Faculty Commentary

W&L faculty share their perspectives on topics in the news.

Robert Strong, interim provost and William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University

Monday, February 01, 2016

Strong: A Trump Triumph Runs Against All Odds

For most of the 2016 presidential election cycle, the conventional wisdom about the Republican Party Convention has been that Donald Trump could never win the party's nomination. He was too brash, too crude, too rude, too divisive, too inexperienced, too liberal, too strangely coiffed to win a major party nomination for the presidency.

Mark Rush

Sunday, November 08, 2015

In praise of judicial activism

The following opinion piece by Mark Rush, director of International Education and Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Nov. 4, 2015, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Robert Strong, interim provost and William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University

Thursday, October 01, 2015

W&L's Strong on Jimmy Carter in the Roanoke Times

The following opinion piece by Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Oct. 1, 2015, edition of the Roanoke Times and is reprinted here by permission. Jimmy Carter at 91 by Robert Strong Today is Jimmy Carter's 91st birthday, a day made more poignant by the news […]

Robert Strong, interim provost and William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University

Saturday, September 26, 2015

W&L's Strong Comments on Republican Debate in Richmond Times-Dispatch

The following opinion piece by Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Sept. 25, 2015, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is reprinted here by permission. Donald and the Dictionary by Robert Strong It began with twaddle. I was watching the CNN Republican presidential debate last week […]

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Students-Eye View of Higher Education Issues

by Robert Strong, Hal Higginbotham and W&L's Politics 294 Class The pages of higher education journals and newsletters are filled with commentary by faculty and administrators, higher education experts and the journalists who cover the college beat. Given the opportunity, what would students — the people who matter most in discussions of higher education — […]

Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mike Smitka Quoted in The Street

Mike Smitka, professor of economics, was quoted by the business website, The Street, Aug. 20 in a story about foreign investors' trust in Japanese companies in the wake of a Toshiba Corp. accounting scandal.

W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio addresses graduates at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 22, 2015

W&L's Ruscio on Continuity and Change in The Roanoke Times

W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio published an op-ed in the Sunday, June 21 issue of The Roanoke Times on "Continuity and Change." The piece is based on remarks that Ruscio made during the university's recent commencement exercises.

Prof. Robert Danforth

Thursday, June 11, 2015

W&L Law's Danforth Weighs in on Sweet Briar Case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Virginia breathed new life into the fight to keep Sweet Briar College open. W&L law professor Robert Danforth co-authored an amicus brief in the case.

Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Smitka Discusses Auto Financing on WalletHub

Mike Smitka, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, discusses auto financing in WalletHub. Smitka answers questions on the best time of year to buy a car; whether auto financing deals may change during the next year; how to make the car-buying process more transparent and hassle-free; tips for buyers with fair or poor credit and signs that the buyer may be getting ripped off in the auto buying process.

Mark Rush

Friday, May 01, 2015

Mark Rush Talks Baseball on May 3

Mark Rush, W&L politics and law professor, will be the special guest on the "Sports Palooza Radio Show" May 3 from 7-9 p.m.

Michelle Drumbl, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

W&L's Drumbl Gives Tax Advice on WalletHub

Michelle Drumbl, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Tax Clinic in Washington and Lee's School of Law, gives advice on WalletHub to people who do not have the funds to pay their tax obligations.