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Dr. Jason Smith co-edits, Maria Valdovinos Olson contributes to a publication on mass incarceration

Dr. Jason Smith co-edits, Maria Valdovinos Olson contributes to a publication on mass incarceration

The year 2023 marks 50 years of mass incarceration in the United States. This timely volume highlights and addresses pressing social problems associated with the US’s heavy reliance on mass imprisonment. In an atmosphere of charged political debate, including "tough on crime" rhetoric, the editors bring together scholars and experts in the criminal justice field to provide the most up-to-date science on mass incarceration and its ramifications on justice-impacted people and our communities.

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The IIR is hiring!

The IIR is hiring!

The George Mason University, Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) invites applications for a one-year, renewable (up to three years) position as the Shrivastava Family Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immigration Research. The successful candidate’s areas of specialization will include immigration, economic, social and political consequences of migration, quality of life, and the overall issues related to immigration policy. This position is critical to the success of the IIR and requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of the IIR.

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Youth Research Council Presents at ESS Conference

Youth Research Council Presents at ESS Conference

Fellows from the Youth Research Council (YRC) presented on a paper panel at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) in February of 2023 in Baltimore, MD! YRC's paper, titled "Youth Research Councils: youth-led research and social change", authored by the YRC leadership team, was part of the paper session "Coming of Age: Racism and Young People."

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Youth Research Council Presents at AERA Conference

Youth Research Council Presents at AERA Conference

Youth Research Council fellows attended the 2023 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). There, fellows presented a poster detailing the research project YRC has been conducting for the last two years, which asked the research questions: 1. What are the mental health effects of racial and ethnic microagggressions on high school students in Northern Virginia? and 2. How do high school students respond to and resist racial and ethnic microaggressions in school contexts?

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Mason's Jeffrey Keller Named 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Mason's Jeffrey Keller Named 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Jeffery W. Keller, a part of the leadership team for the Youth Research Council and a history teacher at John Handley High School in Winchester, was named the 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year this evening during a livestreamed announcement by Governor Glenn Youngkin at the Patrick Henry Building on Capitol Square. Keller was selected last month as one of the commonwealth’s eight regional teachers of the year and is now Virginia’s nominee for 2024 National Teacher of the Year.

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