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Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade
Lisa Wade, Ph.D., holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in Human Sexuality from New York University. She is an associate professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @lisawade.

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The Invention of the Illegal Immigrant

It’s only fairly recently that we started to use the term that’s so popular right now.

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Julie Chen Explains Why She Underwent Westernizing Surgery

The CBS news anchor and television personality’s story proves that cosmetic surgeries aren’t always vanity projects, even if they’re usually portrayed that way.

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Wealth or Good Parenting?

Framing the privileges of the rich.

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Smelling Something Fishy Makes People More Suspicious

And the metaphorical effect works both ways.

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Are Children Seeking Refuge Turning More Americans Against Undocumented Immigrants?

A look at Pew Research Center survey data collected in February and July of this year.

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Trophy Scarves: Race, Gender, and the Woman-as-Prop Trope

Social inequality unapologetically laid bare.

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Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

Why do we use the term “normal weight” when talking about BMI? What’s presented as normal certainly isn’t the norm, and it may not even be what’s most healthy.

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Who Doesn’t Like Atheists?

The Pew Research Center asked Americans of varying religious affiliations how they felt about each other.

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Sure, the Jobs Are Back, but We Need a Lot More

We’re back to where we were before the 2008 recession, but there are now 12 million more people in the United States.

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One of the Hidden Culprits Behind Rising Tuition and Student Debt

Previous explanations as to the rising cost of higher education—focused on salaries and amenities—haven’t placed enough blame on those who are profiting.

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Solving the Sign Problem for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

One writer proposes a simple solution that shouldn’t offend anyone.

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Is America’s Personality Changing? A Decline in the Willingness to Conform

Revisiting Solomon Asch’s famous conformity studies.

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The Extreme Political Polarization of the Average American Voter

Today’s America is highly polarized, but the voting booth is even more so.

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Re-Imagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

What if Barbie is just as insecure as the rest of us?

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Is Walking Overrated?

Does the fawning media coverage of new technological advancements in human exoskeleton design invalidate the lives of millions of wheelchair-dependent people around the world?

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A Proper Entrance: Creole Culture and the Social Construction of Space

A sociologist notices an architectural oddity at the Laura Plantation in Louisiana.

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Culture as a Form of Control: All Hail New Orleans’ Go-Cup

Experiencing the liquor laws of The Big Easy can remind you of the power of culture to render alternative ways of life invisible.

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If You Want to Sell Something Online, Consider Asking Your White Friend for Help

New research from a pair of economists finds that buyers discriminate against sellers perceived as black.

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Dead! Executions and the Power of Photography

How might things change if we allowed cameras in the execution room?

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Why Has Godzilla Gotten Bigger With Each New Adaptation?

It’s not just about the size of our buildings and cities.

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How Republican Women Are Losing Out in the Polarization of Politics

As both of our political parties move to the ideological extremes, Republican women, who, unlike their Democratic counterparts, tend to be more moderate than the men in their party, are being left behind.

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What Does It Mean to Drink Like a Woman?

Going out in an androcentric world.

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What Do College Professors Do All Day?

Sit in meetings, mostly.

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Money as a Social Construction

None of our coins are actually worth what they cost. And even that worth is based on some collectively agreed upon fantasy.

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When Quicksand Jumped the Shark

And the social construction of social problems.

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Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

How Gay Men Feel About Aging

Coming to terms with growing old can be difficult in the gay community. But middle-aged men are inventing new strategies to cope.

Cesareans Are Still Best for Feet-First Babies

A new study confirms that surgery is the safest way to deliver a breech fetus.

The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

How the Brains of Risk-Taking Teens Work

There's heightened functional connectivity between the brain's emotion regulator and reason center, according to a recent neuroscience paper.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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