In the Media
Scholars at UC Santa Cruz take an unflinching look at the forces that shape our world. Here are some highlights of UC Santa Cruz change-makers in the media.
April 02, 2021 – Environmental studies Ph.D. candidate Justin Luong spoke with Good Times about a new project with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the California Native Plant Society, and citizen scientists to monitor ecosystem recovery following the CZU Lightning Complex fires.
April 02, 2021 – KAZU visited UCSC’s Forest Ecology Research Plot to learn about long-term monitoring efforts with Environmental Studies Professor Greg Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kai Zhu, and ecology and evolutionary biology student Ishana Shukla.
March 28, 2021 – The New York Times interviewed Psychology Professor Craig Haney about the reinstatement of prison visitation and what this experience may be like for incarcerated people and their families.
March 26, 2021 – Emerita history professor Dana Frank was interviewed for stories on Public Radio International’s “The World” program and NPR, BBC News Mundo and the Financial Times about corruption in Honduras and the Biden administration’s response to migrants fleeing that country.
March 26, 2021 – Film and Digital Media Professor Sharon Daniel was interviewed on NBC-LX news for a story about the shifting meanings of the American flag in a divided country.
March 25, 2021 – Environmental toxicologist Myra Finkelstein was quoted in a Courthouse News Service story about California condor recovery plans.
March 24, 2021 – Psychology Professor Phil Hammack kicked off his new column for Psychology Today with an article about how a new generation is leading a revolution in how we think about sexual and gender diversity.
March 23 2021 – CNN Business interviewed Sociology and Environmental Studies Professor Chris Benner about how online retail is changing the grocery industry.
March 19, 2021 – WIRED interviewed Brandi McKuin, an environmental studies postdoctoral researcher, about her new paper with Environmental Studies Professor Elliott Campbell that showed the potential benefits of covering California’s water conveyance canals with solar panels.
March 17, 2021 – A story in the San Francisco Chronicle spotlighted Barring Freedom, an exhibition co-curated by UCSC’s Institute of Arts and Sciences.
March 16, 2021 – Sociology Professor Chris Benner was quoted by The Washington Post as part of an article documenting how app-based workers fell back on federal pandemic aid intended for small businesses.
March 10, 2021 – CalMatters interviewed Sociology Professor Chris Benner about how funding through the child tax credit extension could alleviate financial anxiety and allow parents to seek new economic opportunities.
March 10, 2021 – Associate Professor of Sociology Veronica Terriquez talked with San Francisco public radio station KALW about what it might take to keep young voters politically engaged following their high turnout rates in the 2020 elections.
March 08, 2021 – Good Times Santa Cruz talked with Environmental Studies Professor and Founding Director of the Forest Ecology Research Plot Greg Gilbert and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kai Zhu about how data collected by student interns is contributing to larger studies of climate change impacts on forests.
March 03, 2021 – An article on foreign investor ownership of U.S. farmland by The Counter quoted Assistant Professor Madeleine Fairbairn’s book Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush.
March 03, 2021 – CNBC cited Economics Professor Rob Fairlie’s research in a story about how Asian-owned businesses have struggled to recover since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 03, 2021 – Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh wrote an article for Financial Express examining what went wrong with agricultural reforms in India that led to farmer protests.
March 03, 2021 – The Washington Post featured an op-ed by history professor Dana Frank urging the Biden administration to end years of U.S. support for a corrupt regime in Honduras led by a repressive dictator.
March 02, 2021 – Environmental Studies professor Karen Holl was interviewed by National Geographic about the importance of planning for survival in tree-planting efforts.
March 02, 2021 – The Santa Cruz Good Times published a cover story about the three-decade history of UCSC’s African American Theater Arts Troupe.
February 24, 2021 – Psychology Professor Phil Hammack talked with The Washington Post about a new survey from Gallup that shows one in six adults in Generation Z identifies as LGBT.
February 23, 2021 – The Santa Cruz Good Times featured a cover story about acclaimed author Tommy Orange and the Humanities Institute’s Deep Read program.
