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Bailey, IPSR Center Director, Discusses Impact of Pearl Harbor Attacks

Beth Bailey, Director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at IPSR, talks with the Lawrence Journal-World about the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Link(s): http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/dec/07/war-historian-says-lessons-pearl-harbor-resonate-t/

Negative media portrayals drive perception of immigration policy, study finds

Negative media portrayals of Latino immigrants - as much as specific policies and laws - tend to drive the perception of immigration issues in the United States, according to a recent study by a University of Kansas professor. "We find that media have a central place in shaping the public's views of immigrants and immigration," said Cecilia Menjívar, a KU Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology. "Laws are critical, but media messages create conditions for policies to be created and passed and for them to be implemented. So the two work hand in hand." Read more and watch the video at the link below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2016/11/29/negative-media-portrayals-drive-perception-immigrants-study-finds

Researchers win NSF grant to study frontline workers to human trafficking

University of Kansas researchers have received a $30,000 grant to study how frontline workers in the Midwest identify and assist those vulnerable to human trafficking. "Human trafficking is so complicated that survivors' identities might be read in different ways by different people," said Corinne Schwarz, a KU doctoral candidate in women, gender and sexuality studies and a co-principal investigator for the project. "Someone might be a survivor of sex or labor trafficking, but if they go to the police, their first frame or identity might be as someone with an undocumented status or perhaps even a criminal." Hannah Britton, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and political science, is the study's principal investigator. Britton also directs the Center for the Study of Injustice at KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research in which she coordinates KU's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative, or ASHTI. ASHTI is a working group of faculty and students engaged in teaching and research about slavery and trafficking.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2016/10/20/ku-researchers-win-nsf-grant-study-frontline-workers-human-trafficking

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Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015   
The 50th Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available! The abstract is available EXCLUSIVELY online as a PDF file with individual pages available in Microsoft Excel and PDF. For more information and access to the data, please visit http://ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/.

The Kansas Statistical Abstract was featured in a radio spot on the Jayhawk Radio Network, tune in or click the button below to play the clip now:

Recent Events

2016 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Visit the conference site for registration and agenda.

2016 GIS Day @ KU
November 16, 2016


GIS Day 2016 @ KU
GIS Day is a nationwide event to promote awareness and appreciation of geographic information system (GIS) science. Please join us in exploring how GIS is changing the way we interact with and learn from information about the world around us. This event is free and open to the public, please register online at: http://gis.ku.edu/gisday/2016/

Recent Publications

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel,“Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” Public Administration Review (forthcoming).

Maynard-Moody, Steven, “Punishing the Poor.” Book review essay, Social Service Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (Dec 2016).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Michael Musheno, “'Playing the Rules’: Discretion Social and Policy Context”. In Peter Hupe, Michael Hill, and Aurélien Buffat, eds., Understanding Street-Level Bureaucrats (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2016).

Schwarz, Corinne, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, and Megha Ramaswamy. “Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors.” 2016. Health and Human Rights Journal 18(1): 181-191.

Ginther, Donna K., Pat Oslund, Genna Hurd, and Xan Wedel. The Status of Women in Kansas and the Bi-State Region, sponsored by The Women's Foundation, February 2016.

Schwarz, Corinne and Hannah Britton. “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland.” 2015. Social Inclusion 3(1): 63-75.

Weller, Travis and Allison C. Reeve. "Empirical Legal Research Support Services: A Survey of Academic Law Libraries", Law Library Journal, 107:3, 2015

Weller, Travis and Amalia Monroe-Gulick. "Differences in the Data Practices, Challenges, and Future Needs of Graduate Students and Faculty Members", Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4:1, 2015, DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2015.1070

For other publications please visit our Publications Page.


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