Selected interviews and features with Mathieu Deflem in news media.
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Recent Features   

USC Professor and Former Grad Student Publish Book on Women in Heavy Metal - The State, October 22, 2021. 

Olympic Athletes Are Testing Rules and Taking a Knee for BLM - BloomBerg News, July 29, 2021.

Local Experts Talk About Athletes' Mental Challenges (video) - WLTX news, July 28, 2021. 

Experts Explain Why Capitol Rioters Posted Incriminating Videos and Selfies - USA Today, January 21, 2021. 

Are Celebrities Really Helpful During a Crisis? - Deseret News, Utah, June 27, 2020.


USC Professor and Former Grad Student Publish Book on Women in Heavy Metal  - The State, October 22, 2021.  

Olympic Athletes Are Testing Rules and Taking a Knee for BLM - BloomBerg News, July 29, 2021. (Also in ThePrint, Japan Times, Fast Sentinel, Quint.) 

Local Experts Talk About Athletes' Mental Challenges (video) - WLTX news, July 28, 2021. 

Could They Be Any More Famous? (What’s the Difference Between a Celebrity and Its Avatar?) - The Ringer, September 15, 2020.  

Are Celebrities Really Helpful During a Crisis? - Deseret News, Utah, June 27, 2020. 

Lady Gaga et ses fans, les Little Monsters, une relation pas comme les autres - HuffPost (France), May 29, 2020. 

Ünlü-ünsüz uyumsuzluğu (on sociology of fame) - AdHoc (Turkey), February 4, 2020. 

A Vous de Juger - Stylist (France), June 2019, p. 12. [image file]  

Why Bear Bryant Is College Football's Elvis -, September 10, 2019. 

Can Celebrities Help Close the Justice Gap? - Law 360, February 4, 2019. 

Lady Gaga – Monstret från Manhattan - P3 Musikdokumentär, October 6, 2018. 

'It’s All Plastic': Why Red Carpets Are So Boring Today - Yahoo Lifestyle, March 5, 2018. [Auf deutsch.] 

Is the No Makeup Revolution Empowering Women? -, February 23, 2018. 

Lady Gaga Pioneered Online Fandom Culture As We Know It - Noisey, September 29, 2017. 

Presidents And Movie Stars Flock To Government Center --In Wax, Anyway - WBUR, Boston, July 31, 2017. 

Leandro Karnal, o pensador que virou celebridade - Zero Hora (Brazil), June 16, 2017. 

11 college courses in pop culture we wish we could take - USA Today, March 30, 2017.

Video interview on the Philippe Matthews Show, February 3, 2017

Lady Gaga's Super Bowl moment: What will she do at halftime? - Asbury Park Press, February 2, 2017.

Lady Gaga se consolida como materia de estudio - Economía e Negocios (from the print version in El Mercurio, Chile), January 29, 2017.

How Lady Gaga Became the First Digi-Glam Superstar - Vice, October 2, 2016.
NWA: ‘The world’s most dangerous group’? -, August 13, 2015.

Constant Conversation: Social Media's Role in Activism - Garnet and Black, March 1, 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.

Between Here & Home: Flying in the face of fame - Bendigo Advertiser (Australia), April 29, 2014.

Los trapos sucios se lavan en la tele - El Pais, April 2014.

News on my 2013 article about teaching Lady Gaga and fame

Gaga, Inc. - Billboard magazine, Special Isssue, May 2011.

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.

What's So Great About Being Famous? - Fox News, October 23, 2013. 

‘It girls’ con pedigrí rockero - El Pais, January 6, 2013.

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

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.

Campus Reaction to Whitney Houston's Death (video) - Carolina News, Feb. 14, 2012.

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

Patriots Giants Super Bowl Rivalry (video) - 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.

God and Satan in Bentonville [pdf] - Article on Walmart by Dan Baum, Playboy, November 2003.


Experts Explain Why Capitol Rioters Posted Incriminating Videos and Selfies - USA Today, January 21, 2021.

Politics of police and policing- The Nation (Nigeria), September 22, 2019.

Interpol (audio) - Rear Vision, ABC (Australia), April 21, 2019. 

Good Morning Scotland (on Interpol) - BBC Radio Scotland, November 25, 2018.

Mass Shootings: What's Wrong With America? - Comment, Matisak's blog, October 3, 2017. Related news article: Bojuje Amerika sama so sebou? - Pravda, October 4, 2017.

Are drones invading our privacy? - Sri Lanka Guardian, January 22, 2017.

How the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Apparatus Is Being Turned on Protesters - Vice, January 19, 2015.

Police: la confiance aux arrêts (Radio interview on Interpol) - Radio France, December 11, 2014.

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. 

On the 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.

Interview on the impact of Osama bin Laden's death (video) - 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.

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]

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.

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.

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

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.

News segment on terrorism (video) - WOLO-ABC25, Columbia, SC, July 7, 2005.

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

Anti-Terror Legislation Passed After 9/11 (audio) - 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.

Sociology’s Mathieu Deflem is Authority on World Terrorism [pdf] - Interviewed for a feature in the USC Times, June 17, 2004.

War on Terrorism Strains Agencies (audio) - Radio feature, The Carolina Minute, South Carolina Educational Radio Network, June 14, 2004.

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

'Strange' Incidents in S.C. Serve as Reminders of Domestic Threats - Associated Press, December 12, 2003.

Terrorism Task Forces Join Efforts (audio) - Radio interview, The Carolina Minute, South Carolina Educational Radio Network, November 12, 2003.

Global Policing and Terrorism, Part 1 & Part 2 (audio) - Participant in a radio talk show, The Andy Thomas Show, Columbia, South Carolina, September 10, 2003.

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

Worldwide police efforts battle terrorism (audio) - Interview with USC Media Relations, 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.

The Fight Against Terror at the UN (video) - CNN International, “Your World Today,” May 8, 2003.


Anomia y el Ejercicio Irracional del Poder Punitivo - La Hora (Ecuador), December 2018.

Infidelitatea virtuala -, March 11, 2014.

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

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

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

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

Police collaborate on fighting crime (audio) - Interview with USC Media Relations for the radio broadcast The Carolina Minute, November 15, 2002.

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

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

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

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