Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

Women in film: Backlash and issues with Ghostbusters reboot as your research topic

When news of a Ghostbusters reboot hit the news, fans reacted very strongly. While there was some excitement, many fans loudly decried the decision of Paul Feig to cast an all-female ghostbusting team, led by Melissa McCarthy. The strong reaction from fans has continued to make news as the film debuted this July. Whether or not […]

Black Lives Matter and police shootings as research topic ideas

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. These are just the two most recent names in a disturbing trend of American police shootings. Racially charged police brutality is not new—the Watts riots of 1965 broke out over an incident of police brutality after an African-American driver was pulled over for drunk driving—but the police shooting videos that have […]

Finding Dory provides bioethics and mental health research paper topics

On its opening weekend (June 17—19), the Disney Pixar film Finding Dory had the biggest release for an animated film in history, beating out the previous record holder Shrek the Third and doubling the take of Finding Nemo, the movie it follows. But aside from being a box office smash that Hollywood needed in 2016 […]

Virginia Raggi becomes first woman Mayor of Rome as your research topic

When it was first established, the Five Star Movement in Italy had the purpose of being a protest vote: the party sought to show that the mainstream political movement wasn’t serving the people. In the last seven years, the party has grown in prominence, most recently seeing one of its members, Virginia Raggi, being elected […]

Maxwell Perkins and Genius biopic as your film or literature research topic

Most likely, few people outside of the publishing industry are immediately familiar with the name Maxwell Perkins, despite the fact that he played a large hand in shaping modern American literature. In the new biopic Genius, based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Colin Firth and Jude Law bring […]

Undocumented immigrants as your political science research topic

Crockett High School valedictorian Mayte Lara Ibarra didn’t expect a tweet about overcoming her own barriers to success to go viral. But by so casually declaring that she was an undocumented immigrant, the internet chatter soon became a roar. How can this viral tweet, and the response it received, be used to look at the […]

Topic ideas for art therapy research papers

If you’re taking courses in the psychology or art departments at your university, and especially if you’re taking classes in both, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter the discipline of art therapy. What is art therapy? It’s a form of psychotherapy that engages the creative mind, but depending on where it’s defined, it can have […]

Research paper topic: Multinational forces fighting Boko Haram

On May 15, 2016, the government of Cameroon announced that multinational forces fighting Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic group that has threatened Nigerian peace for nearly seven years, arrested five leaders of the insurgency. The multinational forces were also able to free a number of captive women and children. While progress is being made against […]

Research paper topics: Captain America Civil War and the United Nations

Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, posits the notion that the Avengers need to be held accountable for their actions. The solution? Form a United Nations taskforce to oversee the group, assign them to missions, and answer for the problems they cause. Captain America, who has been burned by international oversight before (Marvel’s World […]

Research paper topics: Life expectancy affected by income inequality and regional location

Using more than a billion Social Security and tax records, Stanford professor of economics Raj Chetty and his team supported a previously discovered correlation: the wealthy live longer than the poor. But they also found another startling factor they can’t yet explain: regional location has an impact on life expectancy as well. While Chetty offered […]