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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.”

Crime and Punishment---Do We Need a Fresh Start?

Drawing on his wide-ranging research, a leading SSN sociologist argues that now is the time to revamp America’s troubled criminal justice system.

In an enlightening forum at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs sponsored by Minneapolis-St. Paul SSN, Christopher Uggen discussed the state of criminal justice in America with district…

Unlocking the Mysteries of Language

The ability to speak, to learn languages: It is one of the most–if not the most–defining of human characteristics. But the whys and hows of how it evolved fascinate scientists, including Michael Wilson in the Department of Anthropology.