We are pleased to announce the upcoming Seminar on Utilizing Big Data and the Social and Policy Sciences in Split, Croatia! Faculty from Mississippi State University, George Mason University, the University of Zagreb, the University of Split, and the University of Applied Sciences VERN’ at Zagreb will lead the 5-day seminar. Participants will be provided a chance to engage with lecturers to learn and discuss research on big data in social and policy sciences. Please contact Dr. Leslie Hossfeld for any questions ( You can also learn more by visiting the SSRC webpage.

On The Horizon

Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi traveled to the Mississippi Delta on February 28-March 1 to:
conduct in-depth interviews with key administrative partners affiliated with the CDC-funded Focus4Teens Initiative and
participate in the CDC-site visit for Focus4Teens.  


Laura Herring (right) has joined the SSRC as an Intern with Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi. Herring is Herring is currently a 4th Year Senior and will be a ‘Super Senior’ at Mississippi State University in Fall 2018. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in International Business and a B.A. in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish. Herring is a Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern at the U.S. Department of State (2016-present), and student worker at the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (2017-present). Herring is a recipient of the Presidential Endowed Scholarship (2014-present), a President’s List Academic Scholar (2014-present), a recipient of the Shackouls Honors College Junior of the Year Award (2017), Executive Director and Founder of No Lost Generation at MSU (2016-present), and founding member/student advocate of Diversity Alliance Response Team (DART) (2017-present). Herring served as a Foreign Service Intern at the U.S. Department of State, Consulate General in Italy in 2016 and as an English as a Second Language Teacher at the Center of Participation and Integration of Immigrants in Spain in 2017. Herring will be assisting on the CDC-funded Focus4Teens Evaluation project and the USAID-funded Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab Project.

Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale’s research was featured in the Soybean Innovation Laboratory’s February Newsletter.

Dr. Robert McMillen’s research from Mississippi Tobacco Data was featured in the news.

Kelly Lower – SSRC GRA to Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi and Masters candidate in Applied Anthropology in the MSU Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures – gave an oral presentation at the 2018 MSU Graduate Research Symposium. Lower placed 2nd in the Masters section for Social and Behavioral Sciences (photo right).

Publications & Reports

Gardner, S. K., Robertson, A.A., Tatch, A., and Walker, C.S. (Forthcoming). Racial Differences in College Student Drinking. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
Drs. Kathleen Ragsdale and Mary Read-Wahidi developed a research brief in February 2018 submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Teen Health Mississippi highlighting the Focus4Teens Evaluation results for YR1-YR3. They presented the technical brief to the CDC and Teen Health Mississippi at the CDC site visit to the Mississippi Delta on February 28-March 2, 2018:

  • Ragsdale K, Read-Wahidi MR. (2018, February). Focus4Teens Evaluation Results: YR1-YR3 Technical Brief. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Rader, N. E., & Cosby, A. G. (2018). Tweeting rape culture: Examining portrayals of victim blaming in discussions of sexual assault cases on Twitter. Feminism & Psychology, 28(1), 90-108. doi: 10.1177/0959353517715874.
Stubbs-Richardson, M., Sinclair, H. C., Goldberg, R. M., Ellithorpe, C. N., & Amadi, S. C. (2018). Reaching Out versus Lashing Out: Examining Gender Differences in Experiences with and Responses to Bullying in High School. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(1), 39-66. doi: 10.1007/s12103-017-9408-4.

Presentations, Panels & Conferences

Giron-Legarda, J. May, D. C., Stubbs-Richardson, M., & Sinclair, H. C. (February, 2018). Examining the Relationship between Offline Bullying and Cyberbullying in an Impoverished Rural High School. Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in New Orleans, Louisiana.
McMillen, R., Klein, J. D., Wilson, K., Winickoff, J. P., & Tanski, S. (2018). E-Cigarette Use is Associated with Future Cigarette Initiation Among Never Smokers and Relapse Among Distant Former Smokers: Results from Two Waves of the PATH Study. Platform Oral Presentation accepted to the 2018 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Robertson, A. A., Gardner, S., Pankow, J. & Joe, G. (2018, February).  Recidivism of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System.  Presented at 2018 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Tatch, A. (2018, February). “Race and Gender Moderate the Positive Association between Depressive Symptoms and Hazardous Alcohol Consumption Among DUI Offenders.”. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association in Montgomery, AL.

Lower K, Ragsdale K, Read-Wahidi MR, Yarbrough T. (2018). CDC Focus4Teens Initiative: Focus Groups with Mississippi Delta Youth Assess Barriers to Sexual & Reproductive Health Services. Oral Presentation. 2018 MSU Graduate Research Symposium, February 17, Mississippi State University, MS.

Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale served as a Judge for the PhD section for Social and Behavioral Sciences Oral Presentations at the 2018 Mississippi State University Graduate Research Symposium, which was held February 17 at The Mill.

SSRC Chronicles: February 2018