Master of Arts in Social Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


M.A.S.S. Students Attend Eagle QuaRC Conference

MASS Students at QuaRC

Our MASS graduate students from Dr. Schueths’s Qualitative Research course attended the 4th Annual Eagle QuaRC Fall Symposium. This year’s conference was focused on Digital Tools in Qualitative Research. Students learned how software, social media, and other digital products can be used to enhance their qualitative research.

MASS Students Present Research at Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences Conference

Several graduate students in the Master of Arts in Social Sciences program, with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Criminology, presented their research in collaboration with faculty mentors at the national Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference in Orlando, Florida March 3-7.

Justin Hoyle

Justin Hoyle in collaboration with Drs. Bryan Miller and John Stogner (UNC-Charlotte) presented the paper “Exploring Predictors of Self-reported DUIs in a Young Adult Population.” This study tested competing theories to examine predictors of self-reported buzzed and drunk driving.

Shanna Felix, along with Dr. Chad Posick, presented preliminary results from their multi-method process and program study of a rural-based CASA program in their talk “Understanding the CASA Process – Addressing the Needs of Neglected and Abused Adolescents in Rural Areas.”

Kelley Hartman, working with Drs. Laura Agnich, Christina Policastro, and Laurie Gould presented “Sex Differences in the Likelihood to Endorse Bystander Intervention Strategies among a Sample of University Students.” This research found that young male students may be less likely to intervene in potential cases of sexual assault.

Jack Lightfoot collaborated with Dr. Laurie Gould on, “Exploring the Emergence of the Islamic State: A Case Study”

Joseph Bacot

Joseph Bacot presented, “Reentry and Relapse: An Examination of the Causes and Correlates of Desistance from Crime,” which discussed preliminary findings from his thesis research.

MASS Students Present at Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science

William Brant and Rachael Cohran, archaeology-emphasis MASS students, presented thesis-related research at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The well-attended conference was held at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia.

William Brant

William received the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Anthropology Section, for his work titled “Mapping Soil Profiles and Phosphorous Levels at Camp Lawton (9JS1).” His award includes both a certificate and a monetary prize.

Rachael Cohran

Rachael presented well-received research on her topic “Mississippian Settlement Patterns in the Ogeechee River Valley: Preliminary Findings from a Case Study at Old Town Plantation.”

Both William and Rachael were favorably reviewed by the awards committee, and represented the MASS program well.

MASS Student Publishes Research with Faculty


​Dr. Eric Silva and MASS sociology graduate student Cory Lowe’s research entitled, “Evolutionary Theory in Letters to the Editor,” was accepted by the journal, Public Understanding of Science.

Their analysis of 234 letters to editor found that while anti-evolutionist messages were marginalized in the letters section, relatively few letters explicitly note the fact that scientists accept evolution.

M.A.S.S. Student Published in Biosocial Criminology

Working with Dr. Chad Posick and colleague Dr. Michael Rocque of Bates College, M.A.S.S. graduate student Shanna Felix has had an article accepted for publication in Criminal Justice Studies for publication in a special issue on Biosocial Criminology to be released in 2015. The article, “The Role of the Brain in Urban Violent Offending: Integrating Biology with Structural Theories of ‘The Streets,’” offers a “new” look at subcultural theories of crime by integrating biological factors into existing theories of social ecology and criminal behavior. Specifically, the authors focus on how the structural pressures of poverty, discrimination, concentrated violence, and high rates of emotional abuse lead to stress on the brain. These stressors, subsequently, lead to violence and aggression often associated with delinquent groups and gangs. Therefore, the authors call for more research on how biology affects behavior in conjunction with the environment. This is essential not only in continuing to specify criminological theories but also for developing effective prevention and intervention programs that hone in on all relevant factors implicated in criminal behavior.

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