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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.

Recent articles

Shrugging Off Gender Policing

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


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.


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.


Doing Gender With the Face

The “sexy model face” isn’t built into our DNA, bone structure, or psychology, but projected.


Liberation and the Sanitary Napkin: One Man’s Journey

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a man with a mission.


Are Hipsters to Blame for a Rise in Facial Hair Transplants?

They’re one factor mentioned by surgeons who have seen interest in the expensive procedure skyrocket.


Celebrating the Baby Dolls of Mardi Gras

Flouting both gender and race rules at New Orleans’ famous street festival.


What Causes Inequality? Systemic and Individual Frames for Racism in Media

Race Forward takes a close look at how newspapers and cable television outlets cover one type of inequality.


Is Religion Secularizing? Trends in Opposition to Pornography

At least when it comes to pornography, one sociologist found, religious leaders are relying on other authorities to back up their points of view.


The Privilege of Assuming It’s Not About You

Privilege is being able to assume that the person laughing behind you is laughing at something or someone else.


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Quick Studies

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014