FSU Announces New Institute of Politics.

The institute will celebrate American democracy and promote citizen engagement. In October of 2020, Florida State University announced the launch of its new Institute of Politics (IOP@FSU), a non-partisan, world-class home for civic engagement and research, which will showcase the role of politics in improving the lives of Americans. Housed within the College of Social…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Networks and Economic Behavior: Theory and Experiments

We live in a highly connected world and individuals rarely, if ever, make decisions in complete isolation. Rather, our decisions and subsequent outcomes are often influenced by the decisions of others around us. Social, economic, and organizational networks are complex, and, therefore, it is important to understand how the structure of these networks influences behavior….

Policy Pub: What’s Next? Comprehending Post-Election

To learn about these topics in more depth, please navigate here to watch the full Policy Pub webinar presented by FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The FSU Alumni Association, in partnership with the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the LeRoy Collins Institute and the FSU Institute of Politics, hosted this…

Coronavirus fatigue is the biggest threat to Germany’s success story in this pandemic

The post first appeared on The Loop. Changing German attitudes to the coronavirus, as measured in original survey data, are the key to understanding how long the country’s success in tackling the pandemic may last, write Jay N. Krehbiel, Amanda Driscoll, Michael J. Nelson and Taylor Kinsley Chewning Despite the country’s initial successes and the warnings of political leaders and health officials, Germany, along with…

Thanksgiving: Fictions, Facts, and How to Deal with Them

This is a repost. The blog was first published 11/22/17 According to Sociology, Thanksgiving rituals, and the meanings we place on them, are socially constructed. Social construction is the idea that we create rituals that become traditions and develop meaning only because we continue to do them. In this post, I focus on three specific…

The Cultural Landscape of Thanksgiving

This is a repost. The blog was first posted 11/19/18. Thanksgiving is upon us. As we ready to join our families this holiday, it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon the meaning of the holiday. As a cultural geographer, I study how systems of cultural meaning and power structure our understanding of the…

Social Science Scholar: Human Rights Organizing with Amnesty International.

This summer, I had the privilege of being selected as Amnesty International USA’s legislative coordinator for the State of Florida. Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization focusing on advocacy, reporting, and organizing. My job as a legislative coordinator entailed a volunteer leadership position that served as part of a state’s larger…

Ph.D. Spotlight: The Influence of Security and Support on Performance, Punishment, and Parental Engagement in Majority White and Majority Minority Schools

Schools across the United States are ramping up security in hopes of preventing shootings and other forms of school violence. There are two types of school security environments: inclusionary and exclusionary. Inclusionary security is intended to monitor and socialize students, while exclusionary environments are intended to remove students from the school. Many schools are supplementing…