Harry Potter and the West End play: Research paper topics

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably already picked up the bound version of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J. K. Rowling’s eighth entry into the world of Potter and Hogwarts. While the print edition released with midnight bookstore parties on July 31, 2016 (the traditional release day of the Potter books, as well as Harry Potter’s birthday), the West End play, featuring Noma Dumezweni, an Olivier-winning actress of South African heritage portraying a black Hermione Granger, opened on July 30.

Learn more about the latest Harry Potter book for your research paper. (Credit: Pottermore)

Learn more about the latest Harry Potter book for your research paper. (Credit: Pottermore)

That the performance and the book debuted so closely together is atypical of the way that plays are normally published, and the large following the Harry Potter world has amassed since the first novel was published in 1997 makes the newest release noteworthy. Read more

Hamilton as your American history, theater or American theater history research topic

On July 9, several of the Hamilton cast members made their final bow—but two weeks prior, two performances were filmed. What’s happening to that footage? That’s still uncertain, though a PBS Hamilton documentary, Hamilton’s America, is set to broadcast October 21.

Learn more about Hamilton for your research paper. (Credit: TwoCentsTV)

Learn more about Hamilton for your research paper. (Credit: TwoCentsTV)

Consider delving into any of the number of research paper topics presented by Hamilton, including: issues of representation on Broadway (or in American history); how the American founding fathers have loomed large as legends and how pop culture representation affects the audience’s ideas about those figures; or even the idea of an original Broadway cast receiving profit-sharing on a show’s success. Read more

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.

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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.

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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