Sujata Gupta is the social sciences writer for Science News. She was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Discover, NPR, Scientific American, and others. Sujata got her start in journalism at a daily newspaper in Central New York, where she covered education and small town politics. She has also worked as a National Park Ranger, completing stints at parks in Hawaii, California and Maine, and taught English in Nagano, Japan.

All Stories by Sujata Gupta

  1. A photo of a Chicago police car parked behind a dark-colored van.
    Science & Society

    Curbing pedestrian stops might not reduce police-civilian encounters

    In Chicago, traffic stops soared as pedestrian stops fell. Single policy changes therefore don’t tell the whole policing story, researchers say.

  2. A photo of two Indigenous youth skinning a moose as part of a hunting camp in Alberta, Canada.
    Psychology

    An apology to Indigenous communities sparks a mental health rethink

    The leading U.S. psychological association pledged to embrace Indigenous approaches to healing, which requires rethinking how to address mental health.

  3. A photo of a diver swimming in a murky green body of water.
    Climate

    Nature’s changing colors makes climate change visible

    The world’s color palette is shifting in response to climate change. Seeing these changes in nature firsthand is a powerful communication tool.

  4. A photo of an outdoor space with tables with a few university students sitting at some of the tables.
    Science & Society

    California’s long-standing affirmative action ban hints at what’s to come

    Alternative race-neutral polices to affirmative action have fallen short in encouraging diversity in California schools, research shows.

  5. A photo of a teen boy's profile with the light shining just on his face.
    Psychology

    Boys experience depression differently than girls. Here’s why that matters

    Boys’ depression often manifests as anger or irritability, but teen mental health surveys tend to ask about hopelessness.

  6. A photo of Anténor Firmin in black and white overlayed on a tan background.
    Science & Society

    Anténor Firmin challenged anthropology’s racist roots 150 years ago

    In The Equality of the Human Races, Haitian scholar Anténor Firmin showed that science did not support division among the races.

  7. A close up photo of detail on a building showing the sculpture of a head with a blindfold covering the person's eyes.
    Science & Society

    Deliberate ignorance is useful in certain circumstances, researchers say

    The former East German secret police, the Stasi, spied on people for years. But when given access to the Stasi files, most people didn’t want to read them, researchers found.

  8. An illustration of a shattered clock face with cogs, gears, bits of glass, and other parts scattered around.
    Health & Medicine

    Trauma distorts our sense of time and self. A new therapy might help

    The therapy has helped veterans struggling with mental illness imagine their future selves.

  9. A photo of a woman sitting in front of a computer with her head in her hand, obscuring her face.
    Science & Society

    Lots of people feel burned out. But what is burnout exactly?

    Researchers disagree on how to define burnout, or if the phenomenon is really another name for depression. Helping people cope at work still matters.

  10. A large family sits around a table sharing a meal.
    Science & Society

    We prioritize family over self, and that has real-world implications

    Two studies show how family bonds improve personal and mental health, suggesting policy makers should shift away from individualistic mindsets.

  11. A woman with her head down and brown hair covering her face walking on the inside of a large red wheel.
    Science & Society

    Pandemic languishing is a thing. But is it a privilege?

    Positive psychologists contend that people can flourish if they try hard enough. But this pinnacle of well-being might not be so fully in our control.

  12. A single person stands in front of an entrance to a maze with tall walls
    Science & Society

    Why fuzzy definitions are a problem in the social sciences

    Social sciences research is plagued by murky definitions and measurements. Here’s why that matters.