Welcome Back!

To the returning and new students, staff, and faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), welcome to what I’m going to call The Year Like No Other. I am pleased and honored that you have chosen to be a part of COSSPP at what I believe to be an important moment…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Role of the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Systems in the Stress Process

Why are sex differences in internalizing mental health disorders such as depression and externalizing health behaviors such as alcohol problems frequently documented? Despite these reported differences between men and women, what accounts for the wide variation in these health outcomes within sex? Theories of gender role orientation have provided explanations for these gaps, but empirical…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Methods to Improve Existing Heat Wave Surveillance Systems

Elevated and prolonged exposure to extreme heat is an important cause of excess summertimemortality and morbidity. To protect people from health threats, some governments are currentlyoperating syndromic surveillance systems. However, a lack of resources to support time- andlabor- intensive diagnostic and reporting processes make it difficult establishing region-specificsurveillance systems. Big data created by social media…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Experiments in Bureaucracy, Insurance, and Monetary Economics

Dr. Daniel Neal’s dissertation consists of a set of economic experiments in bureaucracy, insurance, and monetary economics. While they are eclectic in their subject matter, they all rely on the same basic foundation: good experimental methodology. In today’s world of economics, research can usually be divided into one of two categories; theory-based or empirical. Theory…

COSSPP Faculty Impact on Scholarship: Influence at a Glance

As the spring semester comes to an end, we want to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments and influence of faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. This series of graphs produced by Dr. Jim Elsner offers a glimpse of the amazing work taking place in the College of Social Science…

The Tallahassee Mayoral Fellowship Program

My time in the Tallahassee Mayoral Fellowship Program, has exposed me to the influence that local governments have in their communities, as well as the challenges that they face every day. I look forward to having more valuable
experiences in local government through the Fellowship Program, in which I will be able to grow and learn.

Brazil- Race, Gender, and Economic Independence Ethnography

I was in Brazil for just over two months, and spent most of the time visiting different quilombos in the region. Whenever Dr. Rocha was not sending me out into the field, I was shut away in her home library for hours on end, reading and unlearning much of what I had thought about race in Brazil prior. Apart from my mini-ethnography, there were many takeaways from my time in Brazil, and I must offer my sincerest thanks to Social Science Scholars and my supervisors, who guided me along the way.

A Core COSSPP Value: Evidence-Based Decision Making

Disciplines in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy promote critical thinking, analytical methods, and empirical skills as the path to understanding the key political, social, and economic issues that dominate our public discussions.

A Core COSSPP Value: Diversity

This brings me around to describing the two major thrusts of what I consider the college’s commitment to Diversity – People and Ideas. A college with a diverse population that holds a shared worldview is a failure. Similarly, a college with a diversity of ideas, but little demographic diversity is also a failure. Society is complex, messy, and contested; a lack of diversity of people or ideas will leave our students unprepared for the real world.

To Prevent Crimes, Focus on People Likely to Commit Them

Our community must begin to devise a better strategy for supporting and coordinating agencies that can address the entrenched social issues driving crime. Whether you look at crime through a belief in social justice, economics, public health, or even fiscal conservatism, the reality is we will only make our community safer when we spend more time worrying about the people whose actions make it unsafe.