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Celebrating 125 Years of the Academy

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE was founded in Philadelphia on December 14, 1889. Twenty-two people, including members of the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College, gathered on that Saturday morning to create an organization to promote the progress of the social sciences.They also sought to create a forum in which the widespread interest in contemporary political, economic, and social issues could find expression. The intellectual curiosity and the commitment to empirical…

A Call for a Better “Measure of the Nation”

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Underlying many of our nation’s major historical moments is a commitment to equal opportunity for all individuals. Accessibility to opportunity ought not to have anything to do with race, religious affiliation, family background, or gender. Each successive generation should enjoy material benefits and comforts that exceed those of earlier generations. These philosophies are bounded in the idea of mobility, social and economic. Yet our nation’s interest in and commitment to social mobility lacks a mechanism for measuring this very phenomenon.…

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The Annals

Race, Racial Inequality, and Biological Determinism in the Genetic and Genomic Era

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Special Editors: W. Carson Byrd and Matthew W. Hughey


Advances in human genetics have reawakened debates over definitions of race, genetic inheritance and their social implications.  As we learn more about the extent to which human biology (particularly genomics and epigenetics) interacts with and mediates human behavior, how do we square that knowledge with social constructions like race,…

Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

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Special Editors: Barrett A. Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland and Stephen A. Matthews


In this volume of The ANNALS, top scholars come together to examine inequality in American housing, its causes consequences, and its relationship to racial and class-based inequality. In recent years, a crippling recession, unstable housing market, and natural disasters have challenged residential aspirations. Other factors, including…

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