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

Questia Reading Room: Freedom and independence around the globe

What does independence mean to each country around the world? In our next set of reading room books, we take a look at not only the history of freedom, but also what freedom means in the Internet age.

Read more about freedom rights from around the world. (Credit: GSI)

Read more about freedom rights from around the world. (Credit: GSI)

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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

Free State of Jones offers Civil War history research paper topics

The historical movie Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey is about citizens of Mississippi who disagreed with their state’s decision to secede from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The movie follows historical figure Newton Knight who deserted the Confederate army, led an uprising of guerilla warfare against the Confederacy and declared solidarity with the Union.

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

He also married a former slave leading to repercussions in race relations in Mississippi to this day. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Civil War history. Read more

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 of illegal immigrants?

Find out more about undocumented immigrants for your next research paper. (Credit: Twitter via NBC News)

Find out more about undocumented immigrants for your next research paper. (Credit: Twitter via NBC News)

Consider the explosion of both praise–and hatred–for a research paper topic in civic, political science or pop culture course. Read more

Research paper topic: Primary election rules and the role of superdelegates

The 2016 U.S. primary elections have generated a lot of controversy and dissatisfaction with the election process. Both Republican Party candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders have generated massive popular support and yet their candidacy is in doubt because of the role of superdelegates.

Primary election rules grow increasingly important as the campaign draws closer to parity. (Credit: Democracy Chronicles)

Primary election rules grow increasingly important as the campaign draws closer to parity. (Credit: Democracy Chronicles)

In July 2016, both Democratic and Republican conventions will finalize the choice for their party nominee to run on the ballot in November’s presidential election. Calls to change the election laws and role of superdelegates could fuel your next research paper. Read more

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 this terrorist organization, the Boko Haram has already done a great deal of damage, killing over 20,000 people.

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

If you are looking for research paper topics in international studies or African studies, consider researching the history of the Boko Haram, the multinational forces approved by the UN Security Council, or other terrorist groups threatening nations in modern Africa. Read more

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.

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Captain America, who has been burned by international oversight before (Marvel’s World Security Council was infiltrated by a fanatic spin-off of the World War II Nazi party in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) argues that accepting oversight from the United Nations would mean the Avengers had less ability to make their own decisions about where and when to intervene. Read more

How Hispanic voters impact the 2016 presidential election as your research topic

As we move ever closer to voting day for the 2016 presidential election the issue of race has become a recurring theme. In their quest for a majority of electoral votes frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to disappoint large voting blocs such as blacks and Latinos. Currently Hispanics in America outnumber blacks with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

With such large numbers of eligible voters many pundits predict that this demographic could play a significant role in deciding the election. For this reason the power of the Latino electorate could be the center of your next research paper. Read more