- Natasha Warikoo, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Colleges highlight how affirmative action increases diversity on campus. Warikoo discusses new investigations into school admissions and how focusing on diversity ignores the real reasons for affirmative action.
The Divided States of America
Come to the first-ever live taping of the Scholars Strategy Network’s podcast, No Jargon!
To celebrate No Jargon’s 100th episode, host Avi Green will be joined by researchers from across the country to talk about America’s divided politics, how we got here, and what comes next.
- Douglas Spencer, University of Connecticut
In the 2013 case Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court held that the process by which states were identified and covered by the pre-clearance statute of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional because it used an outdated formula based on old data. Spencer makes the case for a new formula based on updated data, but that remains grounded in the conditions demanded by the Supreme Court in Shelby County.
- René D. Flores, University of Washington
A decade ago, the immigration debate divided Hazleton, Pennsylvania when the mayor blamed a wave of immigrants for crimes and passed a harsh bill against them. Flores lays out what happened and how laws like this can actually lead to more violence.
- Daniel Hemel, University of Chicago Law School
Tom Baker, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Whatever happens with “repeal and replace” in the Republican-led Congress, efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of access to quality health insurance are far from over. Two SSNers detail the Trump administration’s potential next moves, and outline specific steps that state policymakers can take to preserve functioning health insurance subsidies and marketplaces.
- Adam J. Berinsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Fake news” has become big news, and increasing polarization between the two parties has accelerated the growth of political rumors. New research by Berinsky shows that politicians who speak against their partisan interests for the sake of the truth can be very effective players in correcting misinformation.