Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Barack Obama’s presidency and Donald Trump’s success have reignited an interest among political scientists in quantifying racism.  However, racism has proven difficult to measure in surveys, as most participants will not voluntarily describe themselves as prejudiced.  Many political scientists and pundits will nevertheless use the limited available methods to study...

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Your Flulapalooza Shot Will Protect You This Season — Even If It Doesn’t Work

Your Flulapalooza Shot Will Protect You This Season — Even If It Doesn’t Work

Each fall, thousands of Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty wait in a line that snakes around the Medical Center and Langford Auditorium for a free seasonal flu shot. The controlled chaos that is Flulapalooza is actually one of the university’s proudest achievements; what started as a practice run for a...

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Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

As our political landscape currently stands, gerrymandering continues to be a major roadblock to fair representation in our democracy. This process of partisan redistricting is apparent in many states, and involves shaping district boundaries (often leading to highly questionable congressional maps) in a way so as to limit the influence...

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