Social Sciences in the News

As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price

A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. Alexes Harris, associate professor of sociology, is quoted. Learn more at NPR.

Is immigration really the #1 issue to Latinos?

Scholars and policy experts are beginning to ask whether immigration is crowding out other issues facing the Latino community. UW political scientist Matt Barreto says there is "no evidence" that Latinos are overlooking other important issues. Learn more at NBC News.

UW professor builds visualization of legislative process

John Wilkerson, UW professor and director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, created the Legislative Explorer, a web-based model for education the public about legislative process. Learn more at The Daily.

Mudslinging starts early in Senate race

The campaign for a Pierce County legislative seat has seen its first hit piece -- before filing week. David Domke, professor of communication, is quoted. Learn more at Tacoma News Tribune.

Could Iran's high profile executions change capital punishment laws?

Law, Society, and Justice associate professor Arzoo Oshanloo comments on human rights issues in Iran. Learn more at The Guardian.

Fast-food protests spread overseas

On Thursday, the fast food workers' movement wants to take its cause global as it pushes for a $15-an-hour wage. Jake Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology, is quoted. Learn more at The New York Times.

New York Times reporter discusses European politics

Suzanne Daley spoke Thursday night, May 15, in the HUB about the "Rise of the Far Right in Europe." She was brought to the UW by the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) and the Hellenic Studies Program. Learn more at The Daily.

Race alone doesn't explain hatred of Obama

Political science professor Christopher Parker says, "It's more than just about race. He represents the changing demographic nature of America, the browning of America." Learn more at NPR.

Was your Seattle neighborhood racist? profiles the work of James Gregory, professor of history, and the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project. Learn more at SeattlePI.

June 8 memorial for historian Stephanie Camp

Stephanie Camp, University of Washington associate professor of history, will be remembered as a beloved mother and friend, and a leading feminist historian. Learn more at UW Today.

UW professor and historian passes away

UW history professor Stephanie Camp passed away on April 2 due to cancer. She was 46. Learn more at The Daily.

A look at America's Middle East foreign policy over the last 70 years

KUOW's Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor Joel Migdal about his new book "Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East." Learn more at KUOW.

On safeguarding voting rights

Wisconsin's voter-identification law was declared to violate the 14th Amendment. The ruling was informed by research conducted by political science Professor Matt Barreto. Learn more at Herald Net.

UW Students Join Their Classmates in Prison

UW students and prison inmates met weekly for a senior seminar—a "mixed enrollment" class in which the two groups worked together as peers. Learn more at Perspectives newsletter.

Is 'The Grapes of Wrath' bad fiction and bad history?

An op-ed looks at the "bad history" of "The Grapes of Wrath." James Gregory, professor of history, is quoted. Learn more at The Los Angeles Times.

Wisconsin race signals historic shift in power of unions

Candidate Mary Burke is basing her challenge of GOP Gov. Scott Walker on lack of job creation. Jake Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology, is quoted. Learn more at The Wall Street Journal.

Yakima farmworkers daughter keeps her heritage at forefront

The Seattle Times profiles Elizabeth Mendoza, a farmworkers' daughter from Yakima who is beginning a law career with politically invisible Latinos back home on her mind. Matt Barreto, associate professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.

Retiring: Welcoming love at an older age, but not necessarily marriage

While more people of all ages are living together, the growth of unmarried couples is fastest among the older segment of the population. Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology, is quoted. Learn more at The New York Times.

Online "Legislative Explorer" uses big data to track decades of lawmaking

University of Washington political scientist John Wilkerson has matched data visualization with the study of lawmaking to create a new online tool for researchers and students called the Legislative Explorer. Learn more at UW Today.

Rosenthal fellow's D.C. work affirms interest in politics

During the three-month fellowship, Wes Kovarik worked in Rep. Tim McDermott's (WA-7) office in Washington, D.C., under the guidance of McDermott's senior legislative assistant of foreign affairs. Learn more at The Jackson School.

Will a national popular vote work?

David Hyde sits down with Matt Barreto, political science professor at the University of Washington, to talk about a state-led movement to use popular vote for presidential elections in the U.S. Learn more at KUOW.

Academy of arts and sciences inducting Franklin, Fine

University of Washington faculty members Jerry Franklin and Arthur Fine have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Learn more at UW Today.

'Cambodian Son' film chronicles poet's story

The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) Theatre screened "Cambodian Son" and held a question-and-answer session with the director, Masahiro Sugano, on April 22. Learn more at The Daily.

Journalism schools should educate non-journalists and 'almost-journalists' too

If we recognize journalism in places where we never used to acknowledge its existence, journalism programs will discover niches that could fuel new programs and attract new students. Matthew Powers, assistant professor of communication, is quoted. Learn more at PBS.

Turkey loses its way

Professor Resat Kesaba looks at Turkey's past and talks about its progress toward democracy. Learn more at Muftah.




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