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Measuring Race to Measure Inequality

Conversations about racial classifications—who is what—typically center around self-identification, and social scientists try to write survey questions that properly capture it. But how we measure … Read More

In Defense of Alternative Facts

We’ve all been there: in the middle of a heated discussion, it dawns on you that your opponent will not be walking away from the … Read More

Regulatory Relief for Researchers

Evenings spent huddled over tedious institutional review board (IRB) applications may be a thing of the past. For too long, IRBs in the U.S. have … Read More

Who Do You Think You Are?

We know that people in surveys over-report behavior seen as positive and under-report unacceptable behavior. But why would they do that even in anonymous mail-in … Read More

Obesity, Gender, and Immigrant Generations

People with lower income and education have poorer health outcomes in general. But health status and mortality rates among Hispanics and Latinos don’t follow the … Read More

The Persistence of Racial Boundaries

The relative rarity of Black/White interracial relationships has long represented rigid social boundaries. However, the prevalence of these relationships has increased, which many consider evidence … Read More

Class and Gender in Hiring for Elite Jobs

Social class is not a protected status under U.S. employment law, so employers may consider class when making hiring decisions. To examine how employers evaluate … Read More

Trust and Multiply

As women across the world flooded the workplace, and fertility patterns shifted in response, researchers noticed persistent differences between countries. In some nations, as women … Read More

How the Media Makes Protests Matter

The impact of a protest is only as big as the media makes it out to be. Past studies have explored protests’ effectiveness in bringing … Read More

SocArXiv Promotes Open Sociology

A new paper server for the social sciences, SocArXiv (pronounced sosh-archive), launched in December, with the goal of promoting rapid sharing of academic research. The … Read More