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Why did so many urban working-class Whites support President Trump?

Photo taken at a Nashville, TN MAGA Rally in May, 2018. Photo by Tabitha Kaylee Hawk (Source: Flickr). Read More

Indigenous Identity, Being, and Belonging

In her bid as a 2020 Democratic candidate for President, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren found herself on the defensive when President Donald J. Trump repeatedly … Read More

Intimacy on the Mats and in the Surf

Matt and Chris The bell rang out, signaling the end of the final round of sparring—an exhausting combination of striking and grappling. Matt and Chris … Read More

Gender in the One Percent

The disparity between the average income of a one percent household and an average household in the 99% is stark: $2,347,494 versus $76,120. The households … Read More

Love Me Tinder, Love Me Sweet

Are “hookup” apps leading, ironically, to a revival of dating culture on college campuses? In our forthcoming book with Ken-Hou Lin on online dating, Through … Read More

La Economía de la Migración

La esencia del argumento económico para la migración es simple: es el mismo que el argumento de los mercados en general. Si la gente toma … Read More

Stability and Change in Americans’ Perception of Freedom

Freedom is one of America’s most cherished values. The cognitive scientist George Lakoff considers it the nation’s “most important idea… at the center of all … Read More

The Economics of Migration

Economists broadly agree: the political backlash against immigration in many countries is not economically rational. The evidence strongly supports immigration as, overall, a clear benefit to destination countries. Read More

Disrupting the Racial Wealth Gap

African-American families possess a dime for every dollar of white families’ wealth. Among policy ideas to remedy this stark racial wealth divide, baby bonds, basic income, reducing student loan debt, and federal job guarantees hold transformative potential. Read More

A Haunted Generation Remembers

Manbeena is a 29-year-old physician who moved to the U.S. with her family as an infant and has lived there since. There is a lilting … Read More