White Papers

Download of the following white papers is available for free. Please cite the white papers if you use them for your work.

Rodriguez-Bontemps, S., Chapman, S., & Mitra, R. (2020). Michigan and Detroit’s public communication on water shutoffs amid COVID-19: January-July, 2020.

The White Paper presents our findings in three chapters: 1) how state and city authorities framed water affordability and the Detroit water shutoffs during the “first wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, 2) the discursive logics that seemed to guide authorities’ decision-making to restore water connections in response to the pandemic, and 3) a summary of the communication tone, content and terminology used by authorities during this time. We close the White Paper with five recommendations for authorities that are key to ensuring long-term sustainability and protection from future public health disasters that may be exacerbated by lack of access to clean and affordable water. Download white paper HERE.

Tong, S.T., Stoycheff, E., & Mitra, R. (2020). Online harassment against Asian Americans during COVID-19.

The origination of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China has led to growing xenophobia in the United States, with many Americans blaming China, and Asians more generally, for “allowing” the coronavirus to “escape” into a worldwide pandemic. The study featured in this white paper explored Americans’ awareness and perceptions of increasing anti-Asian attitudes during COVID-19. Additionally, we examined if enactment of resilience strategies in response to the recent upsurge in online harassment of Asians on social media influenced people’s self-reported mental health during the pandemic. Download white paper HERE.