Graduate Center Faculty in the News

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Graduate Center faculty are frequently in the news, sharing their expertise with the public and weighing in on pressing issues.

Following are some prominent news mentions from the past several months.

Racism and Bias

Professor Margaret Chin (GC/Hunter, Sociology) co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, “The ‘model minority’ myth hurts Asian Americans – and even leads to violence.” (April 19, 2021)

Professor Van Tran (Sociology) was quoted in an NBC News article on the backlash over equity initiatives in U.S. schools. (September 13, 2021)
Interim Chief Librarian Emily Drabinski was interviewed by NPR's On the Media as one of several librarians who discuss the biases of the Dewey Decimal system. (September 3, 2021)

Climate Change and the Environment

Professor Peter Groffman (GC/ASRC, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Sciences Initiative) co-wrote an op-ed “Climate Change Is Already Disrupting US Forests and Coasts” that has appeared in the Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, Albany Times-Union, San Antonio Express News, The Telegraph, The National Interest,  the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Midland Daily News,, Yahoo! News,, Auburn The essay originally ran in The Conversation(August 3, 2021)

Elections, Demographics, and Democracy

Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf (Political Science and Sociology) was quoted in a New York Times column by Tom Edsall on the New York City mayoral elections. (June 30, 2021)

Distinguished Professor Richard Alba (Sociology) was quoted in an NPR story on how the white population is changing based on census data. (August 23, 2021) He also argued in some co-written op-eds in The Atlantic that the narrative of a majority-minority nation is false and divisive (June 13, 2021) and that the Census Bureau needs to take more steps to achieve a more comprehensive scheme for understanding how mixing is changing America’s ethno-racial contours. (October 25, 2021)
Inequality and Gentrification

Professors Ruth Milkman (GC/CUNY School of Labor and Urban Relations; Sociology and History/Labor Studies) and Stephanie Luce (GC/CUNY School of Labor and Urban Relations; Sociology/Labor Studies) co-wrote an op-ed published by The Nation: “Did Occupy Wall Street Make a Difference?" (September 17, 2021)

Professor Setha Low (Psychology, Earth and Environmental Sciences) was quoted a New York Times article about the gentrification of Chinatown and why a cultural museum is so controversial. (August 19, 2021)

Professor Ruth Milkman (GC/CUNY School of Labor and Urban Relations; Sociology and History/Labor Studies) co-wrote an op-ed in American Prospect on why mass immigration is key to America’s economy. (August 23, 2021)
Impact of COVID-19
Professor Setha Low (Psychology, Earth and Environmental Sciences) was quoted in Bloomberg City Lab story on the effect of the closing of hangout spots due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(April 6, 2021)
Criminal Justice

Professor Candace McCoy (Criminal Justice) argued why Derek Chauvin should plead guilty in an op-ed in Bloomberg Law. (March 25, 2021)
Professor Michael Jacobson (Sociology) co-wrote an op-ed in Crime Report arguing that New York City officials should expedite the closing of Rikers Island by moving inmates into smaller, better staffed and equipped jails instead of prisons. (October 25, 2021)
Black History and Culture
Professor Tanisha Ford (History) was quoted in a CNN International article on Black fashion designers, commenting that Black fashion designers have long used their fashions as political art. center Afro-centric heritage in their lines of clothing. (September 29, 2021)
Urban Education
Professor Wendy Luttrell (Urban Education) wrote an op-ed in the 74 Million about a survey conducted by GC Urban Education students showing that parents of New York City schoolchildren want more engagement, child mental health supports, and teaching about racial justice. (June 28, 2021) The op-ed led to mentions of the survey in ABC News (July 5, 2021) and Yahoo! News (July 5, 2021) articles.
Professor David Bloomfield (GC/Brooklyn, Urban Education) argued in an op-ed published by Gotham Gazette that the New York State education commissioner erred in ruling that the State Education Department lacks jurisdiction over the contested educational practices of a Brooklyn yeshiva. (May 27, 2021)
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Submitted on: OCT 25, 2021

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