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How rich people will cut the line for the coronavirus vaccine
Dec. 21, 2020
Money provides enormous leverage in our profit-driven health-care system. Written by Shamus Khan.
Job Openings | Office of the Dean of Faculty
Dec. 18, 2020
Open Rank Faculty Positions (Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor) in Interdisciplinary Data Science. Click to learn more and apply.
Watch | The Looming Eviction Crisis
Dec. 7, 2020
Professor of Sociology Matthew Desmond sits with Ted Koppel of CBS' "Sunday Morning" to discuss the looming crisis.
COVID-19 shutdowns disproportionately affected low-income Black households
Dec. 7, 2020
The alarming rate at which COVID-19 has killed Black Americans has highlighted the deeply embedded racial disparities in the U.S. health care system.
The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord
Oct. 13, 2020
By Matthew Desmond for The New York Times Magazine.
Watch | Millions at risk of losing homes as eviction ban expires
Aug. 7, 2020
40 million Americans are worried about being evicted right now. Professor of Sociology at Princeton University Matthew Desmond joins Stephanie Ruhle to explain who is most at-risk and what it could mean for your community.
Opinion | As the Trump disaster gets worse, a new political theory helps explain it
July 16, 2020
The spiraling disaster of President Trump’s handling of coronavirus — which is helping produce a new surge of cases and a forecast of worsening economic misery this fall — should prompt a rethink of some core assumptions about Trump’s pathologies, both personal and political.
Grad student mom: This is something I can't fix
June 29, 2020
Being a single mom in graduate school before the pandemic was no simple feat. A typical day would begin at 7 a.m., when my 3-year-old would loudly yell, "Mommmyyy!," I would scramble to get him fed, dressed and cajoled into sitting on the potty before dropping him off at daycare. I would then head to my 9 a.m. class, which I was perpetually late to. My work day was then divided between attending lectures and seminars, teaching and working on my research.
The Gaps Between White and Black America, in Charts
June 22, 2020
In many parts of the country, black and white Americans continue to live in very different worlds. This distinctive feature of American inequality is not an accidental development but rather a result of policy choices.
A Sociological Note on George Floyd’s Death and the Pandemic
June 13, 2020
In this contribution to the “Covid-19 and the Social Sciences” series, Patricia Fernández-Kelly connects the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful public responses to it, to both the current social conditions of the pandemic and the broader historical structural dimensions of racism in US society. Fernández-Kelly draws on a range of sociological perspectives to shed light on what she calls the “proximate and deep-seated causes” of both violence directed at African Americans and the wave of protests of recent weeks. by Patricia Fernández-Kelly