Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Protests in sports world harken back to 1960s

Players across the National Football League are taking a knee for pre-game national anthems — a widespread protest sparked by President Donald Trump’s combative comments that NFL owners should “fire” players who kneel during the national anthem. The athlete’s foray into politics is a reminder of the 1960s — a tumultuous time in American race […]

Dark-skinned whites arrested more than those with lighter skin

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University study found that black men, no matter how dark or light their skin, get arrested at the same rate, but darker-skinned white men are more likely to be arrested than those with lighter skin. The study draws on a persistent stereotyping phenomenon – which social psychologists have known for […]

Despite his past, Carson may become America’s ‘dismantler-in-chief’

Noliwe Rooks, associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies studies race-based inequality, economics and education. Rooks comments on President-elect Trump’s pick for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Biography: http://africana.cornell.edu/noliwe-rooks   Rooks says: “Ben Carson grew up in public housing, arguably his only qualification for his new cabinet post. Should he decide […]

Don’t count on strangers in medical emergencies, especially if you’re African-American

Media note: to download the paper, please follow this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – So long, good Samaritans. In the first study of its kind, Cornell sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can’t necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of people, or 1 in […]

Calculator determines your risk of poverty during next 5, 10 or 15 years

While Forbes touted its annual list of billionaires around the world this week, economic hardship and inequality experts Thomas Hirschl, professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, and Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, have developed a new […]

Clearing the ‘cloud hanging over climate science’

There is cloud hanging over climate science, but one Cornell University expert on communication and environmental issues says he knows how to help clear the air. In the December issue of Nature Climate Change, Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication, argues that only by creating a “science of climate diversity” can climate science and the […]