Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Effect of Public Renewable Energy Spending on Economic Growth in the EU

            Climate change, pollution, greenhouse gasses, and other environmental factors of fossil fuels have led to research about renewable energy and its viability. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy has become increasingly innovative and efficient within the past couple of decades. The European Union is one of the leading advocates, which this study aims…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Will the Demographic Dividend Affect South Asia?

As fertility rates drop, it is evident that there are major economic and demographic consequences across the world. According to the researcher Melissa Pregasen, the replacement level of fertility at which the population will become stable is 2.1 children per woman given typical contemporary mortality levels. In other words, the average amount of births is…

Dissertation Spotlight: Broadening vs. Deepening: The Correlates of Support for European Integration

European integration, or the political, economic, social, and cultural integration of European states, has been deeply investigated for decades through two different processes:  broadening and deepening. Broadening is the enlargement of the membership of a particular international group, while deepening is EU institutional development for those who are already a part of that group. Most…

Dissertation Spotlight: Queer Urban Space Beyond the Gayborhood: Sexuality, Gentrification, and Displacement in Atlanta

Through collected data from thirty-five participant interviews, the researcher, Rachael Sarah Cofield, examines the relationship between queer geography and gentrification in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the transformations of the former gayborhood (or gay neighborhood) of Midtown and its relationship to the broader queer geographies of Atlanta. Cofield intrinsically ties the relationship to issues of…

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…

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….

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…

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…