3Qs: Fixing Massachusetts’ troubled foster care system

The death of a 2-​​year-​​old foster child in Auburn, Mass­a­chu­setts, in August drew wide­spread atten­tion to the state’s trou­bled child wel­fare system. Pro­fes­sors Elise Dal­limore and Christie Rizzo address the crit­i­cism lev­eled at the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.

Blog:  The Works

From Applying to Acing The Capitol Hill Internship

This guest post was written by Scar­lett Ho, a third year stu­dent majoring in Inter­na­tional Affairs and Polit­ical Sci­ence, with a minor in Law and Public Policy. For any Polit­ical Sci­ence major, […]

Blog:  The Works

What about the Peace Corps or International Development Jobs?

This guest post was written by Kat­rina Deutsch, a Peace Corps recruiter for the Metro-​​​​Boston area and a fre­quent Employer in Res­i­dence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity.  When I started my job […]

How trash can reveal an urban landscape’s ‘invisible realities’

New assis­tant pro­fessor Dietmar Offen­huber wants to make cities and their infra­struc­tures more leg­ible in order to improve their gov­er­nance. One of his approaches involves tracking the move­ment of garbage.

3Qs: The future of the Affordable Care Act

Pro­fessor Kristin Madison exam­ines the poten­tial out­comes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on Pres­i­dent Obama’s sig­na­ture health-​​care legislation.

3Qs: Analyzing the cybersecurity threat posed by hackers

Themis Papa­george, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, exam­ines the cyber­se­cu­rity threat posed by al-​​Qaida and Anony­mous, a global group of hackers.

Redesigning Boston’s North End

Civil engi­neering stu­dents cre­ated an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion for lim­iting the neighborhood’s traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian congestion.

3Qs: Getting the story on the debt ceiling

The con­tentious debate over the debt ceiling became one of this summer’s hottest news sto­ries. We asked Dan Kennedy, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the overall cov­erage as well as the chal­lenges jour­nal­ists face when reporting any polit­i­cally charged story.

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.

3Qs: Despite debt deal, damage done

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama reached a last-​​minute agree­ment on Tuesday to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and avoid default. How­ever, the crisis has dam­aged the United States’ standing in the world’s economy, according to Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern University.

Partisan politics hinders debt-​​ceiling deal

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama have yet to reach an agree­ment to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a neces­sity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. William Dickens, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy at North­eastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depres­sion if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.

In the government trenches, trusty telephone at their side

New co-​​op part­ner­ship with the city gives North­eastern stu­dents the chance to learn the art and craft of retail pol­i­tics, one phone call at a time.

3Qs: A political conflict ended, but still reverberating

The sesqui­cen­ten­nial of the Civil War is an oppor­tu­nity to revisit its legacy; the many ways that it con­tinues to affect our society and cul­ture. Here, Pro­fessor Bal­lard Camp­bell, an expert in Amer­ican polit­ical his­tory, dis­cusses how the polit­ical divi­sions of the 1860s con­tinue to res­onate in our pol­i­tics. Camp­bell is a Dis­tin­guished Lec­turer for the Orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ican Historians.

3Qs: Larger issues in debt-​​limit debate

On Monday, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim­othy Gei­thner told Con­gress the U.S. has reached its debt ceiling — the limit on how much money the gov­ern­ment can borrow. Not only has raising this limit been at times a con­tentious polit­ical issue, it also raises larger issues related to the U.S. economy’s long-​​term health, says Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern University.