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PSTC Researcher Launches Project on Mesoamerican Migration

November 16, 2023

Using innovative survey techniques, the project aims to comprehensively document the experiences of migrants to the U.S. from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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PSTC Researcher Leads Community-Driven Project to Analyze Local Drug Supply

October 17, 2023

As part of the TestRI research project, PSTC epidemiologist Alexandra B. Collins worked alongside RI community partners to better understand and mitigate local overdose risk.

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PSTC Researcher Investigates Social Determinants of Gender Differences in Dementia

September 5, 2023

Assistant Professor of Population Studies Meghan Zacher explores potential link between educational inequality and women’s increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

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PSTC Researcher Uncovers Educational Disparities among Africa’s Largest Religious Populations

August 4, 2023

In his recently published paper, PSTC economist Stelios Michalopoulos investigates why Christian populations experience higher rates of educational mobility throughout Africa.

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PSTC Economist Explores Link Between World War II Labor Policies and Racial Wage Gap

July 3, 2023

PSTC researcher Anna Aizer and her colleagues identify heightened wartime labor demand as source of increased economic opportunity for Black families.

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“Immigrant Student Research Project” Creates Living Record of Immigrant Graduate Student Experience

June 12, 2023

PSTC researchers are creating a new national database to record the triumphs of immigrant graduate students and highlight the remaining barriers to educational equity.

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Congratulations to our 2023 PSTC Graduates!

May 22, 2023

On Thursday, May 18, members of the PSTC community gathered to celebrate the graduation of 10 PSTC trainees who will receive PhDs from the Brown University Graduate School this month.

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PSTC Research Project Traces Spatial Trajectory of Racial Segregation

April 10, 2023

The most recent undertaking of the Urban Transition Historical GIS Project, the Century Project seeks to create a geographical database of historically segregated urban communities.

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“Picturing the Pandemic” opens Providence Exhibition

March 14, 2023

Created by the Pandemic Journaling Project, this visual installation offers visitors a democratic history of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A research project called MAPPS is convening a wide array of community members to better understand how social mixing contributes to virus spread, and how that may inform future pandemic response.

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An Innovation System That Works

November 10, 2023 | Boston Review | Andrew Schrank

Before rushing to build the next DARPA, we need to assess the R&D model we have.

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Most evaluations of health equity policy have focused on the effects of individual laws. However, multiple laws’ combined effects better reflect the crosscutting nature of structurally racist legal regimes.

The childhood cancer cases and subsequent litigation were chronicled in ‘A Civil Action.’

Childhood experiences have an enormous impact on children’s long-term societal contributions. Experiencing childhood maltreatment is associated with compromised physical and mental health, decreased educational attainment...

The differences in how rich and poor children are educated start very early.

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Robin Jeffrey, a visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore, and Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University in the U.S., will...

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The scores offer among the most comprehensive national pictures of student learning, pointing to some progress but persistent challenges.