Social sciences

Rethinking Kids and Trauma

Winter 2019

Jennifer Elkins ’97 MS’98 teaches social workers and lawyers to work collaboratively.

A Beloved Mosaic’s New Lease on Life

Winter 2019

Man — Creator of Order and Disorder returns to its former glory.

Transforming Research

Fall 2018

A UW–Madison lab seeks to improve outcomes for transgender people.


Fall 2018

A researcher looks at the rise in arrests for less serious crimes.

Jessica Weeks

Fall 2018

A UW expert discusses the “dark side” of international relations: dictatorships.

Audio Philes

Summer 2018

Students study podcasts as the medium takes off.

Empowering Mothers

Summer 2018

A new book gives voice to mothers from all walks of life.

Bridging Mountains

Spring 2018

Tara Linhardt ’93 found that Himalayan and Appalachian tunes have a lot in common — and she promotes traditional music in both worlds.

Give What You Get

Winter 2017


If it’s the thought that makes a gift count, here’s a thought that can make your gesture count extra: get…

7 Objects of Affection

Winter 2019

From scientific marvels to meaningful mementos, items found in the offices of UW professors help tell their stories.

3 Kinds of Smiles

Winter 2017

How do we know what a smile means? A UW psychologist decodes them.

Map Quest

Fall 2017

Archaeologist Chris Fisher MA’95, PhD’00 risked snakes, spiders, jaguars, and flesh-eating bacteria to discover a lost city in Honduras.

Deborah Derman MA’76

Summer 2017

Regina Miller, Origin Photo

Breath. Purpose. Compassion.

For many people who have lost a loved one or are experiencing…

Great Fall of China

Summer 2017

Should a Chinese couple have one baby? Two? More? UW obstetrician Fuxian Yi and his homeland are at odds over children.

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 Capital in the…

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.

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?

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.

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

Winter 2019

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

Winter 2019

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.

Safe Haven

Spring 2015

Thai alum finds asylum at the UW.

India ink

Spring 2015

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

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