Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“Intergovernmental Influence, Managerial Turnover, and City Energy Policy Adoption” by Dr. Frances Berry

In her recent article, Dr. Berry examines the effect of intergovernmental influence, managerial turnover, and their interactions on city adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. She finds that state influence via regulatory or financial tools can encourage city sustainable energy consumption and production, while managerial turnover can inhibit these conditions, but the negative impacts of managerial turnover can be reversed when the successors are recruited externally. Her tests support the existence of both local government free-riding and city mobilization to enact more green policies with externally hired city managers, thereby helping us to distinguish the impact of competitive federalism in local energy policy.

“Antiblackness within the assemblages of undetectability” by Dr. Aaron Mallory

Aaron Mallory - Department of Geography

In his recent article, Dr. Mallory reviews Brown’s and Di Feliciantonio’s ‘Reconceptualising of PrEP, TasP and Undetectability’. He argues that, in considering anti-blackness, their commentary points to the ways Black gender and sexual minorities are addressing barriers to accessing biomedical interventions through the promise of an AIDS-Free future that has not fully been realized within their communities. As such, their commentary argues that in addressing anti-blackness, Black communities are engaging in a queer futurity that expands the impact of biomedical interventions through the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

“Timing of First Sexual Experience with a Same-Sex Partner: A Life Course Approach” by Dr. Karin Brewster

In her recent article, Dr. Brewster explores the timing and correlates of first sexual experience with same-sex partners (SESSP) among individuals (1425 women; 545 men) who identified as lesbian (n = 307), gay (n = 285), or bisexual (n = 1378) (LGB). She finds that the median age at first SESSP was about 19 years for lesbian women and gay men and one to two years later for bisexual women and men. Notably, initiation of SESSP occurred over a wide age range, particularly among bisexual men. Multivariable results indicated that the probability of first SESSP did not vary by demographic characteristics or family background among men. Among women, nativity status, family stability, and independent living were associated with probability of first SESSP. Coital experience predicted timing among both women and men. Tests for statistical interactions suggested that age at first SESSP was contingent on mother’s education (women), sexual identity (men), family stability (men), and birth cohort (women and men).

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