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

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

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In Madison365: L&S alumna Vanessa McDowell Becomes First Black Woman to Lead 109-Year-Old YWCA Madison

The YWCA Madison has announced the hiring of Vanessa McDowell (BA'03, Sociology) as its Chief Executive Officer today, a historic event as McDowell becomes the first woman of color to lead the organization in its 109-year history.

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UW-Madison doctoral candidates selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars

Regina Fuller (Educational Policy Studies), Amy Jones (Sociology), and Josefina Flores Morales (Sociology) share a commitment to doing scholarship that impacts health and well-being for communities across the globe. In 2016, these UW–Madison graduate students became part of the inaugural, nationwide cohort of Health Policy Research Scholars supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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In Madison Magazine: What it's like to be Muslim in Madison, featuring L&S student Fatoumata Ceesay

Fatoumata Ceesay was born in the Bronx, New York, but she calls Madison her hometown. Now a UW–Madison sophomore studying journalism and sociology, Ceesay, whose family is originally from Gambia, is among the 23 percent of Muslim Americans who identify as black—an intersectionality Ceesay says is invaluable on campus, where she serves on the board of the Muslim Student Association. 

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L&S alumnus Desmond wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Evicted’

UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Desmond has won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” It’s the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes. It’s also a powerful analysis of a little-known epidemic affecting people across the country living in poverty.

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Cora Marrett to receive UW-Madison honorary degree

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has selected sociologist Cora Marrett as a recipient of an honorary degree this May. Educator and philanthropist Tashia Morgridge and the late musician Clyde Stubblefield were also selected. 

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Joan Fujimura among six UW-Madison women honored as 2016 Outstanding Women of Color

L&S Professor of Sociology Joan Fujimura is one of six recipients of UW-Madison's Outstanding Women of Color Awards. The honorees exemplify being deeply rooted in both the campus and the community through their service, research and community building.

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In Wisconsin Public Radio: Hate Groups Increase In US, Wisconsin

study from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the number of hate groups in the nation increased for the second straight year to 917 in 2016. There were 892 hate groups in 2015. Of the new groups, nine were in Wisconsin, compared to eight in 2015. Professor of Sociology Pamela Oliver weighs in. 

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