Dr. Gregg R. Murray, Professor of Political Science, will expand his research on government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. His early research suggests political, economic, and medical factors played a role in U.S. governors’ decisions to issue socially restrictive policies in response to the disease in their states. His continued work will look at government responses in the U.S. as well as other countries and regions including the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Wendy J. Turner, Professor of History and Health Policy, will examine the interplay between medieval English health care and retirement at the state- (kingdom-) funded level at the point in English history when the crown faced years of recurring plague, one of the first major pandemics (The Black Death). This research surveys responses to plague outbreaks and medical systems in medieval England, including early social safety nets, forms of annuities and pensions, and other crown-sponsored care. So far, she has found that political responses to the pandemic in medieval England were surprisingly similar to current reactions to the outbreak of CoVID-19.
Dr. Mary-Kate Lizotte, Associate Professor of Political Science, will develop a new measure to investigate foreign policy attitudes and how attitudes about gender equality and perceptions of personal safety influence one's support for military interventions. Her work involves collaborators outside of Augusta University and will be presented internationally.
Dr. Todd Powell-Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology, will develop a novel means to uncover the influence of body worn cameras on police discretion, police-citizen interactions, and community policing techniques. His work furthers the Center's involvement in community-engaged research with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
The Center for Social Science Research is currently seeking proposals for its Social Science Fellows Program. This fellowship provides a course release for a full academic year. Fellows participate in the Center’s seminar series during the Fellowship year and subsequent year. Fellows are also asked to lend their expertise, for instance via invited talks and serving as a resource to subsequent Fellows, as relevant and appropriate.
Announcing a new opportunity for 2021! The Immigration Studies Summer Fellowship will provide $6400 to one social science project focused on immigration and/or immigrants. These funds may be awarded to one faculty member or split between two collaborating faculty members.
See the Call for Proposal and application forms for details, including eligibility criteria and guidelines for proposal submissions and review. The deadline for both program applications is January 20th, 2021.