Faculty in the Media

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May 2017

Faculty in the Media – 31 May 2017

  • Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed by Radio Adelaide about the rise of populism.
  • Dr Gaynor MacDonald from the Department of Anthropology wrote an article published on The Conversation about the Indigenous National Constitutional Convention, which concluded with the Uluru Statement.
  • Various media, including The Australian, ABC News, The Guardian, Australian Financial Review, and Japan Times reported on Senator John McCain’s speech about the American-Australian alliance, as part of the US Studies Centre’s Alliance 21 Lecture series. Dr David Smith was interviewed by ABC Radio Sydney about Senator McCain’s lecture and Research Fellow Ashley Townsend was also interviewed by ABC Radio National. There was additional international coverage from Yahoo News (UK), MSN (US), New York Magazine, and La Vanguardia (Barcelona).

Faculty in the Media – 30 May 2017

  • Associate Professor Stephan Whelan from the School of Economics was interviewed by the Australian Financial Review about his co-authored report with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute into housing mortgages and their impact on labour mobility.
  • The Conversation published an article by Professor James Der Derian from the Centre for International Security Studies about the importance of truth in the age of fake news.
  • The Conversation published an article by Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the operations of online accommodation agents
  • Straits Times (Singapore) interviewed Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre about Australia’s recent troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Various media, including ABC’s 7.30 Report, Sky News and ABC Radio (Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide) reported US Senator John McCain will be a guest of the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre tonight as part of the Alliance 21 lecture series.

Faculty in the Media – 29 May 2017

  • Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications was interviewed by ABC TV’s The Business and ABC Radio Canberra about the federal government's media reforms package and commented on ownership in the current media landscape.
  • The Daily Telegraph, Nine.com.au, Yahoo News, Perth Now, SBS News (Online) and 2CC Canberra were among media that reported US Senator John McCain will be a guest of the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre on Tuesday night as part of the Alliance 21 lecture series.
  • The Irrigator and The Area News mentioned Patricia Stockbridge, a lecturer in the School of Education and Social Work, had facilitated workshops for NSW teachers on changes to the science curriculum.

Faculty in the Media – 26 May 2017

  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre was interviewed by Sky News about a US vessel conducting a maritime exercise in the South China Sea.

Faculty in the Media – 25 May 2017

  • Professor Mark McKenna from the Department of History was interviewed by the BBC about why Australia does not have a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Sarah Phillips from the Department of Government and International Relations about US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
  • Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed by Sky Business News about his book 'When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter' which looks at China.
  • Business Insider Australia and the Daily Mail Australia reported on Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the US Studies Centre being elected New South Wales RSL’s new president.
  • ABC Radio Australia and The National (PNG) mentioned research by Dr Tim Anderson from the Department of Political Economy on assessing compensation for the wrongful loss of customary land in Papua New Guinea.

Faculty in the Media – 24 May 2017

  • Dr Steve Georgakis from the School of Education and Social Work was interviewed on ABC (Radio Perth, Statewide Drive WA) about an Australian junior tennis player pleading guilty to match fixing.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, about ethical dilemmas relating to privacy.
  • The Australian Financial Review reported James Brown has been elected NSW RSL President. The article mentioned he is Research Director at the United States Studies Centre.
  • Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about the US President’s first foreign trip.

Faculty in the Media – 23 May 2017

  • The Guardian, Junkee, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and other Fairfax regional sites, reported the global movement Black Lives Matter has been awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize.
  • Professor Michael Humphrey was interviewed on Sky News about the explosions that occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.
  • Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone from the United States Studies Centre wrote an article for the Australian Financial Review on the importance of Australia investing in defence technology start-ups.
  • The Conversation published an article by Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences about a new report by the Australian Conservation Foundation on proposed new thermal coal mine.

