Interning for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity Social Science Scholars afforded me, and the chance to work with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission this past summer. I was given opportunities to do work that I truly loved, and was given public recognition for it. I found a new passion—Malaysian religious freedom—and am on the cusp of being a major player in the international religious freedom industry.

The CRA Shouldn’t Fund Private Businesses At All

If the CRA isn’t supposed to pick winners and losers, its decline of Proof’s funding request was the right decision. For the sake of consistency, the CRA should stop giving grants to any business for any purpose. Instead, it should focus on investments that provide widespread benefits. And if it can’t do that, then perhaps it’s not needed at all.

Specificity is Only Thing That Will Sell Children’s Service Council to the Public

For many Tallahassee citizens, the current plan seems well-intentioned but vague. Putting proverbial “meat on the bones” on the current sketch would go a long way toward assuring that the Children’s Services Council is not just another way to raises taxes to fund more inefficient and ineffective government programs.

Brazil- Race, Gender, and Economic Independence Ethnography

I was in Brazil for just over two months, and spent most of the time visiting different quilombos in the region. Whenever Dr. Rocha was not sending me out into the field, I was shut away in her home library for hours on end, reading and unlearning much of what I had thought about race in Brazil prior. Apart from my mini-ethnography, there were many takeaways from my time in Brazil, and I must offer my sincerest thanks to Social Science Scholars and my supervisors, who guided me along the way.

Trump’s Tariffs are a Case of Crony Capitalism

In jettisoning a free market, the Trump administration is showing little restraint in adopting the same tactics used by political progressives to pursue his own priorities, which are becoming more partisan and less principled with each passing month.

The College’s “Quiet Summer”

In sum, the college’s “quiet summer” is anything but that. Education, Research, Policy Analysis, and Professional Development all continue. Sure, fewer people are around on a daily basis, the student activity is somewhat reduced on campus, and parking gets a little easier, but we continue to be busy, active, productive and impactful. We remain committed year-round to our mission of Engaging Today’s World, Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders.

NGOs in Cambodia and Nepal

My Social Science Scholars Project involved working with and learning from two international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) based in Cambodia and Nepal. This project stemmed from my desire to learn more about development work and locally-based grassroots initiatives. In Cambodia, I worked with the organization Children with Hope for Development (CHD), based in rural Takeo. I …

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Monitor Lava Flows in Hawaii

EMHS Director David Merrick and Program Coordinator Laura Hart recently returned from Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Through NSF funding and in partnership with Texas A&M University and private citizens, they were part of a five-person volunteer team from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) to supplement existing …