Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Angelica Afandor

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated with my B.S. in Political Science in Spring 2021. After graduating, I continued my Combined Degree Masters program in Applied American Politics and Policy at Florida State. I also started working full-time with the Democratic Congressional…

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. “Global banking and the spillovers from political shocks at the core of the world economy” by Dr. Raphael Cunha In his recent article, Dr. Cunha examines…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Jonathan Levin

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.)I graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs in Spring 2021. I am enrolled in the Masters of Applied American Politics & Policy program at FSU while also working at The Southern Group as a Legislative Intern for the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: SB1070 and Racial Profiling

Signed into law in 2010, SB1070 is a controversial Arizona law that requires law enforcement to verify the immigration status of people they believe are not legal immigrants through the “show me your papers” clause. Many cite that the law increases social costs of both law enforcement and civilians, as well as violates the 4th…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Chaston Pfingston

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. After graduation, I briefly worked for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as an intern in the department of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs before moving to Pittsburgh,…

Award Spotlight: COSSPP Graduate Student Receives Adam Smith Fellowship

Political science Ph.D. candidate, Katelyn Hess, was recently awarded the Mercatus Center’s Adam Smith Fellowship. The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline who are interested in political economy. Her research interests include business-state relations, corruption, and the rule of law with a geographic focus on Russia…

Award Spotlight: COSSPP Graduate Student Receives Oksar Morgenstern Fellowship

Political science Ph.D. candidate, Anastasiia Vlasenko, was recently awarded the Mercatus Center’s Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship. The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline who are interested in political economy. Her research interests include electoral politics and democratization, with a specialization in politics of Ukraine and Russia. She…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Right-Wing Political Violence in Modern Colombia (1970-1990): The State Legitimacy

The period from 1970 to 1990 in Colombia is characterized by internal conflict. Beginning in the 1960s, left-wing guerilla groups emerged, spurred by Marxist-Lennonist ideology. About two decades later, in response to the left-wing insurgents, paramilitary groups were formed and fueled by politically conservative and anti-communist ideology. These right-wing groups were backed by the Colombian…