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Snap decisions and race

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | January 9, 2015

One issue sparking off from the fiery debate around the police shootings of black men is the extent to which Americans simply react negatively to seeing black – whether it is a police officer making a life-and-death split-second decision about the threat a black man poses, a store clerk tracking a black customer in a … Continue reading »

Job hunting: Timing is (not?) everything

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | October 5, 2011

Americans generally claim that what you get in life is mainly a result of what you put in, your talents and your effort. Yet it hard to deny that, often, factors outside a person’s control have major consequences — such as the year the person was born. This post is about what some social scientists … Continue reading »