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Diversity Spotlight: Anthony Ianni

Diversity Spotlight: Anthony Ianni

July 23, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Anthony Ianni is an MSU Sociology Alumnus and an advocate for people with autism. A former award-winning basketball player, and change agent, Ianni is a motivational speaker who works with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and Autism Alliance of Michigan to provide hope and inspiration to people in the autism community.

Diversity Torch: Katie Pezzetti

Diversity Torch: Katie Pezzetti

July 23, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Katie Pezzetti an MSU junior majoring in Human Resources and Labor Relations in the College of Social Science. As an intern with the Michigan Employment Clinic, she worked to support jobseekers with disabilities in creating resumes, preparing for interviews, and finding employment. She also helped create an employer pledge in which employers commit to hiring people with disabilities.

Diversity Champion: Michele Brock

Diversity Champion: Michele Brock

July 23, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Ms. Michele Brock is the School of Social Work's Director of Community Programs at MSU. She is a disability justice advocate, whose work and research on health disabilities advances our understanding of the plight of people living with disabilities.

Dr. Angela Hall: How to smoothly transition from at-home to in-person work

July 12, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

With COVID restrictions beginning to lift across the country, many employees are finding themselves being called back into the office after almost over a year and a half of remote work.

Young Alumni Spotlight: Gabby Kindig

June 23, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Gabby Kindig graduated from the College of Social Science in 2021 with degrees in both Political Science and Psychology. Now a Press Assistant for the Executive Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Gabby shares how she found a community at Michigan State University that allowed to be true to herself while she found the career path right for her.

Health Disadvantages of LGB People Compared to Their Straight Counterparts Increased among Younger Generations

June 22, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

While the LGBTQ+ community has seen significant advancements in legal rights, political representation and social acceptance over recent years, mental and physical health disparities still exist for queer Americans - and are even worse among younger generations.

MSU Geographer Secures $1.1M NSF CAREER Award to Map Forest Carbon Uptake

MSU Geographer Secures $1.1M NSF CAREER Award to Map Forest Carbon Uptake

June 22, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Under a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award of nearly $1.2M from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dahlin will lead research that takes a new approach to unravel the challenge of measuring carbon uptake, especially at large scales.

Moore Receives MSU Graduate School Mentoring Award

Moore Receives MSU Graduate School Mentoring Award

June 21, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Moore, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Geography, Environmental, and Spatial Sciences, for receiving The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for a senior faculty member.

Study: A quarter of adults don’t want children — and they’re still happy

June 16, 2021 - Caroline Brooks

Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone. New research from Michigan State University psychologists examines characteristics and satisfaction of adults who don’t want children.

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Breanne Grace

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Breanne Grace

June 16, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Breanne Grace earned her PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2013. Since then, she has joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina's School of Social Work as an associate professor. A humanitarian at heart, Dr. Grace's research surrounds the refugee community around the world with a focus on finding solutions for the compassionate resettling of displaced people.

Diversity Torch: Julian Trevino

Diversity Torch: Julian Trevino

June 16, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer and Brandon Drain

Julian Trevino is a junior, studying Political Science with a minor in International Development and French. The Grand Rapids native is also a representative in ASMSU and has worked on a myriad of bills within the college and the city of East Lansing. Trevino envisions his post-graduation future as one in public policy, law or becoming a Representative for the State of Michigan.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Stephanie Nawyn

Diversity Champion: Dr. Stephanie Nawyn

June 16, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn joined MSU's faculty in 2006, bringing with her a passion for humanitarianism that included rigorous research into the experiences of refugees and the people that provide them assistance. A 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nawyn is also the Co-director of Academic Programs at the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context.

Michigan State University experts say Great Lakes water levels down, but the threat is far from over

Michigan State University experts say Great Lakes water levels down, but the threat is far from over

June 7, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Researchers at Michigan State University studying the interplay between water levels and erosion say some sandy beaches will be wider this year, but due to erosion, Great Lakes coastlines will not look the same as they did a decade ago, and more challenges could be coming.

