In the News

Interviews and features in print and online sources and popular media.
Note for journalists: Mathieu Deflem, Professor of Sociology, can discuss topics related to fame and pop culture, terrorism, homeland security, international policing, and Interpol, amongst others. Languages spoken: English, Dutch, German. Contact: (telephone on request). 
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On Fame and Popular Culture 

How Lady Gaga Became the First Digi-Glam Superstar - Vice, October 2, 2016.

Roasted: Why We Like Watching Others (Think Justin Bieber) Cringe - Carolina Reporter, March 25, 2015.

Put On Your Poker Face... You Were Born This Way [audio] - Interview about the sociology behind Lady Gaga, VoiceAmerica, The Protocol Praxis, March 10, 2015.

El ídolo es el fan: el autógrafo ya no sirve - El Pais, March 8, 2015.

Comment la mise en avant de leurs défauts est devenue la dernière stratégie marketing des stars obsédées par leur image -, February 24, 2015.

Just How Does a Wax Museum Survive in the Digital Age? - Vanity Fair, February 20, 2015.

Grammy Nominee Sia is Rejecting Fame - Washington Post, February 7, 2015 (also in  Concord Monitor).

Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus y Beyonce... - Mercurio (Chile), November 16, 2014.

Por qué tiene sentido estudiar a Beyoncé en la universidad - El Pais, October 15, 2014.

Lady Gaga se alía con Tony Bennett para rejuvenecer - El Pais, October 11, 2014.

Teaching Lady Gaga and Fame:

Lady Gaga News Features - Links to hundreds of media reports and television news coverage on my course, "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame," since October 2010.

Deflem Front Row: A Chat with the Gaga Professor - Online radio interview about pop culture, January 26, 2014.

Grã-Bretanha espera o bebê real - Zero Hora (Brazil), July 17, 2013. 

Interview on fame and the Olympics - Speaking with Carl Thornton, Jr., WTHB radio, North Augusta, SC, August 6, 2012.

Interview on the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball - BBC Radio 5, Up All Night, April 28, 2012.

Students to stage protest at Gaga’s concert venue - The Korea Herald, April 26, 2012.

GAGA는 자유를 먹고 사는 ‘불확실성 시대의 괴물’ - Dong-A Ilbo (Korea), April 2012.

Video: Campus Reaction to Whitney Houston's Death - Carolina News, Feb. 14, 2012.

Music icons rock the 'ivory tower' of higher education - USA Today college edition, February 10, 2012.

Video: ‪Patriots Giants Super Bowl Rivalry - Carolina News, February 3, 2012.

Sure, She’s Beautiful, but Why Is Kim Kardashian Famous? - WetPaint Entertainment, Nov. 3, 2011.

The Boys (and the New Kids) Are Back - NBC, Today Show, June 1, 2011.

'Making It’ Pop - Fameology, May 10, 2011.

A corrente da moeda - Aventuras na História (Brazil), 2009.

Radio interview on Alfred Hitchcock - Radio City (Ecuador), August 13, 2007.

TV interview on internet communications - Carolina News, Columbia, SC, October 25, 2005.

God and Satan in Bentonville [pdf back-up] - Quoted in an article on Walmart by Dan Baum, Playboy, November 2003.

On Terrorism, Police, and Security

Ríos de sangre corren en Medio Oriente - Semana, June 15, 2014.

On the Olympics at Sochi, 2014: TV interview, WIS-TV, Columbia, SC, February 3, 2014; Getting Past Sochi’s ‘Fortress’Security Might Be Easier Than You Think -, Janary 14, 2014.
NSA/Snowden, Letters to the Editor: Don't Give Snowden What He Wants. The Washington Times, June 26, 2013, p. B2; Snowden Should Slip into Obscurity. South China Morning Post, June 18, 2013, p. 10; The Real Victims of NSA Surveillance. The Guardian, June 12, 2013, p. 31.

America on Alert... - The National Enquirer, June 10, 2013. 

Boston Marathon bombings: Boston bombers' motive, WJBF-TV, News Channel 6, April 19, 2013; Biggest question from Boston, Greenville Journal, April 26, 2013; The Gary Doyle Show [podcast], 570 News Radio; Law officials step up vigilance, The State; Interview [podcast], WJBC radio, April 16, 2013.

