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. “Evolving and Implementing a New Disaster Management Paradigm: The Case of the Philippines” by Dr. Janet Dilling In her recent article, Dr. Dilling examines the evolution…

Dissertation Spotlight: Essays on Educational Attainment and Labor Outcomes 

Researcher Audrienna Tremise Burgin writes this dissertation on Educational Attainment and Labor Outcomes; the dissertation includes three essays. Burgin argues that education is the root of all humans. Education is widely accepted.  All of the essays in this dissertation go into detail and relate back to education. The introduction explains in-depth how important educational attainment…

Research Spotlight: Did Elite Discourse Shape Public Debate after the Parkland Shooting?

Social scientists have long been interested in political claimsmaking and, more specifically, what ideas influence how individuals think and talk about political issues. However, understanding the potential influence of political actors on individual claimsmaking is complicated for a couple of reasons. First, our contemporary media system is complicated and, consequently, it can be difficult to…

Meet Social Science Scholar Hannah Justus

For my Social Science Scholars project, I conducted research on the relationship between COVID-19 education policy in Florida and Elementary student performance. This comparative analysis focused on how the method of delivery of classroom instruction – remote, hybrid, or traditional – affected the outcomes of student test scores in individual Florida schools in the 2020-2021…

Dissertation Spotlight: Sisterhood, Safe Spaces & Self-Affirmations: How Black Women Practice Self-Care In Response To Racism And Discrimination

Being a minority comes with tremendous obstacles; however, for Black women who exist in a world that isn’t designed for their dual identities as both a racial and a gender minority, it can be debilitating. Regarding these two separate but equally defining identities, Black women experience specific forms of stress that other individuals may not….

Research Spotlight: Why not both? The Liberal-Realist Model of Public Opinion

What drives Americans’ preferences for potential alliance partners? In an ideal world, an alliance partner would bring not only strategic benefits, such as increasing the United States’ national security, but would also share liberal values, such as a belief in the virtues of democracy. In reality, the demands of the geopolitical environment may push the…

Meet Social Science Scholar Macie Lavender

            This past summer, I participated in CIEE’s Summer Arabic Language study abroad program based in Amman, Jordan. I thus had the opportunity to not only travel to Amman, but to live and study there for eight weeks as part of an intensive, immersive Arabic language program. The classes were in both Modern Standard (MSA)…

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…