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Measure of America Releases 2013–2014 Report

MOA 2013-2014

The Measure of America 2013–2014, the latest national report from the Measure of America program, gauges well-being in health, education, and earnings to answer the essential question: how are ordinary Americans doing? The third in a series on the American Human Development Index, first introduced in The Measure of America 2008–2009 and The Measure of America 2010–2011, this update reveals vast socioeconomic differences across racial and ethnic groups, the fifty US states, and the twenty-five largest metropolitan areas, as well as uneven progress over the past decade.

In our era of “big data,” Measure of America calls attention to the human side of the economy, and this new analysis is already broadening the conversation on equality and opportunity. American Public Media’s Marketplace focused on the use of the Human Development Index as a metric, and Bloomberg highlighted the study’s findings that Americans are in general “healthier, more educated—and poorer.” The Wall Street Journal pointed out the disparity in well-being and growth across states, which can be masked by GDP figures, while articles in the Baltimore Sun and Slate looked at state rankings for Maryland and Connecticut, respectively, and Michigan Radio reported on conditions in Detroit and Michigan at large. Other ongoing media engagement includes coverage by Forbes, Mainstreet, Motherboard, National Public Radio’s All Tech Considered, Newsday, and Twin Cities Business.

Measure of America’s thematic report One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas was cited by Chelsea Clinton in her Huffington Post article “Reclaiming America’s Youth and Recovering Our Economy.”

Transitional Justice and Displacement, the latest volume in the SSRC Books Advancing Transitional Justice series, was recommended in the Journal of Refugee Studies as “an important collection which should be essential reading for practitioners in transitional justice and in refugee situations” and in Perspectives on Politics as a “welcome addition” to the field that will be “especially appreciated by scholars desiring closer theoretical examination of the linkages between mechanisms and crimes.” The International Center for Transitional Justice has launched an interactive map where you can explore experiences from countries featured in the study.

Education Research Program director Richard Arum addressed reactions to his program’s influential book Academically Adrift (University of Chicago Press, 2011) in an article for Society: “Stakeholder and Public Responses to Measuring Student Learning.”

Abe Fellow Daniel Aldrich (2006) published “Taking the High Ground: FEMA Trailer Siting after Hurricane Katrina” in Public Administration Review.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship Fellow Shervin Malekzadeh (2008) discussed reformist support in the lead-up to the Iranian presidential election in an article for the Atlantic.

Layna Mosley, director of the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship research field Governing Global Production (2012), is editor of Interview Research in Political Science, now out from Cornell University Press. Nancy Foner, director of the research field Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Identity in Western Europe and the United States (2010), is editor of the recent Columbia University Press volume One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century.

Original content now featured at SSRC Forums: Kujenga Amani has a new essay by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo in its Peacebuilding in Congo series. Reverberations has launched another prayer portal: “Praying with the Senses.” At The Immanent Frame, Ateş Altınordu writes from Turkey on “Occupy Gezi, Beyond the Religious-Secular Cleavage.” And Engaging Eurasia has posted a video recording of the Eurasia Program’s latest webinar, “Grantwriting to Support Quantitative Research in Eurasian Contexts.”

Upcoming Deadlines: Abe Fellowship (September 1), Grants for Collaborative Research on Environment and Health in China (September 1), Abe Fellowship for Journalists (September 15), Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Faculty Field Competition (October 1), and Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants (November 1).

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