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Deborah Carr (CAS Sociology) Midlife Mental Health (Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier, 2023). This chapter identifeis sources of midlife stress that may affect mental health, and highlights practices and policies to treat and maintain midlife mental health, including clinical interventions and public supports for family caregivers.
Deborah Carr (CAS Sociology). Death and Dying (Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier, 2023). Carr and co-author Zachary Baker provide an overview of contemporary death and dying patterns, the psychological consequences of bereavement, and social policies to facilitate a “good death.”

Nancy J. Smith-Hefner (CAS Anthropology) Waithood: Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage and Childbearing (Berghahn Press, January 2023) Nancy J. Smith Hefner and Marcia C. Inhorn edit 15 chapters by authors who offer examples of waithood, which refers to the dramatic prolongation of the period of time between childhood and the beginning of socially-recognized adulthood, from different areas of the world.
Neha Gondal (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate) Health-Based Homophily in Public Housing Developments (BMC Public Health, February 2023) Neha Gondal and Brenda Heaton discover that social networks within public housing developments are homophilous across oral health, weight, and consumption of added sugar. Because of the effectiveness of behavior diffusion within homophilous communities, Gondal and Heaton suggest that interventions specifically designed for social networks could optimize the reduction of chronic disease in vulnerable communities.
Denis Wu (COM and CISS Affiliate) Assessing China’s News Coverage and Soft Power in Latin America in the Wake of the Belt and Road Initiative (2013–2021) (International Communication Gazette, January 2023) Denis Wu and co-author Andrea Morante analyze the effect of China’s communication strategies with Latin America, finding Latin American sentiment toward the East Asian nation to have actually deteriorated since China its strategies.
Jessica Silbey (School of Law and CISS Affiliate) Foreword in “Copyright in the Street: An Oral History of Creative Processes in Street Art and Graffiti Subcultures (Scholarly Commons at BU School of Law, February 2023) Silbey, author herself of intellectual property-focused books Against Progress and The Eureka Myth, contributes the foreword to author Enrico Bonadio’s new book, opining that the book inspirationally captures the outsider world of street and graffiti artists who often go against the grain traditional copyright system and its capitalistic supports.
Alice Cronin-Golomb (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences and CISS Affiliate) Changes in Apathy, Depression, and Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease From Before to During the COVID-19 Era (Brain Sciences, January 2023).  In this publication, data was collected on apathy, depression, and anxiety in a large sample of persons with PD before the beginning of the COVID-19 era. Anxiety and depression, but not apathy, were correlated with the impact of COVID-19.
Alice Cronin-Golomb (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences and CISS Affiliate) Memory for Semantically Related Objects Differentiates Cognitively Unimpaired Autosomal Dominant Mutation Carriers From Non-carrier Family Members (The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, January 2023). In this article, Cronin-Golomb and co-authors used a computerized cognitive test developed by their group to evaluate if cognitively unimpaired carriers of an autosomal dominant AD (ADAD) mutation performed worse on this test than non-carrier family members.
Kathleen Corriveau (CISS Affiliate and Wheelock Applied Human Development) The Impact of Visualizing the Group on Children’s Persistence in and Perceptions of Stem (Acta Psychologica, January 2023). Corriveau and co-authors investigate a perceptual mechanism that may contribute to the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields across the world, beginning in early childhood.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) Factors Associated With Irregular Discharges in the VA Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program (Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, January 2023). Byrne and co-authors identify factors associated with irregular discharges from DCHV programs.
Eugenio Menegon (CAS History) Catalogue of Chinese Documents in the “Propaganda Fide” Historical Archives (Urbaniana University Press, 2022). Eugene Menegon’s introductory essay gives a full explanation of the entire structure and contents of the Archives pertaining to the China missions, and sketches the activity of Propaganda Fide missionaries in China up to the early 19th century.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) Differences Between Reported COVID-19 Deaths And Estimated Excess Deaths in Counties Across the United States, March 2020 to February 2022 (medRxiv – Preprint, January 2023). Estimates from this study can be used to inform targeting of resources to areas in which the true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been underestimated.
Taylor Boas (CAS Political Science) Evangelical and Electoral Politics in Latin America: A Kingdom of This World (January 2023). Focusing on evangelical Christians in Latin America, this book argues that religious minorities seek and gain electoral representation when they face significant threats to their material interests and worldview, and when their community is not internally divided by cross-cutting cleavages.
Christopher Robertson (CISS Affiliate and LAW Health Law, Policy, and Management) Pulse Oximeters and Violation of Federal Antidiscrimination Law (JAMA, January 2023). Robertson and co-authors discuss how biased oximeters have remained in use for decades without legal or regulatory action and why a recently proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may finally facilitate change.
Rachel Brulé (Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy) Climate Shocks and Gendered Political Transformation: How Crises Alter Women’s Political Representation (Politics & Gender, January 2023). Brulé argues not only can climate change induce migration, but, climate shocks—which she defines as discrete, unanticipated destruction due to weather such as floods, drought, or windstorms—can also destabilize gendered social systems.
Catherine Caldwell-Harris (Associate Professor of Psychology & CISS Affiliate) Autistic Discussion Forums: Insights into the Topics That Clinicians Don’t Know About (PsychArXIV) Caldwell and co-authors review 342 posts primarily from Reddit and Quora, highlighting examples in which novel autism concepts were discussed prior to their inclusion in the DSM 5 text revision. Common forum themes are reviewed and the efficacy of using forums for research is emphasized.
Catherine Caldwell-Harris (Associate Professor of Psychology & CISS Affiliate) Adults with Autism Discuss Their Experience of Foreign Language Learning: An Exploration of the “Different Strategies” Hypothesis (PsychArXIV) Caldwell and co-authors review forum posts from autistic and non-autistic individuals to determine how they differ in their learning. Among their findings are that autistic individuals found reading/writing more rewarding than speaking/listening, consistent with auditory, attentional, and social deficits present in autism.
Catherine Caldwell-Harris (Associate Professor of Psychology & CISS Affiliate) When Autistic Writing is Superior to Neurotypical Writing: the Case of Blogs (PsychArXIV) Caldwell-Harris and co-author Solomon D. Posner analyze the differences between a sample of 30 neurotypical bloggers and and 30 self-identified autistic bloggers. The study finds that autistic bloggers tend to write significantly more often about abstract or scientific topics compared to neurotypical authors who were primarily concerned with daily life events.
Michelle Amazeen (Associate Professor and Director, Communication Research Center) Processing Vaccine Misinformation: Recall and Effects of Source Type on Claim Accuracy via Perceived Motivations and Credibility (International Journal of Communication, 2022). This study leverages the persuasion knowledge model (PKM) as a theoretical framework to examine how individuals process attempts at correcting measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine-related misinformation on Facebook. Amazeen concludes her study with a discussion of how the PKM could be reimagined as a model better suited for misinformation research.
H. Denis Wu (COM Communication and CISS Affiliate) Post-truth Public Diplomacy: A Detrimental Trend of Cross-National Communication and How Open Societies Address It (The Journal of International Communication, January 2023). In this article, H. Denis Wu divulges a new form of public diplomacy with post-truth content overseen by host countries to influence the cognitive and affective condition of publics in target countries.
Hiroaki Kaido (CAS Economics) Nonparametric Identification of Random Coefficients in Aggregate Demand Models for Differentiated Products (The Econometrics Journal, January 2023). This paper studies nonparametric identification in market level demand models for differentiated products with heterogeneous consumers.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) Predictors of Homeless Service Utilization and Stable Housing Status Among Veterans Receiving Services From a Nationwide Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (Evaluation and Program Planning, 2022). Byrne and co-authors examine findings that have implications on how to allocate homelessness prevention and RRH resources in the most efficient manner to help households maintain or obtain stable housing.
Robert A. Margo (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate) JUE Insight: Condominium Development Does Not Lead To Gentrification (Journal of Urban Economics, December 2022). Many politicians and voters believe that condominium development hastens gentrification. In this article, Margo and co-authors leverage the introduction of municipal regulations to study the causal effect of condo conversions on neighborhood attributes.
James J. Cummings (Professor of Emerging Media Studies) Psychological Predictors of Consumer-Level Virtual Reality Technology Adoption and Usage (Virtual Reality, December 2022). In this article, the findings of Cummings and co-authors expand upon the limited work previously investigating the role of individual differences in adoption of virtual reality and mark the promise of psychometrics for understanding the diffusion and continued usage of consumer-facing VR devices.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) Psychosocial Stressors and E-cigarette Use in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (BMC Public Health, December 19, 2022). Stokes and co-authors examined the associations between psychosocial stressors and e-cigarette use among adolescents in the United States. This study demonstrated a significant association between psychosocial stressors and e cigarette use.
Steven J. Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) Intellectual Humility in Applied Sociocultural Contexts: A Reply to Ballantyne (The Journal of Positive Psychology, December 2022). Sandage and co-author Choi Hee An offer a brief reply to Ballantyne’s overview of intellectual humility (IH) research with an appreciation for the definitional, conceptual, and methodological issues he has highlighted across numerous areas of work.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) Monthly Excess Mortality Across Counties in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 2020 to February 2022 (The National Library of Medicine, November 2022). The research of Stokes and co-authors found that excess mortality decreased in large metropolitan counties, but increased in nonmetro counties, between the first and second years of the pandemic.
Nathan D Jones (Wheelock College & CISS Affiliate) Professional Development at Scale: The Causal Effect of Obtaining an SEI Endorsement Under Massachusetts’s RETELL Initiative (Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, December 2022). Jones and collaborators apply a difference-in-difference design to measure the causal effect of a teacher obtaining an endorsement in Sheltered English Immersion under Massachusetts’s Rethinking Equity in the Teaching of English Language Learners initiative on student’s learning outcomes.
Johannes Schmieder (Professor of Economics & CISS Affiliate) Inequality and income dynamics in Germany (Quantitative Economics, December 2022). Schmieder and co-authors provide a comprehensive analysis of income inequality and income dynamics for Germany over the last two decades.
Zach Rossetti (Wheelock Special Education & CISS Affiliate) Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Friendships: Considerations for Speech-Language Pathologists (Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2022) Rossetti and colleagues indicate that speech-language pathologists may better help their clients form friendships by having a “friendship mindset” and providing needed tools such as augmentative and alternative communication to assist clients with their communication and thus friendship formation.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) Cigarette‒E-cigarette Transitions and Respiratory Symptom Development (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2022) Stokes and co-authors determine that E-cigarette use increases rate of wheezing and respiratory morbidity in non-users that are non-smokers but may reduce morbidity in smokers who substitute E-cigarettes for cigarettes.
