SPIA Faculty Awarded a Total of ~$1.3 Million in Grants

Over the past few weeks, several SPIA faculty members have been recommended for or received several prestigious grant awards totaling approximately $1.3 million dollars.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:

• Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.

• Jamie Monogan and Jeff Gill’s (Washington University in St. Louis) project “Smooth National Measurement of Public Opinion across Boundaries and Levels: A View from the Bayesian Spatial Approach” which will reevaluate spatial modeling in political science by implementing software for public distribution using a new modeling approach for understanding public sentiment/opinion by micro-level geographic region based on Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling with kriging.

• Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss’ (Univ. of Michigan) project “Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.

Additionally, the following projects were also awarded:

• Charles S. Bullock, III was also awarded recently for his project, “Study on the Use and Cost of Primaries and Runoff Elections” by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This project will evaluate the costs and/or benefits of using traditional run-off elections versus instant run-off elections to better understand under which circumstances each election type is most appropriate and effective.

• J. Edward Kellough, Brad Wright, Tima Moldgogazlev, Gene Brewer, and Jamie Monogan’s project “University of Georgia Program to Improve the Standards of Academic Research in Universities and Institute in the Republic of Georgia” has been recommended for award from the U.S. Department of State’s Mission to the Republic of Georgia. This project will help to improve the standards of Georgian academic research in Georgian universities and institutes by conducting a series of training seminars and coaching sessions to enhance research that supports government policy makers.  The project was developed in collaboration with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Congratulations to these faculty members for their hard work in securing external funding to support research and public service at both SPIA and UGA!