This project utilizes the largest collection of tribal constitutions assembled, to understand how development, colonization, and inequality impact sovereignty, and to unpack the mechanisms that tribes are using to reclaim and resist.

Diverse interaction matters for well-being.  Yet, how often people of different groups actually interact remains a mystery.  This series uses big data to understand the patterns of human movement, and the consequences for interaction, segregation, and well-being.

The boundaries between territories, between imperial and indigenous, and between “us” and “them”, are vital in understanding modern Native inequality.  The disputes that take place in borderlands are more than clashes over land; they are conflicts of authority, power, and domination.

There is little doubt the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically remaking social relations.  Often, disasters tend to enhance community solidarity, but during the pandemic, social cohesion, trust, and connectedness have all declined. This project utilizes the COVID-19 Social Change Survey (CSCS), a currently-fielded panel survey, administered to 8,000 Americans in six waves, beginning in early March, 2020. CSCS is the largest nationally-representative panel survey of the social, political, and cultural consequences of COVID in the U.S.

This project uses the first nationally-developed measure of disparity in policing to explore how economic, cultural, and spatial differences impact police behavior.  We find that, between 1999 and 2015, while crime rates generally declined, racial disparity in arrests increased substantially.