Shinae Choi (Visiting Scholar, Professor of Consumer Sciences & CISS Affiliate) Financial Hardship and Change in Emotional Well-Being Before to During COVID-19 Pandemic Among Middle-Aged and Older Americans: Moderating Effects of Internal Coping Resources (Social Science & Medicine, November 2022) Choi and co-author Yoon G. Lee find that financial hardship increased negative emotion during COVID-19, optimism had no protective effect, but that internal coping strategies and mastery increased positive affect.
Shinae Choi (Visiting Scholar, Professor of Consumer Sciences, & CISS Affiliate) Telehealth Uptake Among Middle-Aged Older Americans During COVID-19: Chronic Conditions, Social Media Communication, and Race/Ethnicity (Aging & Mental Health, November 2020) Choi and co-authors find that using social media and telehealth are potential venues to reduce health disparities between different racial/ethnic groups.
Makarand Mody (Associate Professor of Hospitality Marketing & CISS Affiliate) The Resilience of the Lodging Industry During the Pandemic: Hotels vs. Airbnb (International Journal of Hospitality Management, December 2022) Mody and co-authors investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lodging industry, finding that Airbnb property rentals were largely unaffected by the pandemic. Conversely, the pandemic significantly affected hotel occupancy. Methods to increase hotel competitiveness with peer-to-peer rentals are suggested.
Benjamin Siegel (Assistant Professor of History & CISS Affiliate)  Nico Slate. Lord Cornwallis Is Dead: The Struggle for Democracy in the United States and India. (American Historical Review, November 2022) Benjamin Siegel writes a review of Nico Slate’s book which intertwines two centuries of history in America and India, examining the dual struggle for civil rights and liberty.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss in the Short‐and Long‐Term: Evidence From NHANES 2015–2018 (Clinical Obesity, October 2022) Stokes and co-authors examine the efficacy of bariatric surgery in the reduction of obesity both in the understudied contexts of population-based data and long-term outcomes. In the nationally presentative sample of US adults, Stokes and co-authors determined that bariatric surgery consistently showed strong weight reduction effects that persist over the long term.
Steven J. Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) A Practice‐Based Study of Cultural Humility and Well‐Being Among Psychotherapy Clients (Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, November 2022). In this study, Sandage and co-authors examined client change in cultural humility and well-being using group-based trajectory modeling. They also examined differentiation as a predictor of trajectory membership and compared trajectories on levels of symptoms.
Steven J. Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) Differentiation of Self and Cultural Competence: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature (Practice Innovations, 2022). This article reviews empirical studies that examine the relationship between the differentiation of self and cultural competence. Sandage and colleagues conclude by discussing limitations, areas for future research, and implications for clinical practice.
Loretta Lees (BU Initiative on Cities’ Director) Quantifying State-Led Gentrification in London: Using Linked Consumer and Administrative Records to Trace Displacement From Council Estates (Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, November 2022). In this article, Lees and colleagues report on an attempt to use consumer-derived data to infer relocations at a high spatial resolution. The evidence presented suggests that around 85% of those displaced remain in London, with most remaining in borough, albeit there is evidence of an increasing number of moves out of London to the South-East and East of England.
Deborah Carr (CISS Director and Professor of Sociology) Ageism and Late-Life Mortality: How Community Matters (Social Science & Medicine, November 2022). This commentary reviews recent evidence (Kellogg et al.,) showing that county-level explicit age bias is associated with lower mortality rates among older adults, with effects limited to older adults residing in counties with relatively younger populations.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) The Right to Resist: Philosophies of Dissent (Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2023). This volume addresses new forms of resistance at a level that combines a rootedness in the philosophical tradition and a sensitivity to rethinking the possibility of emancipation in today’s age. The work focuses on contemporary social and political philosophy from a perspective informed by critical theory.
Christopher Robertson (CISS Affiliate and LAW Health Law, Policy, and Management) Arizona’s Debt Collection Reform—a Small Step Towards Health Justice (BMJ, November 2022). Robertson and co-authors address a new law that will protect people in Arizona from the harsh consequences of medical debt. They also discuss how the policies of individual states cannot substitute for the United States implementing a more humane system of universal health insurance coverage.
Meghann Lucy (CAS Sociology) Divestment as Investment: “Kondo-Ing” Selves in the Context of Over Accumulation (Journal of Consumer Culture, November 2022). This article uses narrative and content analyses of a critical case, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a Netflix program designed to help families with cluttered homes sort through their things, to explore the meanings associated with accumulating “too much”, and the importance of divestment.
James J. Cummings (Professor of Emerging Media Studies) Capturing Social Presence: Concept Explication Through an Empirical Analysis of Social Presence Measures (Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, November 2022). Cummings and co-author Erin Wertz find that social presence, in practice, most commonly consists of the perceptual salience of another social-actor. They then consider implications for the measurement and theorizing of social presence, and its distinction from other social experiences with media.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) Identifying Graduation Rates and Practices in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (Community Mental Health Journal, November 2022). Byrne and colleagues examined graduation rates, practices and policies in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development Supportive Housing, summarizing that ​​there may be value in developing standards for graduation criteria.
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology) Integrating Positive Psychology, Religion/Spirituality, and a Virtue Focus Within Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare (Handbook of Positive Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, November 2022) Sandage and co-authors contribute a chapter overviewing terms and synthesizing “meta-analytic evidence for spiritually integrated interventions (SSIs), positive psychology interventions (PPIs), and virtue-based interventions (VBIs).” They also discuss new clinical and community applications of SSIs, PPIs, and VBIs.
Charles B. Chang (CAS Department of Linguistics) Unity and Diversity in Asian American Language Variation (Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, November 2022) Chang and co-author Danielle Dionne describe sociophonetic variation in a sample of four ethnicities of Asian Americans within Boston, MA. English production was analyzed in casual and careful speech, and the features of R-deletion, L-vocalization, L/R-conflation, and low back raising were all examined in detail, revealing similarities and differences in speech among Asian American ethnicities.
Jessica Silbey (LAW and CISS Affiliate) Centering Black Women in Patent History (BU School of Law, November 2022) Silbey reviews Stanford Professor Kara Swanson’s article Centering Black Women Inventors: Passing and the Patent Archive, opining that the piece forever changes the way the patent archive can be read.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health & CISS Affiliate) “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated?” At Midlife, White People are Less Vaccinated but Still at Less Risk of Covid-19 Mortality in Minnesota (Pre-Print) (medRxiv, June 2022) Stokes and co-authors dissect inequitable mortality outcomes in Minnesota population data in which white populations were less vaccinated but paradoxically suffering less mortality than non-white populations. The authors describe COVID-19 not only a pandemic of the unvaccinated but a pandemic of the disadvantaged with urgent need to focus on health equity in policy development moving forward.
Randall P. Ellis (Department of Economics) Managed Competition in the United States: How Well is It Promoting Equity and Efficiency? (GitHub, October 2022) Ellis and co-authors examine how managed competition, as seen effected by Affordable Card Act, Medicaid managed care organizations, and Medicare Advantaged Plans have been conducive to their goals. They suggest that the existing programs have imperfections which must first be addressed before additional expansion.
Ian Sue Wing (CAS Department of Geography and Environment) Economic Consequences of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario (ASCE Lifelines Conference, 2022) Wing and co-authors look at the hypothetical economic effects on the San Francisco Bay Region and general California economy in the event of the HayWired earthquake scenario.
Abigail Sullivan (CISS Affiliate and CAS Earth & Environment) Are Lakes a Public Good or Exclusive Resource? Towards Value-based Management for Aquatic Invasive Species (Environmental Science & Policy, January 2023). Sullivan and co-authors analyze decision-making among stakeholders impacted by starry stonewort, a freshwater alga and key emerging invader in lakes. They present a typology of two “lake ethics” and explore their implications for future efforts to manage the starry stonewort, providing suggestions supporting value-based approaches. 
Deborah Carr (CISS Director and Professor of Sociology) To Tell or Not: Chinese Older Adults’ Preferences for Disclosing or Concealing Serious Illness Diagnoses (The Gerontologist, November 2022). Carr and co-authors examine midlife and older Chinese adults’ preferences for disclosure of their own and significant others’ diagnoses, and the sociodemographic, economic, and cultural factors associated with these preferences.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) Enhancing Community Integration After Incarceration: Findings From a Prospective Study of an Intensive Peer Support Intervention for Veterans With an Historical Comparison Group (Health & Justice, November 2022). Byrne and co-authors developed and pilot tested a peer support intervention designed to provide support and promote linkage and engagement in healthcare for returning citizens. They tested the intervention with US military veterans in Massachusetts who were being released from prison and jail.
Jacob Tischer (CAS Anthropology) Panmemic Inoculation: How Taiwan Is Nerfing the Pandemic With Cute Humour (East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, 2022) Tischer analyzes how the Taiwanese government is using memes in its efforts to fight the spread of disinformation, especially in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Kathleen Corriveau (CISS Affiliate and Wheelock Applied Human Development) Considering Individual Differences and Variability is Important in the Development of the Bifocal Stance Theory (Behavioral and Brain Sciences, November 2022). Corriveau and colleagues offer a bifocal stance theory of cultural evolution for understanding how individuals flexibly choose between instrumental and ritual stances in social learning. They argue that the role of culture, developmental age-related differences, and the intersectionality of these and other individual’s identities need to be more fully considered in this theoretical framework.
Christopher Robertson (CISS Affiliate and LAW Health Law, Policy, and Management) The Effectiveness of Financial Incentives for COVID-19 Vaccination: A Systematic Review (PsyArXiv, November 2022). Robertson and co-authors examine how financial incentives are a controversial strategy for increasing vaccination. In this review, they evaluate the effect incentives had on COVID-19 vaccinations; whether effects differed based on study design, incentive type and timing, or sample sociodemographic characteristics; and the cost of incentives per additional vaccine administered.
Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability Industrial Clusters for Deep Decarbonization (Science, November 2022). This article details how industry is in great need of concerted efforts toward deep decarbonization and draws on recent advancements in the coevolution of net-zero cluster planning, policy implementation, and technical development in the UK.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology) Mutual Intelligibility in Musical Communication (PsyArXiv, November 2022). Glowacki and co-authors demonstrate that the behavioral contexts of three common forms of music are mutually intelligible across cultures and imply that musical diversity, shaped by cultural evolution, is nonetheless grounded in some universal principles.
