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Gendered Partisanship in the US House

Women ran for and won public office in record numbers during the 2018 midterm elections. Statistically, the representation of women in the U.S. House increased 4 percent—from approximately 19 to 23 percent, the largest jump in history.

Dr. Kathryn Pearson is an expert on women…

Dialogue Across Difference

Professor Larry Jacobs has made it his mission to find new ways to talk about things people aren’t talking about and to look into places he doesn’t see people looking. This has led him to publish 16 books, over 100 scholarly articles, and numerous mainstream media…

The Gender Policy Report: Discover the Gender Equity Implications of Policymaking

Mandatory reporting, reproductive health, and even climate change are all areas with policies that have broader gender implications. Scholars at the University of Minnesota have created The Gender Policy Report, a nonpartisan project dedicated to curating and sharing information about the gender equity implications of various United States policies from…

Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times: Confronting Challenges, Centering Solutions

In our “Research with Minnesota” column, we profile research endeavors at the University of Minnesota. We cover different interdisciplinary projects where scholars from a variety of fields collaborate to address contemporary issues and topics.

*In this issue, we spoke with members of the “Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times Project” about contemporary immigraton, migrants’ lived…

“Fake News” and Informational Moral Panic

According to Dr. Matt Carlson, the term “fake news” really blew up in 2016.

In an article published in Information, Communication & Society called “[Fake news as an informational moral panic: the symbolic deviancy of social media during the 2016 US presidential election](https://www-tandfonline-com.ezp1.lib.umn…

Local News is Not What it Used to Be

In the age of the internet, what does “local” mean for local news organizations? As described by Dr. Matthew S. Weber, local news outlets are covering distances and audiences far beyond their traditional reach, changing…

‘I Don’t Know What to Believe:’ News Avoiders' Consumption Habits

Research from Dr. Benjamin Toff looks at why people avoid the news and what journalists can do about it.