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Out of Trouble - Out of Work

In a recent NY Times article regarding the difficult time ex-fellons have finding jobs and rebuilding their lives, Chris Uggen was interviewed and his research with alumna Sarah Shannon referenced.

Minneapolis Miracle?

Doug Hartmann was interviewed by WCCO in response to The Atlantic Magazine article praising the "Miracle of Minneapolis" as a place of affordability, opportunity and wealth. Critics are saying that it is far from a miracle with some of the worst racial disparities in the nation.

Second Chance for Ex-Felons

Chris Uggen was quoted in a StarTribune article regarding a new Minnesota law which helps low-level offenders seal their records from routine background checks.

Percentage of Students Held Back Falls by Half

Rob Warren's recently published findings, Patterns and Trends in Grade Retention Rates in the United States, 1995-2010, were the focus of an article by the Huffington Post on the decline in student retention rates.

Outdated Idea of Nine-To-Five

In a recent Atlantic article, Phyllis Moen was interviewed regarding how the sharing economy is altering when and how people earn money.

Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement

In a recent NY Times op-ed, Chris Uggen's (with alumni Angie Behrens & colleague Jeff Manza) AJS article, "Ballot Manipulation and the 'Menace of Negro Domination': Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 1850-2002" was used to provide historical context to the laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote.

Child Care Tax Benefits Unchanged Since 1986

In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.

MN Ties to Terrorism

Cawo Abdi was recently interviewed for a report in the Pioneer Press regarding terrorist organizations recruitment of women. She would like to see a law enforcement initiative that "takes out the allure of this war," by showing the reality of the conflict in Syria: "The madness of the number of innocent civilians being slaughtered every day."

Switching Racial or Ethnic Identity?

Carolyn Liebler's research recently released as a U.S. Census Bureau working paper has sparked an interesting dialog (and much media attention) regarding the reporting of race when she found media outlets almost 10 million Americans changed how they identified their race or ethnicity when asked by the Census over the course of a decade.

Do atheists get a seat at God's table?

Maybe in St. Paul where the "Interfaith" Conversation Cafe changed it's name to "Interbelief" to include the nonreligious. Penny Edgell, in a Pioneer Press report, stated that her 2014 survey found the public more accepting of various religious groups but not for atheists who had the same high degree of mistrust found in 2006.

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