Professor Dan Stroup talks with NPR about Ashley Judd
It’s not every day that a Centre College faculty member gets to discuss politics in the context of a famous Hollywood actress, but when the national media calls, you answer the phone.
Actually, the experience has become routine at Centre.
During the recent Vice Presidential Debate, Centre professors were often in the national and international media spotlight as faculty experts. While Benjamin Knoll was a constant figure on television and in print, Genny Ballard, Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, Anthony Haigh and Lee Jefferson shared their insights as well.
Daniel G. Stroup, the Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professor of Government and Law, was also a media fixture during the debate, and his expertise is still in demand. He recently spoke to NPR on the much-discussed topic of a potential run for the United State Senate by actress and activist Ashley Judd.
“The really interesting thing to me is that the national media are taking Ashley Judd seriously,” says Stroup. “But even more amazing is that the 2012 election is no more than a month past, and we are already gearing up for the next one in 2014.”
In the NPR story, “Celebrities and the Senate: Would Ashley Judd Stand a Chance?”, reporter Emma Roller focuses on recent comments by current Kentucky Senator Rand Paul that Judd is “too liberal.”
Stroup says to “not count her out,” suggesting that she has qualifications other than being an actress. He points to Judd’s advanced degree from Harvard and efforts to advocate on behalf of women’s issues and AIDS prevention.
Beyond what appeared in the recent article, Stroup admits that another asset is her connection to the University of Kentucky as both an alumna and an ardent basketball fan.
“In Kentucky, basketball is almost the established religion of the state,” Stroup says, “and she is connected to one of the two main denominations. That alone might help cut across other limitations.”