February 23, 2021 – Economics Professor Rob Fairlie talked with KAZU about the pandemic’s impacts for a story about local businesses that have not been able to reopen.
February 20, 2021 – City on a Hill Press discusses the “Changing Climate: The Role of Environmental Justice” event that featured a Q&A between climate justice expert Rhiana Gunn-Wright and moderator Sikina Jinnah, associate professor of environmental studies.
February 18, 2021 – Marketplace interviewed Economics Professor Galina Hale about her recent paper documenting that levels of attractiveness can affect career success for economists. Hale says this demonstrates the importance of strategies to correct for implicit bias.
February 18, 2021 – Forbes discussed the findings of a paper on the potential traffic and environmental impacts of autonomous vehicles that was produced by Associate Professor Adam Millard-Ball through UCSC’s Environmental Studies Department.
February 17, 2021 – The Santa Cruz Sentinel featured a story about UCSC’s Cultural Arts & Diversity Resource Center’s public gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of its flagship theater ensemble, the African American Theater Arts Troupe.
February 16, 2021 – Economics Professor Rob Fairlie was interviewed by The Wallstreet Journal about e-commerce trends and the risks of business startup failure during the pandemic.
February 14, 2021 – Sociology Professor Emeritus Craig Reinarman spoke with Santa Cruz Sentinel about factors contributing to a recent uptick in certain types of overdose deaths within Santa Cruz County.
February 12, 2021 – Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent op-ed for The Washington Post cited research by Economics Professor Rob Fairlie that documented closures of women-owned businesses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
February 11, 2021 – Environmental Studies Professor Anne Kapuscinski and Associate Research Professor Pallab Sarker talked with Good Times about their new aquaculture research facility at the UCSC Farm and shared what’s next in their work to develop more sustainable aquaculture feed.
February 09, 2021 – CBS Moneywatch quoted Economics Professor Rob Fairlie’s recent testimony before the House Committee on Small Business and shared his updated numbers on small business ownership rates through the end of 2020.
February 09, 2021 – Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers talked with Lookout Santa Cruz about new research with Barry Nickel, director of the Center for Integrated Spatial Research. The team documented changes to puma ranges.
February 08, 2021 – Emeritus history professor and Honduras expert Dana Frank was quoted in a number of news outlets, including Reuters, The Guardian, and U.S. News & World Report, about new investigations into corruption by Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez.
February 08, 2021 – Dean of Social Sciences Katharyne Mitchell co-authored an article about the fear the budget crunch could lead the UC to fail to deliver on the soaring hopes for social mobility for underrepresented minority students.
February 07, 2021 – Psychology Ph.D. student Andrew Guydish was quoted in The Telegraph discussing his research on “conversation reciprocity.”
February 05, 2021 – Los Angeles Magazine interviewed Sociology Professor Chris Benner about his new research documenting the rise of gig work within the grocery industry during the pandemic.
February 05, 2021 – Environmental Studies Professor Karen Holl talked with The Huffington Post about the long-term commitments and careful planning it takes to truly utilize tree-planting as part of a climate change mitigation strategy.
February 05, 2021 – Psychology Professor Craig Haney talked with Salon about how isolation during the pandemic may be affecting social skills.
February 04, 2021 – Popular Science cited a new paper by Environmental Studies professor Chris Wilmers and Center for Integrated Spatial Research Director Barry Nickel as an example of how the “landscape of fear” impacts animal movements.
February 04, 2021 – Lookout Santa Cruz covered Economics Professor Rob Fairlie’s testimony before the House Committee on Small Business. Fairlie shared his latest research on the pandemic’s economic impacts.
February 03, 2021 – Reuters cited research by Economics Professor Rob Fairlie documenting inequalities in the distribution of loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.
February 03, 2021 – Anthropocene Magazine covered new research from Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers and Center for Integrated Spatial Research Director Barry Nickel, which showed how the energetic cost of avoiding humans affects habitat use among local pumas.
January 27, 2021 – Psychology Ph.D. student Andrew Guydish talked with The Atlantic about his recent research on “conversation reciprocity” and what it may tell us about the challenges of maintaining relationships while working remotely.
