Research & Studies

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.

Study Finds That Race-Related Comedy Is Perceived Differently in Multiracial Audiences

Study Finds That Race-Related Comedy Is Perceived Differently in Multiracial Audiences

A study led by Omotayo Banjo of the University of Cincinnati examines the behavior of Blacks and Whites while watching television comedy shows that include references to Black stereotypes.

Availabilty of Online Hook-Up Website Found to Increase HIV Infections Among Blacks

Availabilty of Online Hook-Up Website Found to Increase HIV Infections Among Blacks

Research conducted at the University of Maryland found that the introduction of Craigslist online personal advertisements in a particular locale led to a significant increase in HIV-infections among African Americans in the area.

University Study Finds That Routinely Watching Television News May Increase Racial Bias

University Study Finds That Routinely Watching Television News May Increase Racial Bias

The University of Houston study found that people who watch a great deal of television news may become more racially biased against African Americans due to overexposure to racial stereotypes.

How Best to Shield Young Blacks From Peer Racism at Schools

How Best to Shield Young Blacks From Peer Racism at Schools

Using a series of focus groups, the researchers found that parents who used racial socialization techniques that promoted cultural pride and identity had children who were more likely to succeed.

Study Finds School Districts Are Not Doing Enough to End Racial Disparities in Discipline

Study Finds School Districts Are Not Doing Enough to End Racial Disparities in Discipline

A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Texas, San Antonio finds that school districts across the country are not taking appropriate steps to deal with the racial disparities in school discipline.

Report Documents Racial Gaps in California Higher Education

Report Documents Racial Gaps in California Higher Education

Blacks are less likely that other racial/ethnic groups in California to graduate from high school, to complete the curriculum needed for admission to campuses of the University of California or California State University, and to graduate from college.

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

How Racial Disparities in Health Care Have Impacted U.S. Elections

A new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan shows that if Black-White mortality rates were the same many election results would have changed to favor the Democratic candidate.

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

New Study Finds No Progress in Increasing Black Faculty in Chemistry

African Americans make up just 1 percent of the chemistry professors at the 50 U.S. colleges that have the largest budgets for chemical research. Thirty of these 50 schools have no Black chemistry faculty.

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

Northwestern University Study Finds Patient Portals May Widen Racial Health Disparities

The study found that individuals with lower levels of education were less likely than their more educated peers to use these portals. African Americans were 2.5 times less likely than Whites to access these online tools.

Duke University Task Force Publishes Report on Faculty Diversity Efforts

Duke University Task Force Publishes Report on Faculty Diversity Efforts

In the past, Duke University has been a leader in efforts to increase the diversity of its faculty. But a new report finds that from 2005 to 2014 the Black percentage of the Duke faculty increased from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent.

African American College Football Coaches Tend to Get the Axe Sooner Than Their White Peers

African American College Football Coaches Tend to Get the Axe Sooner Than Their White Peers

A new analysis by Nolan Kopkin, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found that on average, a Black head coach in major college football will be fired one or two years earlier than a White coach with a similar job-performance record.

University Study Finds That Residential Racial Segregation Has Increased

University Study Finds That Residential Racial Segregation Has Increased

The study, led by a demographer at Cornell University, found that Whites tended to leave neighborhoods where foreclosure rates were high and Blacks and Latinos moved to these areas to find affordable housing. As a result racial segregation has increased.

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Amassing critical numbers of underrepresented students is important, but achieving enrollment targets does little to improve the problems in the campus culture that affect students and contribute to their failure to complete degree programs.

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

The results found that 51 percent of the minority students reported experiencing racial stereotyping. More than one quarter said their contributions in the classroom were minimized and 25 percent said they were not taken seriously due to their race.

University of Maryland Study Finds Higher Black Mortality in Areas of Intense Racism

University of Maryland Study Finds Higher Black Mortality in Areas of Intense Racism

Using data on the frequency of the use of a racial slur in Google searches in a particular area, researchers found that higher Black mortality rates occur in areas that exhibit the most intense levels of racism.

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

One important finding in the Council of Graduate Schools report was that minority doctoral students had the most difficulty when they entered the dissertation phase of their doctoral programs.

Report Finds That HBCUs Are Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning

Report Finds That HBCUs Are Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning

A new report from the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment, a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois and Indiana University, finds that HBCUs routinely assess how successful they are in improving student learning.

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New research from the Brookings Institution shows that only 8 percent of Black women in 2012 married a man with a higher level of education. Nearly 60 percent of Black women who married in 2012 wed a man with a lower level of education.

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Nearly 71 percent of 2014 Black high school graduates had enrolled in college by October compared to 67.3 percent of Whites. For those new high school graduates in college, the Black unemployment rate was nearly triple the White rate.

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

In controlled experiments, the researchers found that the stereotype of black students as “troublemakers” led teachers to want to discipline Black students more harshly than White students.

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.