Research & Studies

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

According to a new study by researchers at three leading universities, explanations for inequality among members of multiracial church congregations become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the Whites.

Workers With a More Diverse Group of Friends Outside the Job Are Better Employees

Workers With a More Diverse Group of Friends Outside the Job Are Better Employees

Research conducted at Ohio State University finds that employees who have a more diverse group of friends outside of work tended to have a more racially diverse network of associates at work and perform better at their jobs.

Companies Target Minority Youth in Marketing Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Snacks, and Candy

Companies Target Minority Youth in Marketing Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Snacks, and Candy

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut finds that Black youth saw almost twice as many TV ads for candy, soda and other sugary drinks, and snacks than their White peers.

Higher Education Does Not Shield African Americans From the Racial Wealth Gap

Higher Education Does Not Shield African Americans From the Racial Wealth Gap

From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of African American college graduates is down by 55.6 percent. Over the same period, the median net worth of White Americans with a college degree rose by more than 86 percent.

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Hollywood's Top-Grossing Films

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Hollywood’s Top-Grossing Films

Only 17 percent of the films had a lead actor from an underrepresented minority group. In 2014, 17 of the top-grossing films did not feature one Black or African American speaking character. Less than 5 percent of the directors were Black.

University Research Finds Insufficient Play Areas in Low-Income Neighborhoods

University Research Finds Insufficient Play Areas in Low-Income Neighborhoods

A new study by researchers in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama Birmingham documents a major disparity in play places for children depending on the average incomes of families in the surrounding area.

Presenting While Black: African American Speakers Face Challenges at Conferences

Presenting While Black: African American Speakers Face Challenges at Conferences

A new study by Ebony O. McGee of the College of Education at Vanderbilt University, and Lasana Kazembe of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, examines the experiences of Black faculty members who give presentations at academic conferences.

New University Study Finds That Racial Segregation Has Increased in Suburbia

New University Study Finds That Racial Segregation Has Increased in Suburbia

The research team examined U.S. Census data in 1990 and 2010. They found while urban neighborhoods have become less segregated, an increased level of racial segregation has occurred in suburban communities and that many suburbs are becoming racially homogenous.

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Near buildings where new windows and doors were installed, crime rates were down compared to neighborhoods were buildings were not renovated. Gun violence was down by 39 percent.

Why Black Men Are Making No Progress in Medical Education

Why Black Men Are Making No Progress in Medical Education

In 1978, 1,410 Black males applied to U.S. medical schools. In 2014, the figure was 1,337. In 2014, women were 62.2 percent of all African Americans who applied to medical school. In every other major racial or ethnic group, men were a majority of all applicants.

African Americans in the Workforce: New Report Examines Changing Demographics

African Americans in the Workforce: New Report Examines Changing Demographics

A new report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission documents the progress of African Americans over the past half century in several occupational categories. Yet, in 2014 African Americans still filed 25,482 complaints of racial discrimination with the EEOC.

University Research Finds a Link Between Poverty and Lower Brain Development

University Research Finds a Link Between Poverty and Lower Brain Development

This is of particular importance to African Americans because the median income of Black families in the United States is only 60 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic Whites and Black families are three times as likely to be in poverty as non-Hispanic White families.

More than 190,000 African Americans Earned Credentials From Four-Year Colleges in 2013-14

More than 190,000 African Americans Earned Credentials From Four-Year Colleges in 2013-14

African Americans made up 10.4 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year. Another 173,000 African Americans earned credentials from two-year colleges.

Racial Differences in How Schools Deal With Disciplinary Problems

Racial Differences in How Schools Deal With Disciplinary Problems

For classroom disruptions, White kids tend to get viewed as having ADHD, or having some sort of behavioral problem, while Black kids are viewed as being unruly and unwilling to learn.

Low Rates of African American Voting in Congressional Elections

Low Rates of African American Voting in Congressional Elections

Mid-term congressional elections are critically important in regards to African American higher education because Congress decides on federal support for historically Black colleges and universities and sets thresholds for Pell Grant awards and other federal financial aid.

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

There were 3,954,120 Black or African American students who were enrolled in higher education during the 2013-14 academic year. They made up 14.2 percent of all enrollments. Black enrollments were down 3.1 percent from the previous year.

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on "Bias Awareness"

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on “Bias Awareness”

A new study led by Sylvia Perry, an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont, finds that Whites who are aware of their biases are better equipped to deal with society’s racial challenges than Whites who believe they are racially colorblind.

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that large numbers of Black students are still subjected to hate speech and hate-related graffiti at schools. But a far lower percentage of Black students were exposed in 2013 than was in the case in 2005.

