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Adam M. Lippert on Recession-Proofing Personal Finances

Feb. 2, 2023

To identify where unemployment claims are decreasing the most, even amid costly inflation, this article compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on changes in unemployment claims for several key benchmark weeks. Broadening the scope, Assistant Professor of Sociology Adam M. Lippert was asked what people can...

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Mobile Home Park Expert Esther Sullivan Weighs in on All Too Common Florida Situation

Jan. 19, 2023

Caribbean Isles represented an affordable retirement dream. Residents thought it would stay that way after they sold the park — and their protection. Previously, homeowners with shares in the park paid a small monthly fee for maintenance and management. When it came to major decisions about the park, they each...

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Political Polarization in the Pandemic Impacted Former Anti-Vacc Advocates According to Jennifer Reich

Oct. 19, 2022

The anti-vaccine movement used to be a place where the left met the right, but increased polarization during the pandemic has made such a combination difficult to sustain, says Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. “When we start to see such vastly different sources of information about what the risks of infection...

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Esther Sullivan on the Challenges of Mobile Home Ownership

Aug. 24, 2022

Esther Sullivan, Associate Sociology Professor, said homeowners will often tolerate "egregious" rent hikes — 50-60% increases in some cases — because moving their homes to a more affordable park is not simple; it's a process that can cost between five and 15 thousand dollars, and then there is the added...

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Complex Circumstances Behind Car Thefts According to Brenden Beck

Aug. 24, 2022

Rises and ebbs in crimes have more complex contributors than just one or two factors, said Sociology Assistant Professor, Brenden Beck. He pointed to drops in crime in the mid-1990s after a few years of increases, the causes of which criminologists still don’t agree on. Beck said, “And so if...

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How Abortion and Vaccine Rhetoric Collide in ‘My Body, My Choice,’ from Jennifer Reich

July 14, 2022

Republican leaders started arguing against vaccine mandates when COVID vaccines were still only theoretical, said Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. They gained traction despite an obvious inconsistency: Often, the same people who oppose vaccine requirements — arguing that it's a matter of choice — are against abortion rights. Vaccination didn’t used...

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Esther Sullivan on the Impact of Rent Hikes on Mobile Home Owners

June 16, 2022

“Almost across the board, park residents are renting the land under their homes,” said Sociology Associate Professor Esther Sullivan , whose work focuses on mobile homes. “So a missed lot payment puts not only their housing at risk, but can also wipe out their accrued wealth." ‘We’re all afraid’: Massive...

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Abortion Ban Impacts Will Extend to Men Says Jennifer Reich

June 16, 2022

One of the few social scientists who has conducted research on adult men involved in abortions is Professor of Sociology Jennifer Reich. “Everybody benefits when individuals can control their own reproduction, but the benefit can be invisible for cis men since they don’t absorb the risks of pregnancy and it’s...

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Adam Lippert’s New Research on Health Impacts of Student Loan Debt

May 11, 2022

Student loan debt is correlated with poor physical and mental health, according to new research published by Assistant Professor of Sociology Adam Lippert and his colleagues in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine , “ Student Debt and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among U.S. Adults in Early Mid-Life .” It is...

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Esther Sullivan on Housing Market Impacts for Mobile Home Residents

April 14, 2022

During the pandemic, amid sickness and job losses, mobile home park residents also have grappled with rent hikes or revisions of their leases, often with little help from state laws. “There’s basically 50 different policies for how to protect residents in these parks,” said Assistant Professor of Sociology Esther Sullivan...