January 24, 2021 – Professor Catherine S. Ramírez coauthored an opinion piece for The Atlantic that highlights the disparities in coronavirus-related benefits and support received by older Americans, compared to their caregivers—home health aides and nursing assistants who are often immigrants.
January 21, 2021 – Monterey Bay NPR affiliate KAZU interviewed linguistics professor Maziar Toosarvandani for a story about how UCSC linguists are working to preserve indigenous languages spoken by communities originally from Mexico that are now living in the Monterey Bay area.
January 20, 2021 – Biologist Erika Zavaleta was quoted in a ScienceLine article about environmental policy and the Biden administration.
January 19, 2021 – Associate professor of history David Anthony was quoted in a Santa Cruz Sentinel story about the decades-long struggle for social justice and equity by black communities across the country.
January 14, 2021 – The Sacramento Bee launched a new series on the future of work in California, and the first article included professor Chris Benner’s insights on how the rise of gig work is affecting job quality in sectors like grocery retail as the pandemic fuels e-commerce.
January 08, 2021 – The Art Newspaper featured a story about the Barring Freedom initiative and Solitary Garden art installation at UCSC, quoting Rachel Nelson, director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.
January 08, 2021 – Bustle magazine included emeritus history professor Dana Frank’s recent book, The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup, for a story about books that can help you make sense of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
January 08, 2021 – NPR’s recent reporting on the development of a new labor union at Google included professor Chris Benner’s insights on labor trends in the tech sector.
January 06, 2021 – Professor Chris Benner was interviewed by The Washington Post about the influences of Prop 22 in Albertsons’ recent decision to replace employees with gig workers.
December 24, 2020 – Marketplace interviewed economics professor Rob Fairlie about trends affecting Black-owned businesses since the start of the pandemic.
December 15, 2020 – A story in The Guardian reported that UCSC professor emerita Angela Davis is co-launching a “Heroes of Blackness” line of clothing featuring artwork by independent Black artists.
December 14, 2020 – Genome scientist Karen Miga was featured among the “Ones to watch in 2021” in a Nature article about the top 10 people who helped shape science in 2020.
December 14, 2020 – Pallab Sarker, an associate research professor in environmental studies, wrote an article for The Conversation about the recent breakthrough in sustainable aquaculture feed that he and professor Anne Kapuscinski made from their ecological aquaculture lab.
December 11, 2020 – The New York Times cited an article coauthored by economics professor Rob Fairlie that shows how the COVID-19 labor market downturn has disproportionately affected unemployment rates for women, particularly those with school-aged children.
December 10, 2020 – Arts professor Robin Hunicke was featured in a Times Lifestyle story about the female executives, players, and innovators who are helping revolutionize the gaming industry and opening doors for other young, diverse gamers.
December 09, 2020 – A story in The Express Tribune noted that associate feminist studies professor Anjali Arondekar, co-director of UCSC’s Center for South Asian Studies, spoke at a global conference in Australia’s Parliament about caste-based politics in India and the oppression and marginalization of minorities. The story also appeared in Pakistan’s Daily News and Dawn newspapers.
December 09, 2020 – MarketWatch broke the news about a new report on e-commerce labor trends in the grocery retail industry that was led by Chris Benner, an environmental studies and sociology professor and director the Institute For Social Transformation.
December 04, 2020 – The editors of the business and policy-themed DealBook Newsletter from The New York Times included a new paper from economics professor Rob Fairlie in a collection of their favorite academic research from the past week. Fairlie’s new paper, which documents inequalities in access to capital for minority-owned startups, was also featured in The Hutchins Roundup from The Brookings Institution.
December 04, 2020 – Economics professor Nirvikar Singh comments on economic reforms in India through an opinion piece in Financial Express.
December 01, 2020 – Politics professor Daniel Wirls talked with KAZU host Doug McKnight about the factors that may affect who Governor Newsom chooses to fill Kamala Harris’ open Senate seat.
November 30, 2020 – History professor Dana Frank contributed an op-ed to the San Francisco Chronicle about racism, imperialism, and the rebuilding of Big Basin State Park.
