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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.

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.

Teaching White Kids Anti-Racism

Teachers can take a step toward helping white kids overcome racial prejudice simply by addressing historical examples of racism.

What Mid-20th Century Gynecologists Were Taught About Female Sexuality

Gynecologists of the past would be shocked by today's insights on female sexuality.

Before Broadband, Seeking Universal Access to the Telephone

Today's debates about low-income subsidizes for broadband echo early fights for universal access to telephone lines.

Japan, the U.S, and the Perils of International Education Comparisons

Current comparisons of U.S. and Chinese educational systems echo earlier comparisons to Japan.

“Uber for Sales” and Door-to-Door Vacuum Salesmen

The independent contractor model employed by Uber was used in the vacuum cleaner companies.

Class, Feminism and the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers

A paper for Pennsylvania History looked at the way elite & working-class feminists worked together to create the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers.

Debtors’ Prisons, Class, and Patriotism in 18th Century Ireland

In a paper for Eighteenth-Century Ireland, Martyn J. Powell discusses the politics that seem to have limited the use of debtors' prisons in Ireland.

Safe Rooms, Fear, and the Limits of Rational Thinking

Do safe rooms realistically protect people from outside threats?

The Grateful Dead, Tape Trading, and the Music Industry

What the difference between tape trading and bootlegging in rock music?

Why Did Kindergarten Become Just Another Grade?

How and when kindergarten shifted from play-based to academic based.

Cuba’s Medical Revolution

What can other countries learn from medical advances in Cuba.

Can Summer School Be More than a Punishment?

A Colorado high school teacher studies the benefits of summer school.