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Recent Publications

Whitney Pirtle Racial Capitalism: A Fundamental Cause of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Inequities in the United States. August 1, 2020

Racial capitalism is a fundamental cause of the racial and socioeconomic inequities within the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in the U.S. The overrepresentation of Black death reported in Detroit, Michigan is a case study for this argument. Racism and capitalism mutually construct harmful social conditions that fundamentally shape COVID-19 disease inequities.

Denise Diaz Payán The Food Environment in 3 Neighborhoods in South Los Angeles, California: Access, Availability, Quality, and Marketing Practices. July 16, 2020

We developed a mapping component as part of a multilevel church-based intervention that used community-based participatory research to prevent obesity in African American and Latino churches in South Los Angeles. We developed neighborhood maps of local food environments and provided churches with standardized information on food access, availability, quality, and marketing practices.

Whitney N. Laster Pirtle, Zulema Valdez, Kathryn P. Daniels, Maria D. Duenas, Denise Castro Conceptualizing Ethnicity: How Dimensions of Ethnicity Affect Disparities in Health Outcomes Among Latinxs in the United States. July 1, 2020

This study considers how attributional and relational dimensions of ethnicity affect Latinxs’ health outcomes. Analyzing data from the 2006 Portraits of American Life Study, we examined how dimensions of ethnicity affect intragroup differences among Latinxs and intergroup differences between Latinxs and non-Hispanic Whites with regards to mental and physical health status.

Michael J. Spivey Who You Are The Science of Connectedness. April 28, 2020

Why you are more than just a brain, more than just a brain-and-body, and more than all your assumptions about who you are.

Carolyn Dicey Jennings The Attending Mind. April 1, 2020

An ancient metaphor likens attention to an archer pulling her bow - the self directing her mind through attention. Yet both the existence of such a self, and the impact of attention on the mind, have been debated for millennia. Advancements in science mean that we now have a better understanding of what attention is and how it works, but philosophers and scientists remain divided as to its impact on the mind. This book takes a strong stance: attention is the key to the self, consciousness, perception, action, and knowledge. While it claims that we cannot perceive novel stimuli without attention, it argues that we can act on and experience the world without attention. It thus provides a new way of thinking about the mind - as something that can either shape itself through attention or engage with the world as it is given, relying on its habits and skills.

Charlie Eaton and Mitchell Stevens Universities as peculiar organizations. January 9, 2020

Eaton and Stevens theorize universities as unusual as organizations for their centrality, polysemy, and quasi-sovereignty.

Hamilton, Laura T., Armstrong, Elizabeth A., Seelely, J. Lotus, and Elizabeth M. Armstrong Hegemonic Femininities and Intersectional Domination. December 17, 2019

We argue that hegemonic femininities reference a powerful location in what Patricia Hill Collins refers to as a matrix of domination, from which some women draw considerable individual benefits while shoring up collective benefits along other dimensions of advantage. In the process, they engage in intersectional domination of other women and even some men.

Yehuda Sharim Songs that Never End . November 1, 2019

Having fled their home in Iran, the Dayan family is greeted in Houston with hurricanes and perilous politics. Nine-year-old Hana is bold and brilliant and struggles to be heard while her family comes to grips with life in the sprawling Texan metropolis, constantly reaching out to all that is gone but is still here: a hunger for the future, and songs about a kind world.

Charlie Eaton Agile Predators: Private Equity and the Spread of Shareholder Value Strategies to U.S. For-Profit Colleges. October 22, 2019

Eaton shows how private equity investors import predatory shareholder value practices to sectors that previously lacked publicly traded corporations such as the for-profit college sector.

Eaton, Charlie, Howell, Sabrina, Yannelis, Constantine When Investor Incentives and Consumer Interests Diverge: Private Equity in Higher Education. October 22, 2019

Eaton, Howell, and Yannelis demonstrate that private equity investors incentives adversely affect consumer interests in sectors such as for-profit higher education where the quality of goods are difficult to evaluate and consumer protection regulations are inadequate.