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Is Unauthorized Immigration an Economic Drain on American Communities? Research Says No.

In October 2017, the Tar River Times, a newspaper with a small print circulation in Tarboro, North Carolina—the hometown of both immigration sociologist Helen … Read More

A New Black Holiday, or Why W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th Birthday Matters

In the weeks and years following the conclusion of World War II, Du Bois had traveled the globe advocating for nuclear disarmament and sending peacegrams … Read More

Segregation in Social Networks on Facebook

On the morning of November 9th 2016, many democratic-oriented Americans updated their Facebook timelines, unhappy and frustrated about a rather unexpected outcome in the U.S. presidential election. People were … Read More

Staking Post-Racialism in Charlottesville

It must be said that Charlottesville is a self-consciously liberal bubble—a blue dot in a red state (barring Northern Virginia) in which students routinely volunteer … Read More

The importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy

The Trump administration’s decision to (sort of) rescind DACA, despite formally announcing in June that the policy will temporarily remain intact epitomizes the contentious nature … Read More

13 Reasons Why and the Pressing Need for a Sociology of Suicide

Note: this article contains spoilers and detailed discussions of suicide and sexual assault. Recently, Netflix released a series based on the young adult novel 13 … Read More

Fearless Girl: Seriously, The Guy Has a Point

Reprinted with permission. I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it … Read More

The Women’s March was only the beginning

It's going to be a long four years for the progressive movement. Read More

Trump and the neglect of the working class

Working-class issues seem to have lost their salience, as if even American sociology was also telling them that they didn’t matter. Read More

Sociology teach-in on Trump at UC-Merced

Faculty organized a teach-in to address student questions, provide support, and encourage productive student engagement. Read More