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Professor Rose on Title IX’s Legacy, The New York Times

The New York Times recently reflected on Title IX’s 50 year legacy. Title IX was signed in 1972 and prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded schools and education programs. It has outlasted The Equal Rights Amendment and Roe v. Wade in protecting women’s rights. Professor Deondra Rose argues that Title IX’s advantage was that it was vague, giving “the regulation a fighting chance over time.” This vagueness has allowed different administrations to evolve the provision to become more inclusive. For instance, The Education Department announced in 2021 that it would extend Title IX protections to transgender students. However,... Continue reading

Professor Kristin Goss

Professor Goss on Gun Control Political Mobilization, Routledge Studies and SSQ

Kristin Goss is a Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University and an expert on gender, guns, and giving. Her research has been cited heavily in the media in the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting and President Joe Biden’s push for “common-sense” gun regulation. “State legislation seldom makes headlines, but it’s terribly important because, in the American system, states have primary responsibility for gun regulation,” she said to VOA News. On WRAL, she asserts that "Most people don’t have a very good grasp of what our gun laws are. To be fair... Continue reading