Freedom of the press and Donald Trump as research paper topics

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and founding father of our country, expressed his support of the press when he said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” President-elect Donald Trump has made statements that have caused concern for many in the media.

Find out more about the president elect's stance on freedom of the press. (Credit: Nomad Capitalist)

Find out more about the president elect’s stance on freedom of the press. (Credit: Nomad Capitalist)

Research paper ideas to explore include a study of the important legal cases the First Amendment has played a role in over the years, as well as the role of free speech around the world and how it has been threatened. 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

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

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

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

Oromo protests in Ethiopia as your research topic

Ethiopia has been a stable Western ally in an area often seeded with unrest. But while it has shown economic advances in recent years, the nation has not progressed in terms of human rights issues, particularly when it comes to freedom of speech. In the face of continued oppression of cultural groups, including the Oromo people—the most populous and least powerful ethnic group in Ethiopia—many of the nation’s young people, including Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa, have protested the government.

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

They have been met with violence, and the unrest is causing the Ethiopian government to declare a state of emergency. For a research paper topic on current events or international relations, here is some of what you need to know about Ethiopia. Read more

Sexual assault cases: Changes in legal consequences as your research topic

The Stanford sexual assault case continues to make headlines as the public grapples with the legal consequences the ruling created. Not only has the sexual assault case made headlines for the sentence Brock Turner received in that case, but also the trial is drawing more attention to how police deal with rape reports.

Research how sexual assault cases are handled differently in different states. (Credit: Time)

Research how sexual assault cases are handled differently in different states. (Credit: Time)

Research paper topics could examine the differences between states in terms of minimum penalties for these cases, as well as ways our police departments could improve their handling of such cases. Read more

Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Millennials and the 2016 election as your research topic

Many young voters were excited about the Bernie Saunders candidacy. However, since the presidential candidates for the 2016 election have been finalized, the level of enthusiasm from the millennial generation has dropped. Some pundits and politicians are trying to reach this crucial demographic via social media such as Snapchat. Will it work?

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Some research paper topics to consider include the voting history of this demographic, as well as the issues that are important to the current generation of twentysomethings. Read more

Research topic: The school of the future

During the second week of September, PBS Nova took a look at education in the age of information with The School of the Future. The program examines why U.S. test scores rank lower than many other countries despite the widespread use of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

It also asks how the latest educational research can help us fix education in America and which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds. This two-hour documentary will take viewers from the laboratory to the classroom to see what is helping to make a difference. Read more