Plus, HIV Research Gets CDC Boost, Newspapers Saving Civics and More
Plus, HIV Research Gets CDC Boost, Newspapers Saving Civics and More
Columbian College

September 2021

Antwan Jones and Gregory Squires
A new study by Sociology’s Antwan Jones (left) and Gregory Squires ties inclusionary zoning policies to higher affordable housing availability and lower rates of heart disease.
Newspaper Stock Photo
With newspapers disappearing, Americans are less engaged with local governments. In his new book, Political Science’s Danny Hayes argues the trends are linked—and dangerous to democracy.
Gil Cisneros
Philanthropist and former U.S. Congressman Gil Cisneros, BA ’94, will be a principal advisor to the U.S. secretary of defense. The former CCAS political science major endowed the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Kristen Grimm and Vivian Salama
Communications pioneer Kristen Grimm (left) and Wall Street Journal reporter Vivian Salama are this year’s Terker Distinguished Fellows. Funded by Bruce and Cindy Terker, the program brings political communication and public affairs professionals to SMPA each academic year.
Ana María del Río-González
Funded by a $1 million CDC grant, Psychology’s Ana María del Río-González is launching a first-of-its-kind study that uses peer coaching to support the needs of an understudied community.
Ethan Porter
A comparative, cross-country study led by SMPA’s Ethan Porter is among the first to examine how fact-checking can be an effective tool in combatting false claims.
S J Matthews and Naseem Haamid
Classical studies alumna SJ Matthews, BA ’20, (left) and political science major Naseem Haamid, BA ’21, will deliver remarks to their fellow alumni at the October 2 Commencement ceremony on the National Mall.
Boy surrounded by floralscape and posters
First-generation American artist and MFA student Adele Kenworthy debuted a botanical art project to protest gentrification and displacement in Ivy City, a historically Black neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Soon after, the District announced a $20 million restoration project.

New Books

In addition to Danny Hayes’ new book cited in the article above, the following members of the CCAS community recently published books:
Kerry Crawford, PhD ’14, (Political Science): The Ph.D. Parenthood Trap: Caught Between Work and Family in Academia.


The CCAS Political Science Program was ranked 15th in the world in the 2021 Shanghai Rankings.
Vera Kuklina (Geography) received a $851,749 grant from the National Science Foundation to study change, resilience and sustainability of frozen commons in Alaskan and Siberian communities.
Stephen Mitroff (Psychology) received a $449,690 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to use big data for evaluating and predicting human variability.
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