Honors Thesis Spotlight: Planning Strategies for Improving Resilience of Cities in Developing Countries to the Urban Heat Island

The adverse effects of climate change are a global concern, and global warming is increasingly  threatening urbanized areas. While average temperatures are increasing across the globe, highly urbanized areas are notably hotter than their rural counterparts. The culprit is a phenomenon called the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. The materials used in ground covers and…

DeSantis undermining individual freedom, conservative principles | Opinion

This article originally appeared in Tallahassee Democrat. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed policymakers in a tricky position, Gov. DeSantis included. He and others are forced to find a balance between protecting public health and safeguarding individual freedom.  One of Gov. DeSantis’ signature initiatives is a ban on agencies and businesses that might want to impose…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Katie Sherron from the Department of Economics

Why did you decide to become an academic?  I just really love school!  I’ve always enjoyed learning and teaching, especially mathematics.  I gravitated toward economics because I had amazing teachers and professors.  I found out that a big part of economics was straight-forward reasoning and stories set to mathematics.  I took multiple economics courses with…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Did Florida Experience the Year of the Woman?

2018 is considered the  Year of the Woman after a record-breaking election of 127 women to Congress—the most elected into Congress since its establishment in 1789. In addition to experiencing the Year of the Woman, studies suggest a shift in political affiliation. The nation increasingly supported the Democratic Party in response to President Trump, now…

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…

Research Spotlight: Preference Change in Competitive Environments

Competition is ubiquitous in human society. If competition affects the endogenous formation of political preferences, then it should in turn affect individuals’ values and attitudes towards candidates and policies. Therefore, participating in a competitive environment (i.e. institutional and/or social factors that affect incentives and behavior) should have considerable implications for how individuals behave politically. Competition…