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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
Michelle Obama, Princeton Sociology Class of *85, pens letter to graduates everywhere.
June 12, 2020
Given the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, schools across the country have canceled their in-person commencement exercises. To celebrate the graduates whose final years of school have been upended, former first lady Michelle Obama and former president Barack Obama are taking part in a YouTube special. This is Mrs. Obama’s address to the Class of 2020.
Multi-year datasets suggest projecting outcomes of people’s lives with AI isn’t so simple
June 5, 2020
The machine learning techniques scientists use to predict outcomes from large datasets may fall short when it comes to projecting the outcomes of people’s lives, according to a mass collaborative study led by researchers at Princeton.
Stewart, three other faculty members honored for excellence in mentoring graduate students
May 26, 2020
Brandon Stewart has been named a recipient of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School’s virtual Hooding ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, May 29.
Democracy's Long Game: An Interview with Paul Starr
May 20, 2020
Paul DiMaggio speaks with Paul Starr about his book “Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies,” which he worked on during his 2014–15 CASBS fellowship.
Scheppele Named Winner of Service Award by Law and Society Association
May 12, 2020
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Written by Staff, The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Professor Kim Lane Scheppele was named the winner of the Ronald Pipkin Service Award from the Law and Society Association (LSA), where she served as president from 2017 to 2019.
Armstrong named head of Butler College at Princeton
May 4, 2020
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Written by The Office of Communications
Armstrong is an associate professor of sociology and public affairs, The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She will succeed Nicole Shelton, the Stuart Professor of Psychology, who has been head of Butler College since 2012.
Seeing like a Rover, with Janet Vertessi
April 29, 2020
In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Janet Vertessi, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton, on her book Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars.