Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Homan from Sociology.

What is your name?Dr. Patricia Homan. What kind of work do you do in the college?I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. I am also an Associate at FSU’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and a Research Affiliate of the Center for Demography and Population Health. I teach, do…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Women’s STEM Success in Biomedical Science Graduate Programs: An Exploratory Study

While the proportion of women graduates with advanced degrees in STEM has increased in recent years, disparities across disciplines are profound. In particular, female representation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programs are much higher than in the other STEM disciplines. The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics reported that in 2018 women received 54…

Opting-In: Women as Agents of Their Own Subordination.

Fringe male supremacy groups have increasingly gained mainstream notoriety in recent years. From being tackled by major new sources to being tweeted about by Elon Musk, many of these groups no longer live in the shrouded corners of the internet. Male supremacy movements are garnering increasing popularity online and gaining more support than ever, however,…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Reshaping the Gun Debate: Race, Gender, and Firearms

The United States (U.S.) has a robust gun culture centered on the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to legally own and use firearms. Overall 30% of Americans own a gun and approximately another 11% of Americans live with someone who does. There are more guns than ever in private citizens’ hands – gun ownership has increased…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Singh from Sociology

What is your name?Dr. Sourabh Singh. What kind of work do you do in the College?I am an assistant professor in the Sociology Department. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide to become an academic? I decided to become an academic because I have always…

Social Movement Perspective: Understanding Black Lives Matter and the #Tally19

This was first posted October 5th, 2020. Sociologists are interested in the interplay between structure and agency. While individuals theoretically have the agency to make the choices they want, these choices are constrained by factors out of their control, such as their social class, or social location. Social movements scholars, in particular, are interested in…

Black Women Business Owners’ Struggles and Survival Strategies

This was first posted on January 27, 2020. According to the 2018 Report on the State of Women Owned Businesses, Black women-owned businesses experienced the highest growth rate (164%) of all women-owned businesses from 2017 to 2018. An appealing alternative to the formal labor market, entrepreneurship provides Black women the opportunity to escape hostile working…

Like All Black Lives, All Black History Matters

This first posted on February 19, 2018. There’s something that needs to be said before we go any further: Black history is American history is the world’s history.  That said, there’s no denying that some histories are told more often than others. Those narratives get told over and over again, changing just a bit with…

Galentine’s Day has become a thing – why hasn’t Malentine’s Day?

This first posted on February 13, 2020. On Feb. 13, women will celebrate Galentine’s Day, a holiday trumpeting the joys of female friendships. The holiday can trace its origins to a 2010 episode of “Parks and Rec,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, decides that the day before Valentine’s Day should be an opportunity to celebrate…