Politics and Social Justice

White Americans Pay Less Attention to Black Peers, Says a New Study

The researchers also found the bias could be reversed if study participants were given the chance to observe the competency of their peers firsthand.

Olatunde Johnson, on Defending the Planet, Columbia Law School
Defending the Planet: Environmental Justice

In the sixth and final episode of Columbia Law School’s limited-series podcast, Professor Olatunde Johnson and environmental and community lawyer Ruth Santiago ’83 J.D., ’10 LL.M. discuss the nexus of civil rights and climate change.

Center on Poverty and Social Policy child tax credit
Learn About the New Child Tax Credit Expansion and How It Will Help American Families

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy’s research has helped to ensure that the poorest third of children in the United States receive the full benefits of the Child Tax Credit.






A big win for Gavin Newsom, but a bigger defeat for the GOP

SIPA's Lincoln Mitchell writes about the recent California recall vote and what the implications are for the GOP. 

September 17, 2021

Covid Showed Us What Keynes Always Knew

The department of history's Adam Tooze joins Ezra Klein on his podcast to talk about how crises from the past several decades have upended core economic assumptions.

The New York Times/The Ezra Klein Show
September 17, 2021

U.S. Poverty Fell Last Year as Government Aid Made Up for Lost Jobs

Research from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy indicates that poverty rates fell last year, in large part because of the social safety net.

The New York Times
September 14, 2021

The Worldwide Effort to Bar Chinese Immigration

Yunte Huang from The New York Times reviews Professor Mae Ngai's new book, "The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics."

The New York Times
August 24, 2021


Knight First Amendment Institute and reporters' privilege
The Law of the Reporter’s Privilege is a Mess. A Federal Shield Law Could Help Fix It.

A blog post from the Knight First Amendment Institute explains how journalists need to know when they can expect to receive protection under federal law and when they can’t.



Six women in the energy sector
6 Women in Energy Leaders Outline How to Make the Field More Equitable

Members of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program speak about their hopes for a more equitable future.


Reimagine the Internet, Knight First Amendment Institute
Can We Conceive of a New Internet?

The Knight First Amendment Institute hosted a week-long symposium to explore ways to lessen the dominance of tech giants and find new alternatives to gather online.


Social Justice

​​Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kendall Thomas, and Patricia Williams
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Columbia Law School professors explain this method of research for legal scholars and how it’s being misunderstood.



Two men and a police officer
Explainer: How ‘Technical Violations’ Drive Incarceration

Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi writes about how technical violations during probation and parole can have lasting consequences.

Frank Guridy, associate professor of history, Columbia University
What Are the Connections Between Monday Night Football, Texas Oilmen, and the Civil Rights Movement?

A new book explores the intersection of professional sports with the civil rights and second-wave feminist movements.