Research Spotlight: The Impact of COVID-19 on Firefighters

When people think of public servants, they traditionally think about police officers, teachers, and counselors. Each public servant represents a unique and valued member of society. Yet, firefighters do not always come to mind as public servants even though they are one of the most essential professionals in American society. 2020 data indicates that a…

Research Spotlight: Reflections on a Life of Service

When asked to reflect on service, the thought of an enlightened path came to mind. The beginning of the journey to serving others starts with self.  Understanding or “knowing thy self”, what one believes in morals, values and ethics is very important.  Let self-assessment, as prescribed through Emotional Intelligence inform your every action.  In the…

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. “Religious Involvement and Substance Use Among Urban Mothers” by Dr. Amy Burdette In her recent article, Dr. Burdette uses longitudinal data from the U.S. Fragile Families…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Prison, The Prophet, and The People: [In]Justice in Senegal

The disrepute of America’s criminal justice system and their endemic issues of police violence have continued to heighten within the past couple of years. However, many activists, politicians, and celebrities in the United States have begun to draw parallels between these egregious systematic acts and Nigeria’s violent Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This comparison proves to…

Research Spotlight: Abortion rights protests have been peaceful. Will that change?

This post originally appeared in the Washington Post. Outraged by the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggesting that Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned, elected Democrats from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, to scores in between have been denouncing the move. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the Supreme Court and courthouses across the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Analyzing the Effect of Trust on Voter Decision to Vote By Mail: Data Collection From the 2020 Presidential Election

Analyzing trust within politics is usually measured through trust in the government, but the goal of this research is to evaluate individual government figures. Trust within the government was centered around individual trust by examining rhetoric and utilizing the Receiving-Accept-Sample Model. Specifically, the relationship is studied through the voters’ trust in Donald Trump by voting…

Research Spotlight: How Will Elon Musk Change Social Media?

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. There’s no shortage of hand-wringing over Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Journalists, progressives and the World Health Organization have sketched out disinformation dystopias that could emerge once Musk takes Twitter’s reins. One tool that Twitter uses to stop the spread of disinformation is banning users who tweet misleading information. Many fear that…