November 28, 2020 – CNBC cited research by economics professor Rob Fairlie in their coverage about consumers choosing to support Black-owned businesses this holiday season.
November 24, 2020 – Economics professor Robert Fairlie was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the strain that the latest COVID-19 surge is putting on small businesses.
November 23, 2020 – Spring 2020 graduate Garima Desai talks with NBC Bay Area anchor Terry McSweeney about her recent Rhodes Scholar win. Garima was also interviewed by ABC 7 News and featured in articles by the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Lookout Local.
November 19, 2020 – Ocean scientist Carl Lamborg was quoted in a Popular Science article about high mercury concentrations found in fish in the Mariana Trench.
November 19, 2020 – Infectious disease expert Marm Kilpatrick was quoted in a U.S. News story about the course of the pandemic in California.
November 18, 2020 – UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences director Rachel Nelson was interviewed in Hyperallergic for a story about Barring Freedom, an exhibition about art, prison, and justice that she co-curated at the San Jose Museum of Art.
November 18, 2020 – A KQED story about a multimedia group exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts highlighted Sin Sol / No Sun, an augmented reality game by assistant professor of Art and Design: Games and Playable Media, micha cárdenas.
November 18, 2020 – History professor Dana Frank was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle for a story about an incident of policing blackness for innocuous behavior.
November 17, 2020 – A Time magazine story about a new PBS series of documentary shorts, Latinos Are Essential, described a film by associate film and digital media professor Jennifer Maytorena Taylor included in the series.
November 16, 2020 – Environmental Studies Department faculty members Anne Kapuscinski and Pallab Sarker were interviewed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel about a research breakthrough from their ecological aquaculture lab.
November 12, 2020 – Feminist studies professor Gina Dent was featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel for an extensive article about Visualizing Abolition, a year-long campus lecture series she put together in collaboration with UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences.
November 02, 2020 – Associate feminist studies professor Anjali Arondekar, director of UCSC’s Center for South Asian Studies, was featured in a Los Angeles Times video about how both Democrats and Republicans are trying to recruit Indian American voters in the U.S. presidential election.
November 02, 2020 – Emeritus history professor Dana Frank was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about how President Trump “has made racism OK for many white people to practice.”
November 01, 2020 – History professor Nathaniel Deutsch, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at UCSC, was quoted in a New Yorker magazine article about resistance to public health measures by traditional Orthodox Jewish communities in New York.
October 29, 2020 – Psychology professor Craig Haney was quoted discussing the adverse psychological and health effects of solitary confinement in an article by The American Prospect.
October 28, 2020 – Black-owned businesses, dealt a crippling blow in the first months of the COVID-19 crisis, have rebounded to their pre-pandemic numbers, according to research based on U.S. Census Bureau data collected by Economics Professor Robert Fairlie.
October 27, 2020 – A story in Next City, about a Philadelphia neighborhood organizing to mobilize residents about a garbage problem, noted that they used the “implosion method,” a concept from humanities emeritus professor Donna Haraway, as an educational tool.
October 25, 2020 – UC Santa Cruz politics and legal studies professor Mark Fathi Massoud talked with BBC World News about the implications of a recent Trump administration deal to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel.
October 16, 2020 – Catherine S. Ramirez, a professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, joined NPR’s Science Friday to discuss Chicanofuturism as part of a book club series exploring New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.
October 12, 2020 – The New York Times editorial board cited a study led by Professor Chris Benner that showed workers performing the majority of app-based ride hailing and delivery services in San Francisco are typically working full time. Benner is director of the Institute for Social Transformation and a professor of environmental studies and sociology.
October 02, 2020 – Propublica reporters turned to Environmental Studies Professor Adam Millard-Ball for a discussion of California housing policy that forces people closer to the edge of wilderness areas for affordable housing and how that impacts the effects of wildfires on property.
October 01, 2020 – Film and digital media professor John Jota Leaños was quoted in a New York Times article about why indigenous groups in the Southwest are commemorating the 340-year-old Pueblo Revolt, one of Spain’s bloodiest defeats in its colonial empire, in their current activism.
