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Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in The Atlantic

Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote about Rescuing Socrates and the value of teaching the classics to underserved students in The Atlantic“[An] earnest defense of the humanities, which is also a personal testament to the power of a liberal education” (January 14, 2022). 

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland, marks January 6th for the New York Times

To mark the anniversary of the January 6th storming of the Capitol, Cynthia Miller-Idriss published a guest essay in the New York Times arguing that “America’s Most Urgent Threat Now Comes From Within”. Her book Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right was mentioned in the byline (January 6, 2022). 

Leaving Academia author Christopher L. Caterine writes for IHE

Christopher L. Caterine has written an opinion piece for Inside Higher Education about The importance of learning the lingo of jobs outside academe, based on research from his book Leaving Academia (January 4, 2022).

Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail in the New Yorker and The Times

In the holiday double-issues of the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert featured Chris Bail’s work and his book, Breaking the Social Media Prism, in a piece about social media and false polarization (January 3, 2022). That piece was built on for a feature by Kenny Farquharson in The Times which also cites the book and Bail’s research (January 4, 2022). 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in Washington Post

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was praised at length in George F. Will’s Washington Post opinion column which features the book as an example of how 2021 saw many people looking to Socrates for positive examples of disagreement (December 31, 2021). 

The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili listed among ‘The best science books coming your way in 2022’ by New Scientist 

Simon Ings included The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili in the New Scientist list of ‘The best science books coming your way in 2022’ “A little book of calm that is very welcome in these strange times” (December 29, 2021).

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden reviewed on CBC ‘Quirks and Quarks

Dan Falk reviewed The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden’s  on the annual holiday science book show of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, with the review starting at the 35:20 mark (December 18, 2021). 

Honors for Goya author Janis Tomlinson

Janis Tomlinson, author of  Goya: A Portrait of the Artist, was awarded the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica for her contribution to knowledge of the culture and history of Spain. Her book was also reviewed by Tom Stammers for the London Review of BooksThe pragmatic portrait of the artist offered by Tomlinson is one that makes compelling sense of the surviving textual evidence.” (December 16, 2021). 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in New York Times and New Yorker 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was featured in John McWhorter’s New York Times opinion column after he wrote a lively defense of the book in response to Louis Menand’s New Yorker piece (December 17, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery and Breaking the Social Media Prism best behavioral science books of 2021

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden and Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail were both included in Behavioral Scientist’s ‘Notable Books of 2021’ (December 9, 2021).

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle reviewed in Prospect 

Diane Coyle’s book Cogs and Monsters was reviewed in Prospect by James Plunkett: The book reads like a timely intervention delivered by a perceptive friend, in the kindest tone they can muster. Economists would do well to listen. (December 8, 2021).

Power to the Public co-author Tara Dawson McGuinness interviewed for NPR

Tara Dawson McGuinness was interviewed by NPR and USA Today about President Joe Biden’s executive order intended to improve basic government services. On both she was listed as the co-author of Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology (December 13, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden one of ‘The best books of 2021’, says The Economist  

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden was included in a round-up of ‘The best books of 2021’ by The Economist: ‘A clear case on a complex subject’ (December 11, 2021).

The Secret Body by Daniel M. Davis reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live by Daniel M. Davis was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal by John J. Ross who described it as an elegantly written and splendidly concise Cook’s Tour of the frontiers of medical biology” (December 10, 2021). 

Lost in Thought by Zena Hitz recommended in Wall Street Journal

In a piece entitled, ‘Who Read What: Writers Share Their Favorite Books of 2021’, Roosevelt Montas puts forward a book by a fellow PUP Speaks author: You’ll be surprised by how compelling Ms. Hitz’s vision is. Even if you don’t give up your worldly endeavors, you’ll probably walk away from this book, as I did, feeling that your inner life has been enlarged (December 8, 2021).

The Hidden Curriculum by Rachel Gable one of ‘Best Higher Education Books’, says Forbes

Rachel Gable’s The Hidden Curriculum was listed as one of Forbes’ “Best Higher Education Books of 2021” (December 1, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden reviewed in The Washington Post 

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden was reviewed in The Washington Post by Jerry A. Cone, who describes it as “a thought-provoking read.” Harden was also interviewed by Charles Zimmer for the ‘Great Podversations’ podcast (November 19, 2021).

