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“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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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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APA’s Office of International Affairs Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Amanda Clinton, Senior Director of the Office of International Affairs at the American Psychological Association, who writes about how collaboration between professionals and across disciplines can lead to breakthroughs for our most complex problems. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 1 (January 7), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

Rush Holt Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Rush Holt, CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, who writes about how social science creates systems for understanding the world around us. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 23 (November 26), Update, Volume 38 (2019)

NC State Psychologists Answer “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Jeni L. Burnette, & Sarah L. Desmarais psychologists at North Carolina State University, who write about how messaging public health epidemics like addiction and obesity as “diseases” can change how people feel about these conditions and affect whether people seek to get treatment. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 21 (October 29), Update, Volume 38 (2019)

Adam Seth Levine of Researh4impact Answers “Why Social Science?”

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The latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Adam Seth Levine, Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and President of research4impact, who writes about how research4impact connects social scientists with community leaders to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 19 (October 1), Update, Volume 38 (2019)

Arthur Lupia Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, who writes about the breadth of impacts the social sciences have on our lives. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 17 (September 3), Update, Volume 38 (2019)

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