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In the media: Washington University faculty offer commentary, expertise on unrest in Ferguson​​

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Recent events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., call for careful reflection and important dialogue. Members of the Washington University in St. Louis community are weighing in with commentary and editorials, which are compiled here, along with expert comments offered in response to media inquiries.

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Click here or scroll down for ongoing updates on recent news coverage featuring university faculty comment.

Faculty op-eds

 
Garrett Duncan​, PhD, associate professor of education and of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences:

The Takeaway
"In St. Louis, a long and troubled past with race" 

The Conversation
"Michael Brown, Ferguson and the nature of unrest" 


 

 
Gerald Early, PhD, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, professor of English and of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences

Time
"Why Ferguson was ready to explode"





 
Clarissa Rile Hayward, PhD, associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences

The Washington Post
"Is Ferguson anomalous?"






 
 
 
John Inazu, JD, PhD, associate professor of law

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Let's talk about race" 

CNN.com

"Are we Ferguson?"





Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., PhD​, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and of performing arts, both in Arts & Sciences

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A revolt against violence"






 

Jason Purnell, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School 

National Public Radio
"In St. Louis area, a short distance can make a big difference"



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Also quoted in the media


St. Louis Public Radio - "What will it take to end the violence in Ferguson?" - August 19, 2014

Quotes Darrell Hudson, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School


St. Louis Public Radio - "Legal Debate: How Ferguson Case Might Proceed" - August 19, 2014

Mark Smith, JD, associate vice chancellor and director of the career center at Washington University in St. Louis, participates in a roundtable discussion of local legal issues.


Vox - "Map: The racial and economic divide in the St. Louis area" - August 19, 2014

Washington University study of racial disparities in St. Louis region is cited as basis for map.

Newsweek - "How Strong Is the Legal Case Against Darren Wilson?" - August 19, 2014

Quotes Peter Joy, JD, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and director of the Law School's Criminal Justice Clinic


Deutsche Welle (Germany's international broadcaster) - "Police in Ferguson are violating the First Amendment, legal expert says" - August 19, 2014

Quotes Gregory Magarian, JD, professor of law

Q&A with Peter Joy, JD, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and director of the Law School's Criminal Justice Clinic


ABC News Australia - "National Guard soldiers deployed in Ferguson, Missouri" - August 19, 2014

Audio interview with Garret Duncan, PhD, associate professor of education and of African and African American Studies in Arts & Sciences


Washington Post / Wonk Blog - "Economic and racial seeds sowed decades ago" - August 18, 2014

Quotes Clarissa Rile Hayward, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences.


Time.com - "How Ferguson Went From Middle Class to Poor in a Generation" - August 18, 2014

Quotes Clarissa Rile Hayward, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences.


ABC World News Tonight - "Michael Brown's priviate autopsy reveals multiple gunshot wounds" - August 18, 2014

Video includes comments from Peter Joy, JD, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law. Joy's comments begin at the 5:40 mark.


 Al Jazeera America"St. Louis: A city divided​"​ - August 18, 2014 

Quotes Gerald Early, PhD, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and professor of English in Arts & Sciences; Professor of English and African & African-American Studies


The Associated Press "Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe" - August 18, 2014

Quotes Peter Joy, JD, the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law

Interview with Mark SmithAssociate Vice Chancellor and Director, Washington University Career Center

Los Angeles Times - "Ferguson unrest reflects decades of racial tension in St. Louis area" - August 15, 2014

Quotes Clarissa Rile Hayward, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences.


The Globe & Mail (Canada) - "The lessons of Ferguson: Race, protest, and militarized policing" - August 15, 2014

Quotes Garret Duncan, PhD, associate professor of education and of African and African American Studies in Arts & Sciences


Bloomberg Businessweek - "The county map that explains Ferguson's tragic discord" - August 15, 2014

Quotes Jason Purnell, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School

The Christian Science Monitor - "A legal look: Reasonable force or police brutality against Mike Brown?" - August 14, 2014

Quotes Peter Joy, JD, the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law

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