American melting pot creates diversity, tensions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – American suburbs are rapidly changing and diversifying, moving from traditional middle-class white enclaves to racially and ethnically mixed neighborhoods. "Suburbia's new face" quotes Professor of Sociology John Logan, who has done extensive research on the changing American demographics, including global neighborhoods. “Global neighborhoods are made possible by immigration,” he says in the article. “Hispanics and Asians [are] paving the way for integration of African-Americans.”

(Distributed June 27, 2017)

Flores addresses youth and migrant illegality

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores is part of a team working on the project, "Migrant Illegality Across Uneven Legal Geographies: Advancing the Sociology of Immigration." They will examine "how local enactments of law have differential effects on migrant illegality as a lived experience for youth." The team has been awarded one of four grants from the American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) for the project. 

(Distributed June 26, 2017)

Linking lead to crime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent paper co-authored by Professor of Economics Anna Aizer estimates "the impact of lead on behavior: school suspensions and juvenile detention" and notes that increases in lead levels increases the probabilities of school suspension and juvenile detention. The paper is referenced in "New evidence that lead exposure increases crime." The study has also received coverage from the New York Post and The American Prospectwhich notes Aizer and her co-author are the first researchers to look at this connection.

(Distributed June 21, 2017)

Mason engages undergraduates on 'stratified reproduction'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Poor women of color often "struggle with poverty and oppression as they raise children who in turn face seemingly overwhelming obstacles." In "Teaching 'Stratified Reproduction' in Practice," Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason describes teaching a practicum-based undergraduate seminar she launched with support from Brown's Engaged Scholars Program. Read more.

(Distributed June 20, 2017)
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