WashU Expert: Trauma, history will influence Israeli response
Weidenbaum Center Grant Recipient Carly Wayne profiled on her work on Israeli-Palestinian violence and political attitudes
The Weidenbaum Center is a research institute at Washington University in St. Louis that supports social scientific research in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, and sociology. Led by Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves (pictured), the Center funds faculty research, provides administrative support for research activities, and sponsors a wide range of public affairs programs. In doing so, the Center serves as a bridge between scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Through unbiased empirical research and events, the Center addresses many of the pressing public policy issues facing America and the world today.
The Weidenbaum Center provides significant research support for faculty in the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. This support allows a wide array of faculty members to participate in a variety of impactful research, and is of particular importance to our younger faculty who are just starting their research careers. Research efforts contribute to work that addresses key social issues locally, nationally, and globally, and enhances the prominence of Washington University in the academic and policy world. Donations fund our grant programs which support this research. We could not support nearly as much research without this generosity.
Journalist Aryn Baker came to Washington University in late September delivering a talk focused on how extreme heat is creating dangerous conditions for outdoor workers and increasing productivity losses for employers. Her talk was sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center in partnership with the Pulitzer Center's campus consortium program. According to Baker, "there is an estimated $100 billion annual toll on our economy in lost productivity, increased worker's comp, lawsuits, and health care costs due to heat related deaths and injuries." Along with Ann Peters, Director of University and Community Outreach at the Pulitzer Center, Baker visited with Washington University student journalists for a question and answer session, had lunch with Weidenbaum Center major donors, and visited three undergraduate classes.
Professor Adia Wingfield's new book "Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism & What We Can Do To Fix It," examines why racial inequality persists in the workplace despite today's multi-billion-dollar diversity industry. Professor Wingfield refers to the "gray areas" as the relationships, networks, and cultural dynamics integral to companies that are now more important than ever. She has spent a decade examining inequality in the workplace, interviewing over two hundred Black subjects across professions about their work lives. Professor Wingfield led a discussion about the book at local book store Left Bank Banks in St. Louis in late October.
This is the inaugural profile for our new monthly series which will feature a question & answer session with one of our Weidenbaum Center staff, faculty, or student affiliates. Former Weidenbaum Center Director, and current Weidenbaum Center Resident Fellow, Professor Steven Fazzari gives us his answers.
left to right: Ann Peters (Pulitzer Center), Aryn Baker (TIME Magazine Journalist), Andrew Reeves (Weidenbaum Center Director)
Attendees at Baker Whittemore House lunch
WU student journalists at Baker Q & A Session
Baker Forum presentation
Awarding entity: National Science Foundation PROJECT TITLE: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, SUBURBANIZATION, AND REPRESENTATION. This project studies the ways in which minority representation in local government can be achieved in the context of ongoing suburbanization and gentrification.Read the Story
Awarding Entity: National Science Foundation PROJECT TITLE: BODY-WORN CAMERA METADATA. This project analyzes metadata from police body-worn cameras, and will shed new light on when, where, and why officers activate these devices.Read the Story