Roosevelt Montás defends Core Curriculum in Chronicle of Higher Education

Roosevelt Montás, author of Rescuing Socrates, wrote an opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Why the Core Matters for a New Generation” (November 16, 2021).

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle ‘Best Book of the Year’ in Financial Times

Diane Coyle’s book Cogs and Monsters was listed as one of a the Financial Times ’Best books of 2021: Economics’ by Martin Wolff, who describes Coyle as an ‘exceptionally thoughtful commentator’. It was also positively reviewed by Martin Felix alongside The New Economics by Steven Keen (November 11, 2021).

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás reviewed in Wall Street Journal

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was reviewed for the Wall Street Journal by Martha Bayes: “a warm, appealing narrative of how it feels to be ‘thrust into a conversation’ with fellow students about life’s most ‘serious and unsettling questions’” (November 7, 2021).

Chris Bail interviewed for New York Times column

Chris Bail, author of Breaking the Social Media Prism, was quoted extensively by Michelle Goldberg in her opinion column for the New York Times: “We should all know less about each other” (November 1, 2021).

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle reviewed in Foreign Affairs 

Diane Coyle’s book Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is, and What It Should Be was reviewed in Foreign Affairs by Barry Eichengreen, who described it as a “better-informed critique” (November 1, 2021).

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden featured in ‘The Big Think’

An excerpt of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden was featured in ‘The Big Think’ and accompanied by an audio version (October 25, 2021).

Plagues upon the Earth by Kyle Harper reviewed in Nature

Plagues upon the Earth by Kyle Harper was described as an absorbing global history of disease from prehistoric times to today” in a Nature review by Andrew Robinson (October 22, 2021).

Subtle Tools by Karen Greenberg reviewed in The Washington Post 

Subtle Tools by Karen Greenberg was by Quinta Jurecic in the The Washington Post: “How secrecy and confusion became key to governing” (October 15, 2021).

Kyle Harper writes op-ed for TIME 

Kyle Harper, author of Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History wrote an op-ed for TIME: “Vaccines Can’t End Pandemics Alone—And We’ve Known That Since We Eradicated Smallpox” (October 5th, 2021).

Kathryn Paige Harden interviewed on Vox and various podcasts

Kathryn Paige Harden was interviewed by Dylan Matthews and Jerusalem Demsas about The Genetic Lottery for Vox’s The Weeds podcast, as well as several othersThe Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman; In Lieu of Fun with Kate Klonick and Scott Shapiro; Converging Dialogues with Xavier Bonilla; and Slow Boring with Matt Yglesias (October 1, 2021).

Kyle Harper writes about pandemic reactions for L.A. Times

Kyle Harper, author of Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times: “Delusional reactions to epidemics are as old as time. COVID has been no different” (September 26th, 2021).

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás praised in Inside Higher Ed

“I know of no more powerful, persuasive or poignant defense of a liberal education than Roosevelt Montás’s forthcoming Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation”, writes Stephen Mintz in his extremely positive Inside Higher Ed review (September 20, 2021).

Kathryn Paige Harden profiled in The New Yorker; book reviewed in LA Review, Kirkus 

Kathryn Paige Harden, author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality was profiled in the New Yorker in advance of publication. Her book was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Kirkus (September 21, 2021). She was interviewed for a feature on WBUR (September 17, 2021).

Karen Greenberg featured in BloombergThe Nation, and The Washington Post 

Subtle Tools by Karen Greenberg was featured in The Nation and The Washington Post in pieces about the War on Terror published ahead of the 9/11 anniversary. Karen also wrote a piece for Bloomberg Law: “To End a War, Start at the Beginning” (September 3, 2021).

Cynthia Miller-Idriss writes about legacy of 9/11 for Foreign Affairs

Hate in the Homeland author Cynthia Miller-Idriss wrote a piece on the legacy of 9/11 for Foreign Affairs: “From 9/11 to 1/6: The War on Terror Supercharged the Far Right” (September 1, 2021).

The Profit Paradox by Jan Eeckhout endorsed by Pablo Hernández de Cos, Governor of the Bank of Spain

Pablo Hernández de Cos, Governor of the Bank of Spain, has lauded Jan Eeckhout’s The Profit Paradox in El Pais: “What the Economic Elite read in the Summer” (July 31, 2021). 

