American history research paper: Calhoun College and racism

On June 13, 2016, Corey Menafee, an African American dining hall worker at Yale University, could no longer stand to look at the image of two slaves picking cotton as depicted in the stained glass of Calhoun College, one of Yale’s residential colleges.

Learn more about Calhoun College and the issue of racism. (Credit: Thomas MacMillan/WSJ)

Learn more about Calhoun College and the issue of racism. (Credit: Thomas MacMillan/WSJ)

Menafee smashed the window with a broom handle and later apologized for his actions; he resigned from his position, and Yale decided not to press charges, though Menafee has since stated he would like to return to work if Yale will hire him back. Named after the seventh American vice president, John Calhoun, the residential college has faced much criticism in recent years for retaining the name of a man who promoted slavery as a public good. Read more

Minimum wage research paper topics

As the divide between the very rich and very poor keeps growing and the middle class is shrinking, the living wage movement is encouraging debate on a federal minimum wage increase and states raising the minimum wage.

Learn more about the minimum wage debate. (Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Newscom)

Learn more about the minimum wage debate. (Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Newscom)

Here are some topics for research papers. Read more

Alternative medicine research paper topics

Alternative medicine offers many interesting research paper topics. Alternative therapies, homeopathic remedies and complementary medicine have become more widely accepted and are used by all racial and ethnic groups who use herbal medicine and natural remedies.

Learn more about the types of alternative medicine treatments here. (Credit: Affinity Acupuncture)

Learn more about the types of alternative medicine treatments here. (Credit: Affinity Acupuncture)

Learn more about each ethnic groups’ therapies, as well as the proliference and evolution of alternative therapies here. Read more

Political campaign reform research paper topics

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25 to July 28. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party’s nomination to run for president this November.

Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Also at the convention, the Democratic Party will adopt the official Democratic Party Platform that will form the basis for the presidential campaign. So far, the political campaign process has generated more calls for election reform. The changing face of elections could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

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 the film does well, it sparks an important conversation about women in film.

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

If you are looking for a good research paper topic for your film criticism or women’s studies class, consider grabbing some popcorn and heading to the theater to see the new Ghostbusters. Read more

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 been captured by civilians have raised the awareness of such incidents and lent support to campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, intended to combat the violence of these black deaths.

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

Why do these incidents occur? What can be done to reduce police violence? These are important research paper topics in response to pressing issues facing the United States today. Read more

Research paper topics on the vice presidency of the United States

With the 2016 election just four months away, the attention has started to shift to who the vice presidency nominees of the United States will be for each of the presidential candidates.

The vice presidency of the U.S. makes for a good research paper. (Credit: Silent Thunder Models)

The vice presidency of the U.S. makes for a good research paper. (Credit: Silent Thunder Models)

The vice presidency may not be something that many people think about, but the topic is ripe with ideas for a research paper, including the history of the office and what the process is for choosing a running mate. Read more

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.

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

But aside from being a box office smash that Hollywood needed in 2016 (CNN Money reporter Frank Pallotta noted in “’Finding Dory’ reels in biggest animated opening ever,” posted June 19, 2016, that the film is a “bright spot” in a box office that has been “struggling as of late”), Finding Dory tackles several controversial topics that would make interesting research papers. Read more

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 the first woman mayor of Rome.

Virginia Raggi, the first female Mayor of Rome. (Credit: Nadia Shira Cohen, The New York Times)

Virginia Raggi, the first female Mayor of Rome. (Credit: Nadia Shira Cohen, The New York Times)

As the United States is looking to a national election where constituents could potentially elect the first woman president in an atmosphere where many are dissatisfied with the current establishment and the status quo, Italy’s recent elections show that in other nations, women and anti-establishment candidates are both electable, sometimes in the same candidate. Consider looking into European elections, the Five Star Movement, or the success of Virginia Raggi in becoming the first woman Mayor of Rome for research paper topics in international studies and politics. Read more

The impact of Brexit and the global economy as a research topic

Great Britain voted on whether or not to stay a part of the European Union on June 23, 2016. The historic Brexit vote has already had far reaching effects on the global economy.

How do you think Brexit will affect the global economy? (Credit: BFM)

How do you think Brexit will affect the global economy? (Credit: BFM)

Nicknamed “Brexit” for Britain exit, the decision offers a range of research paper topics, from the economic to the political in terms of the vote’s ramifications beyond England and Europe. Read more