In the Spotlight
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.
Partisan battles and damaging misconceptions abound in debates about women’s reproductive rights and access to health services. SSN scholars have come together to assess the political and policy landscape and identify ways to further sound programs that meet the needs of America’s women – furthering their autonomy, combating inequalities, and ensuring women’s right to raise children they choose to have in safe and economically sustainable conditions.
Raising the price of carbon dioxide emissions would mitigate climate damage by reducing demand for non-renewable energy sources like oil, coal, and natural gas. But can we forestall new economic burdens for Americans with low or middle incomes? SSN experts explore the issues and suggest ways to design economically equitable carbon pricing programs with broad democratic appeal.
- Samara Klar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Policy, University of Arizona
Melissa R. Michelson, Professor of Political Science, Menlo College
Biases against women in academia can limit the influence female scholars have in policy debates. To close the gender gap, two member scholars teamed up with fellow women colleagues to create Women Also Know Stuff, a crowdsourced database dedicated to amplifying the voice of female experts in a variety of fields.