Social Studies


Profiles of scholars within CLA.

Three Questions with Dr. Mark Snyder

Dr. Mark Snyder describes his work as a blend of social psychology and personality study, aimed at understanding “how individuals create their own social worlds” and how individual motivations translate into social action and altruism. The McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Snyder is the editor of the SPSSI book…

Moin Syed, TEDx6CEA: "What is 'Developmental' about Identity Development?"

Psychologist Moin Syed presents at the 6th Annual Conference on Emerging Adulthood.

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…

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.

Panel: Knowledge Production and Public Engagement

A panel discussion, moderated by the Humphrey School’s Larry Jacobs, explores and responds to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s critique of the social sciences as creating a “culture of exclusivity.” U of M faculty panelists include Doug Hartmann, Kathryn Pearson, Tim Brennan, Joann Miller, and Joe Soss.

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.