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Guest posts

Families We Keep

As recent events have made clear, LGBTQ+ adults in the United States still face significant barriers to full social acceptance. Research shows that this … Read More

When Plans Fail

Are ambition and planning the keys to success for young people today? Popular media and many researchers would say yes. Such accounts depict navigating the … Read More

Lack of diversity on college campuses fuels naïve belief in meritocracy

Runaway income segregation and inequality call attention to the changing conditions of life on each side of the growing economic divide. But as social … Read More

Latina, Immigrant, Mother: How Intersectional Recognition Shapes Care and Advocacy

The day was cold, dreary, and wet, as so many November days are in New England. The weather kept attendance low at an English class … Read More

Navigating the Path to Legal Status: An Undocumented Immigrant’s Story, Part 3

Part 3: “How Would I Get Past the Wall?” May 24, 2022 The much-anticipated day had finally arrived: it was time for my immigration interview. Read More

navigating the path to legal status: an undocumented immigrant’s story, pt. 2

Part 2: “Do You Have Any Sexually Transmitted Diseases? Are You Sure?” May 18, 2022 We arrived in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, later that day. Stepping … Read More

Navigating the Path to Legal Status: An Undocumented Immigrant’s Story, Pt. 1

Part 1: “No Matter What Happens, Please Don’t Leave Me Here” In 1990, my parents brought our family across the Mexican/American border. I was two … Read More

The Privileged Professor

How faculty hiring and promotional practices convert unearned advantages into indicators of “merit." Read More

Black Sociology: A Primer

Black sociology analyzes society from the standpoint of Black people to highlight how historical social structures affect them today. Its scholars-activists bridge academia and the public from a non-eurocentric perspective by addressing the interconnectedness of racial and economic inequalities impacting Black Americans. Read More

After Affirmative Action: Reflections from Older Siblings

The recent SCOTUS decision on affirmative action does not just perpetuate inequality in college access—it also intentionally pits racial minorities against each other. Read More