James Cummings (Professor of Emerging Media Studies) The Effects of Voice Qualities in Mindfulness Meditation Apps on Enjoyment, Relaxation State, and Perceived Usefulness (Technology, Mind, and Behavior, November 2022) James Cummings and co-author Stephanie Menhart explore the effects of synthesized and human vocalization on user experiences with mindfulness applications. In their research they find that human voices are generally more effective and explore the finding’s implication in application design.
Jonathan Mijs (Professor of Sociology) Earning Rent with Your Talent (The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream, 2022) Jonathan Mijs contributes a chapter regarding American inequality responding to the power to “define, transfer, and institutionalize” talent.
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology) New Horizons in Group Psychotherapy Research and Practice from Third Wave Positive
Psychology: A Practice-Friendly Review (Research in Psychotherapy, November 2022) Sandage and co-authors review the importance and value of positive psychology and its unique application in group therapy. Of specific interest are the ways in which virtues and cultural constructs can differ from individual to individual within a group which necessitate therapist self awareness and cultural humility.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) The Impact of Temporary Housing Assistance Expenditures on Subcategories of Health Care Cost for U.S. Veterans Facing Housing Instability (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, November 2022). Byrne and co-authors conducted a retrospective cohort study of Veterans who entered the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and assessed the effect of TFA on health care costs. The results can inform policy debates regarding proper solutions to housing instability.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health) COVID-19 Vaccination and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Mortality at Midlife in Minnesota (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2022). Stokes and co-authors discuss the discrepancy between vaccination and mortality patterning by race/ethnicity and suggest that if the current period is a pandemic of the unvaccinated, it also remains a pandemic of the disadvantaged in ways that can decouple from vaccination rates. Their research implies an urgent need to center health equity in the development of COVID-19 policy measures.
Jonathan Jan Benjamin Mijs (CAS Sociology) Why More Inequality Leads to Lower Levels of Concern (The Media and Inequality, November 2022). Mijs describes the dramatic increase in income inequality in the West. He discusses the sets of insights to develop an alternative explanation for people’s growing tolerance of inequality and their resistance to redistributing income and wealth and shows that citizen’s beliefs and popular beliefs about inequality explain a large part of their concerns.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health) Association of Volatile Organic Compound Levels With Pod-Based Electronic Cigarette-Induced Changes in Vascular Function of Young Adults (Circulation, October 2022) Professor Stokes and co-authors use their findings to demonstrate that pod-based e-cigarette use has acute and chronic vascular effects in healthy young adults including those who never used combustible cigarettes. Select VOC metabolites were associated with the vascular changes and altered nitric oxide production suggesting relevance to vascular health.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology) Interpersonal Conflicts and Third-party Mediation in a Pastoralist Society (Pre-Print, October 2022). Glowacki and co-author Zachary Garfield identify the causes of interpersonal conflict and the features associated with both third-party mediation and conflict outcomes. They underscore the importance of third-party mediators and gender dynamics as well as subsistence economics and kin-based social structures in shaping interpersonal conflicts and resolution.
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health) Electronic Cigarette Use and Chest Pain Report in US Adults (Circulation, October 2022). Stokes and co-authors assess the association of chest pain reports across tobacco product use groups. Their findings suggest that compared to non-use, exclusive e-cigarette use has similar rates of chest pain; whereas dual use and combustible cigarette use have increased rates of chest pain outcomes.
Charles B. Chang (CAS Linguistics and CISS Affiliate) Expressing Diminutive Meaning in Heritage Twi: The Role of Complexity and Language-Specific Preferences (October 2022). Chang and co-authors examined whether English-dominant, second generation speakers of Twi in the US would express diminutive meaning in Twi differently from first-generation speakers. Their findings suggest that both the complexity of linguistic options within a bilingual language range and cross-linguistic influence at the level of preferences play a role in explaining second generation’s diminutive production.
John M Marston (CAS Archaeology) Urban Agricultural Economy of the Early Islamic Southern Levant: A Case Study of Ashkelon (Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, October 2022). In his study, Marston and co-authors draw on the spatial analysis of plant remains in Early Islamic deposits to characterize how agriculture sustained long-lived cities during the 1st millennium CE.
Steven J. Sandage (STH Religion and Theology) Distress and Satisfaction in Women Who Perceive that Their Male Partners Use Pornography: The Roles of Attitude, Religious Commitment and Conservative Religiosity (The Journal of Sex Research, October 2022). Sandage and colleagues examined the contributions of perceived frequency of male partners’ solitary pornography use (PFREQ), women’s attitudes toward their partners’ pornography use, conservative religiosity, and religious commitment to women’s pornography-related distress, and relationship and sexual satisfaction in women in relation to their partner.
Jessica Silbey (LAW and CISS Affiliate) How Did Prince and Andy Warhol Wind Up Before the Supreme Court? (Boston University School of Law, October 2022). LAW expert Jessica Silbey explains what to watch for during the oral arguments of the US Supreme Court case Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., v. Goldsmith, which hinges on a portrait of the artist Prince by photographer Lynn Goldsmith and its second uses of print.
Rick Reibstein (BU Earth and Environment Department) Reconstructing Environmental Governance (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, September 2022). This book explains how principles of reformed environmental law have been demonstrated successfully but the lessons of success have not been learned. The approach of the book is to collate examples of environmental governance, policy-making and ethics and demonstrate paths towards a more progressive environmental and climate agenda.
Johannes F. Schmieder (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate) Evidence on Job Search Models from a Survey of Unemployed Workers in Germany (The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2022). Schmeider and co-authors conducted a large text-message-based survey of unemployed workers in Germany to observe how search effort evolve in individuals over the unemployment spell. They find the patterns are well captured by a model of reference-dependent job search or by a model with duration dependence in search cost.
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) Providers’ Reflections on Infrastructure and Improvements to Promote Access to Care for Veterans Experiencing Housing Instability in Rural Areas of the United States: A Qualitative Study (Health & Social Care in the Community, October 2022). This study explores how infrastructure-including features related to the physical and digital environment-impacts the ability of rural Veterans experiencing housing instability to access healthcare and related services
Andrew C. Stokes (SPH Global Health) Increased All-Cause Mortality Following Occupational Injury: A Comparison of Two States (Occupational & Environmental Medicine, October 2022). Stokes and co-authors measure the impact of lost-time occupational injuries on all-cause mortality in Washington State and determine whether the estimated impact was similar to previous estimates for New Mexico. 
Joanna Davidson (CAS Anthropology) Opting Out: Women Messing with Marriage Around the World (Rutgers University Press, November 2022). Davidson and co-authors offer nuanced ethnographic accounts of how women move the needle on marital norms and practices. Across diverse geographic contexts in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Opting Out offers sensitive and powerful portrayals of women as they escape or reshape marriage into a more rewarding arrangement.
Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability Energy Security, Climate Change, and the Future of Ukraine Reconstruction (IGS Research, October 2022). This article incorporates key findings from publications on Ukraine’s approaches to recovery and reconstruction post-war. The authors draw on these insights to offer suggestions for consideration as Ukraine further researches and hones its plans for a climate-resilient recovery.
Michele A. “Shelly” DeBiasse (Sargent College and CISS Affiliate) Dress Codes Written for Dietetics Education Programs: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (Feminism & Psychology, October 2022). DeBiasse and co-authors conducted a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of dress codes written for US dietetics academic and supervised practice programs. They identified a number of ways that these current dress codes oppress students of color and nonbinary/transgender students and dietetic interns and provide suggestions for improvement.
Charles B. Chang (CAS Linguistics and CISS Affiliate) Regressive Cross-Linguistic Influence in Multilingual Speech Rhythm: The Role of Language Similarity ( October 2022). Chang and co-author Megan M. Brown propose the Similarity Convergence Hypothesis (SCH), which claims that previously acquired languages that are more similar to a later-acquired language are relatively more vulnerable to rCLI from this language.
David M. Carballo (CAS Archeology) Sacred Landscape and Cultural Astronomy on the Marcahuasi Plateau, Peru (Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences, October 2022). Carballo and co-authors present ethnohistorical documentation of the cultural prominence of stone features and celestial alignments to the inhabitants of the Marcahuasi plateau, and propose that such notions extend to the pre-hispanic era at Marcahuasi.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology) Norm Violations and Punishments Across Human Societies (Pre-Print, October 2022) Glowacki and co-authors investigate the degree to which punishment systems were correlated with socioecology and cultural history, interpreting their results within a cultural ecological framework to emphasize the importance of socio-ecological context for understanding diversity in human punishment systems.
Michelle Amazeen (Associate Professor and Director, Communication Research Center) Narrative Counters: Understanding the Efficacy of Narratives in Combating Anecdote-Based Vaccine Misinformation (Public Relations Review, October 2022). Amazeen and co-author investigate the efficacy of narratives in countering vaccine-related narrative misinformation on Facebook, as well as two narrative counter strategies to address misinformation about the safety of the MMR vaccine. Implications for public relations theory are also discussed.
Ian Sue Wing (CAS Earth and Environment) New Empirical Models for Flood Loss Prediction and Implications for the Coterminous United States (Research Square, October 2022). Wing and co-authors find that a major bottleneck in flood-loss estimation is the development and validation of flood-loss models for both damaged and undamaged homes, a gap FEMA could help close.
Ian Sue Wing (CAS Earth and Environment) Inequality in the Availability of Residential Air Conditioning Across 115 US Metropolitan Areas (PNAS Nexus, October 2022). Wing and co-authors address the challenges that vulnerable urban populations face in adapting to climate-change driven heat stress amplification related to residential air conditioning.
Alice Cronin-Golomb (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences and CISS Affiliate) Telehealth Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, October 2022). Cronin-Golomb and co-authors conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of telehealth transdiagnostic CBT intervention for depression in PwPD. The results showed that telehealth transdiagnostic CBT was an effective intervention for PwPD with depression.
Jonathan Jan Benjamin Mijs (CAS Sociology) Organizing a Weak Anti-Prison Movement? Surrogate Representation and Political Pacification at a Nonprofit Prison Reentry Organization (Emerald Insight, October 2022). Mijs focuses on the intricate dynamics of client-staff interactions. Through the lens of a government-funded prison reentry organization, Mijs illustrates the nonprofit organization’s dual political role and its implications for social movements and political change.
Thomas Byrne (SSW Social Welfare Policy; CISS Affiliate) Text messaging to increase patient engagement in a large health care for the homeless clinic: Results of a randomized pilot study (Digital Health, October 2022). Byrne and co-authors assess the feasibility and effectiveness of text messaging to increase outpatient care engagement and medication adherence in an urban homeless population in Boston.
Krishna Dasaratha (CAS Economics) Learning from Viral Content (arXiv, October 2022). The authors study learning on social media, focusing on how much the algorithm relies on virality when generating news feeds and its effect on steady states.
