from the School of Social and Political Sciences, Dr Giovanni Navarria, wrote an article published in The Conversation about what’s next for Italy after the ’no’ outcome of its referendum

Faculty in the Media – 6 December 2016

  • Dr Stewart Jackson from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on SBS World News and ABC (PM, 666 Canberra) about the unexpected resignation of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations discussed the resignation of the NZ Prime Minister and other politics news on 702 ABC Sydney. Dr Chen was also interviewed on 2SER about Australian politics.
  • Professor Simon Tormey from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on ABC (News 24, NewsRadio) about the referendum on constitutional reform in Italy.
  • Dr Olaf Werder from the Department of Media and Communications was interviewed on 666 ABC Canberra about the art of conversation and communication.
  • PhD candidate Luke Mansillo from the Department of Government and International was quoted in Mamamia about the relevancy of the monarchy in the modern age.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in the Cairns Post about the implications of US president-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen.
  • Yahoo! (US, New Zealand) and CNBC (US) quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about US president-elect Donald Trump publicly insulting China twice in a span of 72 hours.

Faculty in the Media – 5 December 2016

  • The Saturday Paper quoted Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre about the future of the ANZUS alliance, which he addresses in his book Fighting with America. ABC PM interviewed Professor Curran about recent additions to Donald Trump’s cabinet. The Weekend Australian published an article by Professor Curran that discussed insights from his book.
  • PhD candidate from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Lisa Heinze was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times about the rising number of consumers searching for authentic and ethical Christmas gifts.
  • Associate Professor Charlotte Epstein from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on ABC The World Today about the French President Francois Hollande announcing his intention not to seek re-election.
  • Professor Sujatha Fernandes from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on ABC Newcastle about the rise of liberalism in the context of the US election this year.
  • CEO of the United States Studies Centre, Professor Simon Jackman, was interviewed on Sky News about the implications of Donald Trump’s relationship with Taiwan’s leader.
  • PhD candidate Luke Mansillo from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted on ABC Online about the relevancy of the monarchy in the 21st Century.
  • The Conversation published an article by Dr Olaf Werder from the Department of Media and Communications about the art of communication.
  • Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations wrote an article published in The Conversation about time and politics.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate from the School of Social and Political Sciences, Dr Giovanni Navarria, wrote an article published in The Conversation about Italy’s referendum on reforms to 47 articles of the Constitution. Dr Navarria also wrote part 5 of a 5-part series on The Conversation about Italy’s recent political history.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on ABC News 24 about the year in politics. Dr Chen’s recently published book on animal welfare was also mentioned in an article in the Sunday Tasmanian.

Faculty in the Media – 2 December 2016

  • 702 ABC Sydney and 2UE Sydney interviewed Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History about the history of inscriptions at the Quarantine Station at North Head and the new book he co-wrote with Associate Professor Annie Clark and Dr Ursula Federick Stories from the Sandstone.
  • Dr Mitchell Hobbs from the Department of Media and Communications was featured in an episode of Hack Live on ABC2 that discussed modern dating and the rise of dating apps.
  • The Project interviewed Dr Jim Elmslie from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies about the situation in West Papua and the need for an investigation into claims of genocide under Indonesian Law.
  • ABC Newcastle interviewed Professor John Keane from the Sydney Democracy Network about populism and its impact on democracy.
  • ABC 702 Sydney interviewed Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations about various political topics of the week including the ‘backpacker tax’, the ABCC legislation and migration policies

Faculty in the Media – 1 December 2016

  • PhD candidate from the Department of Government and International Relations, Yelena Zabortseva, was interviewed on ABC News (24, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Darwin) about Kazakhstan’s education system, which ranked higher than Australia in the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report.
  • The Australian Financial Review mentioned Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre has authored a book, Fighting with America, about what Trump’s presidency might mean for the ANZUS alliance.
  • Associate Professor Stuart Rosewarne from the Department of Political Economy was interviewed on ABC Mildura and regional Queensland newspapers about the implications of the 15 percent rate of the backpacker tax for people on the Working Holiday Visa.
  • In an article commemorating the upcoming 100th year of independence in Finland, The Helsinki Times (Finland) mentioned findings about the nation from the Electoral Integrity Project, based in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and at Harvard University.
  • Port Macquarie News and Manning River Times reported on lectures given to high school students by Dr Estelle Lazer from the School of Philosophical & Historical Inquiry, on Pompeii.