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Disrupting Racism and Bias at Home, at School, and at Work

After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, millions of Americans poured into the streets and called for racial justice. They protested police brutality and racism. They bought books about race. They debated what it meant to be anti-racist. Today, though, a new challenge is emerging as many states try to restrict how teachers discuss race and racism.

Research by IPR experts shows that talking about race and acknowledging people’s different lived experiences can help reduce racial bias and racism throughout their lives. The research also suggests conversations should occur not just at school but also at home and work.


Andrew Papachristos Named Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar

The Harry Frank Guggenheim (HFG) Foundation named IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos a 2022 HFG Distinguished Scholar on February 2. He is one of 12 internationally known scholars to receive the award this year and will use the one-year grant to work on his book manuscript, "Murder by Structure: How Street Gangs Built the Great American City."

Research News

Political Mobilization Around Chicago School Closings 

In 2012, the Chicago Public Schools board initiated the largest wave of school closures in U.S. history, shutting down 49 out of nearly 500 public schools. In a recently published study, IPR social policy expert Sally Nuamah and her co-author document how the closures changed the political behavior of Black Chicagoans who lived in communities targeted for a school closure.

Applications Open: Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants Program

Northwestern undergrads can now apply to IPR’s Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program and spend the summer working with IPR faculty experts. The program gives students first-hand experience in the conceptualization and conduct of policy-relevant social science research.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty covers the connection between parents' education and the stress of their high school-aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic, applying partial identification to public health, and attitudes about intimate partner violence in sub-Saharan Africa. 

A national survey by IPR political scientist James Druckman and his colleagues provides a snapshot into U.S. public sentiment about the acceptability of violent protest against federal, state, and local government. The report reveals that nearly one-quarter (23%) of Americans believe engagement in violent protest against the government can ever be justified, with 10% saying it is justified right now.

Faculty in the News

"The question is not about did they reduce violence by 50% or 60%, but how many lives did they save today?”

—Andrew Papachristos
Look Inside Violence Interrupter Programs in Chicago
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Working Papers

We are excited to announce the launch of a newsletter featuring the latest IPR working papers. It will be arriving in your in-boxes next month!

Using Machine Learning and Qualitative Interviews to Design a Five-Question Women's Agency Index (WP-21-23)
Seema Jayachandran, Monica Biradavolu, and Jan Cooper

Career Spillovers in Internal Labor Markets (WP-21-24)
Nicola Bianchi, Giulia Bovini, Jin Li, Matteo Paradisi, and Michael Powell

Science as a Public Good: Public Use and Funding of Science (WP-21-25)
Yian Yin, Yuxiao Dong, Kuansan Wang, Dashun Wang, and Benjamin Jones

Which Markets (Don't) Drive Pharmaceutical Innovation? Evidence From U.S. Medicaid Expansions (WP-21-26)
Craig Garthwaite, Rebecca Sachs, and Ariel Dora Stern

Affective Polarization in the American Public (WP-21-27)
James Druckman and Jeremy Levy

More Working Papers

Registration is required to attend IPR’s events for Winter 2022 online. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

Feb. 28: "How Online Participation Inequalities (Probably) Reinforce Stratification"
Aaron Shaw (Communication Studies/IPR)

March 7: "Debtors and American Political Development"
Chloe Thurston (IPR/Political Science)

March 14: "Fighting Phantoms: Disagreement vs. Disdain in the American Body Politic"
Eli Finkel (Psychology/Kellogg/IPR)

More IPR Events
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