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There is No Green Book for Walking

Why do African-Americans still need to cautiously navigate as pedestrians? Late last year, the movie “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen was released. Read More

Varsity Blues and Lawsuits, Too

A seemingly continuous stream of news about college admissions has flowed across the airwaves in the past several months. Multiple lawsuits against race-conscious admissions policies … Read More

Rwanda, Genocide, and Gender-based Violence

This month marks 25 years since the 1994 genocide that unfolded before the international community’s watchful eyes in the small East African country of Rwanda. Read More

Ethnographers in Cars with Guns

On the last day of her life, December 30, 2018, seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes was accompanying her mother and two younger sisters on an early … Read More

Reaching Out, an Interview with Mario Luis Small

Contexts editor Fabio Rojas sits down with Harvard’s Mario Luis Small to talk about whether cities are becoming more important than countries, the heterogeneity of … Read More

The Deadbeat Presidency

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address. The address followed the longest government shutdown … Read More

Tear Gas? This Is America.

More than 7,000 Central American migrants are currently in Baja California, Mexico, waiting to apply for U.S. asylum. They have traveled thousands of miles, … Read More

Caravan, Invasion, Exodus: A Photo Essay

It is near 5pm on Monday, November 5, 2018 when I arrived at the sports stadium Jesus Martinez “Palillo” in Mexico City. The first Central … Read More

Poisoned Halloween Candy: Sociological Debunking

This time of year, it’s always worth revisiting Norton Sociology’s excellent short interview between Karen Sternheimer and Joel Best — five minutes on moral panic, … Read More

Of Pigs and Public Sociology

In 2013 and 2017, I was elected as a Council member in Leechburg, a town of about 2,000 residents. My platform included using the … Read More