Statement on Racial Violence

A message from Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith and Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion Sara Furr

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New Book by Angela García

New research combining social theory on immigration and race as well as place and law has uncovered the everyday failures and long-term human consequences of contemporary immigration laws in the United States. SSA Assistant Professor Angela S. García studied these failures and consequences and explores their implications in her first book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law. Legal Passing, published with the University of California Press, offers a nuanced look at how the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US are constantly shaped by federal, state, and local immigration laws.


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New Book By Robert J. Chaskin

Global processes such as migration, capital mobility, technology transfer, and the dissemination of information, policy orientations, and social welfare practices affect the quality of life and distribution of opportunities for people in local areas across the globe. The concept of social exclusion has been used to describe the conditions of economic, social, political, and/or cultural marginalization experienced by particular groups of people, and has served as a framework for shaping policy responses to inequality and marginalization. By focusing on social exclusion and responses to it, this edited volume examines the differential impacts global processes have on shaping and responding to social exclusion in varying contexts.


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New Book by Eve Ewing

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the “Red Summer” of violence across the nation’s cities, is an event that has shaped the last century but is widely unknown. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.


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Junior Faculty Award funds Alan Zarychta’s water system research in Honduras

Assistant Professor Alan Zarychta will study a community-based intervention aiming to help local water councils manage their scarce resources more equitably and sustainably.


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