Duke Professor's Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Duke Professor’s Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Angel L. Harris, a professor of sociology and African and African American studies at Duke University, is launching a new effort called Research on the Education and Development of Youth (REDY). His goal is to provide teachers with the tools to teach students who have different learning styles.

Study Finds Blacks Have More Sleep-Related Problems Than Whites

Study Finds Blacks Have More Sleep-Related Problems Than Whites

Since sleep difficulties can lead to a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health complications, the racial differences in sleep disorders may be a significant factor in the overall racial health disparity in the United States.

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

Research conducted at the Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities at the University of California, Los Angeles, identifies factors that can predict depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder among African Americans.

Racial Differences in Educational Attainment of Students Who Were Ninth Graders in 2009

Racial Differences in Educational Attainment of Students Who Were Ninth Graders in 2009

The data show that 83.2 percent of Black ninth graders in 2009 had obtained a high school diploma by 2013. For non-Hispanic Whites, the comparable figure was 91.6 percent. Some 6.6 percent of Black ninth graders in 2009 were not in school and did not hold a job in 2013.

Number of Black Admits Declines in the University of California System

Number of Black Admits Declines in the University of California System

This year, 2,653 Black first-year students from California were admitted to one or more University of California campuses. This is down from 2,712 in 2014 and 2,747 in 2013. Blacks were 4.3 percent of all admits from the state of California.

Survey Finds Few African Americans Among the Nation's Elected Prosecutors

Survey Finds Few African Americans Among the Nation’s Elected Prosecutors

The data shows that 95 percent of the 2,437 elected prosecutors in this country are White. Some three fifths of all U.S. states have no elected Black prosecutors. More than half of all elected Black prosecutors nationwide are in Virginia and Mississippi.

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education's Effect on Students' Diversity Views

Major New Survey Effort Will Measure Higher Education’s Effect on Students’ Diversity Views

This fall, 100,000 students at 130 colleges and universities nationwide, will begin to participate in a four-year study that will determine how their views on issues of faith and diversity change during their time at college.

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality

A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California finds that people in churches with congregations of more than 2,000 tend to believe that racial inequality is not due to discrimination.

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

Stanford University Study Documents the Racial Gap in Neighborhood Affluence

The research found that Black families with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $42,579. Whites with an income of $50,000 live in a community where the average income is $53,000.

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Racial Differences in the Use of Bicycle Helmets by Children

Each year, more than 3 million people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to bicycle accidents. A new study has found that among the injured children, Blacks were 62 percent less likely than Whites to have worn helmets.

Rice University Finds Slavery's Legacy Impacts Today's Racial Segregation in Schools

Rice University Finds Slavery’s Legacy Impacts Today’s Racial Segregation in Schools

Researchers at Rice University in Houston found a correlation between counties in the South that had the highest percentages of slaves in their population and those that now have the most racial segregation in schools.

New Pew Research Center Study Focuses on Multiracial Americans

New Pew Research Center Study Focuses on Multiracial Americans

An interesting finding of the Pew Research Center report is that single-race African Americans and multiracial Americans with one or more Black parents or grandparents report equal levels of racial discrimination and harassment.

New Research Finds That 44 Percent of Black Women Say They Have a Family Member in Prison

New Research Finds That 44 Percent of Black Women Say They Have a Family Member in Prison

According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan, 44 percent of Black women said they had a family member who was in prison. For White women, the figure was 12 percent.

Almost Everyone Believes They Are Less Biased Than Their Peers

Almost Everyone Believes They Are Less Biased Than Their Peers

A new report by researchers at several universities has found that people generally have a “bias blind spot.” Almost all participants in the study said they were less biased than the average person.

University Study Offers New Evidence on DWB: Driving While Black

University Study Offers New Evidence on DWB: Driving While Black

A new study led by Scott Decker, a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, found that in Missouri Black drivers were more likely to be stopped, more likely to be searched, but less likely to be found with illegal items compared to White drivers.

Educational Television for Preschoolers Shown to Benefit Young Blacks

Educational Television for Preschoolers Shown to Benefit Young Blacks

A new study authored by scholars at Wellesley College and the University of Maryland found that children who watched Sesame Street when it was first broadcast nearly a half century ago, did better in school as they got older.

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

University of Missouri Study Finds Media Perpetuates Negative Stereotypes of Black Athletes

A new study conducted by Cynthia Frisby, an associate professor of strategic communication, found that 53 percent of all print and online media stories of Black athletes were negative, while only 27 percent of the stories about White athletes were negative.