News Winter 2021

Highlights of News & Media Coverage


March 2021

President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate 11 Judicial Candidates. March 30, RU-N alum and Adjunct Professor Zahid Quraishi.

How exercise helps the aging brain. March 30, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Prof. Mark Gluck interviewed

Rutgers Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines to Attend School This Fall. March 25, NBC New York.

Rutgers-Newark is tied for the highest-ranked school for diversity in the Northeast. March 24, The Wall Street Journal

Is NJ about to 'disenfranchise' 1,000 top prosecutors? Lawyers push back on proposed ban. March 25, Ron Chen (Law-Newark) quoted.

Rutgers-Newark to Receive Funding for Student Success Initiative, March 24, Tap into Newark. 

Over 90% of CEOs in this survey say they’ll want to know if employees are vaccinated — before they return to the office. March 24, Market Watch. Sahar Aziz (Law-Newark) quoted.

Legislators go back to drawing board on sexual harassment bill after critics raise complaints. March 23, Elissa L. Frank, Rutgers Law School-Newark student quoted.

Higher Ed Leaders Should Keep Engaging on Immigration. March 22. Inside Higher Ed. Op-ed co-authored by Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Students will graduate soon. We need to help them find a job during a pandemic. March 20, Op-ed co-authored by Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Rutgers Launches Pre-Law Summer Academy For High School Students. March 19, 

Illinois researchers awarded grants through new NEH-UK joint digital scholarship program. March19. Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark mentioned.

Review: Mexico City through the eyes of its leading novelist flaneur. March 18. L.A. Times. Rigoberto González (SASN).

Advocates say reluctance to report anti-Asian harassment stems from mistrust. March 18. WHYY. Ronald Chen (Law-Newark) quoted.

 Amid protests, affordable housing tower never went up. 50 years later, it’s becoming a reality. March 17,

Why Kawaida Towers in Newark will serve as symbol of past — and future. March 17, Rutgers-Newark mentioned.

Landlords struggling to stay afloat see lifeline in Covid-19 Relief Centers. March 17,  RU-N Assistant Teaching Professor Peter Hepburn quoted.

What Twins Can Teach Us About Genetic and Environment Influences. March 16, Psychology Today. RU- N Assistant Professor Vanessa LoBue

Is ballot collection, or ‘ballot harvesting,’ good for democracy?  March 15, The Conversation. Co-authored by RU-N Assistant Professor Domingo Morel.

An op-ed in The Hill arguing for an expansion of remote internships on Capitol Hill to create a more diverse and effective Congress cites research done by James Jones (SASN) on Capitol Hill internships for students of color. March 12,

March 12, An Op-ed in The Conversation, Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages by Rachel Hadas (SASN)

N.J. university, once a women’s college, selects its first Black, and first male, president. March 11, The Star-Ledger. Gary B. Crosby was named the first Black president of Saint Elizabeth University, noting he also was a 2019-2020 American Council on Education Fellow at Rutgers University-Newark.

The year of COVID: The vulnerability of being Black or brown | Opinion, March 11,

Tap Into reports Rutgers University-Newark is standing in support of  Audrey Truschke (SASN) who has come under fire from members of the Hindu community for comments she made in tweets and for her course material, quoting from a statement signed by Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Dean of Faculty Jacqueline Mattis and Rutgers Senior Vice President for Equity Anna Branch. March 11

Salamishah Tillet (SASN) joins WHYY’s Radio Talk to discuss her new book, In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece. March 10,

Rutgers University Stands By Audrey Truschke After Online Attacks, Statement from Hindu Group. March 9, The Wire. Audrey Trucshke (SASN) mentioned.

Facebook is being investigated for 'systemic' racial bias in hiring and promotion. March 8, Business Insider, quoting David Lopez (Law-Newark).

Ralph Peterson Jr., Jazz Drummer and Bandleader, Dies at 58. March 7, New York Times. 

Philly’s biggest employers spend billions outside the city. Inside a new effort to bring that money home. March 4, Philadelphia Inquirer, RBS Prof. Kevin Lyons quoted

Laurie Carter leaving Shippensburg University to become president of Lawrence University in Wisconsin, March 4, The Sentinel, Rutgers Law School alumna Laurie Carter featured

N.J. artist gets animated on ‘Arthur,’ brings local students along for the ride, March 2,, Paul Robeson Galleries Director Anonda Bell quoted and Express Newark Artist-in-Residence Kevin Sampson featured

Report: Newark Faces 'Severe' Affordable Housing Stock Gap for Low-Income Residents, March 2, TapInto Newark, Research from the Rutgers Law School Center for Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) featured | op-ed

