Welcome back! This week at TSP we’ve got social science research on climate change and racial inequality, and how aggressive policing harms African American boys’ educational performance. We’ve also got a new teaching post on ice breaker activities that transition easily into course material.

Teaching TSP:

Ice Breakers and Community Building in the Classroom,” by Andrea Krieg. In this post, Krieg gives three examples of ice breakers that can be used to build community in the classroom and seamlessly move into course content.

There’s Research on That!:

The Color of Climate Change,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. We rounded up social science research on how climate change poses greater challenges for poorer, non-white communities in the United States and globally.


How Aggressive Policing Hurts School Performance,” by Caity Curry. New research in the American Sociological Review finds that aggressive policing policies hurt African American boys’ school performance.

From Our Partners:


Big Data and the American Dream, An Interview with David Grusky,” by Reeve Vanneman.

Sociological Images:

What Kind of ____ are You?” by Evan Stewart.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Sharenting Can be Controversial, But Are We Sure Parents Don’t Care about Their Children’s Social Media Presence?” by Davide Cino and Ellen Wartella.

Social Studies MN:

The Minnesota Population Center,” by Neeraj Rajasekar.

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