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College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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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.

– Associate Dean for Research Mark Horner


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

  • During Fiscal Year 2019-20, COSSPP faculty participated in 45 externally funded research projects with total awards of $6.4 million. 32 of the 45 projects were new awards in FY20, and funding was received from Federal (80%), state (15%), and other (5%) entities.
  • During Fiscal Year 2019-20 COSSPP faculty participated the development of 68 unique proposal submissions. These funding requests totaled $12.3 million, and they targeted Federal (57%), State (12%) and Other (31%) 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.

Services We Offer

The office of the Associate Dean for Research seeks to minimize pre-award barriers to proposal submission. COSSPP grants analyst Laura Kitchens helps faculty prepare proposal applications. Assistance is available for help with common tasks such as budget development, coordinating with FSU’s Sponsored Research Administration and ensuring proposal compliance for submission.

Moreover, COSSPP sponsors programming and training activities geared toward faculty development and offers seed funding programs to enhance faculty research. Over $40,000 in research support funding has been awarded by COSSPP since 2019.

Our short video highlights the services offered by our office with regards to pursuing external funding and proposal submissions. The video is available at this link, and it includes helpful information on getting started with externally funded research in COSSPP, as well as specific details on working with RAMP (minute 2:51), FSU’s new research management software.

Research News

Kai Ou (Political Science), Amanda Driscoll (Political Science) and Petra Doan and doctoral student Ozlem Atalay (Urban and Regional Planning) were among the recipients of grants for research on civic engagement awarded by the FSU Institute of Politics. Read about all the awarded projects here.

Tyler McCreary (Geography) is one of the authors of an article in the book “Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice.” “Race, Land, and the Law: Black Farmers and the Limits of a Politics of Recognition,” co-authored by former FSU Geography Professors Willie Wright and Adam Bledsoe, examines the Claims Resolution Act of 2010.

Minjee Kim (Urban and Regional Planning) and her co-authors published an article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, “Real Estate Development and Economic Development Planning Education: Pragmatic Turn or Trojan Horse?” The article highlights the importance of understanding the processes and economics of real estate development to become more effective at pursuing equitable planning outcomes. 

Amanda Driscoll (Political Science) and political science doctoral student Taylor Kinsey Chewning, along with two other colleagues, wrote an article, “Coronavirus fatigue is the biggest threat to Germany’s success story in this pandemic,” for the European Consortium for Political Research blog, The Loop. The article is based on Driscoll’s NSF-funded project on public support for the rule of law in times of crisis.

Ph.D. students Elizabeth Ruff and Rebecca Gentry and Assistant Professor Sarah Lester (Geography) published the paper “Understanding the role of socioeconomic and governance conditions in country-level marine aquaculture production” in the online journal IOPScience.

Sandy Wong (Geography) was the lead author on an article, “Associations between daily ambient temperature and sedentary time among children 4–6 years old in Mexico City,” in PLOS One.

Arnel Garcesa, research assistant, and Crystal Taylor, Director of Public Policy and Data Analytics (DeVoe L. Moore Center), published an article on “Simulating utility-scale solar energy profitability in Florida” in the special issue of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR) in collaboration with the Florida Undergraduate Research Association (FURA). Taylor was also the lead author on “Storytelling and Arts to Facilitate Community Capacity Building for Urban Planning and Social Work” in MDPI

Anne Barrett (Pepper Institute), Irene Padavic (Sociology) and sociology grad student Cherish Michael published a study, “Calculated Ageism: Generational Sacrifice as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B. The researchers analyzed tweets responding to a Texas politician’s statement suggesting the sacrifice of older generations if it will mitigate the economic damage of the pandemic and found overwhelming rejection of this sentiment. 

James Gwartney (Economics, Stavros Center), along with two economics doctoral graduates, Joseph Connors and Hugo Montesinos, published a paper in the Southern Economic Journal. Their article, “The Rise and Fall of Worldwide Income Inequality, 1820-2035,” said the worldwide distribution of income has become more equal since 2000, reversing a trend of nearly two centuries of increasing worldwide income inequality. 

Hans Hassell (Political Science) published research in The International Journal of Press/Politics. “What Makes News Newsworthy: An Experimental Test of Where a News Story Is Published (or Not) and Its Perceived Newsworthiness” surveyed 1,500+ U.S. political journalists to test the impact of a news story’s previous publication history on their views of its newsworthiness. The study found that the origin of a story in a local outlet causes journalists to perceive that story to be less newsworthy.

Elwood Carlson (Demography) co-edited the book “Comparative Demography of the Syrian Diaspora: European and Middle Eastern Destinations” and co-authored two chapters in it: “Demographic Comparisons of Syrian Populations” and “Conceptualizing the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Migration during Armed Conflict.”

April Jackson. and Tisha Holmes (Urban & Regional Planning) and Tyler McCreary (Geography) published a paper exploring university-community partnerships in Tallahassee. “Gown goes to Town: Negotiating mutually beneficial relationships between college students, city planners, and a historically marginalized African American neighborhood” was published in the journal Societies.

About the COSSPP Research Team

Associate Dean for Research Mark W. Horner received his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University (2002). His research interests are in transportation, geographic information systems, and urban geography. He has authored or coauthored more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, and secured funding for and participated in projects totaling more than $5 million, with work sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Florida DOT, and other agencies. He was part of the team that made FSU a University Transportation Center (UTC) in 2014. Mark was selected in 2009 as a Developing Scholar by FSU. He currently serves as associate editor of the journal Transportation.

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 13 years of experience working on Contracts and Grants.