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Sociology Researcher’s New Book Explores Social Connections That Help Battle Poverty in Philadelphia

Sociology Researcher’s New Book Explores Social Connections That Help Battle Poverty in Philadelphia

By Tom McLaughlin As Joan Maya Mazelis explains, researchers have long agreed that social ties matter. Studies document two common realities for the poor – either they rely on a dense network of closely connected and supportive kin or, in the absence of such a network, establish fleeting, disposable ties with strangers, says the assistant […]

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Public Policy Expert Selected for Distinguished Emerging Education Policy Scholars Program

Public Policy Expert Selected for Distinguished Emerging Education Policy Scholars Program

By Tom McLaughlin Building on his burgeoning reputation as a public policy expert, Michael Hayes, an assistant professor of public policy and administration at Rutgers University–Camden, has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 class of the Emerging Education Policy Scholars (EEPS) program. Offered jointly by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American […]

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Finding Resolution: Rutgers Researcher Offers Tips for a Healthy New Year

Finding Resolution: Rutgers Researcher Offers Tips for a Healthy New Year

  By Tom McLaughlin Like clockwork, as the New Year arrives, people will once again take stock of their lives and vow to make healthier choices in the year ahead. With holiday indulgences in the rearview mirror, we will make plans to lose weight, exercise more, drink less, stop smoking, spend more time with our […]

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Shop ‘Til You Drop – or Until the Final Exam: Researcher Pens Textbook That Uses Consumer Culture to Introduce Students to Sociology

Shop ‘Til You Drop – or Until the Final Exam: Researcher Pens Textbook That Uses Consumer Culture to Introduce Students to Sociology

By Tom McLaughlin Ah, the holidays. Racing here and there to buy presents for loved ones. Stocking up on snacks for family gatherings. Taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. “Perhaps, more than any other time of the year, the holidays reveal the significant role of consumer culture in our daily lives,” says […]

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The Season of Giving: Rutgers Researcher Unwraps the Facts on Charitable Donations

The Season of Giving: Rutgers Researcher Unwraps the Facts on Charitable Donations

By Tom McLaughlin As the clock ticks toward the end of the year, research shows that people are more inclined to make charitable donations. So does this mean that people are more likely to give in the holiday spirit, to seek a tax deduction, or perhaps both? Michael Hayes, an assistant professor of public policy […]

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