Research & Studies

New Study Links Racial Discrimination to Health Problems Among Black Youths

New Study Links Racial Discrimination to Health Problems Among Black Youths

Previous studies have shown that racial discrimination can have a direct negative impact on the health of African Americans. But most of this research has focused on African American adults.

Blacks Make Up 4 Percent of Employed Scientists With Doctorates

Blacks Make Up 4 Percent of Employed Scientists With Doctorates

According to a report from the National Science Foundation, Blacks with doctoral degrees made up 3.1 percent of the employed computer sciences, 1.9 of the physical scientists, and 1.7 percent of the engineers.

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

The study found that rural White women were more likely to be depressed than White women in urban areas, whereas Black women in rural areas were less likely to be depressed than Black women in urban locales.

New York University Study Shows Neighborhood Stigma Impacts Online Transactions

New York University Study Shows Neighborhood Stigma Impacts Online Transactions

Researchers placed ads for used iPhones on online exchanges in 12 cities. For ads listing low-income neighborhoods that are predominantly Black, 21 percent fewer responses were received.

Study Finds Black Children Who Are Homeschooled Score Higher on Academic Assessment Tests

Study Finds Black Children Who Are Homeschooled Score Higher on Academic Assessment Tests

Homeschooling is a controversial issue in the African American community. A new study showing the Black students who are homeschooled perform better academically is likely to fuel the debate.

HBCUs Play a Large Role in the Graduate Education of Blacks in STEM Fields

HBCUs Play a Large Role in the Graduate Education of Blacks in STEM Fields

In pharmacology, 35 percent of Black students enrolled in graduate programs attend HBCUs. In biology, 32 percent of all Black graduate students are in programs at HBCUs.

Unemployment Rates of African Americans by Bachelor's Degree Field

Unemployment Rates of African Americans by Bachelor’s Degree Field

The percentage of African Americans with a bachelor’s degree who were unemployed in 2012 was 6.0 percent. Surprisingly, Blacks with bachelor’s degrees in computer science had a higher unemployment rate than college-educated African Americans generally.

University Study Finds Black Cancer Patients May Be Under-Diagnosed for Depression

University Study Finds Black Cancer Patients May Be Under-Diagnosed for Depression

A new study led by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland examined the mental state of Black and White cancer patients at the Northeast Ohio Medical Center. They found that standard mental health tests may fail to identify depression among Black patients.

The Large Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in STEM Fields

The Large Racial Gap in Graduate School Enrollments in STEM Fields

In 2012, Blacks were a very small percentage of the overall graduate student population in many STEM disciplines. For example, there were only eight Black students nationwide enrolled in graduate programs in astronomy, about 0.6 percent of total enrollments in the field.

UCLA Study Examines the Racial Disparity in School Discipline

UCLA Study Examines the Racial Disparity in School Discipline

The report found that the largest racial gap in school suspensions in the elementary grades is in Missouri. For secondary school students, the largest racial gap in suspensions is in Wisconsin.

University Study Finds Gender and Sexual Identity Differences in Openness to Interracial Dating

University Study Finds Gender and Sexual Identity Differences in Openness to Interracial Dating

A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Texas finds White straight males and White lesbians are more open to interracial dating than White gay men and White straight women.

An Elite College Degree Does Not Shield Blacks From Employment Discrimination

An Elite College Degree Does Not Shield Blacks From Employment Discrimination

African Americans who graduate from high-ranking colleges and universities have little or no advantage in the job market over White students who graduate from educational institutions that are not as highly regarded.

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

There are 248 two-year institutions eligible for the designation of minority serving institution. These institutions make up 22 percent of the 1,132 community colleges nationwide.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

The scorecard, compiled by researchers at the University of Central Florida, gave a grade of C-plus to racial diversity in college’s sport programs, down from a grade of B-minus in 2013.

The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

The Growing Racial Gap in Home Ownership

Many American families use the equity in their home to finance the higher education of their children or grandchildren. But this source of family wealth is far less available to Black families and the racial gap is widening.

University of Wisconsin Documents a Lack of Racial Diversity in Children's Books

University of Wisconsin Documents a Lack of Racial Diversity in Children’s Books

In 2014, there were about 5,000 books published for children and teens. The survey found that 84 were written by African Americans and 180 were about African Americans.

Children Raised in Single-Parent Homes Are Less Likely to Complete College

Children Raised in Single-Parent Homes Are Less Likely to Complete College

For young adults who have reached the age of 24, those who grew up in single-parent homes were less likely to have obtained a bachelor’s degree than children raised in married-couple households. Income differences explain only one half of the gap.

