Social Studies


Profiles of scholars within CLA.

The Minnesota Population Center

“To advance knowledge of human populations and institutions across time and space with a focus on health, well-being, economic and demographic behavior, and human-environment interactions.”

This is the mission statement of the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus and founded in July 2000. The MPC is…

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Nearly three-quarters of a century has passed since the Holocaust. Each year, this tragedy becomes more confined to the past, as there are fewer survivors around to share their stories. Since its inception more than two decades ago, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) has made it its mission to keep the memory…

The Minnesota Youth Story Squad

We spent a day with the Minnesota Youth Story Squad and spoke with project members about their work; read more below!

Surrounded by lockers, cubbies, and chalkboard, the classroom at Northeast Middle School looks like any other. This class, however, is a part of the Minnesota Youth Story Squad project, co-led by [Dr Kari…

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 and partisanship, also known as “gendered partisanship,” in the U.S....

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 pieces about topics including bipartisanship—something he sees as improbable…

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 scholars nationwide.

“Our objective…

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

We spoke with members of the “Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times Project” about contemporary immigraton, migrants’ lived experiences, and new challenges in this political moment. Read more below!

The Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times Project focuses on the challenges and obstacles faced by immigrants, as well as the broader importance and nature…

Studying Better Business Behavior at the Minnesota State Fair

Dr. Amy O’Connor is studying what people expect from corporations at the great Minnesota get-together!