Social Science

  • Princeton senior Lohmann explores Nauru, where the environmental future is now

    Monday, May 20, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    When planning his stay on the remote Pacific island of Nauru last year, Princeton senior Jack Lohmann had expected that a place often portrayed as a post-environmental dystopia would present challenges. Being besieged by feral dogs the moment he left the airport was not one he had anticipated.

    "Packs of wild dogs roam the island and a lot of people are terrified," Lohmann said. "They come snarling and barking wherever you walk. The ones by the airport are particularly bad."

  • Innovative ideas in the social sciences awarded Dean for Research funding

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
    Projects that explore the role of online video platforms in generating partisan "information bubbles" and address gender-based violence in India have been chosen to receive grants from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Social Sciences.
  • Racial bias associated with disparities in disciplinary action across U.S. schools

    Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Studies have shown that black students are subjected to higher disciplinary rates than whites, resulting in a number of negative life outcomes, including involvement in the criminal justice system.

    Using federal data covering 32 million students across 96,000 K-12 schools, researchers at Princeton University investigated the degree to which racial disparities in disciplinary action across the United States relates to county-level measures of racial bias.

  • Griffiths receives Troland prize from the National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Thomas Griffiths has received one of the two Troland Research Awards issued this year “for his research into how people and machines make decisions.” The Troland awards recognize unusual achievement by young investigators (defined as no older than 40) working within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

  • Fact-checking immigration: Boustan uses big data to explore myths about the past

    Monday, Jan 7, 2019
    by Kevin McElwee for the Office of the Dean for Research

    “When the horns started to blow and we saw the Statue of Liberty, I thought I was in heaven. Really. She’s up there and saying, ‘Come on in. From now on you are a free person.’”

    These are the words of Turkish immigrant John Alabilikian, who came to the United States in 1922, collected by the Ellis Island Foundation in 1985 as part of its oral history library. In his interview, Alabilikian described escaping the Armenian genocide and journeying to America.

  • Researchers link realism to blockchain's promise

    Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018
    by the Office of Engineering Communications

    Depending on who you ask, blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize the world — from creating a universal currency to building a free and truly private internet. Or, the new technology, built with a combination of encryption and transparency, is a solution in search of a problem.

    The reality likely falls somewhere in between. While a growing number of startups and researchers are devoting themselves to exploring blockchain’s full potential, experts caution that a healthy dose of skepticism is needed to fully evaluate the technology and its eventual place in society.

  • Eviction Lab examines the intersection of poverty and housing

    Monday, Dec 17, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    How many Americans are forced to leave their homes each year?

    When Matthew Desmond began investigating evictions in America, it was impossible to answer that question.

    “Imagine if we didn’t know how many people got cancer every year, or graduated from high school,” said Desmond, Princeton’s Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology. “This is a major American problem.”

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