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Linda Herrera, a social anthropologist in the department of education policy, organization and leadership at Illinois, found there was much more going on behind the scenes and in online spaces than what initially appeared in Egypt's 'Facebook revolution' of 2011.

Intrigue, power struggles and genuine doubt all found in the Facebook of Egypt's revolution

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 17, 2014

Egypt’s 2011 revolution, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a big believer in the power of social media. A past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed events through their Facebook pages, the University of Illinois education professor became, for a moment in time, a “complete cyber-optimist.”

Published Date: September 17, 2014


It's not concerns about the cost that keep many people from getting help with civil justice problems, says Rebecca Sandefur, a professor of sociology and of law at Illinois, in a new report.

Many solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says study

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 19, 2014

Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.

Published Date: August 19, 2014


New research by Liza Berdychevsky and colleagues explores the motivations and consequences - both beneficial and detrimental - of women's sexual risk-taking during tourist travel. Berdychevsky is a professor in the department of recreation, sport and tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Studies explore sexual risk-taking among women travelers

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 18, 2014

For some women, sexual adventures during tourist travel can be life-changing – sparking sexual fulfillment and personal growth, or potentially causing devastating health or social problems, two new studies suggest.

Published Date: August 18, 2014


Communication professor Leanne Knobloch has spent the past five years studying how military families adjust after a service members return from deployment.

Returning troops and their families have work to do after the reunion

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 30, 2014

Many service members will arrive in the U.S. to happy reunions. But reunited couples and families will have work to do in the months that follow, says Leanne Knobloch, a University of Illinois communication professor who has studied the relationships of military families post-deployment for about five years – and is starting new research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Published Date: July 30, 2014


University of Illinois anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy led a new study of sexual harassment and assault of men and women working on scientific field studies.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2014

A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them – particularly the younger ones – suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

Published Date: July 16, 2014