Comparing the Health Status of Foreign-Born and Native-Born Blacks

Comparing the Health Status of Foreign-Born and Native-Born Blacks

A new study finds that while foreign-born Blacks tend to have better overall health than African Americans born in the United States, the advantage tends to shrink the longer foreign-born Blacks live in this country.

Blacks Are Twice as Likely as Whites to Be Early High School Dropouts

Blacks Are Twice as Likely as Whites to Be Early High School Dropouts

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education reports on the number of students who were in ninth grade in 2009 but dropped out of high school by the end of their junior year.

Stanford University Study Finds Large Racial Gap in 401(k) Assets

Stanford University Study Finds Large Racial Gap in 401(k) Assets

The wealth gap has a significant impact on Blacks being able to afford the costs of higher education. A new study by researchers at Stanford University shows that the racial wealth gap will probably be with us for some time to come.

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

The study found that Black students were more likely to enroll in less selective law schools in 2013 than they were in 2010 and were less likely to enroll in highly selective law schools than they were in 2010.

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

While the Great Migration provided millions of Blacks with better educational and economic opportunities, a new study finds that it also led to increase mortality rates for African Americans.

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

Report Finds Black Students Like Mathematics More Than White Students

A new report from the U.S. Department of Educations shows that Black men and Black women liked the study of mathematics in high school more so than their White peers.

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

This nationwide survey prepared by UCLA compares current first-year students in terms of characteristics such as family income, grades in high school, future goals, study habits, political views, and social activities.

New Study Says Racial Lynchings Have Been Underestimated

New Study Says Racial Lynchings Have Been Underestimated

The report from the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, says that in the 1877-to-1950 period, at least 3,959 Black people were killed in “racial terror lynchings.” This is 700 more than has been documented in previous reports.

Report Finds Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline of Girls

Report Finds Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline of Girls

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education cited in the report, nationally Black girls were suspended six times more than White girls. Rates of expulsion were even more strikingly disproportionate.

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The authors compared U.S. infant mortality rates to those in two European countries. They found that the reason infant mortality is lower in Europe is simply because these countries take better care of their low-income citizens than is the case in the United States.

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

While the percentage differences in faculty pay are small, the report states that “the average salary difference between White men and minority faculty members is equivalent to about 1 to 2 years of career experience.”

The Gender Gap in African American Degree Attainment

The Gender Gap in African American Degree Attainment

The gender gap is most pronounced for holders of master’s degrees. In 2014, there were 964,000 Black women who held a master’s degree but no higher degree. For Black men, the figure was 565,000.

Report Finds That Women of Color in Science Face Both Gender and Racial Bias

Report Finds That Women of Color in Science Face Both Gender and Racial Bias

Of the 60 women of color in STEM fields in the survey, all 60 women stated that they had been subjected to some sort of gender bias. In having to prove their competence to others, most of the Black women stated that race was more of a barrier than gender.

How Altruism Impacts Minority Students' Academic and Career Paths in STEM Fields

How Altruism Impacts Minority Students’ Academic and Career Paths in STEM Fields

A new university study finds that students from underrepresented minority groups are more likely to pursue courses of study and careers in the biosciences if they believe that pursuing this life path will help them solve problems in their communities.

Nearly 6 Million Living African Americans Hold a Four-Year College Degree

Nearly 6 Million Living African Americans Hold a Four-Year College Degree

In 2014, nearly 6 million living African American now hold at least a four-year college degree. The data shows that 179,000 African Americans in 2014 held a professional degree and 206,000 had obtained a doctorate.

New Research May Ease Suffering of Sickle Cell Disease Patients

New Research May Ease Suffering of Sickle Cell Disease Patients

While people of any race can have the sickle-cell trait, the disease is far more common among African Americans than it is among Whites. A new device may be able to notify doctors when painful incidents brought about by sickle cells being trapped in blood vessels are likely to occur.

Examining the Roots of Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Examining the Roots of Racial Disparities in School Discipline

New research led by scholars at the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington shows that deep-seated racial biases contribute to widespread racial disparities in school discipline.

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the School of Social Work of the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report on racial disparities in the metropolitan region surrounding the university.

Perceptions of People Referred to as "Black" Compared to "African American"

Perceptions of People Referred to as “Black” Compared to “African American”

A new study led by Erika V. Hall, an assistant professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, finds that people identified as “Black” are viewed more negatively than individuals referred to as “African American.”