Frontiers - Society

  • May 2013

    Classroom Dynamics

    Professor of Sociology Grace Kao studies the immigrant experience and its effect on educational outcomes.

    Study hard and you’ll succeed—seems simple enough. When viewed through the eyes of a sociologist, however, it’s a gross simplification.

  • April 2013

    Root Causes

    Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies, gives the issue of black women’s hair care an academic spin.

    Anyone believing that hair styles for black women are just a matter of personal preference should Google “Malia Obama’s braids” to see the heated debate initiated by the fact the president’s daughter wore her hair “natural” (meaning not straightened) and neatly braided in rows.

  • April 2013

    Carrying a Big Stick

    Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, puts a lens to North Korea.

    When asked to name the underlying reasons for the increased aggression of North Korea’s foreign policy, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History Eugene Y. Park sums it up in a single word: fear.

  • March 2013

    Digging Up the Past

    Anthropology doctoral student and Dean's Scholar Sam Lin describes life as an archaeologist in the field.

    Sam Lin was seven when he told his father he wanted to dig up the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Lin, now an anthropology doctoral student, has transitioned from digging for lost treasure in his backyard to conducting major excavations worldwide.

  • March 2013

    Film School

    Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations Tukufu Zuberi educates from the director's chair.

    “Just because you can say Timbuktu doesn’t mean you understand what recently happened there.… Part of the problem with the news is that it comes from nowhere and it goes nowhere. They never tell you the complete story.”

  • March 2013

    On the Move

    Chenoa Flippen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, examines Hispanic migration patterns.

    Open any newspaper, and it’s clear that the topic of immigration is front and center in the United States today, especially immigration from Latin America.

  • March 2013

    Books on the Battleground

    An uncle’s secret history leads Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History Kathy Peiss to study what happened to millions of displaced books after WWII.

    “People are dying. Should you care about a book?” asks Kathy Peiss, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History.

  • January 2013

    Burden to Bear

    Associate Professor of Criminology John MacDonald discusses America’s relationship with guns

    The debate over gun control in America reveals a sharply divided public—and while many are passionate in their opposition to guns, the issue is rarely visited on a legislative level. But the recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., have rekindled the debate over the place of guns in the U.S.

  • January 2013

    Audio: On the Precipice

    Presidential Term Professor of Economics Enrique Mendoza examines the fiscal cliff and its future significance

    The American economy is still recovering from the worst recession in decades. Following a presidential race largely defined by employment statistics and revenue policy, there is one thing nearly everyone agrees on: our current deficit is untenable. What, then, is the solution to America’s mounting debt problem?

  • December 2012

    The Power of Protest

    Assistant Professor of Political Science Daniel Gillion measures the political effects of protest movements.

    No one doubts that peaceful protest helped advance the Civil Rights movement. But what about more recent political protests, from anti-nuclear groups to the Million Man March to the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street? Do they matter?