Social Studies
MN

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New and exciting research from CLA researchers.

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.

There's Research on That! Women at Work: When Self Help Isn't Help Enough

Sociologist Penny Edgell gathers research on why pop culture’s self-help mantras do little to change women’s experiences in the workplace: “trying to solve a problem of structural sexism with a good night’s sleep, a self-help book, and a smile is a losing proposition.”

Office Hours Podcast: Joyce Bell on Social Work and the Black Power Movement

Sociologist Joyce Bell, author of The Black Power Movement and American Social Work, discusses the activist legacy and community organizations that grew out of the 1960s and ’70s Black Power movement.

Atheists Remain Most Disliked Religious Minority in the U.S.

Ten years ago University of Minnesota sociologists conducted research showing that, among a long list of racial and religious minority groups, atheists were the most disliked group of people in the United States. Last month they followed up with new research that shows that Americans still have negative opinions of atheists and the non-religious–and now…

Morality Built Upon Atheism?

Salon.com digs into research from U of M sociologists Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann that shows atheists remain America’s most disliked “religious” group.

All Work and No Play with Children Make Moms Less Happy Parents

A team of researchers from Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Population Center have used time diary data to find that mothers are less happy than fathers with their parenting duties.

Driven To Want the Tough Conversations

Psychologist Richard Lee says parents have the tendency to sit back and wait for their children to bring up issues of race and ethnicity when they’re older, but kids can sense that hesitancy, and the conversations can happen too late or not at all.