Threats to the Republic

Men, some with masks over their faces, pull an American flag in opposite directions as they fight over control of it..

A new course developed by political scientists Justin Crowe ’03 and Nicole Mellow provides students with tools for deciphering extreme political rhetoric in an America they say is out of sorts. How worried should we be—and what precisely should we be worried about—as a new era of American leadership begins? That’s one of the central

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Docs: Under the Influence?

A portrait of economics professor Matt Chao, seated and looking at the camera.

A new study co-authored by economics professor Matthew Chao and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May links doctors’ decisions to prescribe certain drugs to their interactions with pharmaceutical sales representatives, including the promotional gifts and free meals that reps provide to doctors. Chao, a behavioral economist who blends insights from

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En Plein Air

Portrait of art professor Mike Glier who stands in front of one of his paintings.

From “The Forests of Antarctica,” by Mike Glier ’75, professor of art. Oil on a variety of grounds, including canvas, paper and panel, ranging in size from 12×12 in. to 78×128 in. 2012-present. “The Forests of Antarctica,” a new painting series by Williams art professor Mike Glier ’75, addresses the environmental implications of place and

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Depression in Adolescent Girls

Illustration of a silhouetted person shown in profile from the shoulders up, head bent with hand to head. A daisy-like flower is in the middle of their head with one petal falling from the the person's face, implying a tear. Dark blue background.

Associate Professor of Psychology Catherine Stroud recently completed a three-year longitudinal study examining the development of depression in adolescent girls. With the help of Williams undergraduates—whom she trained in interview and coding techniques—Stroud collected data about girls’ stress levels, their responses to stress and whether their responses can correlate with the development of depression. WILLIAMS

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Giving God a Backbeat

Photo of Kendrick Lamar performing on stage, mostly silhouetted against a blue backdrop.

When assistant professor of Africana Studies VaNatta Ford heard the new Kendrick Lamar song “FEEL,” she immediately thought of the old spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Both the spiritual, from the era of slavery, and the rap song, which came out in 2017, use repetition to reinforce a message about our deepest

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