Zach Rossetti (Wheelock Special Education & CISS Affiliate) Lessons Learned From Research Collaboration Among People With and Without Developmental Disabilities (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, October 2022) Rossetti and colleagues detail practices for fostering “purposeful and proactive collaboration” between researchers with and without a developmental disability. They highlight compensation, role differentiation, leveraging expertise, and technology strategies.
Kathleen Corriveau (Wheelock Applied Human Development) Peer Learning and Cultural Evolution (Pre-Print) Corriveau outlines the role of peer learning in the development of complex instrumental skills and behavioral norms.
Judith Gonyea (SSW Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor) Food insecurity and loneliness amongst older urban subsidized housing residents: The importance of social connectedness (Health & Social Care in the Community, September 2022). Gonyea investigates the prevalence as well as the association between food insecurity and loneliness in the marginalized and often underserved population of older residents of urban subsidized housing.
Kevin Lang (CAS Economics) Borrowing in an Illegal Market: Contracting with Loan Sharks (MIT Press Direct, September 2022). Using over 11,000 unlicensed loans to over 1,000 borrowers in Singapore, Lang and co-authors provide basic information about an understudied market: illegal money lending, touching on the relationship between borrowers and lenders.
Nicolette Manglos-Weber (School of Theology) Religious Life in African Societies (Oxford Academic, September 2022). Manglos-Weber discussed religion in African societies to better understand the significance of global religion, especially as it relates to the legacies of global imperialism and the challenges of religious pluralism.
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology) Longitudinal Associations For Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Justice, and Compassion Among Seminary Students (Archive for the Psychology of Religion, September 2022) Steven Sandage and colleagues explored the relationship between right-wing authoritarianism (RWA), social justice, and compassion through self-surveys of 580 graduate students from 18 North American Christian seminaries over two and a half years. The researchers found that RWA “exerted a negative influence on social justice commitment and compassion” over the time frame.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health) Impact of the Massachusetts Menthol Ban on Perceptions and Cigarette Use Behavior at a Large Safety-net Hospital: A Longitudinal Survey and Qualitative Study (Research Square – Preprint, September 2022) Andrew Stokes and colleagues examined Massachusetts’ ban of menthol cigarettes and its effect on both perception and use among a sample of current smokers. Among their findings was that perception remained mixed but that the ban decreased smoking rates. The research indicates that banning all flavors “is a critical step to reducing tobacco-related health disparities and promoting health equity.”
Randall Ellis (CAS Economics) Prevalence and Associated Expenditures for Treatment of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia in the Commercially Insured Young Population (Journal of Vascular Surgery, October 2022) Ellis and co-authors evaluate the cost-effectiveness of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia endovascular interventions for young people.
Peter Blake (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences) Developmental Risk Sensitivity Theory: The Effects of Socio-Economic Status on Children’s Risky Gain and Loss Decisions (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, September 2022) Blake and co-author find that children from families with lower socioeconomic status take more risks than children from families with higher socioeconomic status. In general, the authors find that children from higher socioeconomic status families are more risk averse.
Andrew Stokes (CISS Affiliate and SPH Global Health) Dynamics of Racial Disparities in All-Cause and Mortality During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PNAS, September 2022)  Stokes and co-authors evaluate “dynamics in mortality disparities during the pandemic and whether changes in disparities persist.” They fund that there is a dynamic nature between racial/ethnic disparities in mortality. They also highlight how the pandemic has exacerbated mortality inequities for Indigenous groups.
Alize Arican (Society of Fellows, CAS Anthropology) Fragment as Verb, Method and Knowing in the City (Society + Space, September 2022) Alize reviews Colin McFarlane’s book Fragments of the City.
Claudia Diezmartínez (CAS Earth and Environment) and Anne Short Gianotti (CAS Earth and Environment) US Cities Increasingly Integrate Justice Into Climate Planning and Create Policy Tools for Climate Justice (Nature Communications, September 2022) The authors evaluate how climate justice has been integrated or not in the climate plans of large cities. They find the pairing of climate plans with climate justice principles (i.e., “recognition of structural and historical injustices”) increasingly popular in large cities. They discuss four policy tools that pioneer cities have developed to operationalize just climate policies on the ground. 
Ian Sue Wing (CAS Earth and Environment) Inequality in the Availability of Residential Air Conditioning Across 115 US Metropolitan Areas (PNAS Nexus, September 2022)As climate change is increasingly affecting us, Sue Wing and co-authors The authors constructed the “empirically derived probabilities of residential AC for 45,995 census tracts across 115 metropolitan areas” to better understand the intra-urban variation in AC prevalence.
Robert Weller (CAS Anthropology) Seasonal Temperature Variability Observed at Abyssal Depths in the Arabian Sea (Scientific Reports, September 2022) Weller and coauthors describe the first in-situ time-series record of seasonal warming and cooling in the Arabian Sea at a depth of 4000 m.” They also found interannual variability. They conducted studies to see if the surface process had an effect on the near-seabed temperature through deep meridional overturning circulation modulated by the Indian monsoon or by Rossby wave propagation.”
Thomas Byrne (CISS Affiliate and SSW Social Welfare Policy) The Impact of Patient-Centered Care of the Relationship Between Access to Care and Subjective Health Outcomes Amongst People Experiencing Homelessness: A Mediation Analysis (Health and Social Care in the Community, September 2022) Byrne and co-authors how people experiencing homelessness access primary and mental healthcare. They find that access to healthcare was positively associated with physical health status and negatively associated with psychological distress.
Michel Anteby (CISS Affiliate and Questrom Management & Organizations) Heroes From Above But Not (Always) From Within? Gig Workers’ Reactions to the Sudden Public Moralization of Their Work (Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, September 2022) Anteby and co-authors study how worked react when thier work is moralized work (i.e. Instacart shoppers lauded as heroes in the pandemic). They find that “workers either reject, adopt, or wrestle with the hero narrative.”
Kathleen Corriveau (CISS Affiliate and Wheelock Applied Human Development) Development of Religious Cognition (Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, September 2022) Corriveau and co-author review of the development and religious cognition. They argue because religion is (i) not directly observable or unavailable for experimentation and (ii) involves deeply held commitments by the adults in their communities.
Andrew Stokes (CISS Affiliate and SPH Global Health) COVID-19 Mortality and Excess Mortality Among Working-Age Residents in California, USA, by Occupation Sector: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis of Mortality Surveillance Data (The Lancet Public Health, September 2022) Stokes and co-Authors study if the trend of essential workers having higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections holds when looking at infections from SARS-CoV-2 variants. They find that the trend did hold, commenting, “Workers in essential sectors have continued to bear the brunt of high COVID-19 and excess mortality throughout the pandemic, particularly in the agriculture, emergency, manufacturing, facilities, and transportation or logistics sectors.”
Abigail Sullivan (CISS Affiliate and CAS Earth & Environment) Bridging the Divide Between Rural and Urban Community-Based Forestry: A Bibliometric Review (Forest Policy and Economics, November 2022) Sullivan conducts a bibliometric review to better understand the difference between rural and urban community-based forest management. She finds that the literature is rather segmented. She recommends that scholars and practitioners that study rural and urban community-based forestry need to work together to improve forests and reduce inequality.
Christopher Robertson (CISS Affiliate and LAW Health Law, Policy, and Management) JD-Next: a Valid and Reliable Tool to Predict Diverse Students’ Success in Law School (Arizona Legal Studies, August 2022) Robertson and coauthors tested the validity and reliability of the JD-Next exam as a potential admissions tool for Juris Doctor programs, comparable to the legacy exams (i.e., LSAT or GRE).  They discuss the advantages of JD-Next and how it may help to “reduce the risk that capable students will be excluded from legal education and the legal profession.”
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) Development and Evaluation of the Clinician-Rates Humility Scale (Journal of Psychology and Theology, August 2022) Sandage and coauthors analyzed the development of the clinician-related humility scale (CRHS) with a sample of clergy working in a mental health center in the United States. 
Thomas Byrne (SSW Social Welfare Policy; CISS Affiliate) Performance of 2 Single-Item Screening Questions to Identity Future Homelessness Among Emergency Department Patients (JAMA Network, August 2022) Byrne and coauthors evaluate if a single-item screening question could identify future homelessness risk among emergency department patients. 
James Cummings (COM Emerging Media Studies; CISS Affiliate) An Exploratory Analysis of Interface Features Influencing Mobile Location Data Disclosure (International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, August 2022) Cummings and co-author conduct an online experiment to understand users’ willingness to disclose location data in exchange for using a service.
Deborah Carr (CAS Sociology and CISS Director) Paternal Occupation and Delirium Risk in Older Adults: A Potential Marker of Early Life Exposures (Innovation in Aging, August 2022) Carr and co-authors study the link between paternal occupation and delirium risk. They find a link between blue-collar paternal occupation and a higher risk and severity of delirium. They also discuss the broader implications of how childhood exposures may lead to different health outcomes later in life. 
Jonathan F. Zaff (Wheelock, Applied Human Development; CISS Affiliate) Impact of Community Well-being on Individual Well-Being: A Longitudinal Multinational Study with 155 Countries (Journal of Community Psychology, August 2022) Zaff and coauthor investigate the relationship between subjective community well-being (CWB) and subjective individual well-being (IWB).
Jonathan F. Zaff (Wheelock, Applied Human Development; CISS Affiliate) “My Story Started When I was Younger…”: A Qualitative Analysis of Youth’s Differential Journeys Away from School (Journal of Adolescent Research, August 2022) Zaff and co-authors study how individuals perceive the role of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how they may have impacted the individual’s decision to leave high school prior to graduating.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health; CISS Affiliate) Xie and Stokes reply to: “Taking for Granted Conclusions from Studies that Cannot Prove Causality of Respiratory Symptoms and Vaping” (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. August 2022) Stokes and co-author address concerns raised by Campagna and Cazci about their previous study, Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Respiratory Symptom Development among U.S. Young Adults. They argue that smoking history was sufficiently adjusted for in their study.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health; CISS Affiliate) Prospective Association Between E-cigarette Use Frequency Patterns and Cigarette Smoking Abstinence Among Adult Cigarette Smokers in the United States (Addiction, August 2022) Stokes and coauthors study the relationship between e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking abstinence. They find that there is a correlation between vaping frequency and smoking abstinence.
