Department of History Media appearences

Faculty Media Appearences

    The Department of History faculty regularly contribute Op Ed pieces, and political and cultural commentaries on a wide range of topics to a wide range of media outlets. Read some of them here. See the web pages of individual faculty members for a more comprehensive list of appearances.

Faculty Op Eds and media commentaries

Pope & Religion Watch with Dr. Christopher Bellitto:
- On Catholics and Lutherans bridging gaps Luther opened 500 years ago. The Philadelphia inquirer, October 25, 2017.
- On Catholics reading the Bible.  CRUX, June 21, 2017.
- Tribute to the Late Jeannie Stapleton Smith, Catholic New York, March 17, 2017.
- "Joseph Cardinal Tobin: A Redemptorist for Catholic New Jersey—and America," Liguori Publications Blog, February 27, 2017.
- "Simeon and Anna: Senior Citizen Prophets," Salt & Light Media, January 30, 2017.
- Pope Francis as a reformer, CRUX, December 24, 2016.
- "Christmas Traditions," Liguori Blog, December 5, 2017.
- "The Splainer, What's a Cardinal?" RNS Religion News Service, November 16, 2016.
- On Newark's new Cardinal,, November 7, 2016.
- "Spotlight and a Changing Catholic Landscape," Christian Century, February 17, 2016.
- "Pope and Patriarch Hold 'Summit,'" Christian Science Monitor, February 12, 2016.
- "Is the Pope too indulgent with indulgences?" RNS (Religious News Service), January 15, 2016.
- Legend of Pope Joan, in St. Anthony Messenger, January 6, 2016.
- "Catholic Bishops adopt Pope's Call for More Welcoming Church,", October 25, 2015.
-Op Ed on the Pope's style, Star-Ledger, September 23, 2015.
- In the Wall Street Journal. September 22, 2015.
- A profile on Dr. Bellitto and his work covering the Pope, Kean Exchange, September 21, 2015.
- In "Who is Pope Francis?" Star-Ledger, September 20, 2015.
- "Another Prophetic Pope," Christian Century, September 9, 2015.
- The Pope on marriage annulments, News Now, September 9, 2015.
-"The Vicar and the Liberal Vanguard," by Terry Golway, How Albany Works, July 28, 2015.
- More on the Pope's poll numbers, HuffPost Religion, July 23, 2015.
- "History professor speaks on 'Reforming a Challenged Church,'" Catholic News Herald, July 14, 2015.
- The Pope in New Jersey,, July 1, 2015.
- On the Pope's visit to the US, AP, June 30, 2015.
- The Pope on Climate Change. CNN, June 15, 2015.
- "Pope Francis Halts Takeover of US Nun's Group,", April 17, 2015.
- "Vatican Unexpectedly Ends Takeover of US Nun Group," Associated Press, April 16, 2015.
- Pope Francis, "True and False Reform," The Tablet, February 2, 2015.
- "Pope Francis Announces new Bishops," CNN, January 4, 2015.
- "The Fighting Word: Stories of God and war on display in the 'Crusader Bible,"America, National Catholic Review, November 11, 2014.
- The Vatican synod was about the meaning of church, The Christian Century, November 5, 2014.
- Jesuit wins Carl Sagan Award, Jesuit News Detail, July 16, 2014.
- Papal canonization news, CNN, April 27, 2014.
- Dr. Bellitto giving a lecture on Pope John Paul and forgiveness, at Villanova University, April 13, 2013

- St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, "John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints," March 25, 2014. 
More Papal Commentary:
- "Pope Francis' Church," Texas Public Radio, October 8, 2013.
- From 2012, on "Reforming a Challenged Church" talk at Corpus Christi University, Ohio. Knowledge Stream.
- Newark's new Co-Archbishop, Star-Ledger, September 25, 2013.
- Pope Francis on Gays, abortion, and compassion, Star-Ledger, September 19, 2013 & again in the Bergen Record September 20, 2013.
- On CNN discussing the reforms of Pope Francis, September 13, 2013.
- The Pope and World Youth Day Huff Post: Religion, July 19, 2013.
- Is Pope Francis the Catholic Princess Diana? CNN Belief Blog, July 14, 2013.
-"Jesuit Pope with a Franciscan Heart," St. Anthony Messenger, November 25, 2013.
- Haiti's first Cardinal, Miami Herald, February 1, 2014.
Other Faculty Op Eds:
- Dr. Brian Regal, "The Monsters we create Ourselves," Star-Ledger, August 18, 2018.
- Dr. Brian Regal, "The Terrorism We Don't Want to Talk About," Star-Ledger, June 4, 2017.
- Dr. Christopher Bellitto, "Honoring the Elderly,", March 21, 2017.
- Dr. Brian Regal, History in an age of lies, Star-Ledger, January 16, 2017.
- Dr Brian Regal, "Why the Strongman Always Loses," Star-Ledger, October 13, 2016.
- Dr. Brian Regal, "Dealing with Denial," Star-Ledger, September 2016.
- Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, "Time for a Revolutionary Change for Student Loan Debt" Star-Ledger, September 7, 2016.
- Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, "N.J. education chief gets an F for civil rights record" Star-Ledger, July 13, 2016.
- Drs. Christopher Bellitto & Frank Argote-Freyre, "Is Trumps Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Anti-Catholic?" Star-Ledger, February 24, 2016.
- Dr. Brian Regal in the Star-Ledger on "The Healing Power of a Dark Past," January 24, 2016.