New study suggests the potential benefits of bringing a laptop to a university class

June 1, 2021 - Brandon Drain

In these times of technological innovation, the symbiotic relation between higher-ed learning and technology is prevalent in almost every classroom. When it comes to large, lecture-based classroom settings—seating between 300 to 500 students—that prevalence of technology usage dominates.

College of Social Science Achievement Gala winners announced

June 1, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Criminal Justice graduate student Alexandra Gormely, Psychology senior Caleb Inman and Economics senior Gregory Marshall have been announced as the 2021 winners of the College of Social Science Achievement Gala.

MSU Researchers Produce Publicly Available Dataset to Analyze Broadband Availability and Help Close the Digital Divide

MSU Researchers Produce Publicly Available Dataset to Analyze Broadband Availability and Help Close the Digital Divide

June 1, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Dr. Elizabeth Mack leads effort to make a much-anticipated open-source Broadband Integrated Time Series (BITS) dataset available to anyone wishing to work on analyzing FCC broadband availability data.

Michigan State University expert to testify before congress, calling for more protection from counterfeit products sold online for consumers and brands

May 27, 2021

The MSU A-CAPP Center’s Assistant Director of Education and Outreach, Kari Kammel, was called upon by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet to testify May 27, 2021 with regard to the SHOP SAFE Act of 2021.

Young Alumni Spotlight: Manny Alalouf

May 14, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Manny Alalouf is a 2018 graduate of the College of Social Science. A Political Science major and Social Science Scholar, Manny joined alumni mentor Doug Scott at Movement Search & Delivery Company as a headhunter.

Ask The Expert: Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

May 12, 2021 - JJ Thomas

Last week, Colonial Pipeline announced that they had been subject to a ransomware attack and had shut down one of the largest fuel pipelines in the United States as a result. Dr. Tom Holt, Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, answers common questions about ransomware and how we can protect critical infrastructure from future attacks.

Doctors treating trans youth grapple with uncertainty, lack of training

May 11, 2021 - stef shuster

Last month, the Arkansas Senate passed legislation prohibiting medical providers from offering gender-affirming hormones or surgeries to trans youth.

Diversity Spotlight: Ernest Wong

Diversity Spotlight: Ernest Wong

May 10, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Mr. Ernest Wong, is a MSU Landscape Architecture Alumnus from the School of Planning, Design and Construction. Wong is the founding Principal and President of Site Design Group, Ltd. He is an award-winning urban designer of creative and beautiful spaces, whose architectural designs have positively impacted the lives of many in our community.

Diversity Torch: Alisha Phan

Diversity Torch: Alisha Phan

May 10, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Alisha Phan is a fourth-year MSU undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Human Biology and minoring in Asian Pacific American Studies. She is also an active member of Asian Pacific American Student Organization and is the newly elected president of the Vietnamese Student Association.

Diversity Champion: Thuy-Tram Nguyen Butler

Diversity Champion: Thuy-Tram Nguyen Butler

May 10, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Ms. Thuy-Tram Butler, an academic specialist in MSU's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations (SHRLR), is primarily charged with helping SHRLR Master's students find placements. She is also a member of her school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and ensures that SHRLR adheres to DEI policies.

Understanding police trustworthiness: how communities perceive vulnerability to harm

May 6, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

From the 2020 police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to the recent deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old child, the potential for police-caused harm plays an important role in understanding trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Two Social Science seniors win Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize

May 5, 2021 - Annie Dubois

Social science seniors Janet Ibarra and Jasmine Jordan, as well as James Madison senior Abii-Tah Chungong Bih, have been named the 2021 recipients of the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize.  

IPPSR Wins Kellogg Grant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Michigan

May 5, 2021 - Cindy Kyle, Matt Grossmann

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research has secured a key grant supporting a new initiative instilling racial equity in all aspects of IPPSR’s policy education, political leadership development and survey research.

 Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh Receives Rising Star Research Award

Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh Receives Rising Star Research Award

May 3, 2021 - Brandon Drain

The justice system, and the ideologies behind judicial policies, have been fueled by innovative and nuanced ways of thinking. This means pulling together various aspects and perspectives on certain social constructs; pooling together a wealth of information from various schools of thought;

Dr. Eddie Boucher Receives Faculty Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Eddie Boucher Receives Faculty Teaching Innovation Award

May 3, 2021 - Brandon Drain

The world is always in a constant state of forward perpetuation: The earth’s rotation, innovation in technology, slang and clothing, and in this case—education and teaching methods. Current higher-ed educators are in a constant battle.

Dr. Erin Graham Receives the Integrative Studies in Social Science Teaching Award

Dr. Erin Graham Receives the Integrative Studies in Social Science Teaching Award

May 3, 2021 - Karessa Weir

For some instructors, Integrative Studies in Social Science presents a challenge - how to not only teach a wide range of students with different interests and knowledge but also to engage them in the topic and with each other.

Dr. Jennifer Carrera Receives the Inaugural Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award

Dr. Jennifer Carrera Receives the Inaugural Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award

May 3, 2021 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology Assistant Professor Jennifer Carrera may be the recipient of the first College of Social Science Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award but the honor was earned by the entire Flint-based research team, she said.

MSU Sociology PhD Student Mark Suchyta Receives Graduate Student Teaching Award

MSU Sociology PhD Student Mark Suchyta Receives Graduate Student Teaching Award

May 3, 2021 - Karessa Weir

Mark Suchyta knew even as an undergraduate that he wanted to be a university professor. Now about to complete his PhD, Suchyta’s focus, determination and innovation have earned him the College of Social Science’s Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2020-2021.

Melissa Christle Receives Matt Hansen Outstanding Staff Award

Melissa Christle Receives Matt Hansen Outstanding Staff Award

May 3, 2021 - JJ Thomas

Melissa Christle is the Graduate Secretary for the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and the recipient of the 2021 College of Social Science Matt Hansen Support Staff Award.

Dr. Najib Hourani Receives Dean's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Faculty Award

Dr. Najib Hourani Receives Dean's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Faculty Award

May 3, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Najib Hourani, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Global Urban Studies Program and core faculty in the Muslim Studies Program, is the winner of the inaugural 2021 College of Social Science Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Award. The award recognizes social science faculty who have made comprehensive, impressive and sustained efforts surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recent Graduate Jasmine Jordan Receives Dean's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

Recent Graduate Jasmine Jordan Receives Dean's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

May 3, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Political Science senior Jasmine Jordan is the winner of the College of Social Science's 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Undergraduate Student Award. Since joining MSU in 2017, Jasmine has committed herself to improving the campus experience for students of color, students with disabilities, and other students.

PhD Student Anh Sy Huy Le Receives Social Science Graduate Student Research Award

PhD Student Anh Sy Huy Le Receives Social Science Graduate Student Research Award

May 3, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Anh Sy Huy Le, a PhD student in the Department of History, has won the 2021 College of Social Science Graduate Student Research Award for his dissertation entitled, "Taming the Intractable”: Chinese Migrants, Inter-Asian Interactions, and the Transformation of French Rule in Colonial Vietnam, 1862-1954."

How COVID may reshape the future of Autism education

April 28, 2021 - Caroline Brooks

The shift to online learning in the past year has presented significant challenges for children and families, especially for autistic children who often struggle with changes in routine and the engagement required for remote instruction.

Trans youth are coming out and living in their gender much earlier than older generations

April 28, 2021 - Jae Puckett

There are a few common identity milestones that transgender, or trans, people experience across their lives.

