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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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PSTC Researcher Madina Agénor Develops a Database of Structural Racism-Related Laws

February 13, 2023

Racism operates at the interpersonal, cultural, and structural levels, marginalizing or excluding minoritized racial and ethnic groups from the social, economic, and political resources and opportunities that represent...

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PSTC Researchers attend Migrant Health Mini-Conference in South Africa

December 22, 2022

This October, Professor of Population Studies Mike White and PSTC Postdoctoral Research Associate Chantel Pfeiffer gathered with fellow researchers from the Migrant Health Follow Up Study (MHFUS) for a mini-conference...

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PSTC Researcher Investigates Accessibility of Land Degradation Data in Colombia

November 23, 2022

As part of his ongoing work with the Land Degradation Neutrality Project (Tools4LDN), Interim Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and Assistant Professor of Population Studies Kevin Mwenda and his...

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PSTC Sociologist Investigates the Impact of School Funds

October 17, 2022

PSTC Sociologist Emily Rauscher has received funding from the Gilead Foundation to study how specific uses of school funds affect education and health outcomes.

PSTC Researcher Embarks on an Initiative to Prevent Future Pandemics

October 11, 2022

Mark Lurie, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the International Health Institute at Brown University, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a complex simulation model for...

PSTC Researcher Recovers Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas

September 15, 2022

Associate Professor of History Linford Fisher has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to investigate and document Indigenous enslavement in the Americas between 1492 and 1900.

In the News

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Minnesota children spend fewer hours and days in the classroom than their peers nationwide. Among states with mandated instructional time, only Colorado requires fewer days than Minnesota, according to the Education...

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Katherine Mason offers commentary on the legacy of Jiang Yanyong.

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In 2021, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to authorize centers for people to consume illegal drugs under supervision, and now lessons learned in the Ocean State could help pave the way for similar harm-...

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In honor of Mother's Day, Washington Post columnist Alyssa Rosenberg shares her favorite anecdotes from parenting writers and experts, including one from PSTC economist Emily Oster.

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A $3.1 million NIH grant supports Professor Blair T. Johnson and collaborators from Brown University in analyzing the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) interventions.

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If you are looking for a silver lining from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's this sad short-lived truth, Megan Ranney, MD, deputy dean at Providence, R.I.-based Brown University School of Public Health, told Becker's...

Why are some countries rich and some poor? A leading economist finds the answer in the interactions of economies with the rest of the world, through trade, capital flows, and—notably—migration.

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A recent survey of 1,586 women conducted by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) in partnership with YouGov, an international research organization, and economist Emily Oster found only 26 percent...