For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Michelle Obama: on the campaign trail.
Michelle Obama's new memoir tells the tale of the First Lady's remarkable, but sometimes troubled, journey.
Images of Donald Trump from the midterm campaign.
Illustration by Bob Britten
Here's a riddle: What's the dominant image of the 2018 election campaign? There isn't one. But there are many.
A pot of flowers adorned with a cross hangs from the picket fence where University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead in October 1998.
Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
Since the arrival of Barack Obama on the political scene, non-Americans have taken a much greater and more sophisticated interest in US politics.
Andrew Gillum with wife R. Jai Gillum addresses supporters after winning the Democrat primary for governor.
AP Photo/Steve Cannon
The mayor of Tallahassee underspent three rivals to win the state's Democratic primary. But what awaits in the general election?
A United Nations staff member pays tribute to Kofi Annan during a ceremony at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.
EPA-EFE/ Salvatore Di Nolfi
Kofi Annan and John McCain's positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
In what became one of the defining moments of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain takes back the microphone from Gayle Quinnell, who said Barack Obama “was an Arab.” The moment occurred during a town hall meeting on Oct. 10, 2008, in Lakeville, Minn.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)
John McCain did something during the 2008 U.S. presidential election that would seem very out of place today: he made himself vulnerable by speaking up about the character of opponent Barack Obama.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Protestors near the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the author of one of the most controversial and scorned rulings in modern Court history: Citizens United. Is that condemnation undeserved?
Barack Obama delivering the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Barack Obama was asked to give the Mandela Lecture because he represents what the global liberation struggle icon stood for. He struck the right chord.
Former US president Barack Obama delivers a speech in Kenya ahead of his visit to South Africa.
Barack Obama is delivering the Nelson Mandela lecture in a changing world dominated by the often outrageous utterances of his successor, US President Donald Trump.
Former US president Barack Obama is due to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
Drawing on Mandela's legacy, Obama can help the world better understand the nature of threats to democracy.
CFPB interim director Mick Mulvaney has brought the bureau to a near-standstill.
The president recently nominated a new permanent director to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With the CFPB doing a fraction of the work it did under Obama, what kind of agency will she lead?
Conversations on Facebook ethics are part of a bigger conversation about information architecture.
AP Photo/Alastair Grant
An expert explains how Facebook's privacy issues are linked to a bigger problem – a 'hostile information architecture,' largely controlled by corporate interests.
Sens. Bob Corker and Bob Menendez look on during the second round of questioning of Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Senate confirmation for many of President Trump's nominees has been tough. In this speed read, The Conversation asks: What is Senate confirmation, and why do we do it?
Oprah’s ‘Time’s up!’ speech at the Golden Globes got people talking about her candidacy in 2020.
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.
Despite the climate crisis, humans have continued emitting and intensively using fossil fuels.
The climate crisis is a complex scientific problem. New systems have to be developed through democratic systemic reforms.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa combines easy charm with shrewdness.
What makes a successful presidential performance and does South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa stack up?