Social Sciences in the News

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

When the boss says, 'Don't tell your coworkers how much you get paid'

As a barista and a paralegal, the story was the same: Employers did not want their employees talking about their pay. Jake Rosenfeld, a UW associate professor of sociology, is studying the relationship between pay secrecy and wage discrimination. Learn more at The Atlantic.

Hamas and Israel step up cyber battle for hearts and minds

The latest surge in fighting between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has seen both sides revive an intense social media battle. Philip Howard, professor of communication, comments. Learn more at BBC.

1-man-show tells story of Gordon Hirabayashi

"Hold These Truths" is a new play inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi as he fought the U.S. government's forcible and unconstitutional removal and incarceration. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly.

The 12 most Popular free online courses for professionals

Based on data from online education platform Coursera, Business Insider compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals. UW Introduction to Public Speaking is listed at number nine. Learn more at Seattle PI.

Students come from South Asia to study journalism in Seattle

Twenty journalism students from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka arrived in Seattle to study topics related to journalism and the media. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly.

If there's going to be a Thai civil war, Isaan will be its front line

Resentment toward Thailand's latest military coup is palpable in the Isaan region of northeastern Thailand. Charles Keyes, professor emeritus of international studies, is quoted. Learn more at TIME.

Send Gordon Hirabayashi to the National Statuary Hall

Seattle Times columnist Jonathan Martin proposes making Gordon Hirabayashi part of Washington state's delegation in the National Statuary Hall. Tetsu Kashima, professor of American ethnic studies, is one of the people who proposed Hirabayashi. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Threat of costly West Coast port shutdown spurs pay talks

Twelve years after a labor dispute closed West Coast ports and cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a day, negotiators on both sides want to avoid a repeat that could be twice as expensive. George Lovell, professor of labor studies, is quoted. Learn more at Bloomberg.

Local Union could feel fallout from high court's ruling

A Supreme Court ruling could create new obstacles for the Service Employees International Union in Washington state. George Lovell, professor of labor studies, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Photo gallery: Korea Studies program named in honor of Paull Shin

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies have named the Korea Studies Program in honor of Paull Shin. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly .

Both sides overreacting to Supreme Court decision

In a commentary for Politico, associate professor of sociology Jake Rosenfeld argues that a recent Supreme Court decision did not "kill unions." Learn more at Politico Magazine.

Retirement: How couples resolve financial fights

Retirees often feel extra stress about money because of scarcity and not earning an income. UW sociologist Pepper Schwartz is quoted. Learn more at USA Today.

Future plans and being Asian at UW

The Northwest Asian Weekly talks with several recent graduates. Journalism major Ting Ting Chu says her professor helped guide even when she faced cross-cultural barriers. Learn more at Northwest Asian Weekly .




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