Government & Corporate Wrongdoing

New Yorkers Protest the US$850 BILLION Wall Street BAILOUT: Wall Street, NYC - September 25, 2008, photo by A. Golden
New Yorkers Protest the US$850 billion Wall Street bailout, Wall Street, NYC, September 25, 2008. Photo | A. Golden/Flickr

Shocking incidents reported in the news remind us how necessary investigative journalism is to rooting out wrongdoing at all levels of the public and private sector. Schuster Institute journalists investigate cases of government and corporate wrongdoing, putting a face to those who are harmed, and proposing policy changes towards limiting opportunities for gross malfeasance. 


Featured Investigations

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

What most of us don't know about the Vietnam War is that the United States military, in its efforts to quash the Communist insurgency in the North and stop supply routes connecting North and South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, dropped tens of millions of bombs on the people and landscape of neighboring Laos. Beginning in 1964American forces bombed Laos on average once every eight minutes for nine years.

“Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos" (ThingsAsian Press, December 1, 2013) is a new book by Schuster Institute Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern dedicated to telling this story. In it, the bombing missions over Laos during the Vietnam War and their devastating effects are described through the experiences of Laotians and people on the ground there trying to clear the land of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

The Terror Factory by Trevor Aaronson

Are We Catching Terrorists? Or Creating Them?

Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Aaronson analyzed more than 500 federal terrorism prosecutions that took place over ten years and found reason to question whether U.S. law enforcement is actually creating the very enemy we fear. His book "The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War On Terrorism" is a result of this investigation.

Dishonorable Conduct

The VA Health-Care System's Dishonorable Conduct

Senior Fellow Jan Goodwin explains how the Veterans Administration lacks resources and initiative to care for female veterans. Read the article>

South Africa's New Slave Trade

Human Trafficking & Modern-Day Slavery

A new beat covering human trafficking and modern-day slavery took Schuster Institute Senior Fellow E. Benjamin Skinner to the World Cup in South Africa to report on the slave trade. Read the article>

Boeing in The Post

The Boeing Parts Scandal

The Schuster Institute played a key role in exposing alleged problems in aircraft manufacturing in a report by Founding Director Florence Graves and Washington Post business reporter Sara Kehaulani Goo published in The Washington Post. Schuster Institute student research assistants, who played a significant role as researchers on the project, received acknolwedgment in the Post article.  Read the article>



Selected articles by Senior Fellows

Voter Fraud Allegations "How Voter Fraud Allegations Tore a Tiny Village Apart," Hella Winston, VICE, Nov. 8, 2016. In a timely analysis for VICE, Senior Fellow Hella Winston looks at the case of Bloomingburg, a tiny rural village north of New York City torn apart by voter fraud allegations. Some locals say a developer “has spent years plotting to refashion the place as a sort of private city.”
Public Demonstrations “Public Demonstrations: How Harvard Dining Hall Workers Won Their Demands,” Phillip Martin, WGBH Boston Public Radio, Oct. 27, 2016. Martin covers the ratification of a new union contract, the result of a series of strikes by the food workers of America’s richest university.
How Charter Schools Bust Unions

"How Charter Schools Bust Unions,” Hella Winston,, Sept. 29, 2016.

Winston describes the struggle of urban non-unionized charter teachers seeking school-reform movements. Winston received funding from The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund to carry out her investigation.

Cluster Bombs

Saudi-led coalition forces have dropped US-made cluster bombs on Yemeni neighborhoods. This is what it means for civilians,” Karen Coates, UN Dispatch, Jan. 8, 2016.

Coates describes the cluster bomb - the “indiscriminate and barbaric” weapon that kills farmers and children decades after deployment. It is banned by international treaty in 118 countries, yet still used by the United States.

Domestic Terrorism

Defining Domestic Terrorism, Part Three: Conservative Politicians Downplay Threat from the Far Right,” Phillip Martin, WGBH, Jan. 4, 2016

Martin explores right-wing terrorism and why conservative politicians downplay the significance of this form of extremism.

Defining Terrorism

What We Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism,” E.J. Graff, VICE, Dec. 10, 2015.

In the days following the San Bernardino massacre, E.J. Graff attempts to define terrorism and bring perspective to the word through interviews with experts.

China's Poisoned Factory Workers

How China is Screwing Over Its Poisoned Factory Workers,” Michael Blanding, Wired, April 2015.

Michael Blanding takes readers inside Chinese factories, where hours are often extremely long and conditions are often hazardous.

Artwork by Dung Hoang

"Drug Abuse: Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes", Jan Goodwin, AARP, August 2014.

One in five elders in nursing homes in America may be over-medicated with antipsychotics and other drugs, reports Senior Fellow Jan Goodwin in her investigative report for AARP.

Haiti Grassroots Watch

"Where Does the Money Go in Haiti's Reconstruction?

Haiti Grassroots Watch leads the way in accountability reporting on reconstruction in Haiti. The Schuster Institute provides resources for those who want to investigate what's happening.


"Political Asylum Seekers in America", Jan Goodwin, Ladies' Home Journal, April 2010. 

Senior Fellow Jan Goodwin reveals the shocking struggles some political asylum seekers to the U.S. experience once they arrive on American soil. Read the article>