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Study: Spike in premature births caused by COVID, halted by vaccines

November 27, 2023

The evidence showing the positive effects of vaccination in preventing premature births could help allay some of the most prominent concerns voiced as COVID-19 vaccines became available to pregnant patients.

Advertising rental housing in Spanish puts off many potential renters

October 12, 2023

Researchers found that rental ads published in Spanish deterred many would-be renters of diverse backgrounds from applying for a lease.

Incarceration rates, falling in every US state, drive significant shifts in risk of prison for marginalized groups

September 18, 2023

Young Americans in general have grown less likely to break the law in recent decades, according to the researchers, driving much of the decrease in imprisonment. Some policy changes have contributed as well.

New Faculty Focus: Chloe Grace Hart

August 19, 2021

"I remember growing fascinated in middle school by how people sorted into social groups and hierarchies – who could sit with whom in the school cafeteria and so forth – and how that shaped the way others treated them."

Professional couples are on the rise, but it’s not increasing income inequality

August 13, 2021

But the changing availability of spouses with particular jobs — especially a large increase in professional women — has dramatically changed common household couplings.

Undocumented immigrants far less likely to commit crimes in U.S. than citizens

December 7, 2020

Crime rates among undocumented immigrants are just a fraction of those of their U.S.-born neighbors, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of Texas arrest and conviction records.

Record-low fertility rates linked to decline in stable manufacturing jobs

June 18, 2019

New UW–Madison research identifies a link between the long-term decline in manufacturing jobs — accelerated during the Great Recession — and reduced fertility rates.

UW-Madison mourns renowned sociologist Erik Olin Wright

January 25, 2019

Wright was a giant in the field of contemporary Marxian sociology. He wrote 15 books and more than 100 research papers, many focused on class and capitalism.

Study finds Wisconsin’s African American poverty rate three to four times higher than white poverty rate

September 28, 2018

A new report from UW–Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty finds large disparities in poverty between white residents and those of color, especially African Americans.

Bucking trends, these Wisconsin communities attract, keep young adults. How?

July 9, 2018

UW-Madison researchers took a look at how Omro, De Pere and some other towns have been able to grow. Factors include good schools, affordable housing and access to a larger city via an interstate highway.

Study shows undocumented immigration doesn’t increase violent crime

April 23, 2018

The impact of undocumented immigration — especially on public safety — remains a contentious topic of discussion in the United States, but "the conversations are occurring in a vacuum of data,” says researcher Michael Light.

UW student with political ambitions receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

April 13, 2018

UW-Madison senior Jordan Madden will be able to build upon his mission of helping others as the recipient of a 2018 Truman Scholarship.

Kids with easy access to firearms are more likely to be depressed

March 9, 2018

Easy access to a gun at home is bad for a child’s mental health, particularly for girls, according to a new examination of a study of American schoolchildren from the 1990s.

As Wisconsin tries to lure young adults, how do certain communities succeed?

January 22, 2018

A study of places that are attracting more residents found that it was always about proximity to cities, and about housing, schools and outdoor amenities.

Course explores new field at intersection of genomics and society

August 18, 2017

Jason Fletcher is researching how public policy intersects with genetic data, what our genes can predict about how society functions, and how we should use this data responsibly — an area of study dubbed "social genomics."

Undocumented immigration doesn’t worsen drug, alcohol problems in U.S., study indicates

July 31, 2017

An increase in the proportion of the population that is undocumented is associated with fewer drug arrests, drunken driving arrests and drug overdoses.

UW-Madison alumnus, Go Big Read author at head of class

November 2, 2016

As a graduate student, Matthew Desmond spent countless hours in class at the Sewell Social Sciences Building. On Wednesday morning, he was at the front of the class, leading a discussion about his book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”

Unparalleled pomp attends professor’s Finnish fete

July 5, 2016

Sociology Professor Douglas Maynard has received many honors in his career but until recently, they never came with a sword.