Expert Insights

University of Richmond faculty and staff are experts in their fields of study and chosen careers. Our experts have longstanding and ongoing research and expertise that adds perspective to the news of the day on a wide range of topics. The insights below include faculty-authored columns and research-based articles, as well as comments about headline news.

Recent Expert Insights

April 26, 2022
People of color have been missing in the disability rights movement - looking through history may help explain why

Jennifer Erkulwater, professor of political science, authored this piece.


April 7, 2022
Ukrainian refugees might not return home, even long after the war eventually ends
Sandra Joireman, professor of political science and Weinstein Chair of International Studies, authored this piece.
April 5, 2022
I no longer grade my students' work - and I wish I had stopped sooner
English professor Libby Gruner authored this piece.
April 4, 2022
Maps show - and hide - key information about Ukraine war
Timothy Barney, chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, authored this piece.
March 9, 2022
Supreme Court inches towards deciding whether state legislatures can draw congressional districts largely free of court oversight
Hank Chambers, professor of law, authored this piece.
March 5, 2022
Sharing top-secret intelligence with the public is unusual - but helped the US rally the world against Russian aggression
The Conversation U.S. asked international relations scholar Stephen Long at the University of Richmond to analyze why the U.S. government made the choice to do this and what effect it had.
February 11, 2022
Supreme Court's ruling on Alabama voting map could open the door to a new Wild West of state redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court’s order allowing Alabama to use a congressional map that critics say disadvantages Black voters has voting rights advocates worried – and understandably so.

February 7, 2022
The Conversation
What's the difference between sugar, other natural sweeteners and artificial sweeteners? A food chemist explains sweet science
Chemistry professor Kristine Nolin, a food scientist, explores the science of sugar.
January 21, 2022
The Conversation
Online tools put will-writing in reach for most people - but they're not the end of the line for producing a legally binding document
Law professor Allison Tait, a trust and estate expert, authored this piece about physical and digital will writing.
January 1, 2022
The Conversation
Resolutions that stick
Health psychology professor Camilla Nonterah explains what successful New Year's resolutions have in common.


November 19, 2021
The Conversation
Why do frozen turkeys explode when deep-fried?
Just in time for Thanksgiving, chemistry professor Kristine Nolin explains the science behind the dangers of putting even a partially frozen turkey in a deep-fryer.
October 22, 2021
The Conversation
Tax or treat! State laws on candy taxation vary wildly
Law professor Hayes Holderness explains why not all candy is candy, at least in the eyes of tax law.
October 18, 2021
The Conversation
SNAP benefits are rising for millions of Americans, thanks to a long-overdue 'Thrifty Food Plan' update
Political science professor Tracy Roof explains factors impacting food assistance programs.
September 13, 2021
The Conversation
The invasive emerald ash borer has destroyed millions of trees - scientists aim to control it with tiny parasitic wasps
Biology professor Kristine Grayson explains how scientists are attempting to control an invasive pest that has destroyed millions of trees.
August 18, 2021
The Conversation
Tick bites: Every year is a bad tick year
Biology professor Jory Brinkerhoff, a disease ecologist, discusses the rise in tick-borne diseases across the U.S.
August 5, 2021
The Conversation
234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the IPCC climate report - here's what you need to know and why it's a big deal
Geography professor Stephanie Spera talks about why the latest climate report is a "big deal."
August 4, 2021
The Conversation
Does outer space end -- or go on forever?
Physics professor Jack Singal, an astrophysicist, explores what is beyond outer space.
July 26, 2021
The Conversation
The EU wants a carbon tax on imports, but would it be the climate solution officials expect?
Economics professor Timothy Hamilton, an expert on environmental economics, explores whether carbon border taxes are an effective tool as countries try to slow climate change.
May 3, 2021
The Conversation
Why your mom may be the mother of all heroes
Just in time for Mother's Day, psychology professor Scott Allison, a leading expert on heroes, explains how mothers are masters at helping their children meet the full range of human needs.
March 2, 2021
The Conversation
Bipartisanship in Congress isn't about being nice - it's about cold hard numbers

New presidents often reach out across the aisle and for good reason.