Faculty in the Media – 22 May 2017

  • Professor Sujatha Fernandes from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on The Project about activists launching a petition calling for the daughter of a key Venezuelan politician to be deported.
  • Associate Professor Ruth Phillips from the School of Education and Social work was quoted by Alt Media in an article on the Government’s plans to drug test welfare recipients.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Brisbane Times about the US-Australian alliance during the Watergate scandal.
  • Dr Astrida Neimanis from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and Dr Jennifer Mae Hamilton from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences co-authored an article published on The Conversation about the growing politicisation of rhetoric relating to weather.
  • Dr Sarah Graham from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in a News.com.au article about international leaders who had been invited to the White House to meet the US President.

Faculty in the Media – 19 May 2017

  • The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and other syndicated Fairfax newspapers quoted Professor Robyn Ewing from the School of Education and Social Work about the new NAPLAN requirements for students studying their HSC.
  • ABC News TV interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre about the investigation into US President Trump.
  • The Economist quoted Dr Chris Neff from the Department of Government and International Relations in an article on shark attacks in Australia.
  • Associate Professor Nicolas de Roos from the School of Economics was quoted in an article published on The Monthly about concentrated markets and a lack of competition that is damaging the Australian economy.
  • CEO of the United States Studies Centre, Professor Simon Jackman, was interviewed by ABC News Melbourne about the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation into Russia's interference in the US election.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre about the parameters of the investigation into Trump.
  • Research Fellow Dougal Robinson from the United States Studies Centre spoke to SBS about what would need to happen for Trump to be impeached.

Faculty in the Media – 18 May 2017

  • Professor Pippa Norris from the Department of Government and International Relations wrote an article published in The Washington Post warning the global wave of populism is not over, based on her research with the Electoral Integrity Project between Harvard University and the University of Sydney.
  • Dr Huw Griffiths from the Department of English spoke on ABC Radio Sydney about Shakespeare’s use of prose and verse.
  • ABC NewsRadio and Yahoo! News interviewed Professor James Curran from the United States Studies Centre about the US President allegedly requesting the FBI Director James Comey shut down an investigation, and the implications if the allegation is true.
  • Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen from the Department of Government and International Relations was mentioned by Crikey in an article about the potential buyout of Fairfax.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences spoke with ABC Radio Melbourne about the ongoing Senate inquiry into media reforms and the impact of Twitter and Facebook on journalism.

Faculty in the Media – 17 May 2017

  • ABC Lateline interviewed Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre, about allegations President Trump provided Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highly classified information about Islamic State.
  • The Daily Mail (UK) and Village Sun-Times (US) quoted Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre about the issue.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre was also quoted in the Financial Times (UK) about the alleged leak.

Faculty in the Media – 16 May 2017

  • The Village Sun Times (US) quoted Peter Hayes, Honorary Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies, about North Korea developing nuclear weapons.
  • Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, was interviewed on Radio Adelaide about the Brexit negotiations.
  • Dr Aim Sinpeng from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed by SBS World News and SBS Thai about the impact of social media on political participation and state censorship in Thailand. Dr Sinpeng also wrote an article on the topic for Asia Pacific Memo.
  • The Conversation published an article by Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences on whether health fund premiums rises are justified.

Faculty in the Media – 15 May 2017

  • PhD candidate Chris Rodley from the Department of Media and Communications was interviewed in a Weekend Australian article about his research on a novel-writing machine, which uses computer coding. The article mentioned he will speak at Sydney Writers’ Festival on 25 May.
  • “Nightlight on ABC NewsRadio interviewed Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont and Dr James Flexner, from the Department of Archaeology about the evolution of archaeology”.
  • Dr Nicole Mockler from the School of Education and Social Work was quoted by Bay News and Medowie News about NAPLAN testing of Australian school students.
  • Associate Professor Richard Walker from the School of Education and Social Work was interviewed on ABC Newcastle about the usefulness of homework.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre wrote a review of Allan Gyngell’s book Fear of Abandonment for The Australian.
  • The Conversation published an article by Professor Nick Enfield, Chair of the Department of Linguistics, about navigating through the era of “post-truth”.
  • The Sunday Telegraph interviewed Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone from the United States Studies Centre about President Trump’s sacking of FBI Director James Comey.

