Reece Wallace

Reece Wallace

Reporter, Social Sciences and Business & Economics

Reece Wallace, based in Houston, Texas, covers Business & Economics and Social Sciences for The Academic Times. He holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a BA from Tufts University.

Multiculturalism can still be a touchy topic for white Americans. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Multiculturalism can still be a touchy topic for white Americans. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)White Americans respond more positively to narratives about rising multiracialism in the U.S. than they do to the suggestion that the country is becoming a “majority-minority” society, new research shows, indicating that the way narratives around race and ethnicity are framed is “enormously influential” on broader attitudes toward diversity.

Confucian cultures such as China's have handled COVID-19 better than others. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Confucian cultures such as China's have handled COVID-19 better than others. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Nations where East and South Asian cultures predominate have been “significantly better” than the rest of the world at preventing the spread of COVID-19, new research suggests, a finding that highlights potential cultural obstacles for Western policymakers scrambling to get the pandemic under control in their countries.

Cuts in police forces lead to dramatic spikes in crime, as data from Newark, N.J. shows. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Cuts in police forces lead to dramatic spikes in crime, as data from Newark, N.J. shows. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Cities that make sudden cuts to their police forces could be inviting a lasting crime surge, new research suggests, with municipalities that lay off police officers in times of fiscal strain potentially trading public safety for a balanced budget.

Female far-right supporters in Europe, like France's Marine Le Pen, tend to come from different backgrounds than their male counterparts. (AP Photo/Michael Spingler)
Female far-right supporters in Europe, like France's Marine Le Pen, tend to come from different backgrounds than their male counterparts. (AP Photo/Michael Spingler)Women who support European far-right parties typically don’t come from socially conservative or blue-collar backgrounds, unlike their male counterparts, according to new research, a finding that complicates prevailing narratives about how such parties appeal to the voting public.

Zuleyha Ozonder, left, hands out cards explaining Islam to fair-goers as they exit of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minn. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
Zuleyha Ozonder, left, hands out cards explaining Islam to fair-goers as they exit of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minn. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)Muslim Americans face greater distrust and prejudice in broader U.S. society on account of their religion than Arab Americans experience based on their ethnicity, even while they engage in quintessentially “American” forms of civic and political participation, new research suggests.

Delegates wave shirts and other objects as they try to have the chance to address the audience during the annual party conference in the southern coastal town of Brighton, England. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Delegates wave shirts and other objects as they try to have the chance to address the audience during the annual party conference in the southern coastal town of Brighton, England. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Raising spending limits on political campaigns has cut down on electoral competition and amplified the advantages of incumbents in the UK, according to new research, and could also impact election dynamics in democracies around the world.

“If I were to make recommendations talking to a [Senate candidate], I’d say, ‘You absolutely should distance yourself from your party’s president, because it does help,’” one researcher said. (Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash)
“If I were to make recommendations talking to a [Senate candidate], I’d say, ‘You absolutely should distance yourself from your party’s president, because it does help,’” one researcher said. (Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash)U.S. Senate candidates stand to gain an edge by shunning their party’s sitting president if they’re running for office in a state where opposition voters are clustered, according to new research.

“I was surprised to see the parties appeared this powerful in shaping opinions,” one researcher said. (Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash)
“I was surprised to see the parties appeared this powerful in shaping opinions,” one researcher said. (Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash)Supporters of a political party change their policy views “immediately and substantially” after that party switches its position on an issue, new research suggests, a sign that political elites could be shaping the opinions of the voters whose views they’re supposed to represent.

“Although how white Americans view migrants and their likely impact on the country can be determined by race, partisanship appears to play a larger and more direct role,” a researcher said. (Photo by Elias Castillo on Unsplash)
“Although how white Americans view migrants and their likely impact on the country can be determined by race, partisanship appears to play a larger and more direct role,” a researcher said. (Photo by Elias Castillo on Unsplash)White conservatives who believe that refugees will back the Republican Party become more likely to favor policies welcoming the new arrivals to the United States, according to recent research, while white liberal support for refugees falls when they learn the same information.

A protester holds a sign referencing the QAnon conspiracy theory while waiting to enter a campaign rally with U.S. President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, in August 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
A protester holds a sign referencing the QAnon conspiracy theory while waiting to enter a campaign rally with U.S. President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, in August 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Particular cultural values are correlated with widespread belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows, posing a challenge for countries and governments struggling to combat the influence of such ideas.

A police car in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash)
A police car in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash)White and Black Americans’ different judgments on the facts and circumstances of police shootings are best explained by each group’s preexisting beliefs concerning police bias and the likely culpability of victims, new research concluded, exposing thorny obstacles in the quest to build civic trust among social groups and the institutions sworn to protect them.

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash)
The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash)Contrary to the widespread belief that many or most citizens reward elected officials for their shows of opposition to political foes, new evidence suggests that Americans still prefer representation by leaders they believe share their policy views and are responsive to their constituents.