In the Spotlight
- Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston
Alan Clayton-Matthews, Northeastern University
Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
Christopher J. Ruhm, University of Virginia
SSN Scholars Report Findings on Paid Family Leave from Research Supported by the U.S. Department of Labor
The Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor supports research and analyses to inform the development and implementation of state-level programs for paid family and medical leave. Two out of four grants were won by teams of scholars with SSN members, and published reports detail their new findings.
- Nicholas Carnes, Duke University
Shauna Shames, Rutgers University-Camden
Paru R. Shah, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
With the 2016 election around the corner, it makes sense to ask who runs for office and why. In this special No Jargon mini-series, three SSN scholars explore what difference it makes that most U.S. elected officials are wealthy white men – and ask how this could change.
- Ellen Fitzpatrick, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire
Victoria Woodhull in 1872, Margaret Chase Smith in 1964, and Shirley Chisolm in 1972 – well before Hillary, for close to a century and a half, these and many other women mounted runs for the U.S. presidency. In this fascinating and timely book, Ellen Fitzpatrick reveals that today’s obstacles and challenges are not very different from the ones ambitious female politicians have faced all along.
As the Republican Party officially nominates reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump for president, Americans are polarized in reactions to his candidacy. How can we understand Trump’s rise within a fractured GOP and the potential implications of a Trump presidency for U.S. democracy and standing in world affairs? What do Trump’s explosive rhetoric and policy proposals mean for immigration, race relations, and social trust in America? Drawing on broad expertise and research, SSN scholars weigh in.
“The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.” With these nine words about the United States v. Texas case, the Supreme Court halted President Obama’s executive action that would have shielded up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. SSN scholars explore the consequences – and explain why immigration remains such a contentious topic.
- Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor, Duke University
Kristin Goss, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
In their 2014 book, an economist and a political scientist provide an overview of U.S. gun politics that resonates today. They probe the causes and results of gun violence and trace the clashing social movements pushing for gun rights and gun controls.