Michelle Amazeen (associate professor of communications; director, Center for Communications Research; CISS affiliate) Cutting the Bunk: Comparing the Solo and Aggregate Effects of Prebunking and Debunking Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation (Science Communication, July 2022) Amazeen and coauthors evaluate general and targeted inoculation approaches around covid-19 misinformation. They find that targeted campaigns for those with preexisting condition work to inoculate those individuals again misinformation. They found that general inoculation campaigns are less beneficial as they benefits erode when the individual encounters debunking messages.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) Motivations for E-Cigarette Use and Associations with Vaping Frequency and Smoking Abstinence Among Adults Who Smoke Cigarettes in the United States (Drug and Alcohol Dependence, July 2022) Stokes and co-authors studied the reasons that people vape. They found that participants vaped for convenience, in order to quit smoking, and for experimentation. They also found that motivations for vaping where not associated with abstinence from smoking.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology) Acoustic Regularities in Infant-Directed Speech and Song Across Cultures (Nature Human Behavior, July 2022) Glowacki and co-authors find cross-cultural similarities in the ways adults communicate with infants. They collected 1,615 recordings produced by 410 people in 21 urban, rural, and small-scale societies. They argue that across cultures, adults change the acoustic sound of their voices in similar ways.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) E-cigarette Use Among High School Students in the United States Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Trends, Correlates, and Sources of Acquisition (Preventative Medicine Reports, July 2022) Stokes and co-authors find an increase in e-cigarette usage and nicotine dependence, including in US high school students. Within the high school population, they find that usage individuals with substance abuse or psychosocial stressors (e.g. bullying). They also find an increasing number of youth obtaining e-cigarettes via borrowing or obtaining via other people, often working to evade age-restrictions.
Makarand Amrish Mody (SPH Hospitality Administration and CISS Affiliate) How Do Consumers Select Between Hotels and Airbnb? A Hierarchy of Importance in Accommodation Choice (International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, July 2022) Mody and coauthors study consumer choices when deciding between hotels and Airbnbs for vacation accommodations.
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) Supporting Chaplains on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Method Practice-Based Pilot Intervention Study (Psychological Services, July 2022) Sandage and co-authors evaluate spiritually integrated support group intervention for chaplains across multiple industries using sessions co-facilitated by psychotherapists. They find a significant decrease in burnout and spiritual/moral struggles and an increase in resilience and flourishing.
John M. Marston (CAS Archaeology) Early Millet Cultivation, Subsistence Diversity, and Wild Plant Use at Neolithic Anle, Lower Yangtze, China (The Holocene, July 2022) Marston and co-author Yiyi Tang (CAS ’21, GRS ’21) focus on non-rice plant resources in Anle, Lower Yangtze, China. The researchers study how plants were exploited for food and medicinal purposes. The authors look at how people in this region developed a “seasonal sequence of temporally compatible crops, constructing niches for two crops (rice and millet) and actively structuring opportunities to exploit available wild plant resources in their immediate environment.”
David M. Carballo (CAS Archeology) Mesoamerican Urbanism: Indigenous Institutions, Infrastructure, and Resilience (Urban Studies, July 2022) Carballo and co-authors compare Mesoamerican cities, studying the correlation between collective government institutions and city longevity.
Alya Guseva (CAS Sociology) From the New Editors (Socioeconomic Review, July 2022). Guseva and co-author introduce themselves as the new co-editors-in-chief of Socioeconomic Review, the flagship journal of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. They share their vision for the future of the journal and the new initiatives they will pursue.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) Longitudinal Evidence on Treatment Discontinuation, Adherence, and Loss of Hypertension Control in Four Middle-Income Countries (Science Translational Medicine, July 2022) Stokes and co-authors evaluate longitudinal data of individuals with hypertension in China, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa. They found that most individuals in their sample lost blood pressure control during the study. Furthermore, many individuals chose to discontinue treatment. The authors discuss the implications of this research as it pertains to hypertension control, improving diagnosis, and initiating treatment.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) COVID-19 Mortality Among Working-Age Americans in 46 States, by Industry and Occupation (Ebase, 2022) Stokes and coauthors evaluate the claim that being an essential worker was a risk factor for contracting SARS-CoV-2, subsequent disease, or mortality. They also discuss workplace policies to help reduce workers’ risk of contracting SARs-CoV-2.
Raymond Fisman (CAS Economics) Experimental Evidence of Physician Social Preferences (PNAS Economical Sciences, April 2022) Fisman and co-authors look at the tradeoffs between altruism, equality, and efficiency that physicians make when working to allocate limited medical resources. To do so, they studied physician preferences with a nationwide sample of practicing physicians. This sample was then compared to three other populations: a representative sample of Americans, an “elite” sample of Americans, and a nationwide sample of medical students. They find that physicians score higher for altruism that the other three populations, something that cannot be explained by age or income.
Kimberly Rhoten (CAS Sociology) A Queer-Feminist Analysis of BDSM Jurisprudence in Common Law Courts (Berkeley Journal of Criminal  Law, 2022) Rhoten and co-author evaluate how the legal systems in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States engage with litigants who practice bondage, discipline, and domination, and submission and sadomasochism (BDSM). They argue that BDSM participants are viewed as sexually deviant, and therefore approaches to censure or legally punish their activities are pursued.
Jonathan J.B. Mijs (CAS Sociology) Merit and Ressentiment: How to Tackle the Tyranny of Merit (Theory and Research in Education, July 2022) Mijs discusses Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Meritocracy, pushing back on the concept that people are disillusioned with meritocracy but rather than people are disillusioned due to the “broken promise of liberalism and democracy.” Mijs also discusses some of the practical limitations of Sandel’s suggestions regarding elite university admissions.
Mary Elizabeth Collins (SSW Social Welfare Policy) Ethical Responses to COVID Pandemic: Compassion, Solidarity, and Justice (The Global and Social Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Ethical and Philosophical Reflection, 2022) Mary Elizabeth Collins and Co-author evaluate Covid-19 pandemic responses, looking specifically at the effects on marginalized persons. They also make suggestions for policies that are more compassionate and just.
Jessica T. Simes (CAS Sociology) “We’re Here to Help”: Criminal Justice Collaboration Among Social Science Service Providers Across the Urban-Rural Continuum (Social Science Review, June 2022) Simes and co-author discuss the collaboration and reliance of social service providers on law enforcement, especially in areas with weak social and economic infrastructures. The authors evaluate the implication of this relationship on mass incarceration and prison reintegration efforts.
David M. Carballo (CAS Anthropology) Big Gods and Big Science: Further Reflections on Theory, Data, and Analysis (Religion, Brain & Behavior, June 2022) Carballo and co-authors test the Big Gods Hypothesis with respect to the evolution of socio-political complexity (SPC) in world history. They find two main drivers of this evolution: intensity of warfare and agricultural productivity.
Steven Sandage (STH Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate) Attachment Neuroscience and Matin Luther King, Jr.’s Nonviolent Philosophy: Implications for the 21st Century and Beyond (Journal of Black Psychology, June 2022) Sandage and coauthors merge Martine Luther King’s theory of non-violence and modern neuroscience into the Kingian Neuro-Relational Theory (KNRT). This framework was developed to “aid research and develop strategies for reducing many forms of societal violence, with eventual outcomes of improving mental and physical health via stress reduction, and subsequent creation of a more socially just world.”
Alice Cronin-Golomb (CAS Psychological and Brain Sciences and CISS Affiliate) Perceived Stigma and Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease with Additional Health Conditions (General Psychiatry, June 2022) Cronin-Golomb and coauthors study individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and one additional health condition. They find that individuals with other health conditions (i.e. thyroid disease, depression, anxiety, etc) were at heightened risk of perceived stigma and poorer quality of life
Mary Elizabeth Collins (SSW Social Welfare Policy and CISS Affiliate) COVID Impacts on U.S. You Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities (Journal of Education and Work, June 2022) Collins and co-authors evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on community-based workforce development programming for youth (not in school or in the workforce). In this article, they discuss innovations and challenges brought on by COVID-19 and provide policy and practical recommendations.
Thomas Byrne (SSW Social Welfare Policy and CISS Affiliate) Examining the Intersection of Housing Instability and Violence Among LGBTQ Adults (Journal of Homosexuality, June 2022) Thomas Byrne and co-authors study the relationship between housing instability and LGBTQ status. They found that LGBTQ persons were more likely to sleep outdoors in a car. They also found that LGBTQ individuals were more likely to need alternative hosting due to violence from family/friends, substance abuse, and mental health issues.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) Depressive Symptoms and Multi-Joint Pain Partially Mediate the Relationship Between Obesity and Opioid Use in People with Knee Osteoarthritis (Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, June 2022) Stokes and co-authors conducted a longitudinal study of over 2,300 participants, looking specifically at the relationships between obesity, opioid use, and depressive symptoms. They found that multi-joint pain and depressive symptoms partially explained greater opioid use among obese persons.
Center for Antiracist Research (CAR) Moving Towards Antibigotry: Collected Essays from the Center for Antiracists Research’s Antibigotry Convening (Center for Antiracist Research, June 2022) Ibram X. Kendi and other scholars discuss ableism, ageism, anti-Asian American racism, anti-blackness/colorism, anti-fat bigotry, anti-pacific islander bigotry, antisemitism, classism, heterosexism and transphobia, islamophobia, linguicism, religious tolerance, and sexism.
David Mayers (CAS Political Science and CISS Affiliates) Freelance Revolutionist: Agnes Smedley in Wartime China (1937-1941) (Diplomacy & Statecraft, June 2022) Mayers discusses the life and career of Agnes Smedley in the context of current Sino-American relations.
Ian Sue Wing (CAS Earth & Environment and CISS Steering Committee Member) When and How to Use Economy-Wide Models for Environmental Policy Analysis (Annual Review of Resource Economics, June 2022) Sue Wing and co-authors provide a framework for when to use computational general models (CGE) for environmental policy analysis, comparing the approach to partial equilibrium or engineering models.
Robert Margo (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate) “Mechanization Takes Command?” Powered Machinery and Production Times in Late Nineteenth-Century American Manufacturing (Journal of Economic History, June 2022) Margo and co-authors evaluated hand labor production and machine labor production, working to estimate the frequency and impact of the use of inanimate power of production operation times. They find that the switch to machine labor production accounted for one-quarter to one-third of all productivity advantage gained at this time. They also discuss other, often related factors that worked alongside this mechanization that increased productivity.
Thomas Byrne (SSW Social Welfare Policy and CISS Affiliate) Examining Perceived Coercion in Drug Treatment Courts (International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, June 2022) Byrne and co-authors look to validate a scale that measures the perceptions of teamwork skills. Their test population consists of Spanish students enrolled in vocational training.
