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JSU Political Science Department receives $509K NSF grant

PLUS the school will collaborate with other universities on racial trauma and political behaviors.

Original article written By Rachel James-Terry

Political Science Professor D’Andra Orey, Ph.D., has received a $509,000 multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Orey serves as the principal investigator.

Funds will be used to explore the intersection of race, exposure to trauma and politics on urban residents compared to individuals residing in rural areas. Partnering institutions include Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Arkansas.

“The grant is intended to help facilitate mutually beneficial relationships and research between faculty and students by partnering with other schools,” says Orey. “Together, we intend to explore the mental duress caused through the heavy consumption of adverse media coverage coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and exposure to the shooting of unarmed Black civilians.”

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