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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.

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Who Suffers in Rude Workplaces?

Not everyone is impacted equally when it comes to workplace bullying and incivility.
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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.
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Why Do People Support Charities?

A paper explores the reasons why people give to charities.
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Hiring, Cultural Fit, and Discrimination

Executives make hiring decisions more by markers of social class than by actual qualifications.
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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?
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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.
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Teaching White Kids Anti-Racism

Teachers can take a step toward helping white kids overcome racial prejudice simply by addressing historical examples of racism.
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What Mid-20th Century Gynecologists Were Taught About Female Sexuality

Gynecologists of the past would be shocked by today's insights on female sexuality.
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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.
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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.
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“Uber for Sales” and Door-to-Door Vacuum Salesmen

The independent contractor model employed by Uber was used in the vacuum cleaner companies.
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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.
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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.
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Safe Rooms, Fear, and the Limits of Rational Thinking

Do safe rooms realistically protect people from outside threats?
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The Grateful Dead, Tape Trading, and the Music Industry

What the difference between tape trading and bootlegging in rock music?
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Why Did Kindergarten Become Just Another Grade?

How and when kindergarten shifted from play-based to academic based.
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Cuba’s Medical Revolution

What can other countries learn from medical advances in Cuba.
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Can Summer School Be More than a Punishment?

A Colorado high school teacher studies the benefits of summer school.
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Corporate Power, National Sovereignty, and the New “Free Trade” Deals

3 papers in the American Society of International Law's Proceedings of the Annual Meeting in the early 2000s explain international free trade topics
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Two Hundred Thirty-Nine Years of Money in Politics

A brief history of money in politics and the ethics of political campaign spending.
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A Plan to Get the Poor to Eat Healthy Food—in the 1890s

Early efforts to get Americans to eat healthy food started with targeting poor citizens.
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Why Antitrust Progressives Didn’t Curb the Power of Big Business

The limits of Progressive ideology in curbing antitrust practices in the U.S.

The Story of the First High School LGBT Group

The first high school LGBT group started in the 1970s.