Whitewashing in Hollywood and Doctor Strange as your research topics

Whitewashing in Hollywood movies is pervasive and unnecessary. Whitewashing is when an ethnic or minority character is played by a white actor. In the Marvel Comics original Doctor Strange story, the character of the Ancient One is Tibetan, but is played in the movie by white British actress Tilda Swinton. A good research paper topic is to write about the causes of Hollywood whitewashing.

Discuss whitewashing in Hollywood in your research paper. (Credit: Variety/Marvel)

Discuss whitewashing in Hollywood in your research paper. (Credit: Variety/Marvel)

The Doctor Strange story is about Stephen Strange, played by heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch, an ego-driven former neurosurgeon who becomes injured and goes to Kathmandu to learn the mystic arts from a powerful 500-year-old immortal sorcerer called the Ancient One. Read more

Research paper topics on the human brain

The human brain is in many ways still a mystery to scientists. Recent studies have revealed interesting new insights into brain development, including what, if any, gender differences exist between the male and female brain.

Learn more about the human brain for your research paper. (Credit: Stanford.edu)

Learn more about the human brain for your research paper. (Credit: Stanford.edu)

Research paper topics on this subject offer a wide range of ideas. Read more

New faces in the senate: Women’s studies and American history research paper topics

If you are looking for research paper topics in your women’s studies or American history classes, it’s worth noting that two women made history in their senate races in the 2016 election. Kamala Harris (D) of California became the first South Asian-American to serve in the Senate (as well as the second black woman to be a senator) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D) of Nevada became the first Latina to secure a Senate seat.

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

There have been women in the senate since shortly after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, and looking at the history of how those women have served, as well as the first woman to be a senator and first woman elected, provides a historical context for the women who serve today. Read more

Find inspiration from famous authors for your research paper

American poet, memoirist and activist Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Writers like Angelou and other famous authors in genres from classic literature to our modern day offer readers inspiration, excitement and escape. Some authors, such as Arthur Miller, created intensely moving stories that also offer a commentary on the society of their day.

Learn more about famous authors for your literature research paper. (Credit: Famous Authors)

Learn more about famous authors for your literature research paper. (Credit: Famous Authors)

Words are very powerful and those who craft words into stories can inspire you to write a powerful research paper. Read more

Research paper topics: Washington D.C. votes for statehood

In the United States 2016 election, an overwhelming majority of residents of Washington D.C. voted for the District to become the 51st state. But the path to statehood has long been fraught for both Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, another U.S. region that has only non-voting representatives in the U.S. House.

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

What are the arguments both for and against statehood for these regions, and what are the stumbling blocks Washington D.C. will face with so many of its voters seeking representation? The history of these issues and their current status could make interesting research paper topics in your American history or politics course. Read more

Loving, race and civil rights history for your research paper

The film, Loving, tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who in 1958, fought Virginia law in their quest to legalize interracial love and marriage. Unable to prevail, the couple was forced to leave the state and was forbidden to return together for 25 years. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, the Lovings took their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

The Loving story is just one of many civil rights cases that could be the cornerstone of your next research paper. Read more

Research paper: The electoral college

As the 2016 presidential election recedes in our rearview mirror, pundits will ponder and dissect the political campaign for months to come. Although Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, she lost the electoral college votes, and the White House, to Donald Trump.

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Every election cycle seems to end with a call to do away with the electoral college. Whether we should do that makes for a very timely research paper topic. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognize National Aviation History Month

During the month of November we recognize National Aviation History Month and its dedication to explore and celebrate America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation.

Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Read more on the history of aviation here – FREE for the next month. Read more

Documentary film on James Baldwin offers research paper topics

The documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, works from the writings of James Baldwin to tell not only the writer’s story, but also a story of the Civil Rights movement.

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Baldwin is a central figure in African-American literature and offers many avenues to explore in a research paper, including his unfinished book profiling Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Read more

The history of presidential impeachment—research paper ideas

Presidential impeachment is a serious act that the United States has only undertaken four times. A research paper could examine the historical precedents for such a political event.

Learn more about how a presidential impeachment works. (Credit: Getty Images)

Learn more about how a presidential impeachment works. (Credit: Getty Images)

How to impeach a president and why the topic is at the forefront now with the recent election of Donald Trump, are other areas to explore in a research paper. Read more