In the Spotlight
- Marcus Anthony Hunter, University of California, Los Angeles
February 4th is Rosa Parks Day. In his recently released episode of No Jargon, Hunter discusses the geography of race in the United States and the many women of color who led the way in the fight against racial segregation in America.
- Matto Mildenberger, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
U.S. policy responses to climate change have been slow and paltry. In February 2015, academic analysts and practitioners came together at Yale University to discuss ways to design effective policies that can reshape politics and build democratic support. A new white paper summarizes insights from that discussion.
- Lisa R. Miller, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
Eric Anthony Grollman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond
Seven out of every ten gender non-conforming persons in the United States experience discrimination – episodes leading to mental and physical health problems that are often compounded by inappropriate medical treatment.
- Deana A. Rohlinger, Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
Forty-three years after landmark Supreme Court decisions, abortion remains a flashpoint in U.S. politics. On the latest episode of No Jargon, Rohlinger surveys the shifting legislative and judicial terrain and analyzes how pro-choice and pro-life advocates devise media strategies and deal with dilemmas of publicity.
- Sierra Smucker, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
On January 5, 2016 President Obama issued executive orders to better regulate access to guns, hoping to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that claimed more than 100,000 American lives over the past decade. Importantly, the new orders included steps to prevent domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.
In Washington, DC and the states, Republicans push unpopular policies – and sometimes also oppose legislation favored by prominent business groups. Why is that? New research highlights resource shifts on the U.S. right and the growing influence of the Koch network, a coordinated set of big donors, lobbying groups, and constituency organizations that now rivals America’s political parties.