Dr. Stephen Gasteyer: Starting the dialogue

April 28, 2021 - Beth Brauer, Stephen Gasteyer

Stephen Gasteyer is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and MSU AgBioResearch. Recently, Gasteyer participated in MSU Dialogues, an intergroup dialogue program for students, faculty and staff that brings together people from different identity groups and aims to equip participants with the tools to engage in conversation (rather than debate) and to facilitate understanding regarding commonalities and differences by examining the impact of social inequalities.

Statement of Support for Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans

April 22, 2021 - Nwando Achebe

The recent escalation of anti-Asian discrimination and violence in our country points to how racism and sexism are inextricably linked. As members of the College of Social Science, we must strongly condemn these acts.

Minneapolis Trial Verdict Statement

April 21, 2021 - Mary Finn

Yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, marks nearly a year of calls for justice in the death of George Floyd and other police killings of Black people. The horrific events sparked nationwide awareness and demand for social change and for equality. 

Two MSU political science research teams win WLI Tomlanovich Research Equity Award

April 19, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Research teams Dr. Nazita Lajevardi and undergraduate student Jasmine Jordan, and Dr. Cristina Bodea and Dr. Andrew Kerner with undergraduate students Zac Ozormoor and Lillian Meng are the winners of the inaugural 2021 Women's Leadership Institute Tomlanovich Equity Research Fund.

The intersection of race, gender and marital loss in predicting dementia risk

April 16, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

With symptoms such as cognitive decline and memory loss, dementia is an extremely difficult chronic condition that often targets older adults. While research has shown that biological factors play a role in determining the development of dementia, social scientists are identifying societal influences that factor in as well.

CSS Young Alumni Spotlight: Algeria Wilson, MSW

April 15, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Algeria Wilson is the Director of Public Policy for the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She graduated from MSU with her MSW in 2019, and has since used her passion for helping others to be a leading voice for social workers in the state.

Improving gun violence restraining orders

April 15, 2021 - Caroline Brooks, Caitlin Kizielewicz

MSU expert says Oregon gun violence restraining orders could be used more proactively.

Social Science undergraduate named Truman Scholar

April 15, 2021 - Matthew Zierler

Gregory Marchal has been named Michigan State University’s 17th Truman Scholar. He is one of 62 students from 51 U.S. colleges and universities selected as Truman Scholars.

Diversity Spotlight: Secretary Spencer Abraham

Diversity Spotlight: Secretary Spencer Abraham

April 12, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Secretary Spencer Abraham, a MSU Alumnus, has worked to make our world a better place for all. He has served as an attorney, author, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of Energy. We celebrate his selfless and unwavering service to our nation.

Diversity Torch: Marwa Bakabas

Diversity Torch: Marwa Bakabas

April 12, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Marwa Bakabas is an MSU doctoral student in socio-cultural Anthropology, whose work centers on violence, forced migration, exile, and trauma in the Arab world.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Nazita Lajevardi

Diversity Champion: Dr. Nazita Lajevardi

April 12, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Nazita Lajevardi, assistant professor in MSU's Political Science department is an attorney and scholar who studies political opinion and political behavior in Muslim and Arab American communities.

$1.4M Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research

$1.4M Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research

April 7, 2021

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.4 million to Michigan State University for Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, or Enslaved.org, a first-of-its-kind database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants.

Michigan State University junior earns nationally competitive graduate school scholarship

Michigan State University junior earns nationally competitive graduate school scholarship

April 7, 2021

Wisdom Henry, an Honors College junior majoring in History, and Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Science, has been selected as one of 16 students selected from a pool of 95 nominees across the country to receive a Beinecke Scholarship.

College of Social Science Alumna Honored with Bryce Harlow Award

College of Social Science Alumna Honored with Bryce Harlow Award

April 6, 2021

MSU College of Social Science alumna Brenda Larsen Becker has some advice for MSU Class of 2021 grads: “First of all, it’s about building relationships and networking. Don’t wait – it’s not all about bookwork. It’s important to study and get good grades but it’s about internships, building your resume and getting involved on campus and in campaigns,” Ms. Becker said. “It’s great that you played lacrosse – that’s leadership and teamwork – but what have you done that shows your interest in this world?”

