Press & Podcasts

As a researcher and practitioner, I am dedicated to engaging in academic and public-facing conversations alike. On this page, you’ll find interviews and press coverage about my work as well as podcasts that cover my public-facing scholarship in an accessible way.

Photo Credit:  TEDxMileHigh

Photo Credit: TEDxMileHigh

TEDXmilehigh interview

"As a writer, researcher, and teacher, I try to remember that life is temporary, and we only have a short amount of time to make an impact on the world—to contribute our verse. When I teach, I encourage my students to consider what they will do to make a difference in the world. So often undergraduates are focused on earning a particular degree in order to obtain a certain job or lifestyle. I try to inspire them to slow down, to engage with their communities, and to write a verse that will make a meaningful impact."

Photo Credit:  Ron Jones & KCUR

Photo Credit: Ron Jones & KCUR

StoryCorps In Kansas City — Getting Past Political Narratives To Find The Smaller Stories

Lee says he's in the "vast minority" among his peers, and bringing up politics leads to misunderstandings more often than not. Stone believes that's an issue of preconceived notions taking over before a real conversation can happen.

“As part of my research and dissertation, I study the difference between small stories and grand narratives. I really think that if we could find a way to minimize the grand narratives and spotlight smaller stories and conversations like this... I think we'd be in a much better place," Stone says.

Photo Credit:  Maya Sariahmed

Photo Credit: Maya Sariahmed 2018 summer reading list 

By Rebekah Barnett

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz
How to Kill a City uses four cities (New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and New York) as case studies to outline the different stages of gentrification and how community members might intervene before their neighborhoods and cultures are overtaken. Part storytelling and part qualitative analysis, this book is not to be missed.
— Erica Stone (TED Talk: Academic research is publicly funded — why isn’t it publicly available?)

Photo Credit:  Brittany Werges

Photo Credit: Brittany Werges

TEDxmilehigh review

"'Fifty-nine characters had summarized 10 years of research,' she admitted. In her talk, Stone explains the flaws behind the privatized dissemination of publicly funded research. She argued that academia needs to communicate better with the public by promoting open access to academic studies versus paid subscription and to encourage intellectuals to work with popular media to ensure their work is translated effectively and accurately. Her speech—like many to follow—was passionate, compelling and thought provoking."

In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. "A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed," Stone says. "Instead of research happening behind paywalls and bureaucracy, wouldn't it be better if it was unfolding right in front of us?" This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMileHigh in October 2016. TED's editors chose to feature it on their site, translate it into 17 languages, and circulate it in their weekly newsletter and Twitter feeds.