Social Studies
MN

Big Questions: How Do We Move Beyond Stigma in Mental Health?

Discussions about mental health often focus on the role of stigma in preventing people from accessing mental health resources. Join us as we explore how we can move beyond stigma in our efforts to address mental health concerns, improve access to mental health services, and enhance well-being for all.

The Return of Rehabilitation? Educational Programs for Prisoners Remain Inadequate

Up until the 2016 presidential election, criminologists saw increasingly hopeful signs that a new “smart on crime” political alignment was emergent: imprisonment rates (and crime) were declining, tough-on-crime policies were becoming increasingly unpopular among both Democrats and Republicans, and “rehabilitation” was reentering the criminal justice lexicon […]

How to remember the wartime Japanese-American incarceration

Historian Yuichiro Onishi places the history in the present.

Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories

UMN political scientists Christina Farhart, Joanne Miller, and Kyle Saunders study how Democrats and Republicans changed in their conspiracy beliefs during the 2016 election.

Atheists Still “Other”?

Ten years ago, Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann published a paper with a surprising finding: atheists were the most disliked minority group in the United States. Has that changed?

Historian Erika Lee explains the importance of #ImmigrationSyllabus

Erika Lee — a University of Minnesota history professor and director of the University’s Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) — talks about her latest project, the Immigration Syllabus, an online tool to help faculty, teachers, students, and the general public better understand the history of immigration in the United States.

What Americans Believe about Voting Rights for Criminals

Politicians argue over whether former inmates can and should vote, but citizens are increasingly unified in their position. Sociologist Chris Uggen provides a public opinion brief through the Scholars Strategy Network.

Revealing Unknown History

Historian Erika Lee reminds us that there have always been those who have tried to “raise the specter of immigrant menace.” However, “History shows us that those xenophobes were out of step – not representing the true spirit of America.”