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…

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…

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…

Graduate Student Spotlight: Austin Bush from the Department of Geography

What department are you a graduate student in? Department of Geography (PhD Geography), but I am also a full-time field researcher for the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program. Why did you decide to go to graduate school? As an undergraduate student studying Geography at Auburn University, I was presented an opportunity to participate…