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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.

Research News

Karin Brewster (Sociology, Center for Demography and Population Health) and former CDPH post-doc researcher Elif Bulut published “Psychological distress in middle eastern immigrants to the United States: A challenge to the healthy migrant model?” in the journal Social Science & Medicine. Their study questions whether Middle Eastern immigrants to the U.S. enjoy a similar mental health advantage as Asian and Latino immigrants, relative to the native-born population. April 2021

Patricia Homan and Amy Burdette (both Sociology and Public Health), published an article in the American Sociological Review, “When Religion Hurts: Structural Sexism & Health in Religious Congregations.” They examined how structural sexism within religious congregations shapes women’s and men’s health and how their health compares to that of non-participants. The research suggests that while religious involvement may be beneficial for health, many institutions have rigid gender-based status hierarchies reflecting a type of structural sexism that may undermine health. 3/22/21

Deana Rohlinger (Sociology) had a paper published in Items: Insights from the Social Sciences, a digital publication of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The article, “We Cannot Just Moderate Extremism Away,” is the first published entry in SSRC’s Extremism Online series and part of the organization’s project (In)civility, Extremism and Polarization on the Left and Right, an ongoing analysis of moderated commentary on articles published in a range of media outlets. Rohlinger argues that direct interventions like political bias training are necessary to both protect against extremism and encourage democratic participation. 3/9/21

Chris Uejio (Geography) received $400,000 from NASA for a four-year collaborative project to investigate whether city investments in green space help lower temperatures and thus reduce heat-related health problems. Uejio and fellow researchers The researchers were selected to join a unique NASA project, the Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team, which brings together national experts to work on rapid response projects (e.g., COVID and air quality improvements, wildland fires). 2/22/21

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Urban Studies. “How do tax-based revitalization policies affect urban property development? Evidence from Bronzeville, Chicago” demonstrates that tax-based revitalization policies increase the potential investor pool interested in low-income communities but finds that the historically marginalized and under-resourced players lack sufficient conduits and resources to attract these investors. 2/22/21

Dotan Haim (Political Science) published a study on the benefits of restoring trust in government in the American Political Science Review. 2/22/21

Deana Rohlinger (Sociology) published a paper in the journal Information, Communication & Society. The study, “‘Please sir, stay out of it’ to ‘You are an abomination’: (in)civility and emotional expression in emails sent to politicians,” drew on a sample of emails sent to then Florida Governor Jeb Bush during the highly charged Terri Schiavo case to analyze “patterns of meanness” in more personal communication such as email versus incivility in social spaces. 2/22/21

Mathew Hauer (Sociology, Demography) co-authored a study published in the journal Socius on differential privacy in the 2020 Census and how it might change COVID-19 rate calculations. 2/22/21

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.