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

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

Women in the military research paper topics

Miss USA, 2016, Deshauna Barber, has put a new face on the image of women in the military. As a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, she is the first titleholder to be actively serving. Despite the presence of women in the armed forces for decades, female soldiers still experience a kind of gender bias that is rarely encountered in other professions.

What do you think of allowing women in the military? (Credit: USPS Stamp of Approval)

What do you think of allowing women in the military? (Credit: USPS Stamp of Approval)

The issue is likely to gain more attention now that the Pentagon has decided to open up all combat jobs to women. This makes women in combat and the role of women in the military timely research paper topics. Read more

Discuss Muhammad Ali and social change in your research paper

Muhammad Ali may be most noted as a boxing champion, but by his death on June 3, 2016, he had come to exemplify so much more, evolving into an entertainment icon with a profound effect on sports and culture as we know it.

Find out more about Muhammad Ali here. (Credit: Jacobin Mag)

Find out more about Muhammad Ali here. (Credit: Jacobin Mag)

A research paper could explore the many ways that Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay on January 17, 1942, brought about social change and how he altered our view of fame, for both celebrities and ordinary people. 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

Discussing disability issues in your next research paper

Adapted from the bestseller, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the movie of the same name has drawn much criticism from film critics and the disabled community alike. All agree that Emilia Clarke scores a quirky and stunning performance, but critics bemoan an overly romantic and maudlin storyline.

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

The disabled community find fault with the portrayal of a quadriplegic man who wishes to end his life by assisted suicide. An examination of how the disabled are portrayed by the media could be the focus of 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

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

Bible stories in Hollywood: Term paper topics

You can write your term paper on how broadcast TV and Hollywood movies have had a generally successful relationship with religious and Bible stories.

Learn more about stories of the Bible from Of Kings and Prophets. (Credit: Bob D'Amico, ABC)

Learn more about stories of the Bible from Of Kings and Prophets. (Credit: Bob D’Amico, ABC)

The most recent is ABC’s new series Of Kings and Prophets. Here are some interesting research paper topics for your broadcasting or entertainment classes on how stories in the Bible are produced for television and movies. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognizing Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time to reflect on the past, present and future of African American culture, music, civil rights and more.

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

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