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Vaccines, Masks, and Routine Disruptions during COVID-19

COVID-19 has forever changed the world and our lives. As of the beginning of July, the total COVID-19 cases around the world is approaching … Read More

#CourageIsBeautiful but PPE is Better: White Supremacy, Racial Capitalism, and COVID-19

On April 27, 2020, Dove promoted a hashtag #CourageIsBeautiful with the tagline “Thank you, Frontline Heroes.” The next day, Ivanka Trump tweeted about a military … Read More

Who gets to define what’s ‘racist?’

One key insight of the “discursive turn” in social research is how concepts are defined, and by whom, reveals a lot about power relations within … Read More

Sociologist on the Hill with Dr. Scott Winship

On behalf of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public, Dr. Josh McCabe interviewed Dr. Scott Winship about his time working in Congress. Winship is … Read More

COVID-19 and the Future of Society

The coronavirus epidemic is a classic “right now” crisis. A new disease has entered the human population and is quickly claiming hundreds of thousands of … Read More

Education Under COVID-19

Most colleges and universities in the United States, and universities in many countries around the world, are now physically closed. Since the reckoning of the … Read More

Unpacking the Invisible Citizenship Knapsack

As a sociologist, my research has examined the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, health, and policy with migrant communities domestically and abroad. Through that research, … Read More

Inequality During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Currently, the COVID-19 diagnosis total is over 2 million. The United States has roughly 31% of the total … Read More

Welfare Policy, Prisons, and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

When we think of public policy, we often think of jobs and money. Certainly, those are central concerns. However, policy must also take families and … Read More

COVID-19 Policies from Around the World

Ideas meet action in public policy. At its best, policy policy can encapsulate the best evidence based analysis. To do that, elected leaders and appointed … Read More