Social Justice

  • 'Full of injustice': Burden of court fines vary by race, county in Washington

    Legal financial obligations, or LFOs, can burden people with suffocating debt long after they’ve done their time in prison. Yet the way court fines and fees are imposed in Washington can depend both on who you are and where the crime occurred. Alexes Harris, professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.
    Yakima Herald
  • The Return of the Marcoses

    "The level of support in the Philippines for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. cannot be explained by social media disinformation or sheer coercion alone," writes Vincente Rafael, Professor in the Department of History.

    The New York Review
  • A Walk in Their Heels: Meet the Hustle Evangelist

    Abdiel Jacobsen, a graduate in the Department of Dance and a former Martha Graham dancer, found freedom in hustle, which offers a progressive, gender-neutral vision of partnered social dance.

    New York Times
  • Should we tax unhealthy and emissions-heavy food?

    Is there a way to take the idea of carbon taxing to the grocery aisle? New research suggests that tax policies could minimize green house gas emissions and improve dietary quality at the same time. Aseem Prakash, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    Popular Science
  • Seattle's soda tax beneficial for lower-income communities, according to UW study

    A new study by the University of Washington found that sweetened beverage taxes, on products like soda, produce benefits for low-income families. Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Melissa Knox, associate teaching professor of economics at the UW, are referenced.
  • New faculty books: Threats to US democracy, early history of gay rights, and more

    Federalism, queer history, the impact of the Russian Revolution on Jewish communities, and the evolution of Filipinx American studies are among the subjects of recent and upcoming books by UW faculty.
    UW News
  • Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

    New research led by University of Washington professors James Krieger and Melissa Knox found that sweetened beverage taxes redistributed dollars from higher- to lower-income households.
    UW News
  • A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunts - Will conservationists support them?

    For 17 years, the Makah, a tribal nation in northwestern Washington State, have waited for the federal government to decide whether they can resume hunting whales, which is central to their culture. Laws that protect endangered species and marine mammals have prevented them from whaling—even as the population they want to hunt has recovered. On July 1, the federal government released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting that permission will be likely be granted as early as next year. The final decision, however, is still months away. Joshua Reid, associate professor of history and of American Indian studies at the UW, is quoted.
    National Geographic
  • A walk in their heels: Meet the hustle evangelist

    Abdiel Jacobsen, a former Martha Graham dancer, found freedom in hustle, which offers a progressive, gender-neutral vision of partnered social dance. Abdiel Jacobsen, a graduate student at the UW, is quoted.
    The New York Times
  • How many homeless people are in King County? Depends who you ask

    Since the data-driven Marc Dones was hired to lead the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority, one of their main priorities has been to get an accurate count of the homeless population. Now, Dones and the Authority have two different counts: 13,368 and 40,800. Both are larger than the previous estimate of the homeless population conducted in 2020. Zack Almquist, assistant professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.
    The Seattle Times
  • Spurred by the Supreme Court, a nation divides along a red-blue axis

    Pressed by Supreme Court decisions diminishing rights that liberals hold dear and expanding those cherished by conservatives, the United States appears to be drifting apart into separate nations, with diametrically opposed social, environmental and health policies. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    The New York Times
  • Opinion: The Supreme Court just rolled democracy back ? you can measure how much

    "The Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade will have immense consequences for the lives and healthcare of Americans. But if you’ve followed the shifts in how American democracy works over the past few decades, the decision also signals another big wave coming for the nation: It’s likely to turbocharge the trend toward greater polarization in state policies, with significant consequences for American democracy," writes Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW.
  • Q&A: New book from UW professor examines history, consequences of fifth columns

    A new book co-edited by Scott Radnitz, associate professor in the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, features original papers on the roots and implications of the politics surrounding real and imagined fifth columns.
    UW News
  • ‘Folks on the ground have been activated and ready’: UW expert on reproductive justice and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Bettina Judd, associate professor of gender, women and sexuality studies at the University of Washington, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
    UW News
  • Opinion: 60% of Americans support continuing to make abortions legal

    "As our data shows, there are big differences between what the people in many states want and the laws that their legislatures have adopted. Many states with draconian antiabortion laws have strong pro-abortion rights majorities," write Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, and Christopher Warshaw of George Washington University.
    The Washington Post