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Expert: Why Washington won’t work

Oct. 2, 2013—Policymakers in Washington, D.C., increasingly are earning the distrust of the American people, and the current impasse that led to a government shutdown is no exception, according to Marc Hetherington, a political science professor and author of two books on trust and polarization in American government.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt professor calls government shutdown ‘policy extortion’

Oct. 1, 2013—Political scientist Bruce Oppenheimer is available to talk about the government shutdown.

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Tom Schwartz on the crisis in Syria: Domestic politics as foreign policy

Sep. 5, 2013—“From a historical perspective, which looks at the American presidency since the end of World War II, Obama’s decision reflects a turning point, the clear triumph of domestic political considerations over foreign policy priorities,” according to Thomas Schwartz, a professor of history and political science at Vanderbilt.

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Peabody education experts available for back-to-school stories

Aug. 1, 2013—As schools nationwide prepare for the new academic year, education experts from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews on a variety of topics.

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Vanderbilt legal, education experts: Not the end of affirmative action

Jun. 26, 2013—Law and education experts from Vanderbilt comment on the long-awaited Supreme Court affirmative action decision.

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Experts on Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) available

Jun. 11, 2013—Peabody experts are available to talk to media regarding the bill known as No Child Left Behind.

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Vanderbilt expert available for comment on Supreme Court’s college affirmative action decision

May. 16, 2013—Peabody's Stella Flores is available for comment on the much-anticipated Supreme Court decision on Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could alter the way universities consider race in the admissions process.

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Understanding cultural motivations in the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr. 22, 2013—As Americans attempt to grapple with the motives behind the Boston Marathon bombings, it is important not to see the two Chechen brothers suspected in the deadly attacks through the same prism

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TVA privatization might benefit consumers, expert says

Apr. 15, 2013—If the Tennessee Valley Authority goes private, utility customers could benefit if risks and incentives are better aligned than under the current approach, according to a Vanderbilt law professor. The prospect of selling off the public utility has been raised by the Obama administration in a call for a strategic review.

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Viability of possible TVA sale in question

Apr. 11, 2013—The Obama administration launched a “modest shot across the bow” with a call for a strategic review that includes consideration of a possible sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.

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Young North Korean leader’s actions may not be grounded in political reality

Apr. 10, 2013—Rising tensions in the Korean peninsula have Japan, South Korea and the United States on full alert for a possible missile launch from North Korea. “A major worry now is North Korea’s young leader, who may not understand the constraints of reality that his grandfather and father didn’t publicly acknowledge but implicitly understood,” said James...

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New findings shed light on charter school debate

Feb. 19, 2013—As the Tennessee General Assembly debates a bill that would give power to the state to authorize charter schools, Ron Zimmer, unveils his latest research on the topic.

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