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…

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,…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Guerothlyn Saint-Jean

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) I graduated with a B.S. in Public Health in Spring 2021. Since I have graduated from FSU, there are several opportunities I have been participating in. I currently serve as a volunteer with AmeriCorps and Big Bend. This role has…

Research Spotlight: Public Purchasing in the European Union

Currently, public purchasing by European entities accounts for approximately 14% of GDP. Within the European Union (EU) and larger European Economic Area (EEA), numerous performance measures are used to assess public procurement processes across countries. The goal of these performance measures, in part, is to understand how efficient and effective certain processes—and thus certain countries—are…

Christmas 2021: Will We Look Beyond Politics This Holiday Season?

Social scientists continue to unveil the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including temporary or permanent unemployment, social isolation, and increased healthcare disparities. One of the most interesting effects of COVID-19, however, is increased political polarization. Brown University economist Jesse Shapiro finds that the American mass public is polarizing faster than citizens in any other democracy….

Research Spotlight: Explaining interstate military friendly policy diffusion across U.S. universities: uncovering vertical-diagonal diffusion

The faces walking from class to class on college campuses continue to become more diverse, including in age. What have been deemed “nontraditional students,” or students who were unable or chose not to proceed directly to college following high school, are steadily increasing their numbers on college campuses. There is not a more concentrated group…

Award spotlight: FSU Authors Day 2020 honors faculty publications

Every year, Florida State University Libraries and the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement host FSU Authors Day to celebrate published accomplishments by FSU faculty and staff. FSU Authors Day celebrates FSU faculty who have published books, scores or CDs in the past year. Focusing on topics ranging from an economic analysis of The Beatles to an…

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. “High-Capacity Donors’ Preferences for Charitable Giving” by Mackenzie Alston, Catherine Eckel, Jonathan Meer, and Wei Zhan In her recent article, Dr. Alston examines how charities solicit…