Angelica Maria Bernal (UMass) and Elva Orozco-Mendoza (Drexel): On the Agency of the Non-Human World: A View from Latin America; and The Meaning and Perils of Presidential Refounding in Latin America. Andrew Arato (New School): Beyond the Alternative Reform or Revolution: Post Sovereign Constitution Making and Latin America. Jens Andermann (Zurich): Postdictatorship and its Discontents: On the Politics of Latin American Cultural Studies; and Placing Latin American Memory: Sites and the Politics of Mourning. Samuel Handlin (Utah): NGOs, International Donors, and the Postmaterial Disjuncture in Latin America. Bettina Schorr (FUB): The Ups and Downs of Regional Identity Politics: A Glance at Latin America. From Culture Machine, a special issue on Latin American Mediations. Flavia Freidenberg and Maria Esperanza Casullo on how Europe's traditional parties might learn a lesson from Latin America in the 90s as outsider parties threaten for political influence. From the Inter-American Development Bank, a special report on Grading Fiscal Policy in Latin America in the Last Decade. From Social Justice, a special issue on Latin America revisited. Latin America’s social progress has stopped — what is to be done? Alexandra Lange reviews Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk (and more). Are tablets the solution for Latin American education? Andres Delgado Darnalt investigates.

Megan Goodwin (Bates): Everything New Is Old Again: New Religious Movements As American Minority Religions. Francesca Romana Ammaturo (Goldsmiths): The Right to a Privilege? Homonormativity and the Recognition of Same-sex Couples in Europe. Javier Grillo-Marxuach: “I am a fucking plagiarist”. Nathan Schneider on why the tech elite is getting behind Universal Basic Income. The world’s email encryption software relies on Werner Koch, who is going broke. Josh Eidelson on how the tech worker shortage doesn't really exist. The Internet is real: Joanne McNeil on Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road trial, and the quasi-fictions of internet culture. Juan Cole on today’s top 7 myths about Daesh/ISIL. Fear, Inc. 2.0: Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer on the Islamophobia network’s efforts to manufacture hate in America. Ben Adler on why CPAC desperately needs a Sister Souljah moment: The right will have to moderate on science and social issues at some point if it hopes to put a Republican in the White House. Meet the bail bond queen: Michelle Esquenazi owns one of the largest bail bond agencies in New York state. The transgender triumph: Charlotte Allen on identity politics uber alles. Last year was such a good year in media M&A, industry watchers are talking about a return to pre-recession levels. Why do some high schools have “mean girls” and others don't? Molly Mirhashem investigates.

Benjamin Popp-Madsen (Copenhagen): Anti-Federalism and the Question of Constituent Power in the American Constitutional Debate. Nadine Naber (UIC): Imperial Whiteness and the Diasporas of Empire. Alyosha Goldstein (New Mexico): Toward a Genealogy of the U.S. Colonial Present. From Common-place, Thomas A. Foster (DePaul): Sex and Public Memory of Founder Aaron Burr; and turning sexual vice into virtue; and Kelly A. Ryan reviews Foster’s Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past; and the state of the Americanist Field: A roundtable on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Sacvan Bercovitch's influential 1978 study, The American Jeremiad. Peter Manseau on how the Puritans were America's first anti-vaxxers. Two centuries on, various jurisdictions in these United States have found in the undistinguished chronicle of the War of 1812 much to commemorate — go figure. Many people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other — but those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. Americans’ real reactions to Lincoln’s assassination: Ruth Graham interviews Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln. “Rights can be won, and rights can be taken away. Achievements are always vulnerable”: Mike Konczal interviews Eric Foner on how radical change occurs. Conservatives are furious over the new A.P. History curriculum: They want less bashing of America, more hailing of American ideals (and more).

Jonathan Rapping (John Marshall): The Revolution Will Be Televised: Popular Culture and the American Criminal Justice Narrative. Oliver K. Roeder (Texas), Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Julia Bowling, and Inimai M. Chettiar (NYU), and Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): What Caused the Crime Decline? Max Ehrenfreund on how no one can figure out why crime is so low. Geoff Ward (UC-Irvine): The Slow Violence of State Organized Race Crime. Andrew Verstein (Wake Forest): Violent White-Collar Crime. Jason L. Mallory (Polk State): Denying Pell Grants to Prisoners: Race, Class, and the Philosophy of Mass Incarceration. The overcriminalization of America: Charles G. Koch and Mark V. Holden on how to reduce poverty and improve race relations by rethinking our justice system. Cynthia V. Ward (William and Mary): “Stand Your Ground” and Self Defense. More guns, more crime: New research debunks a central thesis of the gun rights movement. What were you thinking? As the criminal code expands, intent is often ignored. Brandon L. Garrett (Virginia): Why Plea Bargains are Not Confessions. Does an innocent man have the right to be exonerated? In the 1980s, Larry Youngblood was wrongfully imprisoned for raping a 10-year-old boy — the way the Supreme Court handled his case had lasting consequences. Ty Alper (UC-Berkeley): The United States Execution Drug Shortage: A Consequence of Our Values. Eric Holder calls for a halt on U.S. executions.

