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New and exciting research from CLA researchers.

Effective Communication with Doctors is Crucial for Preventative Care

Recent research highlights why provider-patient communication is so important, especially in rural communities.

Is the Other Side Really that Stupid? Research Says Probably Not

Political parties have different ideologies, but similar IQ scores.

Local Food Production and Childhood Nutrition in Mali

A UMN geographer shows how small-scale agriculture can have a big impact on health.

Conspiring Together

UMN political scientists show how conspiracy theories are politically motivated—and more common than we think.

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 […]

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?

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.

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…