Deborah Carr (CAS Sociology and CISS Director) Older Adults’ Relationship Trajectories and Estate Planning (Journal of Family and Economic Issues, June 2022) Carr and co-author Shinae Choi evaluate whether rates of estate planning (i.e., having a will or trust) differ on the basis of one’s romantic relationship trajectory. They find that long-term married and widowed persons have the highest rates of estate planning, and persons who require estate planning most — divorced, cohabiting, and lifelong single persons — have low rates of estate planning.  The authors discuss the implications for the financial security of older adults and their families. 
John Marston (CAS Archeology and CISS Affiliate) First Archeological Identification of Nixtamalized Maize, From Two Pit Latrines at the Ancient Maya Site of San Bartolo, Guatemala (Journal of Archeological Science, July 2022) Marston and co-authors discovered archaeological evidence of nixtamalization of maize, the method used to create masa dough for tortillas and tamales, from a 9th-century context at the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. This is the first direct evidence for nixtamalization ever documented archaeologically.
Mary Elizabeth Collins (SSW Social Welfare Policy and CISS Affiliate) Understanding Relations Between State-Level Variation in TANF Spending and Substantiated Child Maltreatment in the USA (Journal of Social Service Research). The Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) is supposed to alleviate poverty. Collins and co-authors evaluate if TANF can indirectly affect child maltreatment. They study this relationship with the states’ racial composition as a moderator. The authors also discuss the implications of their findings on anti-racist poverty policy and the prevention of child abuse.
Steven Sandage (STH Psychology of Religion and Theology and CISS Affiliate). The Moderating Influence of Religiousness/Spirituality on Covid-19 Impact and Change in Psychotherapy (Religions, May 2022) Sandage and co-authors look into current literature linking religiousness/spirituality, COVID-19 impact, symptoms, and well-being. They expand on the current debate by looking specifically among psychotherapy clients, studying 185 individuals.
Andrews Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) Association of Cigarette-e-Cigarette Transitions with Respiratory Symptom Incidence: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Path Study, 2014-2019 (A25 Tobacco and THC Health Science, ATS Journals, May 2022) Stokes and co-authors evaluated a nationally representative sample over a five year period to assess the risk of respiratory symptoms associated with the transition from nonuse to e-cigarette use and cigarette use. They discuss the risk of e-cigarette initiation and the potential harm-reduction benefits associated with e-cigarettes relative to cigarettes.
H. Denis Wu (COM Communication and CISS Affiliate) The Images of News Media Perceived by People as Antecedent of News Use (Journalism & Communication Monographs, May 2022) Wu discusses the article News Media Image: Typology of Audience Perspectives by Soo Young Shin, highlighting the contributions Shin has made to the field as well as some of the drawbacks of this typology.
Christopher Robertson (LAW Law and CISS Affiliate) What The Harm Principle Says About Vaccination and Healthcare Rationing (Boston University School of Law’s Research Paper Series, May 2022) During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were acute shortages of healthcare resources leading to decisions surrounding who should receive care and who should not. Within this decision, is the reality that some individuals chose to be vaccinated and others refused. Robertson argues that healthcare providers that do not consider vaccination status are harming the patients who did choose to get vaccinated. Robertson discusses how to evaluate who should receive care and how this criterion can be scaled along with other criteria.
Randall Ellis (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate) Treatment of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia in the Commercially Insured Younger Population (Journal of Vascular Surgery, June 2022) Ellis and co-authors evaluated the patient data of over 43 million patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). They evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of different interventions. 
 Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health) Evaluation of Age Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality by Race and Ethnicity From March 2020 to October 2021 in the US (JAMA Network Open, May 2022) Stokes and coauthors evaluate a large decrease in covid death rates for those aged 80 and older paired with an increase in the covid death rate in younger adults. They discuss why we may be seeing an increase in younger adults.
Jessica T. Simes (CAS Sociology) Prenatal Healthcare After Sentencing Reform: Heterogeneous Effects for Prenatal Healthcare Access and Equity (BMC Public Health, May 2022) Simes and co-author use Pennsylvania’s criminal sentencing reform as a way to evaluate the role of imprisonment in whether a birthing people will attain early and adequate prenatal care. They find that communities where prison admissions numbers decreased, there was an increase in early and adequate prenatal care. They also found that this trend was most noticeable among those with lower educational attainment and Black birthing people.
Kathleen Corriveau (Wheelock Human Development and CISS Affiliate) Persistence in Science Play and gender: Findings from Early Childhood Classrooms in Ireland (Early Education and Development, May 2022) Corriveau and co-authors evaluated whether science tasks were introduced to girls in terms of action or identity impacted engagement in the activities. They found that language framing of the activities did not impact student engagement. The authors instead argue that other factors may be at play including potential negative feedback.
Charles Chang (CAS Linguistics and CISS Affiliate) Sociophonetic Variation Amount Asian Americans: The Role of Ethnicity and Style (The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, May 2022) Danielle Dionne (CAS Linguistics) and Chang study sociophonetic variation of 23 Asia Americans, representing four ethnic groups (Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese), finding similarities and difference in speech production.
Heather Mooney (CAS Sociology) So You’ve Provincialized the Canon. Now What? (Teaching Sociology, May 2022) Mooney and co-author write about how to teach the canon of social theories today. They discuss instructors’ attempts to “provincialize” classic texts in their courses and incorporate critics and diversity the authors they teach. Mooney and co-author raise new concerns surrounding the teaching of canonical works and provide a framework.
Steven Sandage (STH Psychology of Theology and Religion and CISS Affiliate) The Psychometric Challenges of Implementing Wellbeing Assessment into Clinical Research and Practice: A Commentary on “Assessing Mental Wellbeing using the Mental Health Continuum–Short Form: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analytic Structural Equation Modeling.” (Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, May 2022) Sandage and coauthors comment on Iasiello et al’s Assessing Mental Wellbeing using the Mental Health Continuum—Short Form: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analytic Structural Equation Modelling.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Estimated Excess Mortality From External Causes in the US, March to December 2020 (JAMA Internal Medicine, May 2022) Stokes and coauthors work to understand the racial and ethnic disparities in estimated excess deaths from external causes during the COVID-19 pandemic. They take a deeper look into homicides, drug overdoses, and transportation fatalities. They find that the pandemic contributed to these racial and ethnic disparities in various ways.
Steven Sandage (STH Psychology of Theology and Religion and CISS Affiliate) Religious Differences in Spiritually Integrated Couple Therapy (Spiritual Diversity in Psychotherapy, May 2022) Sandage edited and published in this publication. This book focuses on how spirituality and religion can be integrated into psychotherapy practice. 
James J Cummings (COM Emerging Media Studies and CISS Affiliate) All Too Real: A Typology of User Vulnerabilities in Extended Reality. (Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Novel Challenges of Safety, Security, and Privacy in Extended Reality, April 2022) Cummings and coauthor investigate the potential threats to agency, privacy, and safety posed by the development and use of the metaverse.
Thomas Byrne (SSW Social Work and CISS Affiliate) A Randomized Controlled Trial of Moral Reconation Therapy to Reduce the Risk for Criminal Recidivism amount Justice-Involved Adults in Mental Health Residential Treatment (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, April 2022) Byrne and coauthors run a randomized control trial with 341 justice-involved patients in a mental health residential treatment programs to test the efficacy of moral reconation therapy (MRT). While MRT is widely used within criminal justice settings, this is the first randomized control trial of MRT. 
Heba Gowayed (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate) Refuge (Princeton University Press, April 2022) In this book, Gowayed spends three years following the lives of Syrian refugees who fled to Canada, the United States, and Germany. While centering her discussion on the human experience of displacement, Gowayed shows how each country handles its refugee population and how that impacts the families’ integration into the new society.
Andrew Stokes (SPH Global Health and CISS Affiliate) E-Cigarette Use and Combustible Cigarette Smoking Initiation among Youth: Accounting for Time-Varying Exposure and Time-Dependent Confounding (Epidemiology, March 2022) Stokes and co-authors look at the relationships between e-cigarette use and the subsequent use of combustible cigarette smoking in youth, focus on understudied time-varying and time-dependent factors.
Deborah Carr (CAS Sociology and CISS Director) The Effect of Physical Limitations on Depressive Symptoms over the Life Course: Is Optimism a Protective Buffer? (The Journal of Gerontology: Series B, April 2022) Carr and co-authors find that optimism protects against depressive symptoms among midlife adults with disability, yet the same protective effects do not extend to older adults.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology and CISS Affiliate) Key Individuals Catalyse Intergroup Violence (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, April 2022) Glowacki and co-author argue that key individuals initiating violence help coalitionary aggression emerge. They discuss some traits and processes in which key individuals acts as a catalyst, and assist in the development of coalitionary violence.
Luke Glowacki (CAS Anthropology and CISS Affiliate) Are Strangers Just Enemies You Have Not Yet Met? Group Homogeneity, Not Intergroup Relations, Shapes Ingroup Bias in Three Natural Groups (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, April 2022) Glowacki and co-authors study the relationship between homogeneity and ingroup bias, finding that ingroup bias appears as positive concern for members of their ingroup which is further amplified when an ingroup is homogenous.
Jonathan Mijs (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate). Deliberating Inequality: A Blueprint for Studying the Social Formation of Beliefs about Economic Inequality (Social Justice Research, April 2022) Mijs and coauthors work to understand why people underestimate the extent of economic inequality and as a result are less likely to support increased taxes and wealth redistribution to address inequality. The authors work to understand how social interactions help us develop our understanding of wealth and income inequality.
Katherine Levine Einstein (CAS Political Science and CISS Affiliate), David M. Glick (CAS Political Science), and Maxwell Palmer (CAS Political Science). (OpenBU, March 2022) 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap. The 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors is a nationally representative survey of American mayors and is based on interviews with 126 sitting mayors from 39 states. In this edition, the Survey discusses mayors’ opinions on COVD-19 recovery, equity and small business, closing the racial wealth gap, and housing and homelessness. 
Kathleen Corriveau (Wheelock and CISS Affiliate) The Scientists Are Going to Figure it Out: Parent Explanations in Time of Pandemic Uncertainty (School of Psychology, March 2022) Corriveau and coauthors explore how parents from different cultures (Northern Ireland, USA, and Colombia) explain the origins, spread, and mitigation of COVID-19. The authors compare these parents’ explanations with their reports on their children’s anxiety-related behaviors.
Randall P. Ellis (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate) Development and Assessment of a New Framework for Disease Surveillance, Prediction and Risk Adjustments: The Diagnostic Items Classification System (JAMA Health Forum, March 2022) Ellis and co-authors evaluate the International Classification, tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) to see if it is organized in a way to allow for more accurate and useful predictive models when evaluating disease surveillance and plan payment.
