Social Sciences in the News

$34K fed grant to help state pinpoint Latino historic, cultural sites in Yakima Valley

The National Park Service awarded a $34,374 grant to identify places of Latino historic and cultural significance in the Yakima Valley, Gov. Jay Inslee's office announced Friday. Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor of American ethnic studies, is quoted. Learn more at Yakima Herald.

Jackson School director discusses goals of new International Policy Institute

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington has announced the creation of a new International Policy Institute. Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School director, answered a few questions about the new institute and its work. Learn more at UW Today.

Latino candidates still struggle in redrawn 15th District

Since the 15th Legislative District was redrawn it doesn't appear a Latino, much less a Democrat, has a chance of being elected to the Legislature there in the near future. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Yakima Herald-Republic Weekly News .

Professor Matt Barreto says politicos are missing the boat

Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, and a co-author do a reality check on assumptions about Latino voters in their new book, "Latino America: How America's Most Dynamic Population Is Poised To Transform The Politics Of The Nation." Learn more at NBC News .

Borders collapse in voices of young poets

Seattle Times columnist Sarah Stuteville talks with young Seattle-area poets who draw on complex international identities and themes in their work. Jackson School student Hamda Yusuf is profiled. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Gun control backers put millions behind background check measure

In the state of Washington the National Rifle Association is up against some of the deepest pockets in the world. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Fox News & Business.

Carnegie Corp. awards $5-million to tie international research to policy

Five international-affairs programs, including the Jackson School, will split $5-million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to finance projects aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and policy making. Learn more at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Integrated social sciences degree among several new programs

Through new degree programs starting this fall at the University of Washington, students will learn architecture from a liberal arts perspective, complete social sciences degrees online, become expert in the teaching of science, and much more. Learn more at UW Today.

How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa's Ebola outbreak

James Pfeiffer, professor of global health and anthropology, discusses how Western agencies devoted to reducing global poverty imposed policies on African nations that discouraged many from investing in public infrastructure, such as basic health care. Learn more at Humanosphere .

World population to hit 11bn in 2100

The world's population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion, according to a new UW-led study. Learn more at The Guardian.

A Summer Dive into Resarch

Nine weeks to complete an independent research project? Students in the Summer Institute for the Arts and Humanities embraced that challenge, exploring issues of indigeneity in the contemporary world. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Experiencing the Real Tahiti

Undergraduates in an immersive summer program in Tahiti looked beyond the tourist appeal of French Polynesia to the implications of it being a French colony. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Ferguson's plan to cut back on court fees could inspire change

Alexes Harris, an associate professor of sociology, talks about the layers of court costs that can complicate legal proceedings for the poor. Learn more at NPR.

Latinos threatening to sit out elections because of Pres. Obama's about-face on immigration reform

Some Latino Democrats, saying they are fed up with President Barack Obama's broken promises on immigration reform, are threatening to sit out the midterm elections. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Fox News Latino .

Hungary's crackdown on the press

In an op-ed piece, Philip Howard, professor of communication, looks at Hungary's "autocratic crackdown on the nation's press." Learn more at New York Times .

Study: Over 1 in 5 low-income Texans lack eligible voter ID

Over one-in-five eligible Texas voters who make $20,000 a year or less do not have a current photo ID that would be accepted under the current voter ID law. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at NBC News .

UW journalism student on covering Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

KUOW talks with Cooper Inveen, a UW journalism student, about his experience in Sierra Leone as Ebola spread through West Africa. Learn more at KUOW .

Professor Vicente Rafael on Filipino folklore origins

RadioActive youth reporter Maria Caoagdan interviewed Vicente Rafael, professor of history, for her story exploring Filipino supernatural creatures. Learn more at KUOW .

UW professor's book reframes issues of race and politics

The Bellingham Herald reviews "The Rising Tide of Color," edited by Moon-Ho Jung, associate professor of history, and published by UW Press. Learn more at the Bellingham Herald.

How Microsoft money is driving Washington's gun background check debate

It looks like you're trying to add gun controls. Can Microsoft help? Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at the Washington Post .

Competing gun initiatives already drawing big donations

Money is already pouring into campaigns for two gun-related state ballot measures in advance of the November election. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Seattle Times.

Study: Virginity pledges for men can lead to sexual confusion

Sarah Diefendorf, a sociology graduate student, studied a group of 15 young evangelical Christian men. She learned that support groups were key in helping the men during their pre-marital years. But once married, they faced trouble. Learn more at UW Today.

Unraveling the past, present and future of SLU, Seattle

KUOW enlists the help of UW historian Margaret O'Mara to discover what's behind one of Seattle's fastest growing neighborhoods. Learn more at KUOW.

Roundtable: The past and present of "yellowface"

NPR's CodeSwitch blog picked the brains of three people who have focused on depictions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the media to look at "yellowface" casting. LeiLani Nishime, assistant professor of communication, was one of the experts. Learn more at NPR.

Exploring the link between unemployment and crime

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to Robert Crutchfield, a professor of sociology at UW, and author of the book, "Get a Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime" about the increasing stratification of the labor market, and the connections between unemployment and crime. Learn more at




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