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The First Step Act and the Implementation of Criminal Justice Reform

Given the current polarization of American politics, it often comes as a pleasant surprise when Republicans and Democrats can agree on new legislation. This was exactly the case for the passage of the First Step Act in Congress, a criminal justice reform measure aimed at reducing prison sentences and increasing prison programming in the federal […]

Focus On The People, Not The Wall

Even after signing a resolution to suspend the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Trump remains committed to delivering his long-promised southern border wall. In defense of the wall and the recently failed $5.7 billion Senate proposal, Trump again made comments on national security that contradict numerous studies and immigration scholars. However, the wall […]

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 History of U.S. Citizenship for Immigrants' Children

UMN History Professor Erika Lee talks to The Washington Post’s Constitutional Podcast about the history of immigration and citizenship.

Wages have stagnated in the US. Here's why

Stagnant or falling earnings have put a squeeze on working- and middle-class households, says UMN Economics professor Fatih Guvenen and colleagues.

Anthropology For Business

A fertile relationship is growing between anthropology and business. Marketers are finding that anthropologists gather very useful knowledge by studying consumers in their natural habitat using the ethnographic techniques of observation and interviewing.

Good Question: What Is A Congressional Caucus?

All this talk of the House Freedom Caucus raises Good Questions about politics like, what is a congressional caucus? And how do they work? UMN Political scientist Kathryn Pearson helps answer this question.

How Schools Can Get Children to Eat Their Vegetables

Schools, nutritionists, and behavioral scientists are putting science to work to figure out how to get children to reach for a carrot instead of a candy bar. Psychology professor Traci Mann talks about some methods schools are trying.