In Their Own Words

“In Their Own Words” is a running collection of opinion pieces from BU experts. Here BU professors bring their perspective to top news stories, introducing new ideas or a different perspective on key issues making headlines.

Mount Rushmore: What does it mean?

February 15th, 2013 in History, Opinion, Professor voices, Sociology, Videos

As the nation prepares to celebrate President's Day, Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor of sociology, discusses the history of Mount Rushmore, her interpretation of what it represents, and whose face she would put on it. Contact Benjamin at... More

Department of Justice defends killing American terrorists

February 5th, 2013 in Opinion, Professor voices

A Justice Department memo released on Monday says that the U.S. government can authorize the killing of American citizens overseas if it is believed they are "a senior, operational leader" of al-Qaeda or one of... More

SCOTUS and gay marriage

November 30th, 2012 in Law, Opinion

The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon on whether it will hear cases on gay marriage. The following opinion piece was written by Linda McClain, professor of Law at Boston University's School of Law... More

Israel must fight

November 19th, 2012 in Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by Tamar Frankel, professor of law at Boston University's School of Law. People in the south of Israel have been living for months with a shower of deadly rockets. Yet, More

Campaign 2012: Income stagnation & Mitt Romney’s crocodile tears

November 5th, 2012 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by David Weil, professor of markets, public policy and law at Boston University's School of Management. When Mitt Romney discusses the stagnation of income for the American middle class, he... More

Eliminating true banks to feed sham banks

September 6th, 2012 in Banking, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by securities law professor Tamar Frankel. Her latest book is The Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and Victims. What is the meaning of the fierce... More

Campaign 2012: The enthusiasm gap

April 9th, 2012 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter. He is also the director of BU's State House Program. Now that the seeming inevitability of a Romney... More

Campaign 2012: Focus on voter turnout

March 5th, 2012 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter. He is also the director of BU's State House Program. One of the seminal lessons I had as... More

Israel, Iran, and Netanyahu’s visit

March 1st, 2012 in International Relations, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Augustus Richard Norton. An expert on the Middle East, he is the author of Hezbollah: A Short History. Banish any thought from your head that an... More

Dickens at 200

January 30th, 2012 in Literature, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by Natalie McKnight, Associate Dean for Faculty Research in BU's College of General Studies. An expert on Charles Dickens and Victorian literature, she is also a co-editor of Dickens... More