COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

COVID Conversations with Anne Pluta

Anne PlutaHost and Political Science professor Anne Pluta has 6 interviews with other College of Humanities and Social Sciences professors.

Understanding something as all-consuming as a global pandemic can be overwhelming.  Faculty experts from Rowan University's College of Humanities and 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 MarkowitzGuests: Eva Boodman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Lawrence Markowitz, Professor of Political Science

In this episode, we have a conversation about how countries react to crises and whether 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

Who’s Job is it Anyway?: Federalism and Crisis Response

Kathy JavianJohn ShjarbeckIn Episode 2 of Covid Conversations, Dr. Katherine Javian and Dr. John Shjarbeck discuss the various responsibilities of different levels of government in the United States during times of crisis. In particular, we focus on local and state government’s role during the pandemic.  

Episode 3

Enduringly Unequal: How Structural Inequality Shapes Health Outcomes

Chanelle RoseWhitney CoxIn this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Chanelle Rose, Associate Professor of History and the Coordinator of ​Africana Studies and Dr. 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, Dr. 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.