College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

An empty road in the desert.

Post-Roe, millions will travel farther for abortion care

State-level legislation that restricts abortions would create “abortion care deserts” that primarily impact people of color and those in poverty.


Hills that are dry with a greener vegetation in the valley.

Climate change induced refugee crisis, chronic war, in ancient Peru

Their findings suggest that climate change has the potential to harm all populations, either directly or indirectly, through destabilization and refugee crises.


Celebrate 50 years of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Outgoing dean Cindy Berg reflects on the importance, history and future of the social sciences in addressing societal challenges.


Friendships in the Utah State Legislature

When collaborating outside their social circles to enact policies, Utah state legislators tend to build enduring bipartisan relationships.


Want to make the world a better place? Think about getting an MPA

An MPA gives students the tools to be effective public servants.


Climate drove 7,000 years of dietary changes

Projected climatic changes will be essential to predict health and well-being for populations in the future.


Human behavior sabotages CO2-reducing strategies

A study found that the “rebound effect” negates some of the benefits of U.S. states’ policies aimed at improving efficiency and renewable energy sources in the residential sector.


Red rock desert scene with a rock wall on the left with an ancient archaeological structure built in. Archaeologists are documenting the site. There is red rock, and sage green shrubs around the ground beneath the structure.

Protecting the past at Bears Ears

Bears Ears is not just about boundaries, it’s about management.


stock photo of a Black man dejected in front of a computer, with his head in his hands. Wearing a white button up shirt with blue polka dots, and wearing multiple bracelets on each wrist.

Public anti-Black violence and the mental health of Black Americans

A new study analyzes how highly publicized acts of racial violence impacts the mental health of Black Americans in the U.S.


A close up of quaking aspen trees.

Indigenous land-use reduced catastrophic wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau

U researchers found that 1,000 years ago, the Fremont used cultural burning to reduce the risk for large-scale wildfire activity in mountain environments.