Honors Thesis Spotlight: Will the Demographic Dividend Affect South Asia?

As fertility rates drop, it is evident that there are major economic and demographic consequences across the world. According to the researcher Melissa Pregasen, the replacement level of fertility at which the population will become stable is 2.1 children per woman given typical contemporary mortality levels. In other words, the average amount of births is…

College Award Winner Spotlight: Teresa Roach from the Department of Sociology

Research, teaching, and service are typically considered the three pillars of an academic appointment. Service, though, is considered a time – suck—there are so many committees that faculty are asked to serve on and administrative responsibilities that seem never ending. However, as a result of my recent service commitments (Director of Undergraduate Studies in the…

Research Quick Take: Postpartum Depressive Symptoms during the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Examination of Population Birth Data from Central New Jersey

Between nine and thirteen percent of women report symptoms of depression during pregnancy or the postpartum period, constituting a significant public health problem. Studies have found that postpartum depression is correlated with many forms of stress, including divorce, the death of a loved one, poverty and financial strain, and overall poor health. During the first…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Role of Education in Improving Human Development in Central America: A Comparative Analysis of Guatemala and Costa Rica

Costa Rica and Guatemala are two comparable countries in Central America that share similar geographic and cultural characteristics, yet maintain noticeably different levels of human development. Additionally, both countries are not considered economically wealthy (2). Regardless, Costa Rica is ranked first out of 140 countries and territories on the Happy Planet Index. The Happy Planet…

Research Spotlight: Remarkably Long-Term Benefits of School Desegregation

Nearly 70 years ago, the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruled that race-separate schools were unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The unanimous decision rejected racist provisions declaring, for example, “White and colored children shall not be taught in the same school,” (Florida Constitution of 1885,…