Boston Marathon bombings: Boston bombers' motive, WJBF-TV, News Channel 6, April 19, 2013 (also on WBTW); Biggest question from Boston, Greenville Journal, April 26, 2013; The Carl Nelson Show, WOL Radio, April 19, 2013; Interview on investigations, Metro (Brasil), April 18, 2013; The Gary Doyle Show [podcast], 570 News Radio, Ontario, April 17, 2013; Law officials step up vigilance, The State, April 17, 2013; Interview [podcast], WJBC radio, April 16, 2013.

Je Amerika veľký bazár zbraní? - Pravda (Slovak Republic), December 17, 2012.

Video: Interview on the impact of Osama bin Laden's death - WIS-TV, NBC Columbia, South Carolina, May 2, 2011. 

N.H. Bomb Scare a False Alarm - The Boston Globe, May 8, 2010.

Estados Unidos ve en el "terrorista solitario" su nueva amenaza - El Universal, May 5, 2010.

In Kenya, Fate of Detained Muslim Cleric Said to Depend on Extradition Treaties -, January 15, 2010.

Int'l assistance is needed to prevent terrorism in Nagorno-Karabakh: expert - (Azerbaijan), October 7, 2009.

Muslim community rallies behind Sudbury man charged by the FBI - Boston Globe, March 8, 2009.

Interview on the Mumbai terrorist attacks - CBS Newsradio, New York, December 2, 2008.

Je Usama bin Ládin nový Che Guevara? - Pravda (Slovakia), August 23, 2008. [pdf]

Al–Kajdá si v Iraku vyláme zuby - Pravda (Slovakia), August 22, 2008. [pdf]

Interview on border control - KSTE radio, San Francisco, CA, August 20, 2008.

Interpol Finds Its Calling - Time Magazine, March 3, 2008.

Top Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria - Online debate,, February 13, 2008.

International Intelligence Sharing for Global Security - Turkish Weekly, December 23, 2007.

Interview on terrorism - XM Satelite Radio, The Midday Show, September 11, 2007.

Six Years Later: What Is 9/11? - By Reid Wilson., September 11, 2007.

Attacks In Mind, But Life Goes On - The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, September 9, 2007.

Explosive Indictment - The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), September 1, 2007.

Surveillance Nation [audio] - Radio program on security cameras, On Point, NPR, July 12, 2007.

Experts Say Laos Plot not Practical - The Fresno Bee, June 7, 2007.

Interview on House passage of anti-terrorism bill - CBS news radio, New York, January 9, 2007.

11. september 2001 [pdf] - Pravda (Slovakia), September 9, 2006. [pdf]

Daily Life Hasn't Changed for Americans Since Sept. 11 - Deutsche Welle, September 3, 2006. Also in Spanish and German.

¿En dónde está Osama Bin Laden? - Tiempos del Mundo, July 13, 2006.

On Behalf of Muslims, ACLU Seeks FBI Surveillance Data - The Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2006.

Muslims Find Giving to Charity now Harder - The Toledo Blade, March 6, 2006.

A New Spin on Global Security - Federal Computer Week, August 29, 2005.

De-Metaphoring a Metaphor [audio] - The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, New York, July 26, 2005.

Subway Users Ride at Their Own Risk -, July 22, 2005.

Responding to Terror [audio] - The Connection, NPR radio, July 22, 2005.

Experts: Bombers Estranged from London Community - The Toledo Blade, July 17, 2005

Better Intelligence Needed to Fight Terror Attacks. Op-ed. The State, July 13, 2005.

Debate on terrorism - WLXC-FM radio, Columbia, SC, July 10, 2005.

Interview on police cooperation and terrorism - WBT radio, Charlotte, NC, July 10, 2005.

Video: News segment on terrorism - WOLO-ABC25, Columbia, SC, July 7, 2005.

Policing Terrorism - Online discussion,, July 7, 2005.

Interviews on the London terrorist bombings: WLS radio, Chicago; ABC News; The National Journal; The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, SC; CKNW radio, Vancouver, Canada; WBT radio, Charlotte; WGCV radio, Cayce, SC, July 7-8, 2005.

FBI Inquiry Leads to Fraud Case - The Oregonian, May 12, 2005.

