Graduate Student Spotlight: Jamie Graves from the MAAPP Program

What department are you a graduate student in?   ​I am currently with the College of Social Sciences Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy program. I am in my 5th semester and am on track to graduate in Summer 2022. Why did you decide to go to graduate school?  I’ve always loved learning and I am…

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 effect of stereotypes on black college test scores at a historically black university” by Dr. Mckenzie Alston In her recent article, Dr. Alston conducted lab…

Dissertation Spotlight:  A Forest of Fire: Limming Materiality and Interpretation in the Morphology of the Longleaf Pine Forest as a Cultural Landscape

The Longleaf Pine Forest is a cultural landscape that has been shaped by human presence throughout time. The researcher discusses both human interpretations and material practices to further understand this landscape. The researcher uses a neo-Sauerian methodology when utilizing Richard Schein’s (1997) conception of landscape as “discourse materialized” as the base model for this research….

Research Spotlight: Spatial Disparities in Air Conditioning Ownership in Florida

Recent studies have looked at co-occurring combinations of natural disasters/hazards, referred to as compound risks (IPCC, 2021; Kruczkiewicz et al., 2021; Zscheischler et al., 2018). In the last couple of years, many parts of the world experienced the compound risks of extreme heat and COVID-19. A significant number of people suffered from hot indoor environments…

Meet Social Science Scholar Jamie Rosseland

For my Social Science Scholar project, I interned with The Avery Center, a nonprofit based in Northern Colorado with a focus on providing exiting services and economic empowerment for survivors of sex trafficking. I partnered with Professor Bruce Manciagli for my internship and focused on foundational principles of social innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as…

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 Authoritarian Wager: Mass Political Action and the Sudden Collapse of Repression” by Dr. Kelly Matush In her recent article, Dr. Matush develops a game-theoretic model…

Dissertation Spotlight: Legal and Illegal Bribery: What’s the Difference?

In 1976, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) outlawed US firms’ ability to bribe foreign officials, which put US firms at a disadvantage in the growing global market. FCPA stated that no United States firms or firms established by a US citizen were allowed to bribe foreign officials to maintain or seal their business. US…

Research Spotlight: Informality, Developing Countries, and the Global Financial Crisis

Informal economic activity poses a substantial challenge to both developed and developing countries to the point that both academics and international institutions such as the IMF exert a great deal of time and resources studying its determinants and how to combat informality. Large informal economic activity can have important negative macroeconomic consequences for several reasons….

Meet Social Science Scholar Chelsea Long

For my Social Science Scholar project, I completed a journalism certificate at UC Berkeley. The university has one of the best journalism programs in the country. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I wasn’t able to live in Berkeley while completing my studies, but doing it over zoom wasn’t all that bad. I was living on…