COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

Anne PlutaHost and Political Science Professor Anne Pluta has six interviews with other College of Humanities & Social Sciences professors.

Understanding something as all-consuming as a global pandemic can be overwhelming. Faculty experts from Rowan University's College of Humanities & Social Sciences are here to help. Over the next six episodes, host Anne Pluta will lead colleagues through a series of conversations about far-reaching aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak.  


Episode 1

Live Free or Die or Live Free AND Die

Eva BodmanLawrence Markowitz

In this episode, we have a conversation with Eva Boodman, assistant professor of Philosophy, and Lawrence Markowitz, professor of Political Science, about how countries react to crises and whether or not authoritarian nations have been better able to contain COVID-19 because of their ability to force citizens to comply. We also discuss how freedom is understood in different countries and how these various constructions of freedom can change what citizens expect from their governments in times of crisis. Lastly, we talk about the lasting effect coronavirus may have on governments around the world. 

Episode 2

Whose Job is it Anyway?: Federalism and Crisis Response

Kathy JavianJohn ShjarbeckIn episode 2, of COVID Conversations, Katherine Javian,  lecturer in Political Science, and John Shjarback, assistant professor of Law & Justice Studies, discuss the various responsibilities of different levels of government in the United States during times of crisis. In particular, we focus on the role of local and state governments during the pandemic.  

Episode 3

Enduringly Unequal: How Structural Inequality Shapes Health Outcomes

Chanelle RoseWhitney CoxIn this episode, I'm joined by Chanelle Rose, associate professor of History and coordinator of ​the Africana Studies program, and Whitney Cox, lecturer in World Religions, to discuss how structural inequalities present themselves during times of crisis. We discuss not only the coronavirus pandemic in this context, but also draw historical parallels with TB and AIDS.

Episode 4

An Economic Apocalypse? How Social Policy Can Help​

Misty KnightStuti JahiIn today's episode, Misty Knight-Finley, assistant professor of Political Science, and Dr. Stuti Jha, assistant professor of Economics, discuss how the government's approach to providing for citizens during crises varies across countries and how these different approaches lead to various consequences for the economy and for the public. 

Episode 5

Gender and COVID-19 - Understanding How the Coronavirus Affects Women

Danielle GougonIn this episode, Dr. Danielle Gougon, professor of Political Science, joins me to discuss how women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic both in the work place and at home. We also discuss how the coronavirus might shed light onto some of these inequalities and potentially lead to policy change.