- Dr. Brian Regal in the Star-Ledger on refugees and history, January 4, 2016.
Dr. Brian Regal in the Star-Ledger on “Hollywood’s Next War,” page D5, August 23, 2015.
- Dr. Brian Regal in the Star-Ledger on Climate Change, May 10, 2015.
- Dr. Brian Regal on vaccinations and public health, Star-Ledger, February 9, 2015.
- Dr. Brian Regal on Muslims, Catholics and religious scapegoats, Star-Ledger, and again in Religious News Service, July 20, 2014.
- Dr. Abigail Perkiss on "Shelley v. Kraemer: Legal reform for America’s neighborhoods," National Constitution Center Blog, May 11, 2014
- Dr. Brian Regal on Common Ground from N.J. to China," Star-Ledger, March 2, 2014.
- Dr. Brian Regal on The Meaning of Christmas, Star-Ledger, December 15, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on History in Our Daily Lives, Star-Ledger, October 18, 2013.

- Dr. Dennis Klein on fighting our nubness to genocide, Star-Ledger, August 18, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on the political origins of the Jersey Devil, Star-Ledger, August 18, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on Neil Armstrong and character, Star-Ledger, July 7, 2013.
- Dr. Abigail Perkiss, "A look back at Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s court legacy." National Constitution Center, Wash., DC., July 2, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on the 17 year cicadas and twitter sourcing, "Twitter to Crowdfunding Make This Cicada Spawn Different," Washington Post, June 5, 2013.
- Dr. Terry Golway on Gov Christie and the late Sen. Lautenberg, "The Scheming has Begun,", June 6, 2013.
- Dr. Chris Bellitto, The Outsiders: Sixteenth-Century Lessons in Reform, Commonweal, May 7, 2013.
- Dr. Abigail Perkiss on Memory and Monuments in teaching, History@Work, on-line forum, March 25, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on Darwin Day, Star-Ledger, February 23, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on the importance of supporting public libraries, Star-Ledger, January 15, 2013.
- Dr. Brian Regal on the end of the world, YouTube video.
- Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre on the US Electoral College, Star-Ledger, December 19, 2012.
- Dr. Christopher Bellitto on "What Would Jesus Tweet?" Kean U Center for History & Politics, December 6, 2012.
- Dr. Christopher Bellitto onthe Pope and the firing of Bishops, Slate, December 3, 2012.
- Dr. Brian Regal on the Mayan end-of-the-world Prophesy and 2012, Star-Ledger, December 2, 2012.
- Dr. Abigail Perkiss on Electing a President in the Media Age, National Constitution Center Daily, October 22, 2012
- Dr. Chris Bellitto on the anniversary of Vatican II, The Monitor, October 16, 2012.
- Dr. Dennis Klein on Syria and genocide, June, 2012
- Dr. Chris Bellitto's comments in an article on the recent Papal scandal in Reuters, May 30, 2012.
Vatican Butler Scandal
- Op Ed piece by Dr. Brian Regal on pseudoscience, Intelligent Design and politics in the Star-Ledger, April 19, 2012.
Pseudoscience Bad for US
- Poll on women and their views on Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie: Commentary by Drs. Beth Hyde, Brid Nicholson and Terry Golway, March 2012.
Poll on Women and Obama
- Dr. Abigail Perkiss on the importance of teaching history, February 5, 2012 Star Ledger.
Teaching History
- Dr. Terry Golway on the Super Bowl, February 5, 2012, Star Ledger.
Golway on Superbowl
- Dr. Brian Regal's Op Ed piece in The Guardian (UK) on Russian Yeti hunting, October 12, 2011.
Yeti Hunters
- Dr. Jonathan Mercantini's Op Ed piece in the Star Ledger on the Constitution and the Tea Party Friday, September 16, 2011.
Mercantini OpEd