Karen Greenberg published by Project Syndicate

Karen Greenberg, author of Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump, published a piece with Project Syndicate on ‘Education and Afghanistan’s Security’ (July 28, 2021). 

Jan Eeckhout in the Financial Times

Jan Eeckhout, author of The Profit Paradox: How Thriving Firms Threaten the Future of Work, was featured in a Financial Times piece by Rana Foroohar about President Biden’s executive order to reform competition policy (August 1, 2021).

Cynthia Miller-Idriss opinion piece published on MSNBC

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland, wrote a piece for MSNBC on the ten-year anniversary of the Oslo terrorist attacks: “America treated the Oslo attacks as a fringe incident. Here’s why that’s been so dangerous.” (July 22, 2021). 

Jan Eeckhout in de Volkskrant

The Profit Paradox author Jan Eeckhout was interviewed for a feature in Dutch newspaper, de Volkskrant (July 9, 2021).

Chris Bail quoted by NBC News and the New Yorker

Chris Bail was quoted in a piece on the NBC News website about political attacks on social media: “How to go viral on social media? Attack a political opponent, study says” (June 25, 2021). He was also interviewed for a piece on communal living in the New Yorker: “In a Divided Country, Communal Living Redefines Togetherness” (June 28, 2021).

Cynthia Miller-Idriss writes for The Atlantic and Boston Globe

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland, wrote a piece for The Atlantic about how federal policy can prevent extremism: “Extremism Has Spread Into the Mainstream” (June 16, 2021). She also wrote for The Boston Globe about the Biden administration’s national strategy for countering domestic terrorism: “Biden strategy takes on homegrown extremism” (June 15, 2021).

Eddie Cole writes for The Washington Post

Eddie Cole wrote about the historical origins of campus police forces for The Washington Post: “The racist roots of campus policing” (June 2, 2021).

Zena Hitz interviewed for Big Think

Zena Hitz was interviewed for a video feature on Big Think: “How to live an intellectual life” (May 30, 2021).

Chris Bail on Facebook’s Trump decision

Chris Bail wrote about Facebook’s decision to maintain Donald Trump’s ban from the site for CNN: “There is more to the story of Facebook’s Trump decision” (May 5, 2021).

Jan Eeckhout on NPR

Jan Eeckhout was interviewed by Greg Rosalsky for NPR’s ‘Planet Money’: “Why Soaring Stocks Could Be Bad News For The Economy” (May 11, 2021).

Chris Bail praised by Science

Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail received a rave review in Science magazine. The University of Maryland’s Jennifer Golbeck notes that “Bail’s scientific conclusions are refreshing in a space dominated by informed speculation, and the book offers hope that data-driven solutions can bring us back from the brink.” (April, 2021).

Jennifer Carlson on guns in America

Jennifer Carlson co-authored a piece with with Madison Armstrong in the New York Times: “We’ve Spent Over a Decade Researching Guns in America. This Is What We Learned.” (March 26, 2021).

Zena Hitz talks flatworms with rapper-turned-philosopher MC Hammer

After receiving praise for her ‘amazing book’ from the 80s music icon, Zena Hitz has enjoyed prolonged back-and-forth with MC Hammer, who endorsed her work as a ‘must read’ on Twitter. Hammer has increasingly engaged with topics around philosophy and science on the platform. (February 24, 2021).

Cynthia Miller-Idriss on the Capitol riots

Cynthia Miller-Idriss was invited as an expert commentator on the Capitol riots by multiple media outlets including CNN, Channel 4, NBC News, ABC’s Good Morning America and DW News (January 10, 2021).

Eddie Cole recognized by Education Week

Eddie Cole was named one of the “top university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy” in Education Week (January 6, 2021).

Jennifer Morton on ‘Hidden Brain’

Jennifer Morton was interviewed on by Shankar Vedantam on  the ethical costs of upward mobility for the ‘Hidden Brain’ podcast (November 23, 2020).

Chryl Laird on Kamala Harris 

Chryl Laird wrote an opinion piece about the historically poor representation of loyal black voters within the Democrat Party for the New York Times: “We Got a Black Woman on the Ticket. At Last.” (August 11, 2020).

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