James J. Cummings (COM Emerging Media Studies and CISS Affiliate) Stimulus Sampling and Research Integrity (Research Integrity: Best Practices for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Oxford University Press, 2022) In this book chapter, Cummings and co-author discuss issues of stimulus sampling and how that affects the integrity of social and behavioral research. They argue that while there is significant attention paid to population/people sampling, we also need to focus on making stimuli representative in order to ensure the robustness of scientific results.
Jonathan Mijs (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate). Adolescents’ Future in the Balance of Family, School, and the Neighborhood: A Multidimensional Application of Two Theoretical Perspectives. (Social Science Quarterly, March 2022) Mijs and co-author evaluate whether cultural resources (family, school, and neighborhood) foster or depress educational aspirations, expectations, and performance.
Joseph Harris (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate) and Jonathan Shaffer (CAS Sociology). Comparing Disciplinary Engagement in Global Research Across the Social Sciences (Social Science Quarterly, March 2022) Harris and Shaffer review contributions to global health made by individuals in the major social science disciplines, which they define as anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology.
Katherine Levine Einstein (CAS Political Science and CISS Affiliate), David M. Glick (CAS Political Science), and Maxwell Palmer (CAS Political Science). Developing a Pro-Housing Movement? Public Trust of Developers, Fractured Coalitions, and the Challenges of Measuring Political Power (Interest Groups & Advocacy, March 2022). Levine Einstein, Glick, and Palmer evaluate the increasing power that homeowners and homeowner interest groups have to influence federal, state, and local policy. The authors argue that developers and their perceived profit-seeking behavior may have worked to limit the development of new housing and may lead to the rise of housing reform coalitions.
Mary Elizabeth Collins (SSW and CISS Affiliate). Family Engagement in Child Welfare System-Level Change: A Review of Current Models (Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, February 22, 2022).  Collins and co-authors contribute to research on the program- and system-level family models by analyzing publicly available data to document U.S. state efforts to engage families.
Ian Sue Wing (Earth & Environment and CISS Steering Committee Member) Heterogeneous climate change impacts on electricity demand in world cities circa mid-century (Scientific Reports, March 2022) Sue Wing and co-author evaluate energy consumption patterns during hot and cold hours in 36 cities. They find that the large temperature increases in tropical cities are offset by consumers’ willingness to consume regardless of changing prices or income. This contributes to lower air conditioning penetration.
Christopher T. Robertson (LAW and CISS Affiliate) Patient Assistance Programs and the Anti-Kickback Statute: Charting a Pathway Forward (JAMA, March 2022) Robertson and co-authors discuss the need for Congress to address increasingly high drug prices and how patient assistance programs and the anti-kickback statute could be adjusted to help ensure that necessary medication is accessible to those who need it.
Jessica Silbey (LAW and CISS Affiliate) Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age (June 2022, Stanford University Press). In this book, Jessica Silbey discusses how intellectual property laws interact with contemporary fundamental values (i.e. equality, privacy, and justice). Silbey examines case law and the stories of everyday creators/innovators as they navigate the IP laws. She argues that we need to redefine what progress is regarding IP law and how IP law can be used to meet the urgent needs of our society today.
Christopher Robertson (LAW and CISS Affiliate) The Future of Medical Device Regulation: Innovation and Protection (April 2022, Cambridge University Press). In this volume, Robertson, and co-contributors provide a multidisciplinary evaluation of the ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns surrounding medical devices in the US and EU.
Johannes Schmieder (CAS Economics and CISS Affiliate). “Ineqaulity and Income Dymanics in Germany” (Center for Economic Policy Research, March 2022) Schmieder and c0-authors provide a comprehensive analysis of income inequality and income dynamics for Germany over the last two decades. In the first part of the paper, they discuss gender differences in earnings and inequality over time. In the second part of the paper, they evaluate income inequality and dynamics between self-employed individuals, business owners, and landlords. 
Randall Ellis (Economics, and CISS affiliate). “Primary Healthcare Effects of a Well-Designed Anti-Corruption Program” (World Development Perspectives, March 2022). Ellis and co-authors find no evidence that Brazil’s Corregedoria-Geral da União’s (CGU) anti-corruption program fosters better health sector outcomes. Their work corroborates the general view that the legal system is slow to identify, prosecute, and punish criminal activities.
Andrew Stokes (School of Public Health and CISS Affiliate). “County-Level Estimates of Excess Mortality Associated with COVID-19 in the United States.” (SSM-Population Health, March 2022). Stokes and colleagues conclude that estimates of excess mortality at the local level can inform the allocation of resources to areas most impacted by the pandemic and contribute to positive behavior feedback loops, such as increases in mask-wearing and vaccine uptake.
Jonathan Mijs (Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “Belief in Meritocracy Reexamined: Scrutinizing the Role of Subjective Social Mobility” (Social Psychology Quarterly, February 18, 2022). Mijs and co-authors study how meritocratic beliefs about success relate to individuals’ social mobility experiences. They find that subjective upward mobility is associated with stronger meritocratic beliefs, and downward mobility is associated with stronger structuralist beliefs—but has no bearing on people’s meritocracy beliefs.
Landon Lauder (Doctoral candidate, Sociology). “Cruising Boston and Providence: The Roles of Place and Desire for Reflexive Queer Research(ers)” (Ethnography, February 10, 2022). Lauder argues for a continuous, although never complete, use of reflexivity that addresses the researcher’s personal desires and orientations—there before the research started—that can influence what topics we study, the questions we ask, the methods and sites we choose, how we interact with others in the field, and our analyses
Kimberly Rhoten (Doctoral candidate, Sociology). U.S. Family Law Along the Slippery Slope: The Limits of a Sexual Rights Strategy for Polyamorous Parents (Sexualities, January 2022). Rhoten and co-authors use the concept of sexual citizenship to frame the analysis of U.S. family courts’ normative construction of family, identifying striking parallels between family courts’ historical and contemporary prejudicial treatment of LGBTQ parents and the institution’s similar delegitimization and denigration of polyamorous parents today.
Wesley Wildman (STH and CISS affiliate). “It’s WEIRD How Much Joseph Henrich Needs Computational Simulation.” (Religion, Brain and Behavior, January 28, 2022).  Wildman shows how computer simulation models can help understand whether high-cost lifestyles can be sustainable (i.e., a high-cost equilibrium exists in the energy landscape) for an entire society under specifiable conditions.
Stephen Kalberg (Professor Emeritus, Sociology). Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations: A Reconstruction (Routledge). Kalberg examines civilizations through the broad lens articulated by the works of Max Weber. This volume reconstructs Weber’s sociology in a manner that provides clear guidelines to researchers seeking to investigate civilizations systematically.
David M. Carballo (Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies, and CISS affiliate). “Governance Strategies in Precolonial Central Mexico.” (Frontiers in Political Science, February 2022). Carballo shows how governance varied synchronically and diachronically in central Mexico across these axes, and especially in relation to resource dilemmas, fiscal financing, the relative strength of corporate groups versus patron-client networks, and how rulership was legitimated.
David M. Carballo (Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies, and CISS affiliate). “Communication, Computation, and Governance: A Multiscalar Vantage on the Prehispanic Mesoamerican World.” (Journal of Social Computing, February 2022).Carballo and co-author Gary M. Fennman illustrate how institutional differences in governance had a marked effect on the specific modes and technologies through which prehispanic Mesoamerican peoples communicated across time and space.
Michele A. “Shelly” DeBiasse (Sargent College and CISS Affiliate). “Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Identifying Students, Interns, and Practitioners of Dietetics” (Journal of Critical Dietetics, February 2022). The authors call for better data collection, improved coursework/training on inclusion and greater content on nutrition/healthcare needs for LGBTQ-identifying patients and clients. Read here. 
Peter Blake (Psychological & Brain Sciences, and CISS Steering Committee). “From “Haves” to “Have Nots”: Developmental Declines in Subjective Social Status Reflect Children’s Growing Consideration of What They Do Not Have” (Cognition, February 2022). Blake and colleagues find that children may increasingly consider what they lack to determine their status.
Parker Shipton (Anthropology and CISS Affiliate). Land and the Mortgage: History, Culture Belonging (Berghahn Books, February 2022).  In this edited volume anthropologists, historians, and economists explore origins, variations, and meanings of the land mortgage, and the risks to homes and livelihoods.
Makrand Mody (School of Hospitality Administration and CISS Affiliate). “Using the Health Belief Model to Examine Travelers’ Willingness to Vaccinate and Support for Vaccination Requirements prior to Travel.” (Tourism Management, February 2022). Mody and collaborators provide a theoretically informed understanding of the dynamics that may enable the success of important health-related travel policy in the wake of COVID-19.
Christopher Robertson (Law and CISS Affiliate). “Threat and Emotions: Mobilizing and Attitudinal Outcomes of a Ballistic Missile Scare.” (Social Problems, February 2022). Robertson and co-author Kelly Bergstrand examine the false ballistic missile alert that occurred in Hawaii in 2018, which presented a unique opportunity for assessing the civic and mobilizing outcomes of a threat. They conclude that emotions may serve as a bridge that can connect personal, concrete, lived-experiences to more abstract, complex, or future-oriented issues and grievances.
Steven Sandage (STH and CISS Affiliate). “The Influence of Experiential Avoidance, Humility and Patience on the Association Between Religious/Spiritual Exploration and Well-Being” (Journal of Happiness Studies, January 18, 2022). Sandage and co-authors conclude that encouraging engagement in humility and patience self-cultivation practices could move them toward greater well-being.
Joseph Harris (Sociology and CISS Affiliate) “American Medical Sociology and Health Problems in the Global South.” (Sociological Perspectives, January 2022). Harris and co-author Rebecca Farber (BU Sociology PhD, 2019 and assistant professor of sociology at William & Mary) examine the reasons why U.S. medical sociology journals and conferences pay scant attention to global health concerns, despite their intensifying importance.
Laurence Kotlikoff (Economics). Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life (Little, Brown & Co., January 2022). In his latest book, Kotlikoff harnesses the power of economics and advanced computation to deliver a host of spellbinding but simple money magic tricks to transform readers’  financial future.
Heba Gowayed (Sociology) and Ashley Mears (Sociology). “Pause, Pivot, and Shift: Situational Human Capital and Responses to Sudden Job Loss.” (American Behavioral Scientist,  January 14, 2022). The authors, with co-author Nicholas Occhiuto, examine how workers respond to rapid changes in the labor market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They find government unemployment benefits to be insufficient as they focus on workers’ pauses, yet neglect to support workers as they pivot and shift during periods of labor market instability and disruption.
