New Research Finds “Coolness” Motivates Young Suburban Drug Dealers Who Quit to Avoid Problems

Posted On May 11, 2015

ATLANTA–Young, white suburban drug dealers and stereotypical urban dealers are motivated to sell drugs for the same reason – to be “cool,” but when suburban dealers are exposed to extreme violence or serious legal consequences they are more likely to quit, according to a new book by criminologists at Georgia State University.

“It’s unfortunate… more »

AYSPS is Selected to Train Young African Leaders

Posted On April 27, 2015 by Jennifer French Giarratano

ATLANTA – The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University has been selected as a host partner in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders initiative.

Starting mid-June, the school will host 25 emerging young business, civic and public leaders from several African countries for six weeks of academic and leadership… more »

New Chair Promotes the Council for the Progress of Cities

Posted On April 21, 2015 by Leena Mena, MPA student

Professor Ann-Margaret Esnard, the new chair of the Council of the Progress of Cities, is making strides to establish more visibility and interest in the council.

The 11-member council brings Georgia State University faculty together to study complex challenges facing cities and their regions today and as they transition to the megacities of the