Controversial research topics: Institutional racism in America

When President Obama was elected to office in 2009, many politicos proclaimed that racism in America had come to an end. But the President himself recently appeared on a radio show where he used the “N” word to emphasize the point that institutional discrimination and racism are still going strong.

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

In your search for controversial topics for your next research paper, take a look at institutional racism in America. Read more

U.S. incarceration rates and criminal punishment for your criminal justice term paper

Criminal punishment, incarceration rates by race, the role of rehabilitation, and the high rate of the mentally ill in prison all offer many good research paper topics.

Find out how the U.S. incarceration rate is highest in the world. (Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

Find out how the U.S. incarceration rate is highest in the world. (Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

For your term paper you could discuss how the U.S. imprisons more people than any other country, measures to reduce the prison population, race disparity in the U.S. criminal justice system or psychological treatment for mentally ill prisoners. Read more

The Confederate flag and Charleston shooting as your research topic

More than 100 years after the conclusion of the Civil War, some still see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride, while others are very clear that it is nothing but a reminder of past, and present, racism. The Charleston shooting has people across the nation asking, once again, if the Confederate flag should still be flown over the South Carolina State House.

The Confederate flag waving near the dome of the South Carolina Capitol building. (Credit: Sean Rayford, Getty Images)

The Confederate flag waving near the dome of the South Carolina Capitol building. (Credit: Sean Rayford, Getty Images)

If you are looking for a research paper topic for an American History or African American studies course, consider following the news on this developing debate. Read more

Research topic: Tackling gun violence in America

Gun control is a topic that is very divisive in our country. No matter where you stand on the issue, for the families and friends of those who die from gun violence in America, the topic is deeply personal.

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

The HBO documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, personalizes the statistics by profiling eight of the estimated 8,000 people who died during that time period. Read more

Republican Party drops Iowa straw poll as your research topic

Political news was abuzz this month when the Republican Party officially dropped the Iowa straw poll. Due to the political poll’s non-binding results and continued irrelevance, the GOP political party decided not to hold the poll in August 2015, ahead of the 2016 Presidential election.

Learn more about the dropping of the Iowa straw poll. (Credit: CNN)

Learn more about the dropping of the Iowa straw poll. (Credit: CNN)

A good research paper topic can be to discuss the history of the Iowa straw poll, its relevance and its dissolution. Read more

How to cover child sexual abuse in your research paper

With the May 2015 revelations about Josh Duggar, the media has been focused on child sexual abuse. Son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” Josh’s actions have come under intense scrutiny and raised many questions about what is abuse and what isn’t, as well as how to help and support survivors of abuse.

Recent allegations of child sexual abuse in the Duggar family has sparked much criticism. (Credit: TLC Video Screengrab)

Recent allegations of child sexual abuse in the Duggar family has sparked much criticism. (Credit: TLC Video Screengrab)

For your next research paper on child sexual abuse, consider using this example as your topic. Read more

Research education reform and charter schools for your term paper

Education reform has taken many forms over the years. For the past two decades charter schools have evolved as a method of inserting innovation into public education. But despite the growth in this sector of education many still ask, “What is a charter school?”

Learn more about how charter schools have recently evolved. (Credit: Media Trackers)

Learn more about how charter schools have recently evolved. (Credit: Media Trackers)

If you’re looking for research paper topics related to education, you should consider taking on the subject of charter schools. This form of education is poised to enter another growth spurt. Even so, there are many who still have doubts that the charter school format lives up to its promises. Read more

Will United Nations’ peace talks solve the Yemen conflict? Discuss it in your next research paper

The current Yemen conflict is extremely complicated. The initial fighting started between the country’s President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and allies of the Houthis, a group of Zaidi Shia rebels. However adding to the conflict is the opposition by al-Qaeda to both groups and an offshoot of ISIS that’s trying to gain a foothold in the country.

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia is leading a military operation that backs Yemen’s president. After a recent cease-fire, bombing has begun again, while the United Nations is hoping to sponsor peace talks in Geneva on May 28. Read more

Term paper: Government surveillance and whistleblowers

The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center saw an escalation of government surveillance on the American people. But intrusion into personal privacy has a long history in the U.S. Now PBS’ Independent Lens reveals how 44 years ago a group of citizens exposed the FBI’s illegal surveillance program in the documentary, 1971.

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics about the legal system, constitutional rights and the criminal justice system, then check out the film on your local station or online by searching for PBS documentaries. Read more

Cover new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper

Racism in the United States, particularly in the South, is a topic that seems to be in the news more and more. Despite the attention that it receives, the treatment of African Americans is still something very much in need of improvement, as the HBO documentary by Gillian Laub, Southern Rites shows all too well.

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

For your next research paper on racism or race relations, consider discussing this new documentary. Read more