Faculty in the Media

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January 2017

Faculty in the Media – 31 January 2017

  • ABC Radio National Drive interviewed Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations about plans to appoint a digital ambassador in Denmark who will liaise with top tech companies. Dr Chen was also interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about the US President’s executive order on immigration.
  • The Japan Times interviewed Dr Yasuko Claremont from the Department of Japanese Studies about her English translation of a Japanese book about 321 junior high school students killed by the 1945 US atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
  • United States Studies Centre academics were interviewed about US President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, banning citizens from seven countries. Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor spoke to ABC (NewsRadio) and Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 6PR Perth, 2GB Sydney, ABC North West WA. Dr David Smith was quoted on News.com.au about the issue.
  • New York Times (US) quoted Dougal Robinson, Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, about US President Trump honouring a refugee resettlement deal for the US to accept migrants Australia has detained on Nauru and Manus islands.

Faculty in the Media – 30 January 2017

  • The New Zealand Herald published an opinion piece by Dr Sam Wills from the School of Economics about the future of work and “new collar” jobs. Dr Sam Wills was also interviewed by ABC Newcastle on the topic.
  • Dr Miranda Johnson from the Department of History was interviewed on the BBC History Hour about the wider implications of the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
  • Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Age about the history of political instability in Australia, addressed in his forthcoming book Disposable Leaders.
  • ABC News 24’s Weekend Breakfast interviewed Honorary Associate Professor Mark Pesce from the Department of Media and Communications about the current state and the future of chip technology as well as the importance and future of Virtual Reality.
  • Dr Alex Lefebvre from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in the Australian Financial Review about measuring Donald Trump’s influence as President in terms of The Enlightenment.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Anne Rogerson from the Department of Classics and Ancient History about the Latin language.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre about the US President’s intention to build a wall on the Mexican border.
  • ABC Radio (PM, Canberra) interviewed Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about the US presence in Asia and potential implications this might have for Australia.
  • Senior Fellow of the United States Studies Centre, Tom Switzer, was interviewed on ABC Radio Perth about Donald Trump’s first week as US President.
  • Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre wrote an article published on The Conversation about whether Trump’s policies are isolationist.

Faculty in the Media – 27 January 2017

  • 2GB Sydney and 4BC interviewed Professor Nick Enfield from the Department of Linguistics and member of the Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year Committee, about the selection of ‘fake news’ as 2016 winner.
  • ABC Radio Canberra, CNBC (US),MSN (US) and Yahoo! (US) interviewed Professor Simon Tormey from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the Supreme Court ruling that parliamentary approval for Brexit must be received before UK Prime Minister Theresa May begins negotiations with the European Union. Adjunct Professor Nick Rowley from the Sydney Democracy Network spoke to ABC Radio (PM) about the levels of support among Members of Parliament to proceed with Brexit.
  • Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in Nine.com.au about a shift away from highly conservative politicians, reflected in the transition from Mike Baird to Gladys Berejiklian as the NSW Premier.
  • News.com.au quoted various China experts from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney Medical School and United States Studies Centre about their predictions for China in 2017.
  • Forbes (US) quoted Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about whether US President-elect Donald Trump will broker a deal with China to prop up the Yuan and bring down the dollar.
  • Associate Professor Daniel Anlezark from the School of Literature, Art and Media was quoted in Times Higher Education (UK) about the effects of Game of Thrones on increasing student enrolment numbers in medieval languages.
  • Paul Duffill, Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, was quoted in Stuff.co.nz and Waikato Times (New Zealand) about a United Nations Security Council resolution concerning Israeli settlements.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre about the US President’s plans for the US-Mexico border and to eradicate Obamacare.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted about a potential military clash between the US and China in News.com.au.
  • Daily Star (UK), Sina (China) and Sohu (China) quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about a potential military clash between the US and China.

Faculty in the Media – 25 January 2017

  • Honorary Associate from the Department of Political Economy, Dr Patricia Ranald, wrote an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times, calling for progressive fair trade action, which prioritises people and the environment over ideology.
  • Dr Sam Wills from the School of Economics wrote an article for The Conversation about the future of jobs and the impact of artificial intelligence, a key theme at the World Economic Forum last week. Dr Wills was also interviewed on ABC Mid North Coast about the subject and Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) republished the article.
  • The Australian Financial Review published an article by Dougal Robinson, Research Fellow from the United States Studies Centre, about the likely approach of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to US foreign policy.
  • Radio National Drive interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre about the relationship between Australia and the US during Trump’s presidency.
  • Shirley Koch from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work spoke to 2SM Sydney about methods to keep gifted children motivated in school work.
  • ABC Newcastle interviewed Associate Professor Michael Hogan from the Department of Government and International Relations about the political experience of the new State Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.
  • Crikey.com.au quoted Professor Mark McKenna and Dr Ben Silverstein from the Department of History about whether Australia Day should be celebrated on 26 January.
  • The Guardian (UK) quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about the Trump Administration’s approach to diplomatic issues with China, in regards to tension over the South China Sea.
  • Daily Mail (UK) quoted Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre about what the US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership could mean for business in Asia.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 2GB Sydney about the future of Australia’s trade deals with the United States following US President Donald Trump’s scrapping of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre was also interviewed on Sky News about the impact of Trump’s decision on Australia.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer and Associate Professor O’Connor discussed US foreign policy under the leadership of Trump in a podcast on The Conversation.

Faculty in the Media – 24 January 2017

  • Associate Professor Michael Hogan from the Department of Government and International Relations wrote an article on The Conversation about the challenges the new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces. Associate Professor Hogan also gave his opinion on the new NSW Premier in an interview with ABC Radio (Hobart, Canberra). Associate Professor Hogan and Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations were also interviewed in a report by ABC Radio National (PM) on the same topic.
  • Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in The New Daily about the NSW Premier’s alignment with the moderate faction of the Liberal Party and how this might influence policy.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre authored an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times about US President Donald Trump prioritising domestic issues over global problems.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre about the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 6PR Perth about Trump’s inaugural speech.
  • Paul Duffill, Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, was interviewed on ABC News 24 about the approval of new settlements in Jerusalem.

Faculty in the Media – 23 January 2017

  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on ABC (Radio National), 2SM Sydney and SBS Radio (Mandarin), about the work of NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian in light of her bid for Premier following Mike Baird’s resignation.
  • Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on Channel 7 News (Sydney) about the level of support for Gladys Berejiklian as NSW Premier from within the Liberal Party.
  • The AFR Weekend quoted Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Gallop from the Graduate School of Government on how Mike Baird might have assessed the decision to resign before his term had finished, referencing his own experience as WA Premier.
  • Emeritus Professor Suzanne Rutland from the School of Languages and Cultures authored the ‘Books That Change Me’ column published in the Sun Herald, Sunday Canberra Times. Sunday Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (online).
  • Al Jazeera (Qatar) published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about whether US President-elect Donald Trump will broker a deal with China to prop up the Yuan and bring down the dollar.
  • ABC News 24 interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre and Senior Fellow Tom Switzer in a discussion about the future of US politics.
  • Sydney Morning Herald and The Age featured an opinion piece by Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. Switzer was also featured in a report on Channel 7 (Melbourne) and interviewed on ABC Radio (Brisbane, Mid North Coast, Coffs Coast).
  • CEO of the United States Studies Centre Professor Simon Jackman wrote an article published in the Australian Financial Review about Donald Trump’s failure to call for national unity in his inaugural speech.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC Radio National about volatility following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.
  • Research Associate from the United States Studies Centre, John Barron, spoke to ABC The World Today about the number of high profile entertainers who declined invitations to perform at the inauguration.
  • Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 2GB Sydney about the consistent rhetoric employed by Trump since the presidential campaign.

Faculty in the Media – 20 January 2017

  • Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on Channel 9 (Sydney News, Melbourne News, Today Show) about the resignation of NSW Premier Mike Baird. Professor Smith was also quoted in articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times about changing perceptions of female politicians over time and the achievements of NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian in light of her bid for NSW Premier.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on Radio National Breakfast and 2SM and quoted in the Inner West Courier, Reuters (UK, US), Yahoo! (UK, Singapore), China Daily, Gulf News (UAE), The Star (Malaysia), Malaysian Digest, Swiss Radio International (Switzerland), Manila Bulletin (Philippines) and The Himalayan Times (Nepal) about the resignation of NSW Premier Mike Baird.
  • ABC Radio National aired a discussion about Aristotle with Professor Vrasidas Karalis from the School of Languages and Cultures with regard to a lecture on the topic hosted by Sydney Ideas.
  • Professor Mark McKenna from the Department of History was quoted in the Liverpool Leader about the history of Australia Day.
  • Dr Nicole Hemmer, Visiting Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre, was quoted in ABC News Online about the influence of First Lady Michelle Obama on awareness of childhood obesity.
  • Dr David Smith from the United State Studies Centre was quoted in an article published on ABC Radio Australia about former US President William Henry Harrison, who holds the record for the shortest time in America's highest office.

