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Gender Inequality in Academic Self-Citations

The “selfie” generation posts pictures of themselves, often aiming to boost their social media presence. For academics, selfies might also refer to self-citations, aimed to … Read More

The Whiter the University

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI)—those not-for-profit colleges and universities with undergraduate student enrollment that is at least 25% Hispanic/Latinx—are eligible to apply for federal Title V … Read More

Urban Upkeep

Does living in a city change how heterosexual married men and women divide up chores? In Gender & Society, Natasha Quadlin and Long Doan … Read More

‘Til Death

Research shows that married people are healthier and live longer than unmarried people. One explanation is that spouses influence each other’s health behaviors (e.g., healthy … Read More

Yes, Sociology Is Racist, Too

There is no doubt that elitism and power structures exist within the field of sociology. In their 2018 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity article, … Read More

Frack Yes

Why do some communities support, and even welcome, disruptive energy industries? Practices such as fracking, drilling underground to extract oil or natural gas, can have … Read More

Fathering in the Age of Mass Incarceration

U.S. parents’ child support debt ballooned from $11.3 billion in 1987 to $115 billion in 2017. And as federal involvement in child support increased, new … Read More

Who Participates in Online Political Polls?

After the results of the 2016 presidential election were announced, many big-data political prediction organizations and news sites were left scratching their heads. Their online … Read More

In Public Office, Out of the Public Eye

The 2018 election cycle was hailed as “the year of the woman,” as record numbers of women candidates ran for office. These women defied political … Read More

Perceptions of Police Procedural Justice

It seems intuitive that the neighborhood you grew up in and your past experiences with authority figures would shape your perceptions of police as helpful … Read More