September 19, 2020 – Veronica Terriquez, an associate professor of sociology, wrote an op-ed for The Hill website that covers Capitol Hill, with advice to Joe Biden and Kamela Harris, the Democratic ticket for president and vice president, to reach out to young people of color.
August 18, 2020 – Economics Professor Galina Hale wrote an article in Econofact about recession-related reductions in CO2 emissions are not going to have a measurable impact on the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere — the driver of climate change.
August 02, 2020 – The Atlantic quoted psychology professor Regina Day Langhout in an article about a West African man who was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly a year, leading to his wife’s suicide.
July 31, 2020 – Cal Matters published an op-ed by dean of social sciences Katharyne Mitchell about the social sciences at UC Santa Cruz – and quite likely throughout the University of California – standing at the edge of a fiscal precipice.
July 29, 2020 – The Washington Post published an op-ed by history professor Dana Frank about how the first woman of color in Congress, Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink, fought back for gender equality 50 years ago, paving the way for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent unflinching response to a verbal attack by Rep. Ted Yoho on the Capitol steps.
July 16, 2020 – Professor of sociology Rebecca London co-authored an op-ed for EdSource about the importance of California’s elementary schools prioritizing outdoor recess and play time when schools physically reopen.
July 9, 2020 – Professor of history Dana Frank was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle piece about the expected hostility now beginning toward the racial uprising that has energized the country.
June 26, 2020 – Chris Benner, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Social Transformation, was quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article about layoffs at Airbnb that have exposed its two-tiered workforce.
June 20, 2020 – Anjuli Verma, assistant professor of politics, co-authored an op-ed for The Jurist about whether the police can be trusted to intervene in cases of misconduct by fellow officers.
June 20, 2020 – John Brown Childs, professor emeritus of sociology, published an op-ed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel about reasons to feel hopeful during these troubling times.
June 16, 2020 – Economist Rob Fairlie’s work on the impact of the pandemic on black-owned businesses continues to get widespread media attention, including from Reuters, The Financial Times, PBS Newshour, CBS News, USA Today, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Vox, The Hill, and the Associated Press.
June 10, 2020 – KQED ran a story about activist art that included work by assistant professor of digital art and new media micha cárdenas and Arts Division grad students Abram Stern and Dorothy Santos.
June 9, 2020 – UCSC emerita professor Angela Davis discusses with Democracy Now the worldwide uprising against police brutality and racism.
June 7, 2020 – Chris Benner, professor of sociology and environmental studies and director of the Institute for Social Transformation, was interviewed by German public television for a story about Elon Musk.
June 4, 2020 – Research by Economics Professor Rob Fairlie was featured in a Washington Post story about the wealth gap between black and white Americans, which is as wide today as it was in 1968.
May 27, 2020 – CBC Radio (Canada) ran a feature story about a new documentary film by associate professor of film and digital media Jennifer Maytorena Taylor that premieres at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival. Stories about the film also appeared in the Toronto-based magazine, The Gate, and IndieWire.
May 25, 2020 – The Washington Post reported new findings by economist Rob Fairlie about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black-owned businesses.
May 18, 2020 – Psychology Professor Craig Haney was quoted in a Ms. magazine article about the conditions facing incarcerated juveniles around the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 16, 2020 – Research by economist Robert Fairlie was cited in a Washington Post article about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Asian-owned businesses.
May 15, 2020 – Chris Benner, professor of sociology and environmental studies, coauthored an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle about the risks workers face in Silicon Valley’s culture of radical innovation.
May 5 2020 – Among the outlets covering the results of a unique survey of gig workers that was led by Chris Benner of Sociology are Tech Crunch, Vice, Science Daily, EurasiaReview, Eater SF, CFI.co, and Broke-Ass Stuart.
May 1, 2020 – Assistant professor of history Muriam Haleh Davis interviewed Algerian journalist Selma Kasmi in the Middle East Report about how the pandemic is affecting the Hirak protest movement in Algeria.