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Jarryd Willis
Jarryd Willis is a 3rd year doctoral student & teacher at UT-Arlington doing applied social research on Intergroup Compromise & Political Psychology.

Entries by Jarryd Willis

#UTADNA Grad Student of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 11:14 AM

As the University of Texas at Arlington's "Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year" award winner for 2014-2015, I would like to honor the campus and community (the community I was born in) that changed my life these past 4 years, and conclude with a message to my fellow Mavericks. I...

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Hillary's Policies (Two-State Solution, Mexico 43, EU Energy)

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:20 PM

At the conclusion of my previous article on Secretary Clinton, I stated that "If we consider that harnessing new technologies and advancing women's rights are global issues, then Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State may have sculpted her into the perfect president for this moment." Bringing this...

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Hillary Clinton: The Idealistic Realist

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:03 PM

... the game of idealism is always refereed by realism. "I prefer being considered a hybrid, perhaps an idealistic realist." -- Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton ended Hard Choices with a subtle hint of her intent to run for office in 2016. While sharing the inspiring story of...

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DIBS: The Next Broad City

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 10:28 AM

As we all wait for season two of Broad City we have a few options for how to cope. We could sit in a dark room and cry, try to invent a time machine, or fall in love with a new series. If you chose the latter, DIBS...

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Immigration Reform Checkmate: DACA and Mental Health

(6) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:02 PM

"... we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill." - John Boehner

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) places the GOP in somewhat of an electoral checkmate: The House GOP can't continue to block immigration reform and have their presidential candidates...

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Polarized Psychology: Is Science Devalued in a Divided Society?

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 8:02 PM

How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.

SPSP offered several ways in which we can increase our cultural...

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Primaries Predict Partisanship, But Only For Democrats

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 12:30 AM

A majority of laws are passed after July in the second year of House terms. Given that many Primary deadlines and elections conclude around June/July, it has become conventional political wisdom that House Republicans will be open to compromising on immigration reform in the last few months before...

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Avoiding Symmetric Polarization: Autopsy of the GOP Autopsy vs. Occupy Third Way

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 7:40 PM

The asymmetric polarization we have in Congress today can only become symmetric in two ways: Republicans becoming more moderate (which is desirable and decreases overall partisanship) or Democrats becoming more ideological (which is undesirable and increases overall partisanship). Throughout 2013, the GOP has done a stellar job remaining in zombie...

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Discharge Petition: The Right Wing Is Anti-Rights

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 6:29 PM

Immigration Rights for Asians, Reproductive Rights for women, Employment non-Discrimination for LGBT, Labor Rights for workers, and Voting Rights for Hispanics: in each case the Right-wing has been anti-Rights.

From a legislative and messaging standpoint, Democrats haven't done all that we can. I wish my former Speaker would revolutionize the...

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Women and Compromise: A DW-NOMINATE Analysis of Congresswomen and Congressmen

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Following the end of the government shutdown, many senators, political analysts, and news hosts stated that congresswomen were instrumental in shepherding through a resolution to the standoff. This was reported by the New York Times, the Huffington Post's Laura Bassett, and even my local

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Political Neuroscience and the Compromiser's Dilemma

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:04 PM

"Listen, if it takes a shutdown of government to stop the runaway spending, we owe that to our children and our grandchildren." -- Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

On the eve of the government shutdown, Rachel Maddow (reported here at Raw Story) laid out a litany of similar Republican...

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47 Percent Anniversary: Gospel, Not Gaffe

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:44 PM

The MVP (Most Valuable Progressive) of the 2012 election is unquestionably Scott Prouty, the bartender who recorded Mitt Romney's 47 percent remarks at a May 17th fundraiser. With the help of James Carter & David Corn, the infamous 47 percent comments were released to the public...

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Political Plate Tectonics in the Civil Rights Era

(7) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:04 PM

A Morning Joe discussion with Kevin Williamson about his recent National Review piece on President Eisenhower and his moderate temperament (relative to today's GOP) ended with a disagreement he had with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki over when the South turned Red (watch the segment here to hear...

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Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Start including Asian voters in any discussion of Black and Hispanic issues. We've heard little of the 1.4 million undocumented Asians or 200k Asian youth who qualify for the DreamACT. Remember, Bill Clinton never won the Asian vote, andwe shouldn't take it for granted in 2016.

Asian-Americans appear to be...

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Understanding Cutting and Bullycide

(3) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Why is non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI, such as cutting, pill overdose, wrist banging) and bullycide (suicide that results from cyber or school bullying) so prevalent among victimized adolescents? Psychological research suggests that there is a kind of perfect storm that takes place in this age range that makes suicide the second...

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Trayvon's Ultimate Issue: An Implicitly Unjust Justice System

(3) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 4:28 PM

The Problem with Implicit Bias

Trayvon Martin couldn't keep his skin color in the closet, but he'd still be alive if he could. For all we know, he could've been in the closet as Bisexual, but he wasn't profiled for that reason. He was followed by Zimmerman that night due...

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Lesbian Couples' Wage Penalty is Greater Than The Lesbian Wage Premium

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:30 PM

The "motherhood wage penalty" refers to the finding that women in the workplace who become mothers tend to receive fewer benefits (or even a reduction in benefits) compared with non-mothers. In an audit study conducted Shelley Correll and colleagues, applications were sent to various employers over an 18-month...

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Gaycists Lose at Supreme Court

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 8:20 PM

This morning, the Supreme Court extended civil rights to lesbian and gay couples by overturning Section 3 of DOMA (which defined marriage as male-female dyads for federal purposes), and (basically) overturning Proposition 8. While this is a historic victory for the civil rights movement, the court's ruling was a narrow...

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