Five Michigan State University Social Science graduate programs ranked within top 20 of the country

March 31, 2021 - Caroline Brooks, Liz Schondelmayer

In its 2022 America’s Best Graduate Schools ranking, U.S. News and World Report recognized four of the MSU College of Social Science graduate programs as among the top 20 in the nation.

Cutting-edge technology allows MSU psychologists to reveal new ways in which dopamine affects decision-making

March 30, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is known for making us feel good. But besides helping us feel happy, it also plays a big role in our ability to make decisions and put effort into certain tasks, especially when the result is a reward that we want.

Community-based social science research reveals how the women of Flint are still coping with the water crisis

March 25, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

While the Flint water crisis was breaking news almost seven years ago, its impact on the health and trust of Flint residents has outlived the headlines. While ex-Governor Rick Snyder and many of his officials are currently facing criminal charges, many community leaders and academic researchers are teaming up to learn from the past and create a better future. 

Hate Has No Place at MSU

March 18, 2021 - Mary Finn

We in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University stand against persistent racism and xenophobia directed toward Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) and Asian individuals and communities. We stand in support of our students, faculty, and staff in these marginalized groups.

First Woman to Receive a PhD in Economics from MSU Reflects on Her Legacy

First Woman to Receive a PhD in Economics from MSU Reflects on Her Legacy

March 18, 2021 - Brandon Drain

In the traditionally male dominated field of economics, one woman would blaze the trail for others at Michigan State University. In 1970, Barbara Lowrey became the first woman to receive her doctorate in economics at MSU, cementing herself and her legacy in the world of academia.  The incredible story begins, well, right in East Lansing—long before she earned her PhD.

Dr. Nwando Achebe named among top 100 most inspiring Nigerian women

March 17, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Nwando Achebe, the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Michigan State University College of Social Science, was recently named one of Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women For 2021. 

Diversity Spotlight: Christine Mason Soneral

Diversity Spotlight: Christine Mason Soneral

March 17, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

This Women's History Month, we are celebrating the Spartan women who make diversity, equity, and inclusion a top priority in everything they accomplish. No alum embodies this empowering mission quite like the co-founder and executive board member of the Michigan State University Women's Leadership Institute, Christine Mason Soneral, who is also the Senior Vice President for ITC Holdings Corporation.

Diversity Torch: Danielle McClain

Diversity Torch: Danielle McClain

March 17, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Danielle McClain is a junior majoring in Political Science (Pre-law) with a focus on Political Philosophy and a minor in African American studies. A passionate mentor and advocate for social change, Danielle is always looking for opportunities to celebrate and empower the women around her. This Women's History Month, Danielle shares more about her career aspirations, the women who inspire her, and the importance of women uplifting each other.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Amy Bonomi

Diversity Champion: Dr. Amy Bonomi

March 17, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

As a founding member and former director of the Women's Leadership Institute, empowerment and advocacy have always been central to Dr. Amy Bonomi's work as an academic and an activist. This Women's History Month, Dr. Bonomi shares more about her impactful research, as well as the importance of empowerment and intersectionality in women-focused spaces.

Dr. Nwando Achebe wins University Beal Award

March 15, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Nwando Achebe, the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Michigan State University College of Social Science, has recently won the 2020-21 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.

Social Science Supporter Spotlight: Meet Yale Historian Dr. David Blight 

March 11, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. David Blight is a world-renowned historian, a critically-acclaimed author and a beloved professor at Yale University. He is also a proud Social Science Spartan, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in History in 1971 and then a Master's degree in 1976. 

Faculty voice: Lessons from Fukushima

March 11, 2021 - Ethan Segal

Ten years ago tomorrow, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast created a massive tsunami that devastated coastal communities. The tsunami also flooded the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, triggering meltdowns and the release of radioactive materials. Close to 20,000 people lost their lives that day, with many more left homeless. More than 400,000 had to evacuate and many lost their businesses or places of employment. A World Bank estimate of $235 billion in damage make it the costliest disaster in world history. How are affected communities faring ten years later? What might we learn from such tragedies?

CSS Young Alumni Spotlight: Dulce Cardenas

March 11, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer, Dulce Cardenas

Dulce Cardenas graduated from the College of Social Science with a degree in Psychology in 2012. She is now the Executive Assistant for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Jason Wentworth. A community-focused Spartan with a dedication to helping others, Dulce is hoping to pursue law school soon to advance her career. 

MSU, College of Social Science remembers former trustee Barbara Sawyer-Koch

MSU, College of Social Science remembers former trustee Barbara Sawyer-Koch

March 8, 2021 - Karessa Weir

The College of Social Science joins the entire Michigan State University community in remembering alumna, trustee emerita and philanthropist Barbara Sawyer-Koch, 72, who died March 6, 2021.

Online dating: Super effective, or just… superficial?

March 4, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

According to the Pew Research Center, 1 in 10 American adults have landed a long-term relationship from an online dating app, such as Tinder, OKCupid and Match.com. But what compels people to "swipe right" on certain profiles and reject others?

College students and online sexual abuse: what you need to know

March 3, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Nonconsensual pornography, or the sharing of sexual images or videos without participants' consent, has become a major topic of discussion regarding online safety. Trigger warning: Sexual abuse, online abuse, pornography

Survey reveals racial, political differences in COVID-19 responses

February 26, 2021 - Caroline Brooks

America's stark racial disparities in health care have been exposed by COVID-19, but a new study from Michigan State University suggests that Black individuals are more likely than conservative White people to adhere to public health standards due to disparities.

Watch Webinar about Globally-Recognized Enslaved.org Database

Watch Webinar about Globally-Recognized Enslaved.org Database

February 25, 2021 - Becky Jensen

On Thursday February 25th the College of Social Science hosted a webinar for members of the Michigan State University community and beyond to learn more about the globally-recognized Enslaved.org: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade project.

CSS Young Alumni Spotlight: Bezil Taylor, MSW

February 19, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer, Bezil Taylor

Bezil Taylor graduated from the Michigan State University College of Social Science with a Master's degree in Social Work in 2020. A student activist committed to making change on campus, Bezil spent his career as a student fighting for social justice and working to end student homelessness.

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Philip Hart

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Philip Hart

February 15, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Hart epitomizes what it means to be a social scientist: through his work as a city planner, filmmaker, lecturer, and activist, Dr. Hart has had a successful career of transforming the human experience and inspiring leaders.

Diversity Torch: Wisdom Henry

Diversity Torch: Wisdom Henry

February 15, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Wisdom Henry is a junior in the Michigan State University College of Social Science, majoring in both Urban and Regional Planning and History. A member of the Social Science Scholars Program as well as the Honors College, Wisdom is a dedicated student in the classroom and a committed activist outside of it.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Joe Darden

Diversity Champion: Dr. Joe Darden

February 15, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Joe Darden has been a beloved and integral member of MSU's faculty for over 40 years. A professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences, Dr. Darden has authored 8 books, won countless awards and earned international recognition for his work as a geographer.

New Study Finds University Researchers from Minority Groups More Likely to Feel Undervalued and Disadvantaged in Their Careers

February 8, 2021 - Becky Jensen, Caroline Kraft

A multi-institutional team of researchers, including Michigan State University social scientists, has been granted over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to study "epistemic exclusion." This type of exclusion results from policies and practices within American institutions of higher education that make minority faculty members in STEM fields feel they are unsupported and their research is undervalued.

Social science senior Jasmine Jordan wins prestigious Gates-Cambridge graduate school scholarship

February 8, 2021 - Karessa Weir

Michigan State University senior Jasmine Jordan, an Honors College Political Science senior who grew up in Detroit, has been named as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar.

Social Science Alumnus Selected to be MSU’s Chief of Police

Social Science Alumnus Selected to be MSU’s Chief of Police

February 5, 2021

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., has selected Marlon Lynch to serve as the sixth chief of the MSU Police Department. Based on his vast experience and expertise, Lynch will also hold the title of vice president for public safety.

Social Science Faculty, Students Honored with the Center for Gender in Global Context Awards

February 3, 2021 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology Professor Hui (Cathy) Liu, Anthropology PhD student Anna Christina Martínez-Hume, and Psychology undergraduate Jacqui Adams were all among the 2021 Awardees announced this week by the Center for Gender in Global Context Director Dr. Stephanie Nawyn.

General Education with a Twist: Material Culture Research to Festival of Student-Created Films

February 1, 2021 - Erica Venton

Hundreds of general education students embarked on integrative undergraduate research that resulted in student-produced short documentary films that were highlighted in an innovative student film festival during December 2020. Talking with Dr. Eddie Boucher, educator and Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies and Social Science (ISS), and Faculty Fellow in the Hub for Innovation and Learning Technology (Hub), it is clear that the excitement and ingenuity in the course was both educator and student driven. The course took a quick turn to a remote learning environment due to the pandemic, which led to a dynamic student film festival. 

Online Masters in Criminal Justice Program Among Best in the Nation

January 27, 2021 - JJ Thomas

The Online Masters Program in Criminal Justice has been ranked #5 in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report. Thank you to all of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have built and represented the School of Criminal Justice and its programs in such a phenomenal light.

College of Social Science Hosting Webinar about Globally-Recognized Enslaved.org Database

January 26, 2021 - Rebecca Jensen, Caroline Brooks, Liz Schondelmayer

On February 25th at 12:00 pm, the College of Social Science is hosting a Zoom webinar for members of the Michigan State University community to learn more about the globally-recognized Enslaved.org: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade project.

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Geoffrey Levin

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Geoffrey Levin

January 26, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Levin is an assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Emory University and is a graduate of MSU’s Asian Studies and Peace and Justice Studies Programs. Dr. Levin conducts research on the relationship between American Jews and Israel following the 1948 war.

Diversity Torch: Reid Ellefson-Frank

Diversity Torch: Reid Ellefson-Frank

January 26, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Reid Ellefson-Frank is an MSU College of Social Science student majoring in Anthropology, whose recent work on tourism at Auschwitz, and Auschwitz’s archaeological environment earned the regard of his professors.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich

Diversity Champion: Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich

January 26, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

As a scholar of Holocaust memory in the United States, Dr. Fermaglich, a MSU History Professor, exemplifies efforts to remember the impact of the Holocaust on today’s world.

Dr. LaShawn Harris: Why Kamala Harris won, and what it means moving forward

January 19, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer, LaShawn Harris

On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris will be sworn into office as Vice President of the United States of America, alongside President Joe Biden. As both the first woman and the first person of color to assume the office, Harris's win is being celebrated as a major victory for underrepresented minority groups across the country. But why is this win so significant, and how will future historians recount the legacy of the 2020 election?

Dr. David Carter on the Recent Riots at the Capitol

January 18, 2021 - JJ Thomas

On January 6th, 2021, a riot erupted at the United States Capitol which resulted in Pro-Trump and Anti-Government activists storming the Capitol during a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote count. We spoke with Dr. David Carter (Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and an expert in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Violent Crime Control) to try to understand what happened, what went wrong, and what can be learned from a Law Enforcement perspective.

Ask the expert: Recognizing and respecting trans identities

January 4, 2021 - Beth Brauer, Liz Schondelmayer

In the following interview, Michigan State's Jae Puckett, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology's clinical science program, discusses how best to recognize and respect transgender identities. Puckett's research interests include working with the LGBTQ community and the experiences of transgender individuals. They are also the director of Trans-ilience, the transgender stress and resilience research team at MSU.