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“The science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the others depends on the progress of that one.”

—Alexis de Toqueville

Pacific Standard grapples with the nation’s biggest issues by illuminating what shapes human behavior. We examine the institutions, customs, psychological tendencies, and galvanizing ideas that define modern life, and we look for insights that will unlock a better future. Through our publications and events, we explore the science of society—focusing on economics, justice, education, and the environment—with a broad community of readers, contributors, and thought leaders. We believe in the power of cutting-edge empirical research to shed new light on human affairs. And we believe in the power of great storytelling to make vivid and persuasive what is otherwise abstract.

Our publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a dynamic website, In partnership with our parent organization, the non-profit Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, Pacific Standard works with national organizations focused on the social and behavioral sciences, bringing public discussions to live audiences.

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The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University today released its line-up for its second annual Behavioral Sciences Summit on July 11, 2013, at Stanford University. The daylong, invitation-only event will examine the state of behavioral science and its role in technology, the arts, business, and society as seen through the lens of creativity and innovation. Nobel laureate and one-time CASBS Fellow Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast and Slow, will deliver the day’s keynote. …

Pacific Standard magazine, the award-winning publication of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy, is bringing two of its esteemed journalists to Antioch University this Thursday, May 2, to discuss the potential impact of new, surprising sources of fossil fuel at home and abroad.

Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, and Pacific Standard editor Vince Beiser will be joined by U.C. Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine, whose research includes looking at the aftermath of offshore oil spills and whose lab has explored field sites from Alaska to southern Chile. Michael Todd, a staff writer at Pacific Standard, will moderate the conversation. …

Pacific Standard, the new incarnation of what was formerly Miller-McCune magazine, launches today, bringing its Western perspective to the media landscape. Under director of Publisher P. Steven Ainsley and Editor-in-Chief Maria Streshinsky, the bimonthly ideas publication Pacific Standard will combine quality journalism and top-level academic research to bring to the forefront the core people and data behind major issues of the day. …

Miller-McCune has named The Atlantic’s Managing Editor Maria Streshinsky as editor-in-chief, effective in July 2011. Streshinsky has been an integral member of the lead editorial staff at The Atlantic since 2007.

During her tenure with The Atlantic, Streshinsky helped the 154-year-old publication enjoy a dramatic revitalization, culminating in profitability in 2010. Directing a staff of more than 30, Streshinsky managed the development of every issue; worked with a variety of high-profile authors; and oversaw the budget for The Atlantic and She also helped edit and produce the stand-alone newsstand issues of The Atlantic, and developed The Atlantic Fiction-for-Kindle program. Streshinsky was awarded the Atlantic Media Company 2009 Chairman’s Award for Editing Excellence. …


  • January 26, 2014: CNN

Amanda Hess joins a panel on Reliable Sources to discuss female reporters facing Internet abuse.

  • January 10, 2014: PBS

Amanda Hess on her article about harassment online, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

Lisa Margonelli on her article about fracking, “The Debate We Aren’t Having.”

Vince Beiser joins the panel on “Peak Oil” with Daniel Yergin and Leonardo Maugeri, discussing “The Deluge”.


John Gravois on “A Toast Story.”

Amanda Hess joins a panel with Danielle Citron and Anna Holmes.

Amanda Hess discusses online misogyny.

Amanda Hess joins a panel about online harassment and bullying.

Amanda Hess discusses her article about online harassment, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

Amanda Hess talks about The Asylum, the Burbank studio which recently rolled out B-movie phenomenon Sharknado.

Tim Heffernan discusses his article on copper, “The New Bronze Age.”

Mark Obbie on post-traumatic growth—the positive effects of trauma.

Lisa Margonelli on trailer parks and the baby boomer housing crisis.

Lisa Margonelli on trailer park retirement villages and why they’re important.

Tom Jacobs on men’s apparent inability to read women’s emotions.

Seth Masket on why political science research matters.

Lisa Margonelli on fracking, and the questions we aren’t asking.

Vince Beiser on his article, “The Deluge,” which undercuts the prevailing concept of “peak oil.”

June Thomas on dental health care reform.


In 2007, Sara Miller McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California, to provide journalists and media professionals with the tools to properly disseminate research-based knowledge to influential audiences in the U.S. and abroad. As a private operating foundation, the Miller-McCune Center strives to not just inform, but also to promote meaningful dialogue by reporting, in clear and concise language, the latest and most relevant scientific research and innovations shaping the issues of the day. Today, using print and online resources, internships, and direct outreach to the scholarly community, the Center’s goal is to tap into existing social and behavioral research to inform and promote forward-thinking actions in public policy. To that end, the Center supports the following programs:


True to the mission of the Miller-McCune Center, the award-winning Pacific Standard magazine and companion website,, reaches nearly 1,000,000 readers each month with evocative research-based articles featuring the best of the social sciences. From the brain to the ballot box, from Facebook to foreign affairs, Pacific Standard tackles the world’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by exploring why we do what we do.


In an effort to help active researchers share their work with broader audiences in the public and policy arenas, the Center partners with organizations such as COMPASS and the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication & Policy Development, as well as two Stanford University-based initiatives, the Aldo Leonard Leadership Program and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, to bring media resources, content, and expertise to private and public events.


The Center offers hands-on internships and fellowships to talented and eager journalism and policy students from around the world at its base in Santa Barbara, California. More than 14 people have come through the program since its inception in 2008.


In 2014, Pacific Standard launched a series of public events with journalists, policy experts, and social scientists to present some of our biggest stories and examine why finding solutions will take more than intellectual energy and policies to move the dial.

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A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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