Research Spotlight: Gentrification in Saint Paul, Minnesota

I am a PhD candidate in Geography at FSU. My research has taken a journey on its own. At Syracuse University, where I completed my Masters in Geography, my work was situated in the South Asian context, in rural South India to be exact. In my Masters work, I was studying the impact of corporate…

In The Heights Celebrates First-Gen Americans

This article originally appeared in The Independent Institute. The unexpected and broad-based protests erupting in Cuba are a poignant reminder of the lost liberty experienced by people under authoritarian regimes. The opposite could be said for the movie In The Heights, the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical. If the dissent on Cuba’s streets show…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Integration of Brazilian versus Other Lusophone Immigrants into Portuguese Economy and Society

The relationship between Lusophone countries—former colonies of Portugal that speak Portuguese—and Portugal is at the forefront of many studies. The relationship between these countries is fairly positive (Portugal retains economic and diplomatic ties with some of its former colonies) and many individuals in former Lusophone countries immigrate to Portugal to seek better opportunities. However, there…

Research Spotlight: Single-Family Rentals and Neighborhood Racial Integration

Neighborhood racial segregation remains to be an important social issue within America’s metropolitan areas. Extensive research has shown that segregation is associated with a wide range of disparities, including unequal access to education, employment, health care, and public goods. One possible contributing factor to segregation is that many minority households cannot afford housing in White…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Transparency and Accountability in the World Bank

The World Bank is a transparent institution that provides access to information about countries and their financial situation. This data is available on their website and also states which countries receive aid to reach economic equilibrium. Although the World Bank provides information about other countries, it seldom provides information about itself. In union with the…

Research Spotlight: LGBQ College Students’ Diverging Narratives of Peer Behaviors: Harassment or Not Harassment?

A few decades ago, experiences of peer harassment were common among college students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ).  Since then, campus climates have substantially changed, and today, LGBT students’ experiences of peer harassment vary considerably across individuals.  That is, some report frequent experiences, and others report no experiences.  Scholars generally consider…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: Program Evaluation of the CESC Diversion Program

Leon County is increasing its focus on homelessness as the number of residents experiencing housing insecurity rises. The Kearney Center is an organization in the Big Bend region that provides individuals with access to resources and emergency shelters. The center operates under the direction of the nonprofit Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC), which, in…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Comparison of Roma Discrimination in EU and Non-EU Countries

International organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, are making headway in improving the human rights and living conditions of minority groups across the globe. In Europe, for instance, countries in the European Union (EU) are expected to maintain certain humanitarian standards in line with the Copenhagen criteria. These criteria include humanitarian and economic requirements that define…