Barnard College News

Economist and Brookings Institution Rubenstein Fellow Belinda Archibong breaks down her research on how negative news reports on vaccines can lead to a public decline in vaccine confidence. 

For this Friday the 13th, assistant professor of psychology Michael G. Wheaton analyzed the symbolism and science behind fear and superstition.

Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, assistant professor of economics, discusses the results behind her new quantitative study on attitudes toward menstruation and how Barnard students are engaging with the data.

Belinda Archibong, assistant professor of economics, discusses the findings of her new paper, which reviewed 65 years’ worth of data.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs ’04 — scholar, poet, and activist — addresses queer blackness in her work and the concept and inspiration behind her new book.

Professor of history José Moya explains the history behind the Mexican holiday that honors the dead and traces its connection to Halloween, while considering Barbie’s and Coco’s places in the cultural appropriation debate. 

Artists and transnational collaborators Jeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle open up about the famous monument’s long-term residency in Barnard Hall, the legacy of Mary Thomas, and the importance of filling public art space with black narratives. 

In this Q&A, Claire Tow Professor of Religion Jack Hawley — unofficially named an honorary citizen of the Braj region of North India earlier this year — discusses his interests in India’s religious and cultural landscape. 

For this Father’s Day edition of “Break This Down,” history professor Nara Milanich shares some fascinating stories about parentage from her new book, Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father (June 10), which explores the social and political constructs that have been built around the idea of fatherhood.

This year, Being Barnard, the College’s sexual violence education program, in collaboration with Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response (SVR), is hosting several events on campus throughout the month to help raise awareness among the community. Being Barnard’s Cristen Kennedy breaks it all down. 

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7–13) and World Mental Health Day (October 10), Professor Michael G. Wheaton discusses the meanings of the three ubiquitous letters.

This special Mother’s Day edition, with Professor Nara Milanich, shines a light on the government’s practice of incarcerating refugee mothers and children and the experiences of the women themselves.

Forty years ago, mothers in the paid labor force were fighting for protections and rights. Working Mother Media founder Carol Evans says they still are.