COSSPP Research

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP) supports a wide range of faculty and student research across its departments, interdisciplinary programs and multiple research centers. The office of the Associate Dean for Research promotes research endeavors across all college units and seeks to increase the amount and diversity of funded projects being conducted by COSSPP faculty.

Support is provided through programming thematic workshops and trainings, engaging in faculty outreach and mentorship, offering seed funding programs and fostering collaboration across campus. Moreover, we seek to increase the funded research capacity of our faculty through facilitating college-wide research initiatives, as well as by forging interdisciplinary partnerships with other FSU colleges, state and local agencies, federal entities and other collaborators.


We are very proud of our faculty’s research accomplishments and the college’s research support efforts.

  • During Fiscal Year 2022-23, COSSPP faculty participated in 53 externally funded research projects with total awards of $5.5 million. 36 of the 53 projects were new awards in FY23, and funding was received from Federal (65%), state (25%), and other (10%) entities.
  • During Fiscal Year 2022-23, COSSPP faculty participated in the development of 86 unique proposal submissions. These funding requests totaled $31.3 million, and they targeted Federal (58%), State (20%) and Other (22%) entities.
  • COSSPP faculty regularly receive support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). One of our faculty members, Assistant Professor of Sociology Miranda Waggoner, won an NSF CAREER award in 2020.
  • Seven major professional journals are edited by five faculty in our college: Professor of Sociology Amy Burdette, Professor of Economics David Cooper, Professor of Geography Mark Horner, Professor of Political Science Mark Souva, and Professor of Public Administration KaiFeng Yang. Faculty in the college are members of more than 40 journal editorial review boards.
  • The college strongly supports graduate student research and training. More than 80 graduate students were supported on research assistantships in spring semester 2019.
  • COSSPP computer labs are state-of-the art. The college maintains approximately 200 workstations in 13 labs, which are available for faculty and student use. Specialty labs with capabilities in geographic information systems (GIS) and space for conducting computationally oriented experimental economics and social science research are among these resources.
  • COSSPP boasts an array of world-class research centers and institutes, including the Center for Demography and Population HealthPepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy.

Research News

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About the COSSPP Research Team

Associate Dean for Research Stephanie Pau received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2009 and joined the Florida State faculty in 2013 after her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis. Her research investigates the biodiversity and ecological functioning of forests, savannas, and grasslands, and how these ecosystems are impacted by climate change. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Geographic Society. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. 

Laura Kitchens is the Pre-Award Grants Analyst for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. She has worked at Florida State University since 2014 and has been serving in her role in the Dean’s office since 2018. Laura has over 15 years of experience working on Contracts and Grants. You can contact her at

Shannon Salvog is the Post-Award Grants Analyst for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. She is responsible for managing post-award contract and grant activities and providing pre-award support. You can contact her at