We may be on spring break, but we’ve still got a great line up for you this week. See below for new pieces on voter suppression, March Madness, and cultural appropriation at rugby matches.

There’s Research on That!:

How Voter Suppression Shapes Election Outcomes,” by Neeraj Rajasekar and Amber Joy Powell. Trump may believe that massive voter fraud swayed the 2016 election, but research shows that voter suppression is a much bigger problem than fraudulent voting.

Global Human Rights and the United Nations,” by Brooke Chambers. Despite its numerous shortcomings, research shows that the UN plays a crucial role in promoting human rights across the globe.


Parents in Prison Hurts Children in the Classroom,” by Caity Curry. New research in Social Forces moves beyond boys’ bad behavior to investigate the negative cognitive impacts of parental incarceration on all children.


Appropriating African American Spirituals for Sporting Events,” by Edgar Campos. The New York Times talked to John M. Williams and other social scientists about the causes and consequences of the English Rugby team’s use of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” at their events.

More Stress, Less Sex?,” by Neeraj RajasekarPepper Swartz offers the Washington Post some sociological reasons for why Americans are having less sex.

 From Our Partners:

Council on Contemporary Families:

TANF Policy to Address Low, Volatile Income among Disadvantaged Families,” by Bradley Hardy.


Shame, Shame, Shame,” by Polina Zvavitch.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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