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“If They Only Knew”: Informing Blacks and Whites about the Racial Wealth Gap

If people knew the true size of the racial wealth gap in the US, would there be more support for policies addressing the gap? Vince Hutchings presented research on this question in his inaugural lecture of the Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professorship on March 31, 2021. Read a recap on the CPS Blog.

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Politics and Policy

April 21, 2021 | Noon to 1:00 PM EDT
Abby Wood (University of Southern California)
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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Politics and Policy

May 12, 2021 | Noon to 1:00 PM EDT
Sergio Garcia-Rios (Cornell University)
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Arab Barometer

Arab Barometer is a nonpartisan research network that provides insight into the social, political, and economic attitudes and values of ordinary citizens across the Arab world. It is the largest repository of publicly available data on the views of men and women in the MENA region.

Al-Monitor produced a video report on Arab Barometer’s latest unique survey, which captures the sentiments of Arab citizens during the unprecedented times of the COVID19 pandemic.

Learn more about Arab Barometer and view the video.

Book cover of "Religion's Sudden Decline"

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Religion’s Sudden Decline: Why It’s Happening and What Comes Next

Professor Ronald F. Inglehart examines the decline of religion in his latest book. He writes that virtually all high-income countries have been moving away from religion in recent years. Read more about the book.

Data originally used in this book overstated the degree to which the importance of God had declined among the American public. None of the overall conclusions change because of these errors. Read the research note “Religion’s Sudden Decline, Revisited.”

Celebrating 50 years of the Center for Political Studies

The Center for Political Studies marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration featuring a keynote address by Arthur Lupia. Many alumni and faculty also shared their reflections on what the center has meant to them. Click here to view a recording of the event and statements about CPS.

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The next front in the gerrymandering wars: Which people get counted?

Jowei ChenPosted February 24, 2021. Minority representation would drop sharply if states equalized the adult citizen population rather than total people when redrawing legislative districts, according to research by Jowei Chen and Nicholas Stephanopoulos. They describe their research on gerrymandering in The Washington Post. Read Chen and Stephanopoulos’s piece here.

COVID-19 Crisis Boosts Progressive Values Amidst Growing Pessimism

Ron InglehartPosted February 24, 2021. A unique panel survey conducted in 24 countries reveals the dual impact that the COVID-19 crisis has on values, emotions and the economy. Four decades of research by Professor Ronald Inglehart show that usually crises make people more authoritarian and xenophobic, but in the unique case of the global COVID-19 pandemic with lockdowns and freedom restrictions the effects are very different.

Read more about the results of this survey.

Christian Davenport appointed as the Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen Professor of the Study of Human Understanding

photo of Christian DavenportPosted February 22, 2021. Christian Davenport has been appointed as the Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen Professor of the Study of Human Understanding by the Regents of the University of Michigan. This professorship was established in the late 1960s to support the study of political and sociological factors that are relevant to the subject of human understanding, and to emphasize the study of the underlying causes of lack of understanding between people. Congratulations, Christian!

Barbara Koremenos to Advise on Cooperative Responses to Common Threats

Barb KoremenosPosted February 9, 2021. Because of her award-winning work on treaty design, Barbara Koremenos has been asked by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to participate in some small-group meetings on Cooperative Responses to Common Threats as part of the Project on Rethinking the Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict. Over the past couple of years, she has also served on two National Academies of Sciences panels, using her research as the basis for policy recommendations.