#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, noted Hollywood voices including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith announced their intentions to boycott the Oscars to make a statement.

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

The Academy was quick to react, and has released a number of changes dedicated to increasing the diversity of the Academy—and thus, they hope, its award winners—by 2020. If you are looking for a research paper topic in your courses on film studies, African American studies, or civil rights, consider taking a look at the changes being made by the Academy—and weighing in on whether or not this is enough. Read more

International economics and the TPP: Research topics

Students of economics know that it is the study of supply and demand. A key feature is the fact of scarcity. Research paper topics can cover a wide range from the history of economics to money, the economy and financial markets. International economics is especially rife with good topics.

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

One such topic is the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), an agreement between 12 Pacific nations that, if passed, would have far-reaching effects on job growth, food safety, healthcare and more. Now more than ever, it’s important to consider a research paper on international economics issues. Read more

Iowa caucus and beyond for your research paper

For those who don’t spend their lives glued to C-SPAN, U.S. elections can be a crazy, confusing thing. Even if you do understand how the Iowa caucus and other presidential primaries play a part in getting someone elected president, the 2016 presidential election so far has been wilder than most.

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

There are multiple research paper topics to explore in Presidential politics, from understanding how our election process works to ways it could be improved. Read more

Oxfam report on income inequality as your research paper topic

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, but the latest Oxfam report indicates that more of the global economy than ever is in the hands of the wealthiest.

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Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

With the rich getting richer, the areas to explore in a research paper also increase, as the income gap grows to encompass more and more issues, including health and mortality. Read more

Gardening in space as your astronomy research topic

On January 16, astronaut Scott Kelly posted a tweet from the International Space Station that their ongoing experiment in growing plants in space had resulted in a success: a zinnia showed off its first blossom. This is one step of many in helping astronauts and scientists learn how to grow fresh food in space. While there’s a great variety in space food, much of it is freeze dried or needs water added to it before it can be eaten.

Zinnia, the first flower grown in space. (Credit: Scott Kelly)

Zinnia, the first flower grown in space. (Credit: Scott Kelly)

As scientists look into the future of space travel, in which astronauts might visit Mars, the necessity of providing fresh food for those space travelers becomes more crucial. For your next research paper in agriculture or astronomy, consider taking a look at the importance of gardening in space. Read more

The housing bubble and Wall Street banking for your research paper

Back in late 2008, the economy was hit with the equivalent of a nuclear bomb when the housing bubble finally burst. The bubble was created by investment bankers on Wall Street who traded subprime mortgages without a care as to whether those mortgages would ever be paid.

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Now the film, The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt unravels the creation of the “too big to fail” banking system that led to the worldwide economic collapse. It’s a compelling subject for any research paper. Read more

Law enforcement term paper topics

Local and federal law enforcement challenges and events are always in the news and make good term paper topics.

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Learn more on the topic of law enforcement. (Credit: Ulets.net)

Here are three good research paper topics in the field of law enforcement: the Oregon standoff, use of body cameras on police officers and women in law enforcement agencies. Read more

Emma Watson book club as a literature research topic

Emma Watson, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, has announced that in her efforts to research gender inequality issues, she wants to be able to discuss those issues with others. To that end, she is forming a feminist book club, “Our Shared Shelf,” and inviting everyone to join in. “Research topic on gender inequality awareness” on the Questia blog noted that in starting HeforShe, Watson is seeking to engage men and women in the conversation about women’s rights. Expanding to a book club is a natural fit.

Learn more about Emma Watson and her book club concept. (Credit: Getty Images)

Learn more about Emma Watson and her book club concept. (Credit: Getty Images)

If you are looking for a research paper topic in either gender studies or literature, consider looking at Watson’s new book club as one in a long line of book clubs empowering women–starting with Oprah Winfrey’s game changing Oprah’s Book Club, or including the lighter hearted Vaginal Fantasy Book Club hosted by actress Felicia Day. Read more

Making A Murderer: Research topic on criminal justice

Making a Murderer is the Netflix online, 10-episode documentary series by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, ten years in the making, about the case of Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After DNA evidence freed Avery from a wrongful conviction, he was arrested again and sentenced to life.

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

In both cases, police were accused of tampering with evidence. The case offers interesting research paper topics in criminal justice and true crime stories. Read more

The influence of David Bowie as your research topic

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Major Tom. Aladdin Sane. Jareth the Goblin King. Whichever persona you identify the most with the late David Bowie, the musician not only transformed rock music, but he also was a master of reinvention, continually transforming himself.

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

David Bowie shed personas and displayed a gender fluidity that was groundbreaking, just one of the many fascinating areas to explore in a research paper on his influence. Read more