Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court: The Role of Language in Promoting a More Accessible International Criminal Justice System

In the last century, French and English became entrenched as the two working languages of international law. Since that time, we have witnessed the rapid development and integration of Asian nations into international systems and the adoption of English as the sole universal language in other fields. This article carries out a cost-benefit analysis concerning…

Talking to Teachers: Interview with Award Winning Teacher Dr. Na’ama Nagar

Associate Dean Deana Rohlinger talks with Dr. Na’ama Nagar, teaching faculty in the Department of Political Science and the International Affairs program. Nagar received a 2021 College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Teaching Award. In this interview, Dr. Nagar talks how she challenges her students to think critically about Middle East politics and talks…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Analyzing Labor Market Outcomes in the Integration of Florida’s Refugee Benefit-Eligible Individuals

“Immigrants’ ability to communicate with members of the indigenous population is probably the most important single alterable factor contributing to their social and economic integration.” In the case of the United States, the rapidly shifting composition of the immigrant population from countries that are sociolinguistically distant from the U.S. combined with the post-industrial economy’s increasing demand for skilled employees…

Research Spotlight: Air Superiority and Battlefield Victory

Is there a democratic war-fighting advantage? A significant body of research finds that democracies are more likely to win wars than non-democracies. A recent study challenges this argument. In their new publication, Dr. Souva and Ph.D. candidate, Richard Saunders, argue that the outcome of major battles and interstate wars is primarily a function of which…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Metcalf from International Studies

What is your name?Dr. Lee Metcalf  What kind of work do you do in the College?Among other things, I am the director of the International Studies degree programs. Why did you decide to work at an academic institution? I was an FSU political science major who became absolutely fascinated with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe…

Social Science Scholar: Using ArcGIS Software to Analyze Crime Patterns

This past summer I, alongside 17 other highly motivated Florida State University students, were given the privilege to pursue opportunities that would help advance our own professional goals, such as participating in community acts of service, professional research, or dedicated internships within the fields of our choosing. When I was offered this opportunity, I knew…

Social Science Scholar: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

This summer I participated in the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program and began conducting research for my undergraduate thesis in Economics. The TEFL program was designed to prepare students for English teaching positions around the world post-graduation. Through this program, I was trained in teaching and…