Social sciences

A Matter of Interest

Spring 2017

When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in a decade, Simon Potter MS’87, PhD’90 was in charge of carrying out that change. What’s it like to have a front-row seat to keeping the economy humming?

Steven Durlauf

Fall 2016

Bryce Richter

In 2014, an exhaustive book about income inequality — French economist Thomas Piketty’s

Locked Out

Fall 2016

In an excerpt from his best-selling book, Matthew Desmond MS’04, PhD’10 sheds new light on the harsh realities of housing and poverty.

The Analyst

Fall 2016

Elan Kriegel ’03 runs the data shop for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. After the election, he and his team will use their algorithms and their passion to help other causes.

Social Strategy

Fall 2016

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are part of everyday life. What happens when political candidates and their campaigns wade into the social media scrum?

Physician, Heal Thyself

Summer 2016

Burnout and depression are common among medical students, but a UW course teaches them tools to stay healthy, along with their patients.

Love Is Not a Mystery

Summer 2016

What makes for a healthy relationship? John Gottman MA’67, PhD’71 has mastered the science of helping couples stay together.

Lynsey Addario ’95

Spring 2017

She has spent her career documenting both unthinkable human suffering and the daily lives of ordinary people in faraway places.

Shawn Peters

Winter 2015

The instructor behind “The Wire course.”

We’re #1 — But Not in a Good Way

Spring 2017

Think the Badgers are underrated? There's proof.

History Book

Winter 2015

If these shoes could talk: Students learn the art of making objects speak.

Art for Fruit’s Sake

Winter 2015

Paintings show horticulture students how fruits and vegetables have changed over the centuries.

Kathy Cramer

Fall 2015

Meet a Badger who is one of the caretakers of the Wisconsin Idea.

Love Online

Fall 2015

Becoming “Facebook official” is a milestone in modern romance, but can it also help love last?

When Black History Is Your Own

Summer 2015

Descended from a family who helped found a historic African-American community, Thulani Davis gained a unique perspective that allows her to bring the Reconstruction era alive for her students.

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

India ink

Spring 2015

India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru ended his 1949 U.S. tour with a UW visit.

Safe Haven

Spring 2015

Thai alum finds asylum at the UW.

The Chemistry of Truthfulness

Spring 2015

UW Professor William Bleckwenn 1917, who first used sodium amytal to treat people with schizophrenia, had little idea that his pioneering work would lead to what is popularly known as truth serum.

Fulsome Prison Blues

Fall 2014

As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.

Social Potential

Fall 2014

Can spending time online translate into citizen action?

Practical Magic

Fall 2014

Fans of Harry Potter and other pop-culture touchstones transform into activists.

Does Democracy Work?

Fall 2014

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.

Gender Divide

Summer 2014

Does separating boys and girls boost achievement? Not so fast.

Bookshelf: Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Highlighted books from the Spring 2014 issue

Bookshelf: Winter 2013

Winter 2013

Highlighted books from the Winter 2013 issue

Ale’s Well

Fall 2013

The Beer Mapper helps people choose the right suds.

The Gray-Hair Pink-Slip Blues

Summer 2013

Job loss packs a punch for older workers.

Sharing the Dignity Model

Summer 2013

Starting "Great Conversations"

Forgiveness Reverberates

Summer 2013

Personal peace and forgiveness strike a chord.

Ask the Experts

Summer 2013

On Wisconsin dispatches a bevy of reporters to track down UW experts and ask for advice on everyday stuff.

Uniquely Human

Spring 2013

A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness. And a UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.

Something Old, Something New

Spring 2013

A look inside Nancy Nicholas Hall

Personal Peace

Spring 2013

A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness.

Flat-Screen Rivalry

Spring 2013

TV competes with children for parental attention.

World Peace

Spring 2013

A UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.

Bullies Exposed

Winter 2012

Social media reveals bad behavior offline.

Say What?

Fall 2012

Talking to yourself has cognitive benefits, a UW study finds.

Weird World Web

Fall 2012

A professor tracks online folklore.

Brave New Reference

Summer 2012

A UW scholar weighs the credibility of Wikipedia.