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Only 30% of Chicago’s residents are African American, yet as of late June they comprise 44% of those who have died from COVID-19. Both African American and Latinx residents are also getting sick from COVID-19 at higher rates than White residents. “There is an urgent need for community-based research on the origins of these inequities to inform policies that can effectively mitigate future outbreaks,” said IPR biological anthropologist Thomas McDade, who directs IPR’s Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health.

Faculty Spotlight
Héctor Carrillo

Award-winning sociologist and
IPR associate Héctor Carrillo
is examining the “sociology of genealogy” and has worked to
create a space to study human sexuality in a multidisciplinary fashion. 
Research News
Racial Wealth Gap Growing for Families
with Children


A new study by IPR sociologist Christine Percheski finds that
the racial wealth gap has widened for families since the Great Recession. In 2016, Black families with children had only one penny
of wealth for every dollar White families had.  
Recent IPR Faculty Research


Recent research by IPR faculty shows how the Black Lives Matter movement draws from earlier movements in American history to advocate for racial justice, and the ways socioeconomic status can affect college students' educational experiences and outcomes. 
African school
Inequality Hurts Education Outcomes
in 10 African Nations


In an analysis of schools across 10 African countries, IPR sociologist Julia Behrman shows that poorer children overwhelmingly attend poorer schools, which fail to provide them with the same education as wealthier children. 
Food distribution
Food Insecurity Remains Elevated in 50 States


In their fourth report, IPR economist and director Diane Schanzenbach 
and research analyst Abigail Pitts find that food insecurity is still high across the U.S., and the rise in unemployment explains more than half of the increase in food insecurity.
Faculty Opinion

"If departments had the authority to identify problematic officers and intervene before a tragedy occurs, mayors and police chiefs would face greater democratic accountability for police misconduct."
 
—Max Schanzenbach
A Proactive Approach to Abusive Policing
The Wall Street Journal
(paywall)
Awards and Honors
Celeste Watkins-Hayes was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Sex & Gender for Remaking a Life: How Women Living With HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality.
 
More Awards and Honors
Working Papers

Social Norms as a Barrier to Women's Employment in Developing Countries
(WP-19-31) Seema Jayachandran

Econometrics for Decision Making: Building Foundations Sketched by Haavelmo and Wald
(WP-20-01) Charles F. Manski

Socioeconomic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession
(WP-20-02) Hannes Schwandt and Till von Wachter
More Working Papers
Upcoming Events

All IPR events are being held online. 

July 10: Chicago Area Social and Political Behavior Workshop organized by James Druckman (IPR/Political Science) featuring “Will COVID-19 Impact Political Engagement?” by Beth Redbird (IPR/Sociology) and “Reactions to Information About Racial Disparities in COVID-19” by LaFleur Stephens-Dougan (Princeton University)

You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar. 

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