Faculty in the Media – 19 January 2017

  • Professor Simon Tormey from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on Sky News, ABC Radio (AM) and ABC News24 about UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech, confirming a plan for the UK to exit the European Union.
  • ABC Radio Hobart interviewed Dr James Flexner from the Department of Archaeology about artefacts his team of researchers discovered in the Triabunna Barracks.
  • Forbes (US) quoted Dr Jean Jonathan Bogais, Adjunct Associate Professor from the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the end of the search for missing flight MH370.
  • Paper.cn (China) published an interview with Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations and Sydney Democracy Network about the death of democracy.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre wrote an article published in the Courier Mail about the implications of US President-elect Donald Trump’s political agenda for Australia.
  • Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about the history of US Presidents.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in news.com.au about the approach of US President-elect Donald Trump to China.

Faculty in the Media – 18 January 2017

  • The Conversation published an article by Dr Steve Georgakis from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, which argued elite sports can have a negative impact on youth sporting culture
  • PhD candidate in the Department of History, Deirdre O’Connell, wrote an article in The Conversation, reflecting on the music of Australia’s civil rights movement.
  • In light of the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, ABC Central Victoria interviewed Research Associate John Barron at the US Studies Centre.
  • Channel 7’s Sunrise interviewed Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about Donald Trump’s intention to strengthen US borders when he becomes president and whether this is a current trend in the Western world.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Canberra Times and regional newspapers mentioned CEO of the United States Studies Centre Professor Simon Jackman compiled data on election results.

Faculty in the Media – 17 January 2017

  • Katherine Jacka, PhD Student in the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, authored an article on The Conversation about what lessons in tolerance can be learned from the Opera Król Roger, opening in Sydney this week and based on the life of a 12th century Norman king.
  • 6PR Perth interviewed Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about the transition of power to Donald Trump this year.

Faculty in the Media – 16 January 2017

  • Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in The Age and Canberra Times about Rupert Murdoch’s influence over the news agenda in News Corporation papers.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre authored an article published in the Weekend Australian about how Donald Trump might navigate the US political landscape as President.
  • Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, Dougal Robinson, authored an article in the AFR Weekend about a potential agreement between Australia and the United States to resettle asylum seekers in the US.
  • Honorary Professor Edward Blakely from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC News 24 about the influence of Russia in the US Presidential election following President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of a report into the matter.
  • Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 2UE Sydney about Russia and the US presidential election. He also authored an article in The Australian about outgoing President Barack Obama’s effectiveness as leader.
  • Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on Al Jeezera (Qatar) about outgoing US President Barack Obama’s final speech.

Faculty in the Media – 13 January 2017

  • Guardian Australia published commentary by Troy Henderson, a PhD candidate in political economy, about whether universal basic income could work as a solution to growing inequality in Australia.
  • Senior Lecturer Lynette Riley from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work was quoted in an ABC News Online article about skin names being given to non-Aboriginal people.
  • ABC News 24 interviewed Dr Gorana Grgic from the United States Studies Centre about President-elect Donald Trump’s recent engagements with the media and his dealings with Russia.
  • ABC NewsRadio and ABC Western Victoria interviewed Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about the future of the Trump administration in relation to the fresh allegations about Trump’s personal behaviour. 2GB Sydney also interviewed Switzer about US President Barack Obama’s outgoing speech and the legacy of his presidency.
  • ABC Adelaide interviewed Research Associate John Barron from the United States Studies Centre about US President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter activities and his response to the release of alleged compromising personal information in media reports.
  • CNN (US), MSN (UK) and The Guardian (UK) interviewed Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about incoming US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s comments on disputes in the South China Sea.

