Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

A unique recession amidst a global pandemic

The U.S. economy officially entered a recession in February as the viral pandemic started its sweep across the nation. Francis Diebold and Jesús Fernández-Villaverde share why this one is unprecedented, and what to expect in the coming months.

Kristen de Groot

In the News

Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades

Stephen Burbank of the Law School said President Trump has strayed from prior administrations’ efforts to appoint diverse judges to the federal judiciary.


The New York Times

Experts see no proof of child-abuse surge amid pandemic

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences said evidence of increased child abuse during the pandemic will not be visible until schools reopen. “There’s no question children are more at risk,” she said.


Voice of America

LGBT+ marches from London to New York call for end to racism

Ed Brockenbrough of the Graduate School of Education said Pride organizers’ efforts to promote the Black Lives Matter movement don’t go far enough to address racism in the LGBTQ community. "Activism in Black and brown queer communities has been happening for a long time without full buy-in from white gatekeepers of queer resources," he said.


The Washington Post

New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

A study co-led by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that Americans who relied on conservative news sources were more likely to believe conspiracy theories or unfounded rumors about the coronavirus than those who consumed more mainstream media.


The Atlantic

The protests are already changing elections

Daniel Gillion of the School of Arts & Sciences said, “Democrats are more mobilized, more likely to give, and more energized” than they have been in a while.