Welcome back! This week we’ve got new takes on love behind bars, W.E.B. Dubois, schools’ role in inequality, and accusations against R. Kelly.

There’s Research on That!:

Love Behind Bars,” by Isabel Arriagada. For Valentine’s Day, we rounded up research on how relationships work during incarceration.

What Would W.E.B. Dubois Do?” by Neeraj Rajasekar. For Black History Month, we explore a well-known Black intellectual who was also a sociologist, W.E.B. Dubois!


Schools Shrink Home-grown Gaps in Math and Reading,” by Amy August. New research in Sociology of Education finds that schools can shrink early achievement gaps.


Survivors and Racialized Rape Myths,” by Amber Joy PowellSaida Grundy’s recent piece in The Atlantic helps us break down how Black support for R. Kelly remains despite the shocking revelations from Black women about their experiences of violence.

Revisiting Familiar Fears in Border Politics,” by Lucas LynchThe Washington Post reviews work by Doug Massey on what the U.S.-Mexico border symbolizes.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Flipping the Script on Romance,” by Evan Stewart.

Page, Pratt, and Politics at the Pulpit,” by Evan Stewart.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Household Instability and Complexity among Undocumented Immigrants,” by Youngmin Yi.

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