Dissertation Spotlight: Only Friends Can Betray You: Domestic Political Shocks and Interstate Conflict Behavior

 Debates related to and composed of international relations and changes in the domestic politics of a state influence international conflict as well as raise questions regarding increasing interdependence between states. The researcher brings up two questions and ideas regarding international relations: ‘whether, and to what extent, changes in the domestic politics of a state influence…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Damian Rodriguez-Ledesma

What have you been up to since graduating? Since I graduated from Florida State University, I have been working a part time job at my local Walgreens as a pharmacy technician in my attempts to gather pharmacological knowledge and understanding in my goal to become a nurse. I have been working there for approximately 7…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Thomas Ossi

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) Since I graduated with my BS in International Affairs & Political Science in three years, I am currently in graduate school finishing off my “senior” year. I’m in the Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program!…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Sarah Preddy

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) Since graduation, I have been in a master’s program at FSU for exercise physiology. I am hoping to continue on to medical school! How did your degree in social science help inform your path? My degree in social…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Ariam Hernandez

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs in Spring 2021. I have been working full time now at the Office of the Attorney General of Florida here in Tallahassee. I like my job because I get to…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Ashley Gary

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) Since I graduated in summer 2021, I have been a graduate student at FSU’s Askew School of Public Administration in the Master of Public Administration program. Once I obtain my MPA, I plan on working in city/county management….

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Jonathan Levin

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.)I graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs in Spring 2021. I am enrolled in the Masters of Applied American Politics & Policy program at FSU while also working at The Southern Group as a Legislative Intern for the…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Chaston Pfingston

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. After graduation, I briefly worked for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as an intern in the department of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs before moving to Pittsburgh,…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Guerothlyn Saint-Jean

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated with a B.S. in Public Health in Spring 2021. Since I have graduated from FSU, there are several opportunities I have been participating in. I currently serve as a volunteer with AmeriCorps and Big Bend. This role has…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Right-Wing Political Violence in Modern Colombia (1970-1990): The State Legitimacy

The period from 1970 to 1990 in Colombia is characterized by internal conflict. Beginning in the 1960s, left-wing guerilla groups emerged, spurred by Marxist-Lennonist ideology. About two decades later, in response to the left-wing insurgents, paramilitary groups were formed and fueled by politically conservative and anti-communist ideology. These right-wing groups were backed by the Colombian…