Research & Studies

Do Young Black Students Do Better When They Have a Black Teacher?

Do Young Black Students Do Better When They Have a Black Teacher?

A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning suggests that the racial or ethnic heritage of the teachers in the front of pre-kindergarten classrooms can make a big difference in the performance of students.

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, MIT , Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Korea reports on a discovery that may help physicians treat those who suffer from sickle cell disease.

Duke University Scholar Finds That "Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder"

Duke University Scholar Finds That “Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder”

A new study by Robert L. Reece, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, find that when test subjects are told a person is of mixed-racial heritage that person is perceived as more attractive than when test subjects are told the person is Black.

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Wealth is a major factor in college affordability for American families. And a new report shows that the racial wealth gap in the United States is huge and expanding.

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

In a study of nearly 1,000 people, researchers analyzed DNA to determine genetic factors that were linked to smoking behavior and nicotine additions. Black participants were far less likely to go online to find out if they had these genetic variations that increased their risk.

A New Database of Peer-Reviewed Articles on Black Males in Education

A New Database of Peer-Reviewed Articles on Black Males in Education

Louis Harrison and Anthony Brown of the University of Texas at Austin have created The Black Male Education Research Collection. The new website is a repository of research on issues relating to Black men in all levels of education, with a special emphasis on higher education.

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation's Schools

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation’s Schools

The U.S. Department of Education report found that in 2013, 7 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 were called a hate-related word at school in 2013. This is down from 12 percent a decade earlier.

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

A new report from by the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Medical Colleges offers strategies for increasing the number of biomedical researchers from underrepresented groups.

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

One surprising finding of a new study that may explain racial differences in breastfeeding rates is the fact that the authors found that Black mothers were nine times as likely as White mothers to be given formula for their babies when they were still in the hospital.

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

A new academic study finds that race appears to still play a role in the awarding of grants from the National Institutes of Health but the gender of the grant applicant apparently no longer plays a significant role.

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, finds that stress may be more harmful to the health of Whites than it is to the health of Blacks.

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Blacks, who are 46 percent of the District’s population, represented 73 percent of all patients hospitalized. Black men in the District have a life expectancy that is 15 years lower than for White men.

New Data on African American's Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

New Data on African American’s Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

The data shows that in the 2014-15 academic year, there were 3,810,300 African Americans enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. They made up 13.9 percent of the total enrollments in higher education.

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

The authors suggest that managers who are obliged to undergo training have a natural tendency to resent it. People don’t like to be told how to behave. They outline other strategies that may be more effective in reaching diversity goals.

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

When shown an image of different body sizes, only 44 percent of all participants selected the image that corresponded with their actual size. More people underestimated their size than overestimated their size.

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

In seven states – Idaho, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia – per capita spending increases on prisons were five times the increases for education over the past 30 years.

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers found a total of 71 peer-reviewed articles relating to racial discrimination and drinking, leaving little doubt that a significant correlation exists. But the authors found significant gaps in the research.

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

American families who face economic hardship or mental health issues when their children are young are highly likely to continue to struggle and have families that continue to live under a high level of stress.

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, finds that darker skin is stronger than lighter skin and forms an important barrier against a host of environmental threats.

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

“Ban the Box” legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don’t have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

More than 80 percent of Blacks who have attended college say that they personally have been discriminated against due to their race. Less than 60 percent of Blacks who have not enrolled in college say they personally have faced racial discrimination.

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

University of Houston Researcher Examines Death Ideation Among Black Children

A new study led by Rheeda Walker, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, finds that about one third of African American children had thoughts of death or dying. Death ideation can be a predictor of suicide.

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

The authors assembled a database of more than 10,000 state judges who hear about 90 percent of all court cases in the United States, according to the authors. They found that only seven states had a judiciary that mirrored the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s population.

Report Offers Guidance on Increasing Low-Income Students at Top-Ranked Colleges

Report Offers Guidance on Increasing Low-Income Students at Top-Ranked Colleges

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has released a new report on the barriers faced by low-income students in attending top-ranked colleges and universities. The report also offers recommendations on what can be done to increase enrollments of low-income students at these schools.

Historically Black University Conducts National Survey on College Affordability

Historically Black University Conducts National Survey on College Affordability

The Polling Center of the Institute of Government at historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi has released a new survey that finds that nearly half of all those who attended college had difficulty financing their higher education.

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

Research Focuses on Early Black Coal Miners in Appalachia

A new exhibit examining the lives of Black coal miners who migrated from the South to work in Appalachian mines in the early part of the twentieth century is now on display at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

New Government Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

New Government Report Documents Educational Inequality in the United States

The Civil Rights Data Collection survey includes data on student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students.

Princeton University Study Suggests Racial Bias in Access to Mental Health Care

Princeton University Study Suggests Racial Bias in Access to Mental Health Care

The study found that 30 percent of all callers seeking to make an appointment with a mental health care provider received a return call to make an appointment. But Black men were called back only 13 percent of the time and Black women had their calls returned 21 percent of the time.

Research Finds Ways for Black Students to Ease the Transition to College

Research Finds Ways for Black Students to Ease the Transition to College

The study found that incoming students who are exposed to challenges that are common and improvable become more likely to get involved on campus, build relationships, and ultimately succeed at a higher rate.

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

In master’s degree awards, the gains for African Americans were the most impressive. The percentage of African Americans among all master’s degree recipients jumped from 9.0 percent in 1999-2000 to 12.5 percent in 2009-10.

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

The data shows a total of 3,614 faculty members at the university. Of these, 108, or 3 percent are Black. There are only two tenured Black faculty members in the life and natural sciences and three at the university’s medical school.

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Pamela Bowen, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alabama Birmingham, is about to launch a new research study on how to best address the low level of physical activity among older African Americans in the South.

University of Michigan Study Examines Children's Perception of Race

University of Michigan Study Examines Children’s Perception of Race

A new study by psychologists at the University of Michigan found that White preschool children perceived racial differences but did not have a strong understanding of the concept of race or ethnicity. In fact, many White preschool children believed that they could grow up to be a Black adult.

New Research on the Intra-America Slave Trade to Be Incorporated Into Online Database

New Research on the Intra-America Slave Trade to Be Incorporated Into Online Database

Research by Gregory O’Malley, an associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has found that as many as 25 percent of all slaves transported to the New World were later shipped to other ports in the Americas.

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

A new academic study finds that African Americans are significantly more likely than non-Hispanic White Americans to diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental health problems. But African Americans are less likely than Whites to receive medication to treat the conditions.