Gone Funding Hunting Lately? Parenting, Pandemic, and Research-Related Travel, March 2,, Written by SASN Assoc. Prof. Patricia Akhimie

Bumble’s Ability to Conquer ‘Pain Points’ Makes Stock Longer-Term Buy, March 1, Markets Insider, RBS Instructor Mark Burgess mentioned

NJ’s housing market is booming. How long will that last? March 1, NJ Spotlight News, RBS Prof. Morris Davis quoted

February 2021

How the Studio Museum in Harlem Transformed the Art World Forever, February 26, Harper's Bazaar, Essay by SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet, also featuring SASN Prof. Jordan Casteel

IIM Indore signs MoU with Rutgers University, February 26, The Times of India, RU-N Provost Ashwani Monga mentioned

Billie Eilish Documentary, Athena Film Festival, 'In Search of The Color Purple,' Full Bio: Frederick Douglass, 'Untitled Pizza Movie', February 25, WNYC, SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet interviewed

Isabel Allende isn’t passing the feminist torch — she’s sharing it, February 24, Los Angeles Times, Written by MFA Prof. Rigoberto González

Gov. Murphy, change your mind and prioritize educators for vaccinations, February 24,, Op-ed written by SASN alumnus Mussab Ali

Matthew Wong, Joy Labinjo, Vaughn Spann to Star in Phillips’s ‘New Now’ Sale, February 23, ArtNews, SASN alumnus Vaughn Spann featured

ROI Influencers: Power List 2021 — Higher Education, February 22,, RU-N Chancellor Nancy Cantor featured

MAMM : Sandy Skoglund : Between Fiction and Reality, The Eye of Photography, SASN Prof. Sandy Skoglund featured

It is Time to Apply the Fifth Amendment to Losses Suffered by Business Owners and Workers, February 22, Yonkers Tribune, Written by SPAA Prof. Oren M. Levin-Waldman

James Goodman: 'Trump is simply too lazy to run again.' February 21,, SASN Prof. James Goodman quoted

Star-Ledger wins general excellence award, numerous other top honors from state press association. February 21,, RU-N alumnus Jerry Izenberg mentioned

Notes and tones: MU event brings Mary Lou Williams' greatness to the fore again. February 21, Columbia Daily Tribune, Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark mentioned

Excessive punishment for kids who use marijuana is not the answer, February 21,, Op-ed written by Rutgers Law School Prof. Laura Cohen

Sister's inspiration helped Sabrina Genesis find her voice. February 20, Morris NewsBee, RU-N alumna Sabrina Genesis featured

Reflection on how families benefited from government housing policies that were denied to Black Americans. CBS This Morning via Twitter, February 19, Rutgers Law School Prof. David Troutt interviewed

Asian Americans are victims of hate crimes since coronavirus outbreak. N.J. congressman Kim says action is needed. February 19,, Rutgers Law School Prof. Ronald Chen quoted

Mysteries: ‘The Mercenary’ Review, February 19, Wall Street Journal, MFA alumnus Paul Vidich featured

I Wanted to Celebrate My 40th Birthday at Crop Over. COVID-19 Had Other Plans. February 18, Harper's Bazaar, Written by MFA Professor Naomi Jackson

Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens StudyU.S. News, February 18, SASN Prof. Paul Boxer quoted

Rosemarie Martinez Makes History as First Hispanic Tax Collector in City of Bayonne, February 18, SPAA alumna Rosemarie Martinez featured | | Hudson Reporter

Q&A: Rutgers University's Tina Pappas on Improving Diversity in Higher Ed, February 17, EdTech, RU-N Assoc. Director of Innovation and Technology Tina Pappas featured

How school funding can help repair the legacy of segregation. February 17, Vox, Rutgers Law School Prof. Elise Boddie quoted

NJ Well Represented at Entertainment Awards Show. February 17, New Jersey Business,  Former SASN student Ramy Youssef mentioned

It's time to stop calling slavery America's 'original sin', February 16, CNN, Op-ed written by SASN Prof. James Goodman

The Trump bump? With a surge of election wins, Muslims make their mark on NJ politics, February 16, Asbury Park Press, SASN alumnus Mussab Ali featured

Latest bid to complete pot legalization drops fines for minors, February 15, NJ 101.5, Director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School Laura Cohen quoted 

In the social distancing era, boredom may pose a public health threat, February 15, Science News, SASN Prof. Samantha Heintzelman

41st Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series "One Begins Again" will be virtual Saturday February 20, February 14, WBGO, Price Institute Director Jack Tchen interviewed

