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,…

Award Winning Teaching: Learning and Teaching from the Outside In

Academic writing, specifically textbooks and journals, are written much differently than most other forms.  Those other forms usually have a beginning, middle, and end.  The reader must start at the beginning to have any idea what the ending means.  In other words, the ending will be nonsense or confusing if the reader didn’t follow the…

Award Winning Research: Is the “Winner-Take-All Principle” Becoming Obsolete?

Many competitions in life—from innovation races and the assignment of bonuses in the workplace to college admissions and sports—are organized as tournaments. Participants expend effort or other resources and are rewarded based on the ranking of their performance. Those trying the hardest do not always win. While ability certainly plays a role, a nontrivial component…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Partner or Pariah? How Federal Immigration Gridlock Influences State Immigration Policy

Since its inception, the United States Constitution’s textual command for Congress to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” has served as a formal, yet at times ambiguous, standard for immigration policy. Although the federal government is explicitly tasked with addressing who can become U.S. citizens, the proper scope of state involvement in immigration policy has remained…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Analyzing Labor Market Outcomes in the Integration of Florida’s Refugee Benefit-Eligible Individuals

“Immigrants’ ability to communicate with members of the indigenous population is probably the most important single alterable factor contributing to their social and economic integration.” In the case of the United States, the rapidly shifting composition of the immigrant population from countries that are sociolinguistically distant from the U.S. combined with the post-industrial economy’s increasing demand for skilled employees…

The K-12 Wage Gap in Florida: Economic Implications and Future Outlook

This post first appeared on the Devoe L. Moore Center blog. K-12 teachers in the United States are tackling a long-term battle with low salary growth rates. According to the data from the Employment Policy Institute, teachers are paid lower relative to similarly situated professional workers.  While the average worker’s salary in Florida has steadily increased over…