Dissertation Spotlight: Essays in the Economics of Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of people across the United States. One of the rising concerns across the nation is mental health and mental illness. Over the course of the pandemic, mental illness cases have risen tremendously. The researcher states that one in five adults experience mental illness but less than half of those…

Meet Social Science Scholar Alyssa Burns

As part of my SSS project, I am producing a White Paper on both the need for counseling and the lack of access to services available to domestic violence survivors. The White Paper will be given to my representatives, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Greg Stuebe. I made contact with Representative Stuebe’s office, who expressed…

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. “Struggles and Strategies of Black Women Business Owners in the U.S.” by Dr. Paromita Sanyal In her recent article, Dr. Sanyal explores if Black women business…

Dissertation Spotlight: Not so Black and White: How Campus Racial Context Shapes the Experiences and Expectations of Queer Black Students

While racism has been studied extensively in higher education, the effects of heterosexism are severely understudied. Analyses of students of a racial minority, Black in particular, who identify as queer are near nonexistent. Furthermore, the researcher Tehquin D. Forbes states that to date, no scholarship compares the experiences of queer Black students who attend primarily…

Teaching Spotlight: Connecting Class Content with Data

Substantive, upper division classes in political science provide huge opportunities to connect substantive questions and themes with data to encourage greater data literacy, critical thinking, and understanding of the social science process.  For these reasons, I transformed my public opinion and political behavior course to one that focused on learning how to ask and answer…

Meet Social Science Scholar Laura Escher

My name is Laura Escher, and I am a senior International Affairs major with Concentrations in Modern Languages and Economics. I would like to thank the Social Science Scholar Program, Dr. John Mayo, Dr. Tom Taylor, and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy for the opportunity this past summer to fund a summer…

Graduate Student Spotlight: Misun Lee from the Department of Public Administration

What department are you a graduate student in?   The Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. Specifically, I am majoring in Public Administration.  Why did you decide to go to graduate school?  While working in the local government, I found out some academic questions such as policy implementation or malfunction. In the beginning,…

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. “Intergovernmental Influence, Managerial Turnover, and City Energy Policy Adoption” by Dr. Frances Berry In her recent article, Dr. Berry examines the effect of intergovernmental influence, managerial…