Faculty in the Media – 12 May 2017

  • The Guardian, ABC News, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, Wellington Times, and other regional papers reported Dr Fiona McFarlane from the Department of English has won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, worth $52,000, for her short story collection The High Places.
  • Professor Robyn Ewing from the School of Education and Social Work was quoted by ABC Online about NAPLAN reforms after a panel discussion was held on campus.
  • Associate Professor Anika Gauja from the School of Social and Political Sciences discussed the politics of Eurovision on ABC Radio Perth.
  • The Conversation published an article by Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications about why media reform has been difficult to achieve.
  • Dr Prudence Black from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies had an article published on The Conversation about the appearance-focussed lives of Australian flight attendants in the 1960s. The article was re-published by the ABC.
  • Dr Huw Griffiths from the Department of English wrote an article for The Conversation reviewing Nakkiah Lui’s latest play Black is the New White.
  • 2SER FM spoke to Associate Professor Natalya Lusty from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies about Banksy’s Brexit-themed mural in Dover.
  • Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone from the United States Studies Centre was quoted on ABC Online about the string of controversies the Trump administration has encountered.

Faculty in the Media – 11 May 2017

  • The Sydney Morning Herald published an obituary for Louise Voight, an alumna and Honorary Associate in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, known for her advocacy for children’s welfare.
  • The Conversation published an article by Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance and new gas projects.
  • Dr Edward Blakely from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC News TV about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
  • Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre spoke to ABC Alice Springs about President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

Faculty in the Media – 10 May 2017

  • ABC Radio Darwin interviewed Associate Professor Anika Gauja from the School of Social and Political Sciences about the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • ABC Far North interviewed Associate Professor Fran Collyer from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences about the government refusing to subsidise a breast cancer medication called Palbociclib.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, about ethical dilemmas.
  • The Australian quoted Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown from the United States Studies Centre about an American military funding increase in the Asia-Pacific region.

Faculty in the Media – 9 May 2017

  • Associate Professor Anika Gauja from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on RN Breakfast and ABC Radio (Adelaide, Melbourne) about the politics behind the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
  • The Financial Times and Nikkei Asian Review quoted Associate Professor Tim Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications about the future of the Ten Network.
  • Dr Penny O’Donnell from the Department of Media and Communications co-authored an article in The Conversation about an ARC-funded research project which is investigating what happens to journalists who leave or lose their jobs. The article was republished by Mumbrella.
  • The Canberra Times reported Dr John Giacon, Gamilaraay teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has won the Patji-Dawes Award, Australia's top honour for language teaching. Dr Giacon was also interviewed on ABC South East about the NSW legislation on Aboriginal languages.

Faculty in the Media – 8 May 2017

  • ABC TV News, ABC Radio (Sydney, Melbourne), ABC World Today, Radio National, 2MCE Orange, Sky Business News, 2GB Sydney and Sky News Live interviewed Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections.
  • ABC TV News interviewed Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter from the School of Languages and Cultures about the French election results.
  • The Australian mentioned Emeritus Professor Adrian Pagan from the University’s School of Economics has authored a review of the RBA’s forecasting procedures.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Honorary Associate from the Department of Media and Communications Mark Pesce about privacy and technology.
  • Dr Chin Jou from the Department of History was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio (US) about the role of the US government in the expansion of fast food to urban African-American communities.
  • ABC NewsRadio interviewed Brendan Thomas-Noone, Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s meeting with US President Donald Trump
  • ABC Radio Melbourne interviewed Professor James Curran from the United States Studies Centre and Department of History about the Prime Minister and US President meeting. The New Daily also quoted Professor Curran about the meeting.
  • The Taipei Times (Taiwan) quoted Research Fellow from the Centre Ashley Townshend about how Australia’s economic relationship with China may impact its alliance with the US.

