Honors Thesis Spotlight: Perception of Charter Schools: A Study of Latinx Parents’ Engagement in School Choice

This pilot investigation studies the priorities, perceptions, and tactics of Latinx and Hispanic parents in Miami-Dade County as they navigate the school choice marketplace through interviews with nine parents of school-aged children about their experiences regarding the school choice system. The research questions for this project were as follows: 􏰘  What considerations do Latinx parents…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Staley from the DeVoe Moore Center.

What is your name? Dr. Samuel R. Staley. What kind of work do you do in the College?I am the Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University. In addition to my responsibilities providing strategic direction and supervision of center operations and programs, I teach advanced undergraduate and professional masters courses in social…

Removing the Lionfish Problem: A Private Market Guide

This post first appeared on the Devoe L. Moore Center blog. When considering Florida’s ecology, the influence of devoted citizens in the private sector is imperative. A perfect example of this drive can be found in the growing trend of invasive lionfish hunting. Hunting these fish is critical because of their destructive presence in non-native…

Policy Pub: Florida Charter Schools: Not as Good, or as Bad, as Advertised

This post is based on a webinar sponsored by Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. There is a lot of misinformation regarding charter schools. This webinar dives into some common myths and misconceptions on charter schools and sets the record straight. Specifically, this webinar does so through the findings of a recent LCI…

Sedentary Time Linked to Weather for Kids in Mexico City

Global increases in sedentary behavior – like sitting or lying down – are worrisome for public health as they may be harbingers of increased mortality and morbidity, such as obesity and high blood pressure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 25% of adults and more than 80% of adolescents across the world are not physically…

Thanksgiving: Fictions, Facts, and How to Deal with Them

This is a repost. The blog was first published 11/22/17 According to Sociology, Thanksgiving rituals, and the meanings we place on them, are socially constructed. Social construction is the idea that we create rituals that become traditions and develop meaning only because we continue to do them. In this post, I focus on three specific…

Faculty Publication: Advanced Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics

This piece first appeared on The Beacon. The second edition of my book Advanced Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics has just been published. The book’s intended audience is people who have some familiarity with economics and are interested in how the ideas of the Austrian school differ from mainstream economic thought. The Austrian school of…