Honors Thesis Spotlight: Fortifying Hate: How Social Media Acts as a Tool for White Supremacist Groups

Alternative right (alt-right) white supremacist groups are increasingly popular and highlighted in the mainstream media, specifically during the 2016 presidential election. Unlike past elections, alt-right groups are able to amass a greater following through resources available on the internet. Social media platforms provide group leaders with  accessible and far-reaching communication channels. YouTube is one of…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Bailey Beauchamp

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.)  I graduated in Spring 2020 with a B.S. in Political Science. I am currently a 2L at the University of Miami School of Law.  How did your degree in social science help inform your path? My Political Science…

Research Spotlight: Entrepreneurial Economies

Academic institutions increasingly are recognizing the importance of entrepreneurship to the performance of an economy, and in response, many (including FSU) have established entrepreneurship programs to give students some skills that can help them succeed as entrepreneurs. I’m supportive of these efforts, but the degree to which individuals in an economy are entrepreneurial is affected more by…

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. “The Conditional Nature of Political Risk: How Home Institutions Influence the Location of Foreign Direct Investment” by Dr. Quintin Beazer and Daniel J. Blake In his…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Effects of Democracy on Human Development

Citizens in the United States and across the globe consider democracy essential for improved human development, but the relationship may be more nuanced than most research suggests. Most scholars identify a positive correlation between human development and democracy because of its primary features: electoral accountability, access to information, and individual rights and civil liberties. In…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Alexandra Griffin

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.)I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.A. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Since I graduated I have been working in Disaster Recovery with Hagerty Consulting. With Hagerty I have had the privilege of assisting several municipalities and…

Research Spotlight: District-Level Life Expectancy in Germany

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important and direct measures of a population’s health and well-being. Inequality in life expectancy across societal groups is a key indicator of deeper social and economic inequalities. Information about differences in life expectancy across places is especially useful for policy makers who need to direct health…

Research Award Spotlight: Geography Grad Student Among FSU Award Recipients

Six graduate students from Florida State University are among seven students in the state of Florida to earn prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). This year’s cohort, the largest in the university’s history, includes one student from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive,…

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. “Will They Even Hear Me? How Race Influences Citizen Complaint Outcomes” by Dr. James E. Wright II In his recent article in Public Performance & Management…