Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Maya Vazquez

What have you been up to since you graduated? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. I am beginning law school at the University of Maryland next week! I just got settled down in Baltimore and miss Tallahassee so much. How did your degree in social science help inform your path? My…

Research Award Spotlight: COSSPP Grad One of Three FSU Fulbright Winners

A graduate of the college is one of three FSU grads to receive research scholarships through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.   Beatrice Dain joins Michael Rivera and Marah Litchfield as one of the recent grads for whom the Fulbright awards will provide funding for each recipient to conduct research projects abroad this upcoming year.  Dain will be working toward her…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Disciplining for Quality: Does State Medical Board Disciplinary Action Affect Healthcare Quality?

State Medical Boards (SMBs) regulate the medical profession. They issue licenses, standardize the medical field, and discipline physicians who abuse their power or perform poorly. Since SMBs work on behalf of state governments, they are subject to the Principal-Agent Model, a relationship where an agent represents the interests of a principal. In this instance, SMBs…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Audrey Moore

What have you been up to since you graduated? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science. Since graduating FSU in April I have moved to Georgia to attend the University of Georgia, working on my Master’s in Political Theory. I have also started as a legal secretary at a local estate…

Research Spotlight: Examining the Impact of Communicative Processes on Civic Engagement Among College Students During a Crisis

The objective of this ongoing study is to collect preliminary data on how message content and social norms impact college students’ responses to preventive behavior calls to actions (i.e., mask-wearing as an act of civic engagement) in regards to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and how these responses are exacerbated when such messages  interact with individual…

Research Award Spotlight: COSSPP Faculty Win McKnight Fellowships

Two faculty members of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are among the six Florida State University assistant professors receiving the Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, a program that promotes excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women. Under the program, Assistant Professor of Economics Mackenzie Alston and…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Legislative Effectiveness Under Gender Quotas: Argentina Before and After Quota Implementation

Women continue to be under-represented in the legislative bodies of their governments. To combat this, some governments implement gender quotas to increase the number of women holding seats in their legislature. Gender quotas help achieve balanced representation by requiring a particular number or percentage of seats to be allocated to a specific group, such as…