Ph.D. Spotlight: Essays on Sovereign Debt and Partial Default

Dr. Feng’s dissertation involves the study of sovereign debt flows with an emphasis on the determinants and characteristics of sovereign default in emerging markets. The topic of sovereign debt flow is explored through three distinct chapters. Chapter One, entitled “World commodity prices, money, and foreign exchange in emerging markets: New evidence,” investigates countries’ monetary responses…

Ph.D. Spotlight: The Determinants of Vote Choice in Ballot Measure Elections

What types of informational cues do voters rely on when forming opinions? When does it matter for ballot measures? Is newspaper coverage biased in ballot endorsement elections? What types of bias do newspapers engage in? Does the bias of newspaper coverage in ballot elections affect the outcome of ballot measure elections? With an election just…

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: 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…

Graduate Student Research: Finding a Path to Peace in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The state of Israel surrounds some of the world’s holiest sites. It is also the location of one of the world’s most complex international diplomatic puzzles. The ever-changing geopolitical landscape hinders the development of permanent peace policy. Policymakers struggle to find international policy formulas that will provide an end to the ongoing conflicts between Israel…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Elyse Claxton on Feminine Body Ideals in Teen Girl and Women Fashion Magazines and Instagram

Dr. Claxton’s dissertation analyzes whether (and how) Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs) diversify the kinds of images of women in fashion magazines. Media are important agents of socialization. Accordingly, media images reflect as well as inform what characteristics symbolize feminine beauty. In the field of female beauty and fashion magazines in the U.S., visual portrayals of…

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…

From the Dean’s Desk: What a Remarkable 2019!

It’s important to note just how fundamental COSSPP is to FSU’s success. As the third largest college on campus (by number of students), displaying the demographic and intellectual diversity that is a signature of the FSU experience, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is a key element of this rise up the rankings. Over the course of the calendar year, COSSPP will graduate another 1,700+ students, producing 1 in every 6 degrees granted by FSU. Unlike many programs that cap their enrollments or limit their majors, COSSPP’s programs serve all students, and we are a key part of the parity in university graduation rates regardless of race, gender, and background.