Faculty in the Media – 5 May 2017

  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre wrote an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, WA Today and Brisbane Times about the US-Australian alliance throughout history, in the context of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s meeting with US President Trump.
  • SBS World News interviewed Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the second round of voting for the French presidential election.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences was interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne about journalists from Fairfax Media striking to protest staff cuts.
  • PhD candidate Billy Griffiths from the Department of History wrote an article published on The Conversation about ‘The Arnhembrand Project’ originally published in the Griffith Review.
  • Dr Gareth Bryant from the Department of Political Economy co-authored an article in The Conversation about the government’s proposed changes to Higher Education funding.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed by Bloomberg (US) about next week’s Australian budget.
  • The New York Times and MSN (US) interviewed Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre, about the meeting.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre was interviewed on Bloomberg (US) about the meeting.
  • Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed by CNN (US)about the meeting.
  • Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed by the Straits Times (Singapore) about the meeting.

Faculty in the Media – 4 May 2017

  • Women’s Agenda reported the University of Sydney has conferred a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) on Dr Anne Summers AO in recognition of her outstanding contribution to national affairs and enduring leadership for generations of Australian women. The Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Annamarie Jagose were quoted.
  • Campus Review interviewed Associate Professor Julia Horne from the Department of History for a feature about higher education reforms in Australia, mentioning her new book that was co-authored with Professor Stephen Garton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.
  • The Australian Financial Review published an opinion piece about the significant trade partnership between the US and Australia. It was co-authored by Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre, Professor Richard Holden.
  • ABC Radio National Drive interviewed Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the most recent Brexit negotiations in the context of an upcoming general election in the UK.
  • Honorary Associate Professor Michael Hogan from the School of Social and Political Sciences spoke to ABC Mid North Coast about the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s National Press Club address that called for reform of the Council of Australian Governments.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre was interview by Sky News about Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. Professor Curran was also quoted in CNN (US) and Voice of America (US).
  • Today (Singapore) quoted Research Fellow from the Centre Ashley Townshend about the impact on Australia of US President Donald Trump’s relationship with Asia.

Faculty in the Media – 3 May 2017

  • Associate Professor Richard Walker from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work was interviewed by ABC Radio Adelaide about a public school deciding to do away with student homework.

Faculty in the Media – 2 May 2017

  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC (PM, News TV) about the upcoming meeting between the Prime Minister and US President and the Australian-US alliance.
  • Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations spoke to ABC Radio Sydney about two upcoming Presidential elections in May.
  • Associate Professor Anna Hickey-Moody from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies wrote an article in Elle Australia about feminism’s progress in recent years.
  • Honorary Associate from the Department of History, Professor Richard Waterhouse, spoke to ABC Central Coast about the Battle of Bullecourt.
  • The Educator mentioned new research by the University of Melbourne and Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark from the School of Economics had found when it came to schooling neither gender had any “edge” over the other.
  • 2GB Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor from the Unites States Studies Centre about Donald Trump's first 100 days as US President.
  • The New York Times (US) quoted Research Fellow from the Centre Ashley Townshend about the impact on Australia of US President Donald Trump’s relationship with Asia.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Michael West from the School of Social and Political Sciences wrote an article published on The Conversation about multinational tax avoidance, particularly that of eBay.

Faculty in the Media – 1 May 2017

  • ABC Canberra interviewed Dr Janet Bednarek from the University of Dayton, Ohio, following her talk at the Aviation Cultures conference, hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Honorary Associate from the School of Languages and Cultures, Bob Hudson, was interviewed on ABC Radio’s Conversation hosted by Richard Fidler and discussed archaeological discoveries in Myanmar.
  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and The New Daily about the Prime Minister’s upcoming meeting with the US President.
  • Dr Fernanda Peñaloza from the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed on Radio National about Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Dr Chin Jou from the Department of History was interviewed by HuffPost (US) about her research into fast food and its impact on minority communities. Dr Jou’s book Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help was also reviewed by Times Higher Education.
  • The Conversation published an article by Professor John Keane from the Sydney Democracy Network about philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser and Townsville Bulletin quoted Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre about Donald Trump’s first 100 days as US President including attempts to replace Obamacare.
  • Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed about the US President’s first 100 days in office on SBS World News and CNN (US).
  • The Manila Times published an opinion piece by Roshni Kapur, postgraduate student from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, about how a surge in right-wing populist parties in France and Germany undermines democracy, peace and development.