Our ability to understand speech has always been subject to how well we hear. But can cultural, social, and behavioral linguistic differences (within a language) impact how well we hear and understand? Professor Benjamin Munson and Dr. Alayo Tripp are studying the impact of race-based biases on how easily older people understand the speech of younger people.
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality studies graduate student and self-titled scholar-activist Moriah Shumpert discusses their interdisciplinary studies and what drew them to the University of Minnesota.
When legislators need to draft policy, it helps to have the facts. Associate Professor Matthew Weber aims to help policy makers make solid decisions on an emotional issue: supporting mental health screenings for adolescents.
“We look forward to working with researchers from any discipline where our contribution may add to the state of knowledge,” says Ansu Chatterjee, director of the Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications. IRSA helps learners across fields engage with the value of statistics.
Oil, feminism, minorities, and genies. All of these are the focus of classes taught by new Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Professor Shir Alon. Her classes are rooted in her comparative literature background. “I feel that literature provides us with tools and metaphors to think about our social and political life in ways that are more powerful than anything else that I’ve encountered,” she says.
Kristofer Coffman is a graduate fellow studying Religions in Antiquity through the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. He hopes to increase cross-cultural understanding of language and culture as well as pay homage to his family’s heritage.
“Solidarity is evoked as a crucial resource for social movements to mobilize effectively,” says Anuja Bose, who recently joined the faculty. Her research on recovering an anti-colonial conception of solidarity is something that Bose argues is pertinent to solving pressing global problems.
Professor Timothy Johnson wanted to shine a light on a rich primary source for researchers in political science and law--the handwritten notes of past Supreme Court justices. But first, he needed help from a few hundred citizen scientists.
Sound economic research is the foundation of a robust economic policy. With this thought in mind, the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis entered into a partnership 50 years ago that produced groundbreaking research. In August of 2019, the University celebrated this collaboration with the Four Horsemen of the Economic Revolution event.
For undergraduates Alex Djanin and Nikhil Saxena, the path to getting a PhD in economics starts with immersing themselves in research. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Joseph Mullins, Djanin and Saxena are learning how to navigate through the research process.
Associate Professor Emily Vraga conducts research on the spread of misinformation on social media and how we can combat it. “You can do it, I can do it. We can all work together to correct misinformation.”
Alejandro Baer, an associate sociology professor and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, authors this article about how Vox has managed to become the third-largest political force in Spain.
Professor of Communication Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment Mark Pedelty and his collaborators created Ecosong.Net to inform the public about chloride pollution — and other environmental stressors — in an entertaining way.