sociology for the public

Policy Brief

Scholars reviews the evidence on a specific area of public policy.

Classifying Far-Right Groups as Gangs

Proud Boys in DC on December 12, 2020 protesting the presidential election in support of Trump. On January 6, … Read More

Why Law Enforcement Needs to Classify Far-right Groups as Gangs

Photo of members of the Proud Boys group in DC by Geoff Livingston (Source: Flickr, CC). On … Read More

The coming vaccine battle

Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash. The past several months have provided a peek into a future where a … Read More

Battling for Native American Lands

Photo by Nik Shuliahin (Source: Unsplash) Congress must enact legislation to “fix” the 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri … Read More

Police Officers Need Liability Insurance

A series of high-profile shootings have sparked a national debate regarding the deadly use of force by police officers and their relationships with the citizens … Read More

Stemming the Exploitation of Immigrant Farm Labor

Andrew R. Smolski on leveraging labor and immigration policy to protect H-2A farm workers and provide a path to citizenship. Read More

Can Sociology Help Democracy Assistance Programs?

Programs that encourage democracy in foreign countries have become controversial, in part because of problems in how they have been implemented. Sociological research has the … Read More

Eradicating Wealth Inequality Includes Achieving Equal Pay: Sources

The sources for the Winter 2019 policy brief are as follows: Congress should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to update and strengthen the … Read More

Risk and Race in Measuring Special Education Need

In 1968, special education scholar Lloyd Dunn argued that African American and other racial or ethnic minority group students were overrepresented in the U.S. special … Read More

Repeal FOSTA and Decriminalize Sex Work

Repealing FOSTA will promote the wellbeing and safety of sex workers.In 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law Fight Online Sex Trafficking … Read More