The Median Voter Theorem May Offer a Better Understanding of Polarization, February 13, Yonkers Tribune - Written by SPAA Prof. Oren M. Levin-Waldman

MEA Restrictions on Online Events Reflect 'New Level of Paranoia on the Part of Indian State', February 13, The Wire, SASN Assoc. Prof. Audrey Truschke quoted

New postage stamp honors Chien-Shiung Wu, trailblazing nuclear physicist, February 10, The Conversation, Written by SASN Asst. Prof. Xuejian Wu

"We Want to Be Part of Closing the Wealth Gap," Rutgers Newark Chancellor Cantor Tells Online Attendees, NJ Tech Weekly, February 9, RU-N Chancellor Nancy Cantor and RBS CUEED Executive Director Lyneir Richardson featured

Sahar Aziz on BBC World Discussing Trump Impeachment and Trial, February 9, BBC World, Rutgers Law School Prof. Sahar Aziz interviewed

Talk Nation Radio: Brian Ferguson: War Is Not Built into Homo Sapiens, February 9, War is a Crime, SASN Prof. Brian Ferguson featured

Online Criminal Records Impose ‘Digital Punishment’ on Millions of Americans: Study, The Crime Report, February 9, SCJ Asst. Prof. Sarah Esther Lageson featured

9 New Jersey Poets to Read in 2021, February 8, New Jersey Digest, MFA alumna Paula Neves featured

‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light’ Reveals a History of Neglect and Triumph, February 8, New York Times, SASN Prof. Jordan Casteel featured

Law groups pushing for Valdes to be 1st woman of color to serve as U.S. Attorney for N.J., ROI-NJ, February 8, Rutgers Law School Alumna Camelia Valdes featured

More Than a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage, the Nation Needs a Serious Wage Policy, February 8, Yonkers Tribune, Written by SPAA Prof. Oren M. Levin-Waldman 

Amanda Gorman clearly has talent. But there's more to her meteoric rise, February 7, New York Times, SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet quoted

Are Jersey City students going back to school soon? February 5, Hudson Reporter, SASN alumnus Mussab Ali quoted

Differences in law, culture explain Twitter's US 'bias', experts say, February 3, The Economic Times, SASN Assoc. Prof. Audrey Truschke quoted

Are Plastics and Microplastics in the Ocean on the Increase? February 2, ECO Magazine, SASN Professor Emerita Judith Weis's research referenced

‘Serious Threats’ Ahead: Human Rights Experts Voice Concern for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Following Military Coup, February 2, PBS Frontline, SASN Prof. Alex Hinton quoted

Innovation That Matters: a Conversation With Aimée Eubanks Davis, February 2, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rutgers-Newark mentioned

Federal rent relief isn't going where the renters are, February 1, Washington Post, Written by SASN Asst. Prof. Peter Hepburn 

January 2021

City liaison Rick Kavin connects Trenton’s LGBTQ community, January 31, Community News, GSN alumnus Rick Kavin featured

Newark Board of Education Appoints Vereliz Santana to Fill Vacancy, January 28, TapInto Newark, RBS MBA student Verelis Santana featured

Rutgers University-Newark Joins Initiative With Various Schools to Combat Racial Oppression in Communities, January 27, TapInto Newark, Rutgers-Newark featured

Study: Sudden police layoffs in one US city associated with increases in crime, January 27,, SCJ doctoral candidate Vijay Chillar quoted

Corky Lee, ‘unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,’ dies from COVID-19,  January 27, Reuters, Price Institute Director Jack Tchen quoted

The Wages of Hubris, January 26, Yonkers Tribune, Written by SPAA Prof. Oren M. Levin-Waldman

Salamishah Tillet's Love Letter To The Color Purple And The Black Women Who Came Before Us, January 25, Elle Magazine, SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet featured

Who are the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6? January 24, Sun Journal, SASN Prof. Alexander Hinton quoted

Cashier-less technology could detect shoplifting, but prejudice abounds, January 23, Bolly Inside, RBS Prof. Jerome Williams quoted | The Latest Breaking News

NJ employers can force most workers to get COVID vaccine, but will they? January 22, New Jersey Herald, RBS Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership Joanne Ciulla quoted

The Racist History of the United States Capitol Police, January 22, The Daily Beast, Written by SASN Asst. Prof. James Jones

Ladee Hubbard’s ‘The Rib King’ is a fascinating look at ambition, race and revenge, January 21, The Washington Post, Written by SASN Asst. Prof. Naomi Jackson | LMT Online

What the federal relief bill means for unemployment and eviction rates, January 20, Alianza Metropolitan News, SASN Asst. Prof. Peter Hepburn quoted

