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Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from February - March 2021

Shannen Dee Williams, the Albert Lepage assistant professor of history at Villanova University, had an article published in The Washington Post.
Shannen Dee Williams, the Albert Lepage assistant professor of history at Villanova University, had an article published in The Washington Post.

Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and high-achieving students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from February-March 2021.

‘Major’ severe storm outbreak with ‘long-track, intense tornadoes’ forecast for South

The Washington Post

“What bothers me most about the upcoming Southeast severe weather event … Poverty*. Mix this with an overnight event. It’s a recipe for fatalities,” said Stephen Strader, a professor of geography and hazards experts at Villanova University.

How to Connect With Prospective Major-Gift Donors Now

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In the latest installment of our Ask an Expert series, Sarah Fonder-Kristy, chief development officer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank; Michael O’Neill, senior vice president for university advancement at Villanova University; and Rachael Rosselli, regional philanthropy officer at the American Red Cross of Massachusetts shared their advice.

Leaders: Are You Intimidating Your Coworkers?


It’s been a tough year. We are doing more than ever before and feeling increasingly tense…Joyce E. A. Russell is the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

More people than we thought get excluded when the right to vote isn’t protected

The Washington Post

Because of the coronavirus threat, voting hours were expanded, more options to vote by mail were offered and voters were accommodated in their cars, in arenas and in their neighborhoods… Judith Giesberg is Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities and professor of history at Villanova University.

CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People: What It Means for Masks, Travel, Gatherings


"This virus demonstrates that we are a global community and it also demonstrates that we can't move forward unless we all move forward together," Ruth McDermott-Levy, director of Villanova University's Center for Global and Public Health, told Newsweek.

US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts

The Associated Press

The most important questions now, said Deborah Seligsohn, an expert in Chinese governance and air pollution at Villanova University, are: “How soon can China’s carbon emissions peak, and at what level?”

Big Employers of Business-School Grads Are Customizing the Degrees

The Wall Street Journal

“The closer the relationship a business school can have with an employer, the better,” said Joyce Russell, dean of Villanova’s business school.

Which face mask is best for communication? A new study weighs in

"In the context of the pandemic, we were motivated to look at this issue more closely, since there was little previous research on how different types of masks affect speech," said study author Joseph Toscano, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences who directs the cognitive science program at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

In Pope Francis, Biden Has A Potential Ally — Who Shares The Same Catholic Detractors


“It's clear that they see this moment as a return to some sanity so that there is a predictability in the relations between countries and leaders” says Villanova theology professor Massimo Faggioli.

Filing for Bankruptcy Can Actually Wipe out Your Student Debt


Jason Iuliano, a law professor at Villanova University who specializes in bankruptcy and student loan debt, even has some evidence to prove it. According to Iuliano’s data, about 40% of consumers who included student loans as part of their bankruptcy proceeding in 2007 have gotten their loans discharged — a number that has increased to 60% in the last couple of years.

Don’t know whether to file taxes early or wait? 5 questions to help you sort it out

Market Watch

“Most of my clients don’t have a choice,” said Christine Speidel, a law professor at Villanova University who directs the school’s Federal Tax Clinic. “It’s pretty common for lower income folks to count on their refunds. … The financial pressure to file early is augmented by the stimulus payments” they might be claiming after missing or not fully receiving payment in 2020, Speidel said.

Black Catholic women like Amanda Gorman are forgotten prophets of American democracy

The Washington Post

On Jan. 6, a mostly White mob attacked the nation’s Capitol in a violent attempt to overturn the election of the nation’s second Catholic president and first female, Black and Asian American vice president. Shannen Dee Williams is the Albert Lepage assistant professor of history at Villanova University.

New ETFs, Forced to Chase Trends, Shorten Their Own Lives

The Wall Street Journal

The study was conducted by Itzhak Ben-David and Byungwook Kim of Ohio State University, Francesco Franzoni of the University of Lugano in Switzerland and Rabih Moussawi of Villanova University.

The Forgotten History of Black Prohibitionism


Established history tells us that the temperance movement was driven by white evangelicals set out to discipline America’s Black and immigrant communities. Established history is wrong. …Mark Lawrence Schrad is associate professor of political science at Villanova University.

Expect advertisers to pivot in 2021 Superbowl ads

CBS This Morning

“This is really a riskier year for advertisers.” Villanova University marketing professor, Charles Taylor. “And as a result of that we’re seeing some big advertisers sit out of the game altogether, while other advertisers are looking hard to strike the right cord.”