Social Conditioning: The Politics of Transracial Adoption and White Care for Black Hair

I am writing a dissertation on private agency adoption in Chicago, which involves the circulation of predominantly black infants and children from the South and West sides of the city (as well as international “sending countries” such as Haiti and Liberia) to primarily white adoptive families.

Domestic Ties, Household Bondage, and Trading of People in North China

Matchmakers are commonly considered romantic figures right out of Fiddler on the Roof. The classic archetype is of a loquacious, respected elder, usually female, who knits families together via matrimony.

Johanna Ransmeier, a new assistant professor of history, has discovered that, at least in turn-of-the-twentieth-century China, matchmakers played a less wholesome role.