Christopher Bader, Sociology
L. Edward Day, Sociology
Ann Gordon, Political Science
Georgiana Bostean, Sociology, Schmid College
Patricia See, Sociology
Victoria Carty, Sociology
Fred Smoller, Political Science
David Shafie, Political Science
Stephanie Takaragawa, Sociology
The first wave of the survey is funded from existing grants. For subsequent waves we plan to apply for external funding to NSF.
The group utilized a large group of students to develop the first draft of the survey through a special topics class taught by Christopher Bader during Interterm 2014. We will continue to involve students in the process of develop subsequent waves.
We plan to incorporate the datasets into our curriculum, using them as a unique data source that can be used in methods classes and as a dataset that students can use to develop their theses.
Finally, faculty will include students in the process of writing related articles whenever possible. For example, Bader will write an article with two students from the interterm class regarding American explanations for criminal behavior.
The faculty will develop a campaign related to the results and hold an event in the fall of 2014.
There are also several related articles in the planning stages that involve subgroups of faculty within the group, including:
- An examination of the preferred explanations Americans have for criminal behavior
- An exploration of how religious beliefs and affiliations are correlated with fears about society
- A paper that examines the frequency with which Americans belief in upcoming natural or social disasters and the extent to which Americans attempt to "prepare" for them.
- Fears of crime and criminal victimization
- Perceptions of societal change
- Fears and concerns about immigration
- Attitudes about homosexuality
- The relationship of religion to fears about society