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.
  • Recent awards to COSSPP faculty include:
    • Drs. Gao and Tang, NSF, “Collaborative Research: Energy Efficiency and Energy Justice: Understanding Distributional Impacts of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs and the Underlying Mechanisms.”
    • Dr. Kinahan, EPA through University of Massachusetts, “EPA Brownfields Research on Minimizing Displacement Resulting from Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Reuse.”
    • Drs. Uejio, Holmes, and Powell, CDC, “Florida Building Resilience Against Climate Effects: Implementing and Evaluating Adaptation Strategies that Protect and Promote Human Health.”

Research News

Read our College’s research news here!

COSSPP Academy of Scholars

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is pleased to introduce the inaugural members of the COSSPP Academy of Scholars. The academy members for the 2024-2025 academic year are Amanda Driscoll (Political Science), David Berlan (Public Administration), Eric Coleman (Political Science), and Tony Kwasnica (Economics). Academy of Scholars members organize and host four research/scholarship-oriented events for college faculty, serve as members of the proposal review panel for the COSSPP Faculty Research Support Grant Programs, and provide general advice on research initiatives to the COSSPP Associate Dean for Research.

About the COSSPP Research Team

Interim Associate Dean for Research Jeff Brown received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003 and joined the Florida State faculty that same year. His research interests include surface transportation policy and planning, transportation finance, and transportation history. He also serves as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

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

The Post-Award Grants Analyst for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy position is currently vacant. This position is responsible for managing post-award contract and grant activities and providing pre-award support. For now, please contact Laura Kitchens at

Contracts & Grants Resources for COSSPP Faculty Poster. Visit for more.