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Research News Archive

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.

April Jackson, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) and colleagues published a collaborative article in the Journal of the American Planning Association entitled, “Feeling Like an “Odd Duck” The Experiences of African American/Black and Hispanic/Latin/o/a/x Planning Practitioners.” African American/Black and Hispanic/Latin/o/a/x practitioners are underrepresented in the planning profession. This study examines these practitioners’ experiences with the climate for diversity in their workplaces.

Karin Brewster, Ph.D. (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.