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Q&A with Dr. Katherine Johnson

“Families feel like they need to prepare for the worst,” says Dr. Katherine Johnson, author of the Contexts feature “Navigating the Invisibility and Hypervisibility … Read More

Q&A with Meghan Warner

In Meghan Warner’s new study, young people who have experienced sexual violence described themselves as stuck between two seemingly opposing stereotypes: the “broken” victim … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Blakey

For 17 years, Twitter/X provided free academic access—not by law, but by social contract—to its data for researchers examining elections, hate speech, and other … Read More

Reconsidering Police in Schools

A school police vehicle. (Photo by Rescuenav via Flickr, cc). This article originally appeared in a report by The … Read More

The Gender Revolution on Greek Row

Photo by Arièle Bonte on Unsplash We live in a moment of remarkable inconsistency in the gender structure. We … Read More

The Gender Revolution on Greek Row

A photo of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority house at the University of Georgia. (Image by 1778011 on Pixabay). Read More

Stealing My Opportunity to be a Father

Photo by Glodi Miessi on Unsplash. On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was shot and killed while running away … Read More

What Do Memes Tell Us about Self and Time during the Pandemic?

  “I want a haircut” has become a rallying sign for people demanding a relaxation of … Read More

The Meanings of Refugee Status

Hamid, 28 years old, was born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. He has a … Read More

How Taiwan’s Precautionary Approach Contained COVID-19

An image of modern society and travel, which in the era of “second modernity” have contributed to the spread … Read More