From the Onati Socio-Legal Series, a special issue on Law in the Age of Media Logic. Alexander Anievas (Cambridge): The First World War and the Making of Modern World Politics. Free-floating paranoia is not an esoteric point of trivia; it is a central feature of conservative-movement thought; perhaps by mistake, Giuliani made the last several days the most edifying time of the campaign so far. Hacks, backdoors, and cyberwars: Jacob Silverman on why it’s fair to ask if our dear unelected officials of America’s security apparatus have any idea what they’re doing. East of Palo Alto’s Eden: Kim-Mai Cutler on race and the formation of Silicon Valley. Meet the women trying to make the Internet a safer place for all women. Max Abelson on how an undocumented immigrant from Mexico became a star at Goldman Sachs: Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street’s most profitable securities firm. Conservatives are much more likely than liberals to be proud of America. Sady Doyle on learning from Kanye: A thought experiment. Dean Baker on the “It's Hard to Get Good Help” crowd: The aging of the European population is not new, nor is it in any obvious way a serious problem for Europe. Over the next few weeks, as it prepares to launch its first issue, Scalawag Magazine will be sharing stories from the South on the issues they care about. Quiz: North Korean slogan or TED Talk sound bite?

Nancy O'Donnell (Marist): Masculinity and Femininity: Essential to the Identity of the Human Person. Bethany Irvine (Birmingham): Vegetarian Masculinities: How Discourses of Normative Masculinity are Challenged and (Re)Produced through Food Consumption. "Be a man", what does that even mean? Jennifer Siebel Newsom turns a critical lens on American masculinity. Fox News segment suggests movies like Frozen are emasculating America’s men. Lumbersexuals and white heteromasculine pageantry: D’Lane Compton and Tristan Bridges on how hybrid configurations of masculinity enable young, straight, white men to distance themselves from what they might perceive as something akin to the stigma of privilege. Michael E. Price, Stuart Brown, Amber Dukes, and Jinsheng Kang (Brunel): Bodily Attractiveness and Egalitarianism are Negatively Related in Males. Johannah King-Slutzky on the secret of the bro: An excavation.

Kate Manne (Cornell): What is Misogyny? A Feminist Analysis. “I'm no misogynist. And I have very good reading comprehension”: Watch a troll who likes to rant at feminists argue with a random comment generating bot — for three hours. How about we go outside and settle this like emotionally stunted men? Mariah Blake goes inside the Men's Rights Movement and the army of misogynists and trolls it spawned. Are you man enough for the Men's Rights Movement? Jeff Sharlet reports from the movement's first national gathering and meets the true believers who want you to fight for your right to patriarchy. Adam Serwer and Katie J.M. Baker on how Men’s Rights leader Paul Elam turned being a deadbeat dad into a moneymaking movement. Leslie Knope: “Men's Rights is nothing”. Megan Elizabeth Baxter (Birmingham): Are Consciousness-raising Groups an Effective Method for Involving Men in the Feminist Movement? From Jezebel, what happens when a prominent male feminist is accused of rape? Cecilia D'Anastasio investigates.

From Scholar & Feminist Online, a special issue on Activism and the Academy. Rachel H. Gentry and Bernard E. Whitley (Ball State): Bullying in Graduate School: Its Nature and Effects. Tracy L. R. Lightcap (LaGrange): Academic Governance and Democratic Processes: The Entrepreneurial Model and Its Discontents. The anguish of saving endangered scholars: Steve Clemons on one foundation's struggle to rescue intellectuals from the Nazis — while leaving others behind. Disciplines that expect “brilliance” tend to punish women, study finds. The introduction to Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin. What do the academy and the military have in common? Henry Farrell on how academia is not a meritocracy: Whether you are likely to get a good job depends on the prestige of the institution where you got your doctorate. Dan Berrett on the day the purpose of college changed: After February 28, 1967, the main reason to go was to get a job. Here are the pros and cons of making the first two years of community college free. Elite colleges are suddenly extending their application deadlines, but some say they're juicing their numbers and giving students false hope. Aaron Sankin on today's college freshmen: Sad, Internet-addicted loners who don't know how to party. The first chapter from The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II by Roger L. Geiger.

Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee) and Jen E. Boyle (Coastal Carolina): The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness. Tracy Reilly (Dayton): Copyright and the Tragedy of the Common. The disappeared: Spencer Ackerman on how Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden “black site”. Max Fisher asked Snowden if he deals with Russian officials — his answer was weird but revealing. The Merchants of Europe: Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice provides one of the best models for understanding the drama of the debt crisis in Greece today. Lisa Bonos on how to find a feminist boyfriend. Tracy Moore on all the men you'll meet on the way to that feminist boyfriend. We know how you feel: Raffi Khatchadourian on how computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait. Claire Cain Miller on how technology has made life different, but not necessarily more stressful. This university teaches you no skills — just a new way to think. The Vatican just called for reforming the biggest health care problem you’ve never heard of. Ron Kampeas on Israel and Zionism through the prisms of Rabin and Netanyahu. Manuel Pastor on how immigrant activists changed L.A. 50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation. The introduction to The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment by Dallas G. Denery.

Tim Kuhner (Georgia State): Political Finance as the Central Issue of Our Time. Sandy Brian Hager (LSE): Public Debt as Corporate Power: Mapping the New Aristocracy of Finance. Bengt Holmstrom (MIT): Understanding the Role of Debt in the Financial System. Andrew Baker (QUB): The Bankers’ Paradox: The Political Economy of Macroprudential Regulation. In new Congress, Wall Street pushes to undermine Dodd-Frank reform. Wall Street is dismantling financial reform piece by piece. Danny Vinik on how Elizabeth Warren’s warnings about financial reform are already coming true. Time to get serious about bank reform: After the financial crisis, governments staved off a second Great Depression too well; this triumph let them duck tough reforms — until now. Why our success in managing the banking crisis was the mother of failure: Henry Farrell interviews Barry Eichengreen, author of Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses — and Misuses — of History. Wall Street’s comeback, too big to resist: There will be another crisis — no law can stop it, no regulator can foresee it. Hamilton Nolan on how Wall Street is a leech. Warning: Too much finance is bad for the economy. Crush the financial sector, end the great stagnation? It's a wonderful life on Wall Street, yet here is a holiday wish list to make it even better.

Hannes Rusch (Giessen): Do Bankers Have Deviant Moral Attitudes? Negative Results from a Tentative Survey. It’s a well-established fact that pretty much everything on earth would run better if women were in charge — that dictum would seem to extend to the financial markets. James Brassett and Lena Rethel (Warwick): Sexy Money: The Hetero-Normative Politics of Global Finance. Yes, there is such a thing as a “financial dominatrix”, and it’s as bizarre as you think. Make policy for real, not ideal, humans: Many believe dysfunctional behaviour in finance is due solely to distorted incentives. Lauren Kirchner interviews Ian Klaus, author of Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance. From TNR, David Dayen on how Wall Street pays bankers to work in government and it doesn't want anyone to know; and on how Wall Street is fighting to rip off your retirement money. A decoder for financial illiterates: Sarah Lyall reviews How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say — And What It Really Means by John Lanchester. Stop trying to make financial literacy happen: Helaine Olen on how it’s a noble distraction from actual consumer protection — that’s why the financial services industry loves it. Obama's newest plan might drive investment advisers out of business — good.

Farrukh Iqbal (World Bank) and Youssouf Kiendrebeogo (Auvergne): The Reduction of Child Mortality in the Middle East and North Africa: A Success Story. Stephen W. Day on what’s behind Yemen’s recent political turmoil. From The Monkey Cage, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch on the mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates; on Islamists and their charities; and on the Arab uprisings: With the rush of events, what did political scientists miss during the Arab uprisings? William O. Beeman (Minnesota): Few "Gays" in the Middle East, but Significant Same-Sex Sexuality. A daring plan to rebuild Syria, no matter who wins the war: With the battle still ongoing, a huge team of Syrian planners plots the restoration of Aleppo and beyond. John Lee Anderson on General Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s new strongman. Betsy L. Fisher (Michigan): Why Non-Marital Children in the MENA Region Face a Risk of Statelessness. Aaron David Miller on the Arab Spring in 2015: RIP? John Lloyd reviews The Iron Cage of Liberalism: International Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa by Daniel Ritter. Joel Gillin on how Libya is yet another reason to be wary of humanitarian interventions. Since 9/11, we've had 4 wars in the Middle East — they've all been disasters. Charles Simic on our wars, our victims. A look at how the rise of Islamic State is changing history in the Middle East. Carriew Weisman on why porn is exploding in the Middle East.