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NSF’s Kellina Craig-Henderson Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Kellina Craig-Henderson, Deputy Assistant Director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Craig-Henderson wrote for NSF’s Science Matters blog about her experiences confronting stereotypes as an African American female scientist and about SBE’s new Build and Broaden program, which directs resources to researchers at minority-serving institutions. Read it here and subscribe.

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“Why Social Science” Can Help Us Combat Pandemic Fatigue

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes Jay Maddock, professor of public health at Texas A&M University, who wrote for The Conversation about what social science can tell us about pandemic fatigue— and how we can mitigate it. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 23 (November 24), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

“Why Social Science?” Looks at Women and Political Ambition

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from the authors of Why Don’t Women Rule the World? Understanding Women’s Civic and Political Choices, who write about the obstacles facing women with political ambitions and research-backed strategies to overcome them. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 21 (October 27), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

“Why Social Science?” Focuses on Misinformation and Online Extremism

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from the developers of a series of free online teaching modules on “Confronting Digital Extremism,” who write about how social science can help us arm ourselves with the necessary skills to combat misinformation and online extremism. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 19 (September 29), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

Kenneth Prewitt Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThis week’s Why Social Science? guest post features an article by Kenneth Prewitt, President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University, who argues that the social sciences can better incorporate ethical frameworks in order to end structural racism. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 16 (August 4), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

“Why Social Science?” Features Experts on Policing

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post features an article from The Conversation that asked several social scientists who study different aspects of policing to explain what their research has found that could help reduce police prejudice and violence. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 14 (July 7), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

John Haaga Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. John Haaga, who retired as Director of the National Institute on Aging’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research in 2019. He writes about the light COVID-19 has shed on the work the U.S. needs to do in order for Americans’ health outcomes to catch up to those in peer countries. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 11 (May 26), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

Demographer Allison Plyer Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. Allison Plyer, Chief Demographer of The Data Center, an independent research institution based in New Orleans, who writes about how the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on minority communities is exacerbated by institutional racism. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 9 (April 22), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

Economist Amanda Gregg Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post continues an occasional series that gives social scientists whose research has been mischaracterized or misunderstood the opportunity to explain once and for all, “Why would you study that?” This entry comes from Amanda Gregg, Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, who is the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant “Corporate Law, Finance, and Productivity in Historical Perspective,” which supports the collection and analysis of firm-level data describing Russian corporations before the October Revolution of 1917. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 5 (March 3), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

Cassandra R. Davis, UNC Public Policy Professor, Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Cassandra R. Davis, Research Assistant Professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Public Policy, who writes about her research on the impact of natural disasters on students’ education. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 3 (February 4), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

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