Earlier this week, Quaker Foods announced that it’s Aunt Jemima brand would be undergoing a transition to rebrand their products. Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker, said that “We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype” and continued, “While work has been done…

A Delayed Election? An Extended Term? The 2020 Presidential Election Against the Backdrop of the Coronavirus

In this time of uncertainty amid the global public health crisis of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new novel Coronavirus, and with a crucial election looming on the horizon, many questions about the…

Please note that this guide was originally compiled in March 2020. An updated and more comprensive version of the guide can be found here.

In recent years, Americans have been frustrated by ever-growing congressional gridlock. This is a crucial election year for races from the presidency to Congress to state and local elections, but flipping the US Senate should be a priority for Democrats across the country in 2020.

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This essay was originally titled Slavery and Perception of Social Hierarchy: A Consideration for American Exceptionalism and written by Kaitlynn Newcomb for a course at the LSE, Politics and Society, in November 2019. If you do choose to share or reference, please cite accordingly.

Staff Illustrator — Frank Leslie’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper 1982 (Public Domain)

The peculiar lack of a fully…

Today I am sharing a review of the book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. This book engages with members of the Tea Party in Louisiana and their response to proposed environmental policy. Hochschild finds their response curious, as the…

Kaitlynn Newcomb

Political Sociologist

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