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Experts

Profiles of scholars within CLA.

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.

Three Questions with Dr. Steve Manson

Dr. Steven Manson of the U of M’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Society department directs the Human-Environment Geographic Information Science lab and works to supply researchers, policy makers, and everyday citizens with the data they need to prepare for, respond to…

Discovery: Gender-based Violence against Men in Darfur

U of M sociologist Gabrielle Ferrales and alumni Hollie Nyseth Brehm and Suzy McElrath author new study on sexual violence against men and boys in the Rwandan genocide. “Although this violence is in some ways about physical domination, it is primarily meant to symbolically dominate and denigrate both the victims and surviving community members,” writes J. Sigru Wahutu.

To Open Borders by Opening Eyes

Sociologist Cawo Abdi believes that we can have a population educated to be global citizens and that together we can create justice and a sense of belonging for everyone. “There’s no life without hope,” she says.

Mass Media, Controversy, and Individual Health Decisions

Rebekah Nagler studies how media coverage of controversial health issues influences health decision making and behaviors, particularly among women.

Does Africa Need a New Green Revolution to Fight Hunger?

“Green Revolution” is the label for concerted initiatives to increase agricultural production and prevent hunger and starvation in major regions of the world. Earlier efforts transformed agriculture in Mexico, India, and the Philippines – by facilitating the use of new technologies and commercial seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to produce high-yield cereal grains. In 2006 two of the world’s largest foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, joined forces to launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.