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    Archives of Infamy

    History provides invaluable insight into the modern world. Professor Nancy Luxon is using letters from the 18th century to gain new perspectives on how ideas of political power and family crystalize into social relationships and power regimes. "The letters help us think about the ways power and justice touch on the lives of ordinary people," Luxon says.
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    War Fatigue

    Associate Professor Helen M. Kinsella’s work focusing on gender and violence has taken her to Central America and Sri Lanka. She examines how the distinction between combatants and civilians is decided and maintained in war and international law. She is currently working on a book on war and sleep.
    Portrait of Aradhya Sood

    Bit by Bit

    Are frictions in the land market hindering the growth of India’s manufacturing sector? Graduate student Aradhya Sood’s research hopes to find the link between land and slow growth in large-scale manufacturing.
    Portrait of Mark Bell

    Nuclear Reaction

    The United States, Great Britain, and South Africa have all utilized nuclear weapons in different ways. How are international politics affected by a country’s nuclear arsenal? Assistant Professor Mark Bell explores this question.
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    Sociolinguistics in Spain

    Two PhD candidates in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics are looking at sociolinguistics of two communities in Spain. Carol Ready conducts ethnographic research involving Moroccan immigrants in Granada and Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias examines language variation in the Spanish spoken in Galicia.
    Portrait: Joan Tronto

    Democracy of Care

    Caring for ourselves and others is a central part of human existence, so why isn’t it valued? In a society where economic gain is treated as the first priority, the need for care is going is mostly unaddressed. Professor Joan Tronto seeks to change this trend through her idea of a caring democracy.
    Portrait of Cawo Abdi

    Searching for Belonging

    How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.

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