IOP@FSU Field-Advancing Research: Americans United in Their Support for Local Government Management of the Pandemic

The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) is a world-class, nonpartisan, and nationally renowned institute that promotes engagement in politics by students and citizens. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU supports applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars and mobilizes the talents of our alumni, students, faculty,…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: How To Ask

In 2015, nonprofit organizations in the U.S. made up 5.4% of the country’s GDP—and that number continues to rise. Private donations obtained through fundraising total billions of dollars annually. This money provides vital programs and services to those in need in communities across the country. Professional fundraisers and consultants work tirelessly to recruit quality and…

Research Spotlight: Protecting Mom-and-Pop Stores

We often come across stories of locally-cherished mom-and-pop stores competing with chain stores and online retailers and eventually going out of business. Advocates of mom-and-pop stores tout these businesses as local institutions that sustain community life while adding a unique charm to the local business districts. However, when it comes to protecting mom-and-pop stores, experts…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Examining Attitudes Toward Economic Mobility Among Young Voters

The American dream—an ideological framework wherein anyone can achieve their goals through hard work and determination—is the backbone of American society and economics. As a heterogeneous nation composed of diverse backgrounds, people need a common denominator; the American Dream serves this purpose, but how sustainable is this idea in the face of reduced mobility? Economic…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: Disaster Donations Management: Solutions for Effective Collaboration with Community Non-Profit Partners

Food and clothing—while often donated with good intentions—may hinder the management of a disaster event. This phenomenon is a “second disaster”: an increase in donations to emergency management departments and nonprofit organizations that lack the depth of resources to manage, sort, and distribute the donations. This inefficiency leads to negative press and accusations that donations…