Our globally-connected, interdisciplinary educators produce meaningful, engaging research on a range of topics from racism to social media because we value creativity, risk-taking, and innovation.
Curiosity moves us to answer questions such as:
- What do people in “red” states think about important social and political issues, including businesses refusing service to same-sex couples? The death penalty? Evolution? Affordable Health Care?
- Over time, are more educated people more or less likely to be religious?
- How do women in rural communities find help for domestic violence, and does the answer change for those with more or fewer friends?
- How do people in rural and urban areas differ in the factors associated with opioid addiction, opportunities for informal science education, or treatment of sexual minorities?
- How does the media's representation of crime affect people's attitudes about crime and safety?
- Why do some people follow instructions for taking a survey and others do not?
- What leads to disparities in mental health outcomes across demographic groups?
- How are schools putting urban youth and teachers at risk?
- Why do social movements start in some troubled regions but not others?
- Why do some homeless youth use drugs and others do not?
- How do some new low income parents have lower distress while others have higher distress?
- How do kids come to think of themselves as science oriented? Does this differ for boys and girls?
- Do images of superheroes change as a reflection of the political environment?
- As the United States becomes more diverse, do more people marry people of other races, or stay with people of the same race?
- Does military service provide a pathway into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations?