College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

FSU Researcher: Unfair treatment by police linked to physiological impacts among black men

Advocates of proactive policing argue that stopping and searching law-abiding citizens is a minor inconvenience. However, researchers from Florida State University have found it might actually be getting under the skin of black men — literally. In a new study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, FSU researchers found a strong link […]

Policy Pub to dissect midterm elections

Now that the midterm elections are over, the final Policy Pub of the Fall 2018 series will look at what’s in store for the nation going forward. The popular free public forum series presented by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents Assistant Professor of Political Science Douglas Ahler to […]

From politician to president: Annual Cresse Lecture features FSU President John Thrasher

Florida State University’s Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy featured FSU President John Thrasher at this year’s Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 25. The lecture series, in its 10th year, hosts distinguished speakers on a variety of topics that focus on ethics in government and honors the memory […]

FSU researchers find low resilience puts men at risk for depression

Men who lack resilience are exponentially more vulnerable to becoming severely depressed after their spouse dies, according to a new study from Florida State University researchers. Brittany King, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, along with Assistant Professor Dawn Carr and Associate Professor Miles Taylor, examined the symptoms of depression in older men […]

Annual Cresse Lecture to feature FSU President John Thrasher

Florida State University’s Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy will feature FSU President John Thrasher at this year’s Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series. Thrasher, a former Florida legislator, will deliver the lecture “From Politician to President: Politics, Public Policy and Higher Education.” He will discuss his experiences in both fields […]

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy names 2018 distinguished alumnus

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has named Eric Reading, executive vice president of Chemonics International, as its distinguished alumnus for 2018. His academic career at FSU is a great testimonial to the global focus and multidisciplinary approach of the college’s programs. Reading earned his bachelor’s degree in 1992 and […]

Policy Pub Fall 2018: Aging, consolidating, voting in the spotlight

Policy Pub, the popular free public forum series presented by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, returns for three new sessions this fall. Faculty from the college will present brief talks on aging, government consolidation and the November midterm elections, followed by questions and discussion from the public. The fall […]

Policy Pub examines how economic inequality affects retirees

The Florida State University Policy Pub series concludes its spring schedule with a presentation on economic inequality, particularly as it applies to retired people. David Rasmussen, dean emeritus of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the James H. Gapinski Professor of Economics, will present “The Long-Term Consequences of Economic Inequality.” After the […]

Policy Pub looks at water crisis: Can it happen here?

One of the biggest stories of the past few years has been the water crisis in Flint, Mich., where due to insufficient water treatment, more than 100,000 residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water. The crisis would seem to be almost out of character in a country as developed […]

New Policy Pub sessions focus on climate, health and economic equality

Policy Pub, the popular public forum series at Backwoods Bistro, returns for three new sessions this semester with topics that address key issues affecting everyone’s lives. The monthly sessions include brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy followed by questions and discussion from the public. […]

FSU researcher receives National Geographic grant

Florida State University Assistant Professor of Geography Stephanie Pau has been awarded a National Geographic grant for her research on tropical forest phenology and climate change by the organization’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Phenology, often referred to as “nature’s calendar,” is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events, such as the […]

Evacuating older adults and their furry friends: FSU study finds Florida needs more pet-friendly shelters

Florida needs more pet-friendly shelters, especially for older adults who represent 50 to 75 percent of deaths following disasters like hurricanes, according to a recent study from Florida State University. A multidisciplinary team of FSU researchers examined the most densely populated area of Florida, Miami-Dade County. The study, published in the Journals of Gerontology, found […]