Social Science Chart of the Day: Teens and Social Media

Recent Pew Research Center data explores how teens feel about social media. The first table shows the positive and negative feelings teens have about social media. The second table outlines their experiences (positive and negative) on social media, and pays attention to differences between high and low online media users. Read more about the Pew …

Lessons from the Classroom (Student Edition): Learning About the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative

For our final project in our Policy Development and Administration class, we were tasked with analyzing a policy. Having recently learned about Florida's Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons from a different group's presentation, we both decided this could be an interesting and suitable topic for our final project. Neither of us expected what …

Teaching Cultural and Political Tolerance Through Interdisciplinary Research Skills

The most interesting classes I teach involve building interdisciplinary studies and multicultural urbanism.  Maybe because both courses ask students to recognize and respect diverse perspectives and different ways of knowing the world. In multicultural urbanism, I ask students to step outside of their social worlds long enough to learn how other social and racial/ethnic groups have been …

A Core COSSPP Value: Diversity

This brings me around to describing the two major thrusts of what I consider the college’s commitment to Diversity - People and Ideas. A college with a diverse population that holds a shared worldview is a failure. Similarly, a college with a diversity of ideas, but little demographic diversity is also a failure. Society is complex, messy, and contested; a lack of diversity of people or ideas will leave our students unprepared for the real world.

Undergrad Experience: Attending the National Emergency Management Association Annual Forum

This experience was more than I could ever have hoped for. I was able to expand my professional network and learn more about the field of emergency management, as well as current issues they are facing today.

Making Smart Cities through Urban Analytics

“Urban analytics is the multi-disciplinary area of research concerned with using new and emerging forms of data, alongside computational and statistical techniques, to study cities."  - Singleton, Spielman and Folch

To Prevent Crimes, Focus on People Likely to Commit Them

Our community must begin to devise a better strategy for supporting and coordinating agencies that can address the entrenched social issues driving crime. Whether you look at crime through a belief in social justice, economics, public health, or even fiscal conservatism, the reality is we will only make our community safer when we spend more time worrying about the people whose actions make it unsafe.

UBELONG in Lisbon

All in all, this was a truly amazing experience. By interacting with and living among locals, working behind the scenes for an International NGO, and traveling solo throughout Portugal, I gained a much wider understanding of how different cultures interact and  how connected we are to one another.

Is State Preemption of City Powers Desirable?

So preemption is “good” if you agree with the legislature, but it is not if you disagree. This ignores the implications of preemption for democratic governance. We often view local decision making as the ideal. Local governments are closest to home and represent local decisions most clearly.

A ‘Third Space’ Opens Arena for Community Dialogue

In this guest column, we embrace the other function, namely that nonprofits serve as a venue for people who share particular community values to gather and jointly articulate those values. For us to understand this expressive function, we first need to unpack our taken-for-granted labels for these organizations. Why, for example, do we name these organizations for what they are not – nonprofit or nongovernmental – rather than what they are or what they do?