Faculty in the Media – 12 January 2017

  • The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and Adelaide Now quoted Associate Professor Nicholas de Roos from the School of Economics about rising petrol prices.
  • ABC News 24 interviewed Dr Thomas Adams from the United States Studies Centre about outgoing President Barak Obama’s farewell address. ABC Darwin also interviewed Associate Professor Brendan O’Connor from the Centre about the speech. ABC News Online also included quotes from Dr Gorana Grgic from the Centre, about Obama’s most noteworthy speeches.
  • The Australian quoted Dr Sarah Graham of the United States Studies Centre on the Australian government’s agreement to resettle refugees in the US.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald and Age quoted Professor Elspeth Probyn from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies in a comment piece on nakedness.
  • CNBC (US), Yahoo! (US) and MSN (US) interviewed Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about outgoing US President Barack Obama’s farewell address.
  • Xinhua (China) and Global Times (China) interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre about Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upcoming visit to Australia.

Faculty in the Media – 11 January 2017

  • News.com.au and The New Zealand Herald quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about how US President-elect Donald Trump will manage US-China relations.
  • Sputnik (Russia) interviewed Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about a statement made by the US Secretary of Defence about Russia’s involvement in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Faculty in the Media – 10 January 2017

  • Tom Switzer from the US Studies Centre was interviewed on 2GB Sydney about Russia’s place on the foreign relations stage and the Australian Federal Government.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on 2SER Sydney regarding the standing down of Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley. Dr Chen was also interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney and discussed upcoming elections in France, the Netherlands, Iran, Lebanon and Germany.
  • The Wall Street Journal (US) published an opinion piece by Stuart Rollo, Research Assistant and PhD candidate in the Department of Government and International Relations, about the Syrian Kurds’ campaign to defeat Islamic State and how US President-elect Donald Trump will manage competing interests in Syria.
  • Before It’s News (US), Free Republic (US), Zero Hedge (US) reported on a study by Professor Dianna Kenny, which looked at the life expectancy of musicians.

Faculty in the Media – 9 January 2017

  • Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times published an article authored by Senior Fellow Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre about Russia’s place in the international community and the US-Russia relationship. 2GB Sydney also interviewed Switzer about the impacts of the US presidency of Donald Trump on Australia.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (online), Sun Herald, Sunday Canberra Times and Sunday Age quoted Professor Nick Enfield from the Department of Linguistics about a spike in the use of profanities in social media and online commentary following Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election.
  • ABC Sydney Radio interviewed Dr Gorana Grgic from the United States Studies Centre about Madeleine Albright and other female secretaries of state.
  • ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra interviewed PhD Candidate Rowan Howatt from the Department of History about his research into the history of Maori in colonial New South Wales.
  • In a write-up of the most-anticipated books of 2017, Weekend Australian mentioned Fighting with America: Why Saying ‘No’ to the US Wouldn’t Rupture the Alliance, authored by Professor James Curran from the Department of History.
  • Sputnik (Russia) quoted Stuart Rollo from the Department of Government and International Relations about news that high-ranking Turkish officials expressed their discontent with Washington failing to provide assistance to Ankara's military operation in northern Syria.
  • Mumbai Mirror (India) published an interview with Dr Jim Masselos, Honorary Associate in the Department of History, which detailed his experiences studying and teaching history at Sydney.

Faculty in the Media – 6 January 2017

  • News.com.au, Gold Coast Bulletin, NT News and The New Zealand Herald profiled Media and Communications alumnus Gregory Constantine, who has been named as one of the world's brightest young innovators, making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
  • The Independent (Singapore) published an opinion article by Associate Professor Lily Rahim from the Department of Government and International Relations about politics in Singapore and also mentioned that she will speak at an upcoming event examining the special status of Malays under Article 152 of the Singapore Constitution.

Faculty in the Media – 4 January 2017

  • Dr Nicole Hemmer, Visiting Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre, wrote an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times about how US foreign policy will change under the leadership of Donald Trump.
  • Yahoo! (US, Canada) and MSN (US) interviewed Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre about incoming US President Donald Trump.

Faculty in the Media – 3 January 2017

  • PhD candidate in European Studies Danica Jenkins wrote an article published in The Conversation about how cinema opens a dialogue about the Balkans’ past.