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 2021-22, COSSPP faculty participated in 42 externally funded research projects with total awards of $7.7 million. 25 of the 42 projects were new awards in FY22, and funding was received from Federal (71%), state (18%), and other (11%) entities.
  • During Fiscal Year 2021-22, COSSPP faculty participated in the development of 76 unique proposal submissions. These funding requests totaled $21.3 million, and they targeted Federal (63%), State (13%) and Other (24%) 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

Xiao Feng (Geography) published today a study in Nature, “How deregulation, drought and increasing fire impact Amazonian biodiversity.”  Read more at this link. 9/22/21

Patricia Homan (Sociology) is the lead author and recent sociology Ph.D. grad Brittany King is a co-author of “Structural Intersectionality as a New Direction for Health Disparities Research” published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 9/22/21

Eric Coleman (Political Science) is the lead author on a study published in Nature, “Limited effects of tree planting on forest canopy cover and rural livelihoods in Northern India.” 9/22/21

Patricia Homan (Sociology) received the Distinguished Article Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sex and Gender section for “Structural sexism and health in the United States: A new perspective on health inequality and the gender system,” published in 2019 in the American Sociological Review. Homan also had a research paper published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. “Structural Intersectionality as a New Direction for Health Disparities Research” was co-authored by FSU sociology Ph.D. student Brittany King. 8/9/21

Christopher Uejio (Geography) is a co-author on the study “Using Social Security Number to Identify Sub-populations Vulnerable to the Health Impacts from Extreme Heat in Florida, U.S. “ Using Social Security data, the study found higher risks with increasing temperatures of hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease, renal disease and dehydration among those without an SSN, such as non-immigrant visa holders, homeless populations, newborns and undocumented immigrants, compared to those with an SSN. 8/4/21 

Dawn Carr (Sociology, Pepper Institute) is the lead author on two published research papers: “Dog Walking and the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness in Older Adults” in the journal Animals, and “A Brief Report on Older Working Caregivers: Developing a Typology of Work Environments” in The Journals of Gerontology Series B, co-authored with Miles Taylor (Sociology), et al. 7/26/21

Kelly Matush (Political Science) is one of the authors of a study published in the journal American Political Science Review, “Does Public Diplomacy Sway Foreign Public Opinion? Identifying the Effect of High-Level Visits.” 7/26/21

Michael McFarland (Sociology) co-authored a study, “The Impact of Police Action on Population Health,” published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. 7/27/21

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 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.