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Shana Rochester

Improving literacy through culturally rooted workshops

February 16th, 2017

According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 18 percent of African-American fourth-graders are proficient in reading. Shana Rochester, a graduate student in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, hopes to change that. Rochester recently was awarded…

Tissyana Camacho standing next to a vintage car.

Kahn Fellow examines how race and ethnicity affect achievement

February 16th, 2017

Tissyana Camacho jokes that she knew she was Uruguayan before she knew anything else about herself. She was born in Uruguay and moved to Los Angeles when she was 2 years old. While she doesn’t remember much of Uruguay, her…

PRBA’s tradition of mentorship

February 7th, 2017

By Theresa Frasca Established in 1976, the early days of Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) were long ones. As the nation’s first university-based research and training program to study the black community’s issues and concerns, PRBA broke exciting…

Photo courtesy of Yasamin Kusunoki

Not expecting: What may be behind high rates of unintended pregnancy in the U.S.

April 15th, 2016

Yasamin Kusunoki, 2014-2015 winner of an Award from the Marshal Weinberg Endowed Research Fund, is studying dynamic patterns of contraceptive use among young women during the transition to adulthood. Before coming to Michigan as a postdoc, Yasamin Kusunoki was already…

Fabian Neuner. Photo by U-M Rackham Graduate School

Looking at U.S. political behavior through an international lens

February 15th, 2016

Fabian Neuner, the 2015 Converse Miller Fellow and one of the 2014 Roy Pierce Scholars, is studying how information in news media coverage influences voter preferences for government spending, and how the debate over voter ID laws affects voter turnout.…

Eric Seymour, Photo by Michael McIntyre/ISR.

Lost in the system: How the deck has been stacked against foreclosed houses in Detroit

February 3rd, 2016

Eric Seymour, the 2015 Robert Kahn Fellow for the Scientific Study of Social Issues, is examining how private lenders and federal entities handled the recent rash of foreclosed properties in Detroit, and what this suggests for the future. Large numbers…

Logan Casey

LGBT Politics and the Impact of Disgust

January 12th, 2016

Logan Casey is using funding from the Garth Taylor Dissertation Fellowship in Public Opinion to examine how emotions spurred by LGBT issues and people affect policy support. The recent resounding failure of a nondiscrimination ordinance meant to protect LGBT workers…

Feiya Shao with her dogs in a forest.

Health shocks and retirement: The impact of the unexpected

October 14th, 2015

Feiya Shao, winner of the 2015 George Katona Economic Behavior Research Award, is examining the impact of sudden health downturns on retirement. Health is a central factor in many people’s decisions about when to retire. Chances are we all know…

Andy Zack Square

Crunching Numbers for a Cause

August 10th, 2015

Andy Zack cares deeply about progressive politics. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in political science, he worked for Habitat for Humanity; the Obama for America organization in Oakland, Calif.; and an effort to defeat Proposition…

Kristen Cibelli Hibben, photo courtesy of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology.

Nothing but the truth: Helping survey participants give good responses

May 26th, 2015

Kristen Cibelli Hibben, a 2014 winner of the Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology, is studying how the right prompts in a web survey can get responders to provide more complete and accurate answers. Kristen Cibelli Hibben was just out…

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