Social Sciences



July 12, 2021

The Long Arc

Prof. Mary James has been working to reshape Reed’s trajectory on race for three decades.

By Brandon Zero ’11

July 9, 2021

The Ominous Cracks in the US News College Ranking System

Malcolm Gladwell exposes the circular logic and the culture of privilege embedded in the ranking giant’s algorithm.


May 25, 2021

Truth and Justice in Tulsa

The Ground Breaking unearths the sinister history of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.


April 13, 2021

Race, Heat, and Redlining

Urban heat islands are often a legacy of racism. Cate Mingoya ’08 has ideas on how to fix that.


April 12, 2021

Spread the Word

Reed grads have written an astonishing number of books about climate change and sustainability. Here’s a tiny sample.

March 30, 2021

Power and Ice

Watson Fellow Alisa Chen ’21 will examine the dynamics of power and privilege in ice hockey.

March 19, 2021

Break the Wall of Indifference

Psychologist Cameron Brick ’04 studies how we react to problems such as climate change.

February 16, 2021

Stellar Stories for Stargazing

Paideia class retells indigenous constellation stories.

February 1, 2021

Economics Professor Shapes Tax Policy for Biden

Prof. Kimberly Clausing will lead the Office of Tax Analysis in the Treasury Department.

December 1, 2020

Fear and Freedom in the Land of AIDS

Target of censors, Robert Chesley ’65 celebrated sexuality amid a landscape of repression.

November 3, 2020

Reed Welcomes New Faculty

An impressive group of professors join Reed's roster of dynamic profs.

October 20, 2020

Reed Elections Expert Blasts “Myth” of Voter Fraud

Voting by mail is safe and reliable, says Prof. Paul Gronke.

September 4, 2020

Political Decision Making

Psych 223 will explore the psychology of how we decide.

July 18, 2020

Raiders of the Black Sea Steppe

History major wins Class of ’21 Award for thesis on the struggle for dominance in the vast plains of Eastern Europe at the dawn of the modern era.