Building generational wealth, January 20,, RBS Prof. Lyneir Richardson interviewed

Egyptian-American comedian Ramy Youssef nominated for Critics' Choice Awards 2021, January 20, Ahram Online, Former SASN student Ramy Youssef featured

Structural Crisis: Senate Threatens to Usurp Presidency, Constitution, and Will of the People, January 20, The Unz Review, Written by Rutgers Law Professor Emeritus Leonard Jaffee

Review: Uplift or minstrelsy? A novel asks hard questions about early Black entrepreneurs, January 20, Los Angeles Times, Written by MFA Prof. Rigoberto González

The 'Racial Caste System' At The U.S. Capitol, January 19, NPR Code Switch, SASN Asst. Prof. James Jones quoted

Why Trump is not likely to pardon himself, January 19, Al Jazeera, Op-ed written by Rutgers Law Prof. Sahar Aziz

Community Healing Spaces: Supporting the Community during COVID-19, January 19, Sarasota Magazine, Community Healing Spaces program featured

War Is Not Innate to Humanity, January 16, LA Progressive, SASN Prof. Brian Ferguson interviewed

Tasty Tidbits, January 15, Hudson Reporter, RU-N Head Women's Basketball Coach Lauren Jimenez featured

Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests is denounced, January 14, Washington Post, SASN Asst. Prof. James Jones quoted | Talk 1170 Radio

How Fear Took Over the American Suburbs, January 14,  Bloomberg City Lab, SASN Lecturer Kyle Riismandel featured

Sephora's plan to combat racial bias, January 13, Washington Post, RBS Prof. Jerome Williams quoted

The Median Voter Theorem May Offer a Better Understanding of Polarization, January 12, Yonkers Tribune, Written by SPAA Prof. Oren M. Levin-Waldman

How a Trump Executive Order Aims to Set White Supremacy in Stone, January 12, Hyperallergic, Written by SASN Prof. Lyra Monteiro

Invasive snakes move their bodies like lassos, a totally new mode of locomotion, January 11, National Geographic, SASN Prof. Sara Ruane quoted

The science behind all that 'create a routine' advice, January 11, National Geographic, SASN Prof. Samantha Heintzelman quoted

A Doomed Arctic Expedition, Number-Free Math and Other New Books to Read, January 11, Smithsonian Magazine, Featuring SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet

Bard Fiction Prize awarded to Akil Kumarasamy, January 11, The Kingston Daily Freeman, SASN Asst. Prof. Akil Kumarasamy featured

Trump’s Refusal to Attend the Inauguration Doesn’t Bode Well, January 11, Truth Out, Op-ed written by SASN alumnus Matthew Rozsa

Glimmers Of Hope: A 2021 Poetry Preview, Part 1, January 11, NPR, MFA alumnus Cheswayo Mphanza featured

The FBI’s Racialized Priorities Endangered Our Democracy, January 10, Medium, Written by Rutgers Law School Prof. Sahar Aziz

Discover the most beautiful college town in your state and DC, January 10, MSN, Rutgers-Newark featured

Condemnations of Capitol Rioting (and Trump) Continue, January 8, Inside Higher Ed, RU-N Chancellor Nancy Cantor quoted

5 strategies for cultivating hope this year, The Conversation, January 8, Written by SASN Dean Jacqueline Mattis | Houston Chronicle | Vectors Journal | The Express

Yes, the Capitol is a ‘symbol of democracy.’ One with a really troubled history, January 7, Los Angeles Times, SASN Asst. Prof. Lyra Monteiro mentioned

Why Ghana Does Disputed Elections Better Than the United States, January 7,, Written by SASN alumnus Kehinde Togun

An imaginary pigeon therapist helps land Collingswood author major movie deal, January 7, New Jersey Herald, MFA alumnus Evan Roskos featured

Sources: Jersey City BOE Trustee Ali poised to be youngest school board president in history, January 5, Hudson County View, SASN alumnus Mussab Ali featured | TapInto | Part 1 | Part 2

‘Bridgerton’ Takes On Race. But Its Core Is Escapism. January 5, New York Times, Written by SASN Prof. Salamishah Tillet | WNYC

‘The Prophets’ reimagines the lives of enslaved people with the epic love story of two men, January 4, The Washington Post, Written by SASN Asst. Prof. Naomi Jackson

Velez named chief impact officer at Shatterproof, January 4, ROI-NJ, Rutgers Law School alumna Jennifer Velez featured

One in Three US Rivers Changed Colors Between 1984 and 2018, January 3, Truth Out, Written by SASN alumnus Matthew Rozsa