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How Students Experience Desegregation Efforts

Photo by dhendrix73 via Flickr Many have decried the continued segregation of U.S. public schools along race and class lines, calling for action to … Read More

Academic Doping?

Adderral photo by hipsxxhearts via Flickr CC   Adolescents (or their parents) are 30% more likely to fill prescriptions for psychotropic drugs (usually stimulants … Read More

Learning to Parent Transgender Children

Photo by darkday via Flickr.   Over the past few years, stories of transgender children celebrated by their parents have flooded the Internet. But … Read More

Limits to Same-Sex Acceptance

Ryan and Michael share a moment of PDA. Photo by See-Ming Lee, Flickr CC. Click for original. In President Obama’s 2015 State of the … Read More


How anti-Muslim fringe organizations became part of the mainstream in the post-9/11 world. Read More

The iPhone Effect on Social Interaction

Last September, Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 devices in a weekend. Are those just 10 million new ways to hinder face-to-face interaction? Read More

Neoliberal Mothering

Vaccine refusal is an elite process in which mothers embrace and replicate privilege in order to advocate for their children against state public health standards. Read More

Birth Control, Religion, and the Social Construction of Whiteness

Most people think of access to birth control as a women’s issue, but its history is a lot more complicated. Read More

Orange Is Mostly the Same Gender

On Orange is the New Black, does Sophia's transition through gender reassignment surgery actually reinforce binary notions of gender? Read More

Financial Aid in Crisis

Next time you’re looking to start a conversation with a college student (or college survivor), test-drive this question: “Is college affordable?” If you think … Read More