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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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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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How to Mislead With Charts: Stand Your Ground Laws and Gun Deaths in Florida

As data journalism has its moment in the media, a reminder that we bring our own assumptions to the reading of charts and graphs.

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Shrugging Off Gender Policing

An effective way to change or eradicate norms delimiting how men and women are expected to behave.

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The Power of Female Leaders in Ethnically Diverse Countries

New research shows that countries with a lot of ethnic diversity experience greater economic growth when they have a female head of state.

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Chicago’s Disappearing Middle Class

An animation using Census data makes clear how family income has changed in America’s Second City over 40-plus years.

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

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

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