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Interracial Couples Have Lower Fertility Rates on Average, Qian Finds

April 16, 2021

PSTC sociologist and Associate Director Zhenchao Qian has co-authored a new article in Journal of Marriage and Family examining the fertility rates of American interracial couples.

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Compulsory schooling increases internal migration, Rauscher finds

April 8, 2021

"Education increased opportunities for young people, and one way it did this was by encouraging migration.” 

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Charter schools decrease residential segregation while increasing school segregation, Candipan finds

March 19, 2021

“Charter schools decouple neighborhoods and schools in the sense that parents may be able to choose neighborhoods and schools independently."

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PSTC celebrates faculty seed awards

March 4, 2021

Four PSTC faculty associates have received Research Seed Awards for projects on the effects of COVID-19 on marginalized communities and on transit in developing countries.

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Global research project advances data to support communities affected by drought and land degradation

February 26, 2021

“My collaborators and I hope that this project will strengthen country-level Land Degradation Neutrality and drought resilience data, decision-making, and policies towards achieving a key component of the United Nations...

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Medicaid reimbursement for postpartum contraception expands young women's access to LARCs

February 5, 2021

Expanded access to long-acting reversible contraception helped increase the use of effective postpartum contraception in an age group that is more likely to have closely spaced, higher-risk repeat pregnancies.

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Fussell investigates the effects of natural disasters and economic turmoil on migration from Puerto Rico

January 22, 2021

Fussell hopes that by developing a longitudinal data set from 2000 to 2020, she will better understand how the 2006 and 2017 disasters influenced migration from Puerto Rico to the U.S.

Celebrating PSTC staff

December 18, 2020

In 2020, we celebrated two staff milestones: Tom Alarie's 25 years working at PSTC, and Sue Silveira's retirement.

PSTC Colloquia Moves Online

December 18, 2020

The PSTC colloquia moved online for most of 2020.

In the News

PSTC sociologist Andrew Schrank comments on how President Biden's economic initiatives will benefit older Americans.

The pandemic is becoming a grief crisis

April 1, 2021 | Vox | Meghan Zacher

PSTC postdoctoral research associate Meghan Zacher comments on the long-term mental and physical health effects of the pandemic.

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PSTC/S4 Postdoctoral Research Associate Jake Carlson proposes the creation of a new federal agency, the Social Development Housing Authority, as a way of creating affordable housing for tenants.


PSTC anthropologist Kate Mason discusses the Pandemic Journaling Project, an outlet for Americans to reflect on the pandemic while contributing to anthropological records.

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Should Schools Become Vaccination Sites for Everyone?

February 5, 2021 | EducationWeek | Diana Grigsby-Toussaint

PSTC epidemiologist Diana Grigsby-Toussaint comments on why communities of color may be less likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

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3 reasons Americans need more federal aid

January 22, 2021 | CNN | John Friedman

PSTC economist John Friedman comments on why traditional stimulus payments aren't as effective during the pandemic.

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In the context of consumer confidence, PSTC economist Neil Thakral explains how the speed at which the CARES Act stimulus payments are distributed impacts their potential to stimulate the economy.

1938 map of the Boston area, which used race as a key criterion when designating risk for mortgage lenders in neighborhoods

PSTC sociologist John Logan describes the history of both informal and legally binding racial segregation between neighborhoods.