Jessica Simes (Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “The Consequences of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act for Police Arrests.” (PLOS One, January 12, 2022). Simes and Jacquelyn Jahn show that expanded Medicaid insurance reduced police arrests, particularly drug-related arrests. They conclude that broad health policy reforms can meaningfully reduce contact with the criminal justice system under historic conditions of mass criminalization.
Deborah Carr (Sociology and CISS Director). “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Advance Care Planning: Assessing the Role of Subjective Life Expectancy.” (Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, January 9, 2022). Carr and Yifan Lou show that persons who are unsure of their future survival are less likely to do advance care planning, although these perceptions do not explain away persistent race disparities in ACP. Doctor-patient conversations about the likely course of one’s illness may inform patients’ knowledge of their SLE, which may motivate timely ACP.


Merav Shohet (CAS Sociology and CISS Affiliate) Silence and Sacrifice (University of California Press, April 2021) In this book, Shohet evaluates the role of sacrifice in keeping families together in turbulent times (war, political and economic upheaval, etc.). Drawing on decades of research in Vietnam, Shohet discusses the role of female domestic sacrifices and their silent suffering help to forge a sense on continuity ion the face of change and trauma.
Jonathan Mijs (Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “Belief Change in Times of Crisis: Providing Facts about COVID-19-Induced Inequalities Closes the Partisan Divide but Fuels Intra-partisan Polarization about Inequality.” (Social Science Research, December 2021). Mijs and co-authors ask whether the stress of COVID-19 has made people responsive to information about inequality, even if that entails crossing ideological divides. They conclude that disagreement over inequality may be rooted not in fundamentally incompatible worldviews but in different perceptions of how things are.
BU Sociology faculty and graduate students are the creative force behind Accounts,  the quarterly newsletter of the Economic Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. In the Fall  2021 issue, read interviews with Professor Alya Guseva, articles by graduate students Elif Birced, Ya-Ching Huang, Meghann Lucy, and Gokhan Mulayim. Professor Ashley Mears is the section’s chair-elect and Professor Neha Gondal is Secretary-Treasurer.
Andrew Stokes (School of Public Health and CISS Affiliate)  “Mortality Following Workplace Injury: Quantitative Bias Analysis.” (Annals of Epidemiology, December 2021). Stokes and collaborators find that work place injuries predict mortality risk, although these effects are partially accounted for by risk factors including smoking and obesity. The results underscore the importance of adjusting for confounds to isolate the distinctive effects of injury.
Curtis Runnels (Archeology) The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere (Journal of Island and Coastal Archeology, Nov 2021) Runnels and co-author reviews Paulette F. C. Steeves’s book The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere, arguing that it should be required reading for all archeologists. Steve’s book looks at how archeological conceptualizations surrounding when humans moved to the Americas has led to indigenous erasure.
Abigail Sullivan (Earth & Environment, and CISS Affiliate). “Collective Action for Changing Forests: A Spatial, Social-ecological Approach to Assessing Participation in Invasive Plant Management.” (Global Environmental Change, November 2021). The work of Sullivan and co-author Abigail York highlights the importance of considering social and biophysical factors across space and time to inform the design of institutions that will be effective in addressing collection action problems tied to environmental change.
Jessica Simes (Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “The Population Prevalence of Solitary Confinement.” (Science Advances, November 26, 2021).  Simes and her co-authors find that 11% of all black men in Pennsylvania, born 1986 to 1989, were incarcerated in solitary confinement by age 32. Their work suggests that harsh conditions of U.S. incarceration have population-level effects on black men’s well-being.
Steven Sandage (School of Theology and CISS Affiliate). “Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies in Real-World Clinical Practice: Synthesizing the Literature to Identify Best Practices and Future Research Directions.” (Psychotherapy, November 29, 2021). Sandage and his co-authors provide a comprehensive review of the practice-based evidence for spiritually integrated psychotherapy (SIP) is necessary in order to catalyze research and training in this important diversity area.
Steven Sandage (School of Theology and CISS Affiliate). “Religious Diversity and Well-Being in Positive Psychology: Implications for Clinical Practice.” (Counseling Psychology Quarterly, November 23, 2021). Sandage and his co-authors assert that greater attention ought to be paid to more particular understandings of well-being, especially those emerging from religious traditions, and highlight ways to merge religious and clinical approaches in psychotherapeutic contexts.
Max Greenberg (Sociology and CISS Affiliate) “Other Statistical Lives (International Journal of Health Research and Public Health, October 2021) Greenberg draws on ethnographic and interview data collected in interpersonal violence prevention programs. He theorizes three “other lives” of statistically produced risk factors: the past lives of risk factors as quantifiable lived experience, the professional lives of risk as a practical vocabulary shaping social interactions, and the missing lives of risk as a meaningful social category for those marked as at risk. Greenberg considers how understanding these other lives of statistical risk can help public health scholars better understand barriers to social equity.
Japonica Brown-Saracino (BU Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “Changing Social Context and Queer Recruitment Panics.” (Contexts, Summer 2021). Brown-Saracino and co-authors explore the parallels between how Americans identify their gender and sexuality, and how we define these same identities.

Ana Villarreal (BU Sociology). “Domesticating Danger: Coping Codes and Symbolic Security amid Violent Organized Crime in Mexico.” (Sociological Theory, December 2021). The article draws on qualitative fieldwork conducted in the midst of a gruesome turf war in Monterrey, Mexico, to conceptualize coping in the face of danger.

Deborah Carr (BU Sociology and CISS director). “Physical Disability at Work: How Functional Limitation Affects Perceived Discrimination and Interpersonal Relationships in the Workplace.” (Journal of Health and Social Behavior, December 2021). Carr and co-author Eun Ha Namkung show the complex ways that physical disability affects workplace experiences including  perceived job discrimination, unequal workplace opportunities, and supervisor and coworker support.
David Glick, Katherine Levine Einstein, and Maxwell Palmer (BU Political Science). Building Back Back Better: 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors (Initiative on Cities, November 2021). The authors find that among long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s mayors are most concerned with residents’ mental health and learning loss.
Nancy Ammerman (Professor Emerita, BU Sociology and Religion). Studying Lived Religion: Contexts and Practices (New York University Press, December 2021). Ammerman examines religious practices wherever they happen—both within religious spaces and in everyday life.
Luke Glowacki (BU Anthropology and CISS Affiliate). “How Small-Scale Societies Achieve Large-Scale Cooperation.” Current Opinion in Psychology (April 2022). Glowacki and co-author Sheina Lew-Levy explore mechanisms promoting cooperation in small-scale societies, including social norms that encourage prosocial behavior, reciprocal exchange relationships, reputation that facilitates high-cost cooperation, and relational wealth.
Steve Sandage (School of Theology and CISS Affiliate). “Minority Stress & Mental Health for Sexual Minority Adults from Religious Families: the Role of Religious Coping.” International Journal of Systemic Therapy (October 13, 2021). Sandage and colleagues explore how lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer adults use religious coping strategies for dealing with life’s stressors such as interpersonal rejection in family and religious settings.
Michele A. “Shelly” DeBiasse (Sargent College and CISS Affiliate).  “Letter to Editor: Let’s Design, Conduct, and Report Research with Diversity and Inclusion in Mind.” (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, November 10, 2021). DeBiasse and colleagues call for the use of gender-inclusive language within manuscripts and engagement with diverse
individuals in nutrition research.  Read the full text here.
Thomas Byrne (BU School of Social Work and CISS Affiliate). “Invited Commentary: Data Sources for Estimating Numbers of People Experiencing Homelessness in the United States—Strengths and Limitations.” (American Journal of Epidemiology, November 2021).  Byrne and colleagues weigh in on the strengths, limitations, and potential applications of data sources used to enumerate homelessness in the U.S.
Japonica Brown-Saracino (BU Sociology and CISS Affiliate). “Unsettling Definitions of Qualitative Research.” (Qualitative Sociology, October 30, 2021).  This essay encourages scholars to embrace collective uncertainty and debate about how to define qualitative research as one way toward critical conversations about the boundaries between different methods, as well as about the utility of the research categories on which we rely.
Christopher Robertson (BU Law and CISS affiliate). “Are Vaccine Lotteries Worth the Money?” (Economic Letters, December 2021). Robertson and co-authors find that 10 of the 12 statewide lotteries studied (i.e., all but Arkansas and California) generated a positive, statistically significant, and economically meaningful impact on vaccine uptake after thirty days. On average, the cost per marginal vaccination across these programs was approximately $55.
Max Greenberg (BU Sociology). Not Seeing Like a State: Mandated Reporting, State-Adjacent Actors and the Production of Illegible Subjects” (Social Problems, November 2021). Drawing on ethnographic and interview data from violence prevention programs in Los Angeles high schools, the author examines the street-level enactment of third-party mandated reporting, which tasks state-adjacent actors with reporting when a student discloses harm.

Neha Gondal (BU Sociology). “Multiplexity as a Lens to Investigate the Cultural Meanings of Interpersonal Ties.” Social Networks (forthcoming, January 2022).  The measurement and analysis of multiplexity is a useful tool for testing the validity of this assumption and exploring the cultural meanings of ties using traditional survey data.

Andrew Stokes (BU SPH and Sociology). “Loneliness, Social Isolation, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States.” SSM – Mental Health (forthcoming, December 2021). Social isolation and loneliness are both established risk factors for mortality; this novel study shows how the two conditions interact with each other.
Jessica Simes (CAS Sociology) is author of the new book Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Imprisonment, published by University of California Press in October 2021. Punishing Places applies a unique spatial analysis to mass incarceration in the United States. Dr. Simes demonstrates that our highest imprisonment rates are now in small cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Please celebrate the arrival of Dr. Simes new book on November 17 at the Initiative on Cities!
BU’s Global Policy Development Center Task Force on Climate, Development and the International Monetary Fund have released their inaugural strategy report in October 2021.
Joseph Harris (CAS Sociology) and Juliana Libardi Maia. “Universal Healthcare Does Not Look the Same Everywhere: Divergent Experiences with the Private Sector in Brazil and Thailand.” Global Public Health (September 2021). The authors explore the changing landscape of the health sector in Brazil and Thailand before UHC reform and after. The article offers lessons for policymakers seeking to achieve and maintain robust UHC programs in other contexts.
Deborah Carr (BU Sociology), Shinae Choi, and Eun Ha Namkung. “Physical Disability and Older Adults’ Perceived Food and Economic Insecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (September 2021). Older adults with disabilities experienced heightened food insecurity during the pandemic due to both financial and logistical obstacles.”