Radio interview on aviation security - WPRO, Providence, Rhode Island, March 16, 2005.

Policing the New Europe: United but Divided [pdf]; Severing the Hydra’s Head [pdf] - Defence Security & Control, September 2004.

Anti-Terror Legislation Passed After 9/11 - Radio interview, The Carolina Minute, South Carolina Educational Radio Network, August 10, 2004.

Is Saying 'War on Terror' Hampering Counterterrorism? [audio] - NPR, Day to Day, August 6, 2004.

Radio interview on U.S. terrorism policies - KMED, Medford, Oregon, August 3, 2004.

Sociology’s Mathieu Deflem is Authority on World Terrorism [pdf] - The USC Times, June 17, 2004.

War on Terrorism Strains Agencies - The Carolina Minute, SCE Radio Network, June 14, 2004.

Scots-US Flights Hit - Daily Record (Scotland), February 2, 2004.

Interview on the US-VISIT program - South Carolina Radio News Network, January 9, 2004.

'Strange' Incidents in S.C. Serve as Reminders of Domestic Threats (posted at The Augusta Chronicle) - Interview on domestic terrorism by the Associated Press, December 12, 2003.

Terrorism Task Forces Join Efforts - Interview, The Carolina Minute, South Carolina Educational Radio Network, November 12, 2003.

Global Policing and Terrorism - Participant in a radio talk show, The Andy Thomas Show, Columbia, South Carolina, September 10, 2003.

Video: Investigation Finds Security Holes at SC DMV - Interview on fraudulent driver’s licenses, News Channel 7, Spartanburg, South Carolina, September 9, 2003.

Worldwide police efforts battle terrorism - The Carolina Minute on South Carolina Educational Radio Network, Tuesday, September 9, 2003.

Ulster Haunted by Lingering Scars of Omagh Horror - South China Morning Post, August 15, 2003.

Interview with BBC-Uzbek for a radio broadcast on the impact of suicide bombers, May 19, 2003.

Video: The Fight Against Terror at the UN - Participant in a televised debate on the CNN International broadcast “Your World Today,” May 8, 2003.

Other Interviews and Media Features 

NWA: ‘The world’s most dangerous group’? -, August 13, 2015.

Infidelitatea virtuala -, March 11, 2014.

Video: Letter Carrier Devoted to His Route, Despite USPS Struggles - Carolina Reporter & News, April 10, 2012.

Art Project Adds to List of ‘Isms' - The New York Sun, January 16, 2007.

Interview on Mexican-Canadian police cooperation - Global TV Network, Ontario, Canada, February 27, 2006.

Cheating Goes High-Tech with Use of Cell Phones, Internet - The Greenville News, May 2, 2005.

Detecting a Flaw - The Free Times, April 6-12, 2005.

Someone to Watch Over Me - Queen’s Alumni Review, Fall 2004.

Web Site Defends Sociology - The Gamecock, November 17, 2004.

"Save Sociology" Web site preserves integrity of field as a discipline - USC Times, November 2004.

The Great Debate [pdf] - Interview on drug legalization quoted in the Garnet and Black magazine, November 2002.

Police collaborate on fighting crime - The Carolina Minute, November 15, 2002.

Dangerous behavior linked to firearms [pdf] - Interview on guns in college quoted in The Gamecock, October 2002.

Radio interview on the death penalty, local show in West Lafayette, Indiana, June 2001.

Web site adds photos to identify revelers [pdf] - Interview quoted in The Purdue Exponent, April 9, 2001.

Interview with the Indianapolis Star on threatening emails, January 2001.

Campus sees rise in reported crime - Interview quoted in The Purdue Exponent, September 12, 2000.

Interview on study guides quoted in The Akron Beacon Journal, July 6, 2000.

History of the Civil War in 560 Words, Laminated - The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2000.

Can Textbook E-Tailers Topple Bookselling's Ivory Tower? - Interview quoted in Publishing Trends, March 2000.

Letters and op-eds accompany my website campaign "Free Education Now!", 1999-2000. See also features and interviews on the campaign that appeared in several media, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Christian Science Monitor.

Sacred Cows of Arms, Prisons Are Milking the U.S. Budget [pdf] - Chicago Sun-Times, December 25, 1995.