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MSU and Yale Social Scientists team up on $2 million grant to study firearms and intimate partner violence

August 15, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Social scientist Dr. Christopher Maxwell, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, is collaborating with Dr. Tami Sullivan from the Yale University School of Medicine to better understand the relationship between the use of firearms and intimate partner violence.

Social Science researcher finds link between sexual minorities and heightened diabetes risk

August 8, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

A new study in the College of Social Science has found higher risks of diabetes among sexual minority individuals.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' transports readers to heights of police protests

August 5, 2019 - Caroline Brooks

A Michigan State University researcher is taking readers to the front lines of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland during the protests that took place following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

AEA Summer Program Promotes Inclusivity and Achievement in Economics for 45th Year

July 29, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

The American Economics Association Summer Program began in 1974 and is now concluding its 45th successful year. The program, which has been housed at Michigan State University for the last three years, prepares and inspires undergraduate students from underrepresented minority communities to pursue higher education and a career within the field of Economics.

The unpopular truth about biases towards people with disabilities

July 18, 2019 - Caroline Brooks

Needing to ride in a wheelchair can put the brakes on myriad opportunities – some less obvious than one might think.

MSU Social Scientist evaluates Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

June 28, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dolly Parton is not only a country music icon, but also the founder of the international children’s reading program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Since its founding in 1995, this program has been well-received by parents and teachers, but the benefits of enrolling children in the program had not been evaluated by researchers until very recently.

Smile 4 Kids: How a Social Science student started her own non-profit

June 21, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Jessica Halmaghi is committed to helping kids. A senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, she is also the founder of her own non-profit organization, Smile 4 Kids.

Kaston Anderson-Carpenter: A Microphone for the Marginalized

June 19, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, an assistant professor of Psychology in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, is dedicated to creating more inclusive, informed services for underrepresented groups. Working closely with marginalized communities – such as the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with HIV and individuals struggling with substance abuse – Anderson-Carpenter’s research seeks to find the best practices to assist those exhibiting high-risk behaviors.

Deirdre Shires: Improving the quality of LGBTQ+ health care

June 12, 2019

For many in the LGBTQ+ community, accessing health care services is often a challenge, and many healthcare providers struggle to understand how to best treat LGBTQ+ patients.

H-Net’s “Journal of Festive Studies” sets the standard for open access publications

June 7, 2019

Research consumption has traditionally been confined to strict academic circles, but there has been a recent push towards increasing the accessibility of information to researchers and scholars beyond the barriers of academic institution affiliation. Spearheading this effort is H-Net, a leader in the academic open access movement.

Hui Liu: Understanding and improving LGBTQ+ health

June 7, 2019

For many LGBTQ+ Americans, access to healthcare can be negatively impacted by their sexual minority or gender diverse identity. But can healthy marriages and relationships negate this health disparity?

Jae Puckett: Transformative research, real-life results

June 4, 2019

“I look at stressors and how they affect the mental health of trans folks,” said Dr. Jae Puckett, “but I also look at coping mechanisms and resilience. For me, that part is equally as important.

Dean's Blog: The Future of Work

May 30, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

Predictions show that over the next decade, nearly one-half of work tasks currently done by humans will be replaced with technology. As a result, by 2030 nearly one out of three people in the U.S. workforce will be forced to learn new skills and find work in new occupations and industries. Persistent and dramatic advancements in technology, spurred by breakthroughs and innovative applications in artificial intelligence, digitalization, automation, robotics and Internet cloud communications, are transforming the world of work. From assembly-line automation seen over the past decade, to accounting and tax preparation programs that are rolling out now, to predicted programs to provide medical measurements and diagnoses, these advances will both make existing jobs obsolete and create new jobs in their place.

Dean's Blog: Michigan State University Names New President

May 30, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

This morning the Board of Trustees announced that Samuel Stanley Jr., M.D., will begin his service on August 1, 2019.

Trump, Trade, and the U.S.-Japan Relationship: What You Need to Know

May 30, 2019 - Ethan Segal, Professor of History

President Donald Trump recently returned from an official trip to Japan, where he met with Prime Minister Abe and the country’s new emperor. Much like in his diplomatic efforts with China, Mexico and other countries, the president’s attention was focused on trade.  He has long decried the United States’ trade deficit with Japan and threatened new tariffs on Japanese cars. But what exactly was accomplished during the president’s visit? How has trade impacted U.S.-Japan relations?

Do you trust politicians? Depends on how you define trust

May 17, 2019

There’s more to trust than credence and faith, especially as it comes to politics. Research from Michigan State University and North Carolina State University presents new evidence to suggest that there are more layers to political trust than the public – and politicians themselves – previously thought.

Social Science Scholars Book Launch Celebrates Student Research

April 26, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

On April 25, the College of Social Science and Social Science Scholars Program hosted a book launch for the third volume of “Social Science Scholars Research.”

Social Scientists Honored at College Awards Ceremony

April 25, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

College of Social Science Faculty and Alumni were honored on Wednesday April 24th at the MSU Union ballroom. The ceremony recognized the best of the best within the College of Social Science network – those who are truly transforming the human experience and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

College of Social Science hosts 2019 Blanchard Forum featuring former Senator Carl Levin

April 24, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

On April 23, the College of Social Science hosted the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum & Master of Public Policy Capstone Forum at the Huntington Club within Spartan Stadium.

Women’s Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Scholarship Competition

April 17, 2019

The Women’s Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Scholarship Competition asks students to reflect on what leadership means to them and how they aspire to lead.

Dean's Blog: April is National Autism Awareness Month

April 15, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 59 school-age kids has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers in the College of Social Science are developing interventions for parents, peers and community agencies that can help.

Spring 2019 College of Social Science Student Commencement Speaker: Tristyn Walton!

April 11, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

The student commencement speaker for the Spring 2019 College of Social Science on May 4th at the Breslin Center will be senior Tristyn Walton!

New Partnership Creates Clear Path to MSU Degree in Geography, Environment & Spatial Science

April 10, 2019 - Rebecca Jensen

Lansing Community College (LCC) students in the Geospatial Science Program will now be able to seamlessly transfer to Michigan State University to complete a bachelor’s degree.

MSU Social Scientists create first comprehensive map of Michigan’s coastal sand dunes

April 10, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

Michigan State University researchers have created the first ever comprehensive map of Michigan’s Coastal Dunes, which collectively form the largest concentration of freshwater coastal sand dunes in the world.

MSU Social Scientist Honored with Society for American Archaeology’s Lifetime Achievement Award

March 5, 2019

The Department of Anthropology, within the College of Social Science is proud to announce that Professor Emerita Dr. Lynne G. Goldstein is this year’s recipient of the Society for American Archaeology’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dean's Blog: Financial Literacy

March 5, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

The financial crisis of 2008 highlighted how interconnected our economic system is and, as a result, how fragile it can be. But it also highlighted a deep level of financial illiteracy among Americans, many of whom had taken out mortgages, car loans or other debt that they could not, in the end, afford or understand.

Social Scientist Honored with Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Lifetime Achievement Award

March 5, 2019 - Rebecca Jensen

Sociology Professor Carl S. Taylor has been presented with Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor earned through a career of exemplary service to Michigan communities. He received this recognition at MSU’s 3rd Annual University Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony on February 20th in the Kellogg Center. He spoke about his career during a recent WKAR interview on MSU Today with Russ White.

MSU Social Scientist’s research to help NASA’s future missions to Mars

February 20, 2019

Steve Kozlowski, Ph.D, Michigan State University Psychology professor, in the College of Social Science,  is working on NASA funded research that could help in  missions to Mars, and beyond by lending new insight on the social bonding of a team.

Dean's Blog: Cybersecurity

February 8, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

Since the early 80s, much of our personal and financial lives has moved online. From keeping up with friends to making bank deposits, computer-mediated activity has become a fact of life. As more and more activity has moved online, criminals seeking financial or other advantage have followed. Thus was born the need for cybersecurity.

Social Scientist Dr. Ryan Black awarded 2019 President's Distinguished Teaching Award

January 29, 2019 - Rebecca Jensen

In the classroom, Black is both empathetic and demanding — encouraging students to reach for the stars while helping them realize that they have to work hard to achieve their goals.

“Finding Our Voice” Series Sparks Discussion on How to Best Help Survivors

January 18, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

On January 15, the College of Social Science co-sponsored the first event in the “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” series, which aims to help address the epidemic of sexual violence and help survivors heal from trauma.

Dean's Blog: Support for Acting President Upda

January 17, 2019 - Dean Rachel Croson

Yesterday Interim President John Engler submitted his resignation. Over this past year, MSU has made much progress but has also experienced significant setbacks.

MSU Deans Council’s Letter to Board of Trustees

January 16, 2019

MSU Deans Council’s Letter to Board of Trustees

Social Scientist Gives Back to His Home of Pakistan

January 11, 2019

Fayyaz Hussain, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies and Alumnus of the Department of Sociology, in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, has donated $25,000 to his former school in rural Pakistan after a visit to the country last year.