Polygamy a step backward

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In a co-authored op-ed in the Providence Journal, PSTC Associate and Professor of International Relations Rose McDermott says, "Legalizing polygamy would undermine the stability of our society and deeply harm women and children." The op-ed, "Rose McDermott and Valerie M. Hudson: Don't legalize polygamy," distinguishes between the human rights of gay marriage and the many detrimental aspects of polygamy, including the subjugation of women and children and diminished paternal investment in children.

(Distributed September 4, 2015)

Kraft guest blogs for Education Week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – As a guest blogger for Education Week, PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Education Matthew Kraft wrote five pieces on various ways to improve education, all answering the question "What If?" Kraft addressed providing teachers with coachesteacher promotionsmaking classes and teachers relatable for studentsproviding tutors for struggling students, and parent-teacher communication.

(Distributed September 3, 2015)

New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is home to a smaller, whiter population. It has proved challenging for lower income residents to return to their homes, says PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) Elizabeth Fussell in "Hurricane Katrina's legacy 10 years on - a whiter, more gentrified New Orleans" in The Independent. "There are a lot of low income people in New Orleans and the correlation between being black and being poor is very strong," she says. "The incentive for low income people was to stay outside.” Read more.

(Distributed September 2, 2015)

Pregnancy and microeconomics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – "Microeconomics is the science of making decisions," says PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster. It's not necessarily something she expected to use during pregnancy, though she soon learned otherwise. In "Thinking About Pregnancy Like an Economist," published by The Atlantic, Oster lays out the many options one has when pregnant and urges the use of solid information to make the best decisions possible without just following the existing rules.

(Distributed August 31, 2015)

Housing segregation remains strong

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A year after the shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis region remains one of the most highly segregated areas in the country. Approximately 70 percent of either white or black residents there would need to move in order to create racially balanced neighborhoods, according to a study by PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology John Logan. The study was referenced in "A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It," published by the New York Times.

(Distributed August 27, 2015)
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