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New faces in the senate: Women’s studies and American history research paper topics

If you are looking for research paper topics in your women’s studies or American history classes, it’s worth noting that two women made history in their senate races in the 2016 election. Kamala Harris (D) of California became the first South Asian-American to serve in the Senate (as well as the second black woman to be a senator) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D) of Nevada became the first Latina to secure a Senate seat.

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

There have been women in the senate since shortly after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, and looking at the history of how those women have served, as well as the first woman to be a senator and first woman elected, provides a historical context for the women who serve today. Read more

Research paper topics: Washington D.C. votes for statehood

In the United States 2016 election, an overwhelming majority of residents of Washington D.C. voted for the District to become the 51st state. But the path to statehood has long been fraught for both Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, another U.S. region that has only non-voting representatives in the U.S. House.

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

What are the arguments both for and against statehood for these regions, and what are the stumbling blocks Washington D.C. will face with so many of its voters seeking representation? The history of these issues and their current status could make interesting research paper topics in your American history or politics course. Read more

Oromo protests in Ethiopia as your research topic

Ethiopia has been a stable Western ally in an area often seeded with unrest. But while it has shown economic advances in recent years, the nation has not progressed in terms of human rights issues, particularly when it comes to freedom of speech. In the face of continued oppression of cultural groups, including the Oromo people—the most populous and least powerful ethnic group in Ethiopia—many of the nation’s young people, including Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa, have protested the government.

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

They have been met with violence, and the unrest is causing the Ethiopian government to declare a state of emergency. For a research paper topic on current events or international relations, here is some of what you need to know about Ethiopia. Read more

Social psychology research paper topics on race, gender and self-perception

Psychology studies include the branch of social psychology, which blends psychology and sociology to understand human interaction, how perception is conceived through others, and social identity based on culture, race and gender.

Learn about the many areas of social psychology. (Credit: Study.com)

Learn about the many areas of social psychology. (Credit: Study.com)

Here are some research paper topics in social psychology dealing with racial profiling, gender identity and self-perception theory. Read more

Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Research topic: Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage explores timely social issues

The symbolism in Marvel’s Luke Cage, the newest of its Netflix superhero series, is not terribly subtle: “Having Luke Cage wandering around, wearing a hoodie as an act of defiance, reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man feels a bit on the nose,” noted Daniel Fienberg in a review for The Hollywood Reporter, “‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’: TV Review,” posted September 27, 2016. But the pointed commentary and the show’s willingness to engage with social issues may be one of its strengths. It’s the first television show to center on a black superhero, based on a character created during the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970s.

Learn more about Marvel's superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

Learn more about Marvel’s superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

That Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man, who is bulletproof, is increasingly relevant in an age of #BlackLivesMatter and increased media coverage of the shootings of unarmed black men. But that social consciousness is only one of the aspects of Marvel’s Luke Cage that would make an interesting research paper topic in your film and television studies or African American studies classes. It’s also a great source for an extracurricular reading list. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. Read more

Privatization pros and cons research paper topics

Privatization is when a business operation uses privately owned funds, compared to a public company that uses investors’ money traded on a stock exchange. Many services and industries are privatized, such as private prisons, education, healthcare and utilities.

Learn more about the pros and cons of privatization. (Credit: Financial Tribune)

Learn more about the pros and cons of privatization. (Credit: Financial Tribune)

Good research paper topics are to write about the pros and cons of privatization. Read more

Banned Books Week research paper topics

Banned Books Week for 2016 recently ended but it got a lot of people talking about censorship, political correctness and infringement on free speech.

Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Here are some research paper topics on banned and forbidden books. Read more

Prescription drugs: Opioid drugs and rise in drug prices as research topics

There are a lot of term paper topics on prescription drugs. You can write your research paper on the rise of prescription drug abuse and oxycodone addiction.

Learn more about the rising cost of prescription drugs here. (Credit: Buffalo Healthy Living)

Learn more about the rising cost of prescription drugs here. (Credit: Buffalo Healthy Living)

Other good research topics are the rise in drug prices, often hundreds of percent, and their consequences. Read more