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The Past and Future of Affirmative Action in College Admissions

By the end of June, the Supreme Court will rule on the consideration of race in college admission decisions. Two cases allege that Harvard University and the University of North Carolina discriminate against Asian American applicants.

IPR spoke to sociologist Anthony Chen, an expert on affirmative action in higher education, about its history, the ongoing opposition to its use, and what might happen if, as many expect, the court strikes down race-conscious college admissions.

Research News


Quantifying the Power of Bipartisan Coalitions

IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong shows that lawmakers who work across the aisle are more effective at passing legislation, highlighting the importance of bipartisanship even as polarization has risen in Congress. 

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty examines the connection between low socioeconomic status and responses to immediate rewards, whether playing video games can help develop cognitive abilities, and how long COVID impacts employment. 

Shortcomings Revealed in Chicago's Implementation of Community Policing Initiative

A new report by the Center for Neighborhood Engaged Research & Science (Corners) reveals that a community policing initiative used by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has not impacted public safety in the city, likely because the program was never fully implemented by the CPD.

Faculty Insights

"Because [conservatives are] against D.E.I. policies or 'wokeism,' they're struggling with the connection between Chick-fil-A, as a company that they see as on their side, that is also engaging in this other work.”
Working Papers

IPR has 75 working papers in its series for 2022 and 2023, covering topics such as how to study democratic backsliding, how living under a left-wing authoritarian regime affects refugees in democracies, and trends in school lunch programs. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our working papers here.
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