Olivia Shaffett, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives With one in three women and one in six men projected to experience some form of contact sexual abuse in their lifetimes, sexual violence remains a prevalent issue in American society. Recent cultural events like the #MeToo movement have brought further attention to the issue and have created a […]

Madison Grady, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives When President Bill Clinton signed the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law in 1993, the World Wide Web had just been placed in the public domain, the first web browser Mosaic 1.0 was released, and the iPhone was still 15 years away. The digital sphere was still […]

Catherine Kaufman, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States is fascinated by cults. Television series are full of references—cults are present in every genre, from comedy and crime to horror and documentary. Cults are in the headlines too, with the recent NXIVM trials capturing America’s attention. With varying degrees of opposition, cults have been present in American society since its inception. Given the hysteria […]

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Whether dealing with incarceration, health, or suicide rates, policy prescriptions that solve the problems of urban Americans aren’t often the same ones that will serve rural Americans best. This is especially evident when it comes to internet access across the country. While cities around the U.S. are […]

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The capital of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, has a higher incarceration rate than any of the U.S. states. In fact, the District incarcerates people at a higher rate than any country in the world (including the U.S. as a whole). A complex […]

We often hear the word “right” used in policy discussions and debates about federal programs. But what exactly is a right? What is the difference between a positive right and a negative right? How does our understanding of rights influence what we believe about the roles and responsibilities of a government and its citizens? This […]

Jenna Shelton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Between 2018 and 2019, the prevalence of diversity and inclusion programs in workplaces increased by 8 percentage points. Diversity and inclusion initiatives pervade both the private and public sectors and are emphasized in many policy areas including employment, education, housing, and environmental policy. While the rise of diversity […]