Meet Social Science Scholar Guisella Cruz

With the generosity of the Social Science Scholars Program, this past summer I had the privilege of immersing myself in research assessing the consequences of image-based sexual abuse on BIPOC youth. I conducted this research with Dr. Brendan Lantz & Dr. Marin Wenger at the College of Criminology and have been able to learn from…

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…

Research Spotlight: Untapped Potential: Leveraging Unstructured Data

In any discipline, data retrieval and analysis are required to answer key questions of interest. With the advancement of technology and the exponential growth of the quantity of data being produced and collected, there needs to be an ongoing dialogue to discuss the potential that unstructured data provide. In general, discussions regarding ‘data’ or ‘data…

Meet Social Science Scholar Fabian Valentin

Despite the pandemic, I pursued three opportunities this summer focused on my interests of human rights, economic policy, and the law. From May to August, I interned at the Law Office of Roger L. Weeden – a criminal defense attorney with 42 years of experience. In June, I participated in the month-long Donald J. Weidner…

Meet a Social Scientist: Sarah Lester from the Department of Geography

Why did you decide to become an academic? Honestly, I’ve never been someone who was necessarily set on becoming an academic. I earned my PhD in marine ecology, but was always most interested in and motivated by research questions with implications for marine conservation, natural resource management, and marine policy. My early exposure to academia…

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,…