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Experts

Profiles of scholars within CLA.

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.

Living Our Own Story

An Interview with Moin Syed

A Scholar of the Senses

A volunteer experience in college helped determine the course of Peggy Nelson’s career: working with deaf children and children who were hard of hearing, she was moved and challenged. “Seeing that those kids had major gaps in their ability to connect with even their close family members,” she says. “It made me want to learn more about their experiences.”

How Climate Change Is Influencing Birth Weight in Africa

In the United States, we know everything about our domestic agriculture thanks to the USDA and agricultural monitoring. But not all countries have the luxury of these programs, which is a challenge for Assistant Professor Kathryn Grace, who studies how varying climates impact poor women and families in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, Africa. She…

Same-Sex, Different Attitudes

In a now-classic white paper, sociologist Kathy Hull asks how and why American public opinion about marriage equality evolved so quickly: “It’s not a case of older people with more conservative beliefs dying out and being replaced by younger, more liberal generations. Rather, this kind of rapid shift suggests some individuals are changing their minds on the issue.”