5 Questions

Mae Ngai sitting in front of a bookshelf

At the turn of the last century, as an influx of Europeans entered the United States, many politicians and native-born Americans worried that they would depress wages and take the jobs of citizens.

Sharyn O'Halloran

The list of American tariffs imposed on China since Donald Trump assumed the presidency runs to more than 200 pages, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative—from tilapia and sea urchins to aircraft engines and oil drilling platforms.

Olatunde Johnson

Olatunde Johnson, the Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and an expert in civil rights and constitutional governance, is worried.

Michael Graetz

Michael Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law at the Law School, doesn’t expect much from the next Congress when it comes to taxes.

Elora Mukherjee

Photo by Eileen Barroso

Elora Mukherjee is hoping the midterm elections can change what she says is the worst immigration policy she has seen in more than a decade of representing refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant families in the U.S.

Michael Sparer

Access to healthcare is at stake on Nov. 6, says Michael Sparer, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Michael Gerrard

Michael Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, begins his course on climate change law and policy by encouraging students to challenge him.

a black and white portrait shot of Gary Shteyngart

Who else but satirist Gary Shteyngart, a professor in the writing program at the School of the Arts, would describe passengers on a Greyhound bus who snore “like they had entire planets up their nose”?

Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus, a professor in the writing program at the School of the Arts since 2000, has taught the work of many writers over the years, but never his own.
Stephen Sestanovich
Before the Russia-U.S. summit in Helsinki, Russia expert Steve Sestanovich assessed the Trump-Putin relationship, and what they seek from one another.