WHY I AM PROTESTING: Trump will not become the new normal

Protests against the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election emerged as soon as the electoral map indicated Trump’s victory. Critics … Read More

THE TRUST GAP: Few in African civil society think the US will deliver on climate change

Even before the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the US, few members of civil society throughout Africa … Read More

US FAILS TO ELECT FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT: World says, “WTF?!”

The US failed to elect its first female head of state. Much can be learned about one’s own society by … Read More

“FIVE MORE OUTS”: How Chicago Cubs’ magic and superstition build community

At about 9:00 on the night of Monday, September 12, 2016, two different group texts started on my phone at … Read More

FOSTERING CRITICAL THINKING: Guiding questions for students

Like me, I imagine many of you try to foster the development of critically thinking in your students. As professors, we … Read More

TEACHING EXCEL BASICS WITH 2016 POLICE LETHAL FORCE DATA: A resource for methods

Teaching quantitative methods and data analysis can be tedious, but I have found that using sociological and “headline-relevant” data, such as … Read More

“BUT BLACKS COMMIT MORE CRIMES”: Scholars discuss conservative logic

Since 2014 there has been renewed interest, concern, and protest regarding the police use of deadly force against … Read More

RACIAL BIAS IN LETHAL POLICE SHOOTINGS: The Need for Interdisciplinary Research

GUEST POST by Abigail A. Sewell Recently, The New York Times published a write-up of a study documenting a … Read More

CLIMATE JUSTICE: An analogy

Many people and students are unfamiliar with the context that has generated calls from nations and social movements for “climate … Read More

IF I WERE GIVING THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Three things to balance in order to be happy in life

As you graduate college, either begrudgingly or with enthusiasm, you will inevitably hear about or face the challenges of a … Read More