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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

Structural Shocks and Extreme Exposures

In the United States, nearly all states have issued stay-at-home orders. Most people’s lives are legally and structurally confined to … Read More

Covid-19 Impact on Asia and Beyond

Sociology has a lot to say about health. Often sociologists focus on access. Who gets healthcare? Does the healthcare system serve some people better than … Read More

Healthcare and Critical Infrastructure

As of 12 noon on March 29, 2020 EST, there are 685,623 diagnosed coronavirus cases worldwide. The United States has 125,313 diagnosed cases. Italy’s … Read More

Con Corazón San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas has a large Latino population that is at risk for COVID-19. Indiana University sociology Ph.D. student Sean Viña has been working with … Read More