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Carolyn J. Heinrich
Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School, University of Texas at Austin

If public schoolchildren do not make sufficient progress, they are eligible by law for special tutoring. But tutoring services can end up wasting valuable time and public money. New research reveals what works and what falls short.

Tanya Golash-Boza
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Immigrant removals are at an all-time high – not only removals of new arrivals turned back at the border, but also of people seized from communities across the country. Latino men bear the brunt – and so do their fractured families, including many children who are U.S. citizens.

Charles S. Corprew, III
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola University New Orleans

Too often, African American boys and young men fall behind at school and bear the brunt of harsh punishments. But teachers can make a difference – if they listen, avoid stereotypes, and help students cope with challenges.

Jane Waldfogel
Compton Foundation Centennial Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

Once again, GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is calling for huge cutbacks in U.S. anti-poverty programs he denounces as unsuccessful. But research using updated measurements reveals that federal benefits and taxes have lifted millions of Americans out of poverty.

Arne L. Kalleberg
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bad jobs with low pay and poor prospects are proliferating, and the recent Great Recession made things worse. SSN's 400th member, Arne Kalleberg, tracks down the causes of a deteriorating U.S labor market – and suggests much-needed improvements.

Andrew K. Jorgenson
Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

Nations pursue economic development to improve people's lives, but growth can spur carbon emissions that threaten environments on which humans depend. Research deploying a new measure explores how economic growth impacts the carbon intensity of gains in human longevity in various world regions.

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