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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

What State Fairs Used to Mean

The historical significance of state fairs

Why It Matters Where We Get Lunch

Choosing a place to eat goes beyond just food.

Which Kids Get Help in Class?

Addressing which students receive the most help.

Who Wants Cruises To Come to Town?

The benefits and consequences of cruises.

The Decline of Malnutrition: How The World Eats Now

There are still strides to be made in nutrition development.

Immigrants and Politics in the 1890s and Today

A comparison between immigration policies in the 1890s and today.

Donald Trump and the American Celebration of the Wealthy

A look into how wealth can transfer into fame.

Adultery and Secret Lives Way Before Ashley Madison

Long before Ashley Madison, married people found ways to cheat.

What Students are Forgetting this Summer

The gap between students when it comes to educational achievement may come down to more than schools.

Birth Control’s Slow Path to the Mainstream

A look at changing public opinion of birth control.

Gender Roles in Early Parenthood

Parenting roles have changed enormously over a generation, but gender roles are still being propped up in some ways.

Panhandling and Other Jobs

A ban on panhandling simply ignores the issues behind the practice.

Money and Power at Strip Clubs

A new viewpoint on who holds the money and power in strip clubs.

When Are Celebrities Role Models?

EDITOR’S NOTE: After this post was published, the writer and editors discovered that the scholarly article from Social Psychology Quarterly ...

What Gay Marriage Looked Like in the ’70s

In 1979, sociologist Joseph Harry took a look at what that era's marriage-like relationships between gay men were like.

The Divisive Euro

In 1997, an economist looked at divided opinions about the Euro years before the currency was introduced.

The Richest Places in America

What do the richest places in America look like?

What Works to Keep Kids in School?

With national graduation rates still low, this article examines the best ways to keep kids in school.

Who Suffers in Rude Workplaces?

Not everyone is impacted equally when it comes to workplace bullying and incivility.

Six Hundred Years of Government Intervention in the Labor Markets

A Harvard law professor argues that the laissez-faire era in the 19th century represented a blip in a long history of powerful labor regulations.

Why Do People Support Charities?

A paper explores the reasons why people give to charities.

Hiring, Cultural Fit, and Discrimination

Executives make hiring decisions more by markers of social class than by actual qualifications.

Is Negative Political Campaigning Really So Bad?

The conventional wisdom about negative political campaigning is that it's ugly and destructive. But is it effective?
zookeeper operating on a monkey

What Makes Work Meaningful? Ask a Zookeeper

In interviews with zookeepers, researchers found that good feelings about work ran deeper than a standard survey metric like job satisfaction could capture.