Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published. “Fit for the Job: Candidate Qualifications and Vote Choice in Low Information Elections” by Dr. Lonna Rae Atkeson In her recent article, Dr. Atkeson examines candidate…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Far-Right Fever: Examining the Electoral Rise and Political Persistence of Brazil and Hungary’s Populist Radical Right

Since the 2010s, the right-winged authoritarianism movement (combination of nativism, antidemocracy, and authoritarianism) has shaped political parties in electoral policies, garnered public favor, and rejected the ideals of liberalism. In Europe, Southeast Asia, the United States, and South America, the right-winged populist (having the right-wing ideas but lacking a bias toward an economic system) has…

Research Spotlight: The Impact of COVID-19 on Firefighters

When people think of public servants, they traditionally think about police officers, teachers, and counselors. Each public servant represents a unique and valued member of society. Yet, firefighters do not always come to mind as public servants even though they are one of the most essential professionals in American society. 2020 data indicates that a…

Research Spotlight: Abortion rights protests have been peaceful. Will that change?

This post originally appeared in the Washington Post. Outraged by the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggesting that Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned, elected Democrats from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, to scores in between have been denouncing the move. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the Supreme Court and courthouses across the…

Dissertation Spotlight: Broadening vs. Deepening: The Correlates of Support for European Integration

European integration, or the political, economic, social, and cultural integration of European states, has been deeply investigated for decades through two different processes:  broadening and deepening. Broadening is the enlargement of the membership of a particular international group, while deepening is EU institutional development for those who are already a part of that group. Most…

Research Spotlight: Why not both? The Liberal-Realist Model of Public Opinion

What drives Americans’ preferences for potential alliance partners? In an ideal world, an alliance partner would bring not only strategic benefits, such as increasing the United States’ national security, but would also share liberal values, such as a belief in the virtues of democracy. In reality, the demands of the geopolitical environment may push the…

Meet Social Science Scholar Macie Lavender

            This past summer, I participated in CIEE’s Summer Arabic Language study abroad program based in Amman, Jordan. I thus had the opportunity to not only travel to Amman, but to live and study there for eight weeks as part of an intensive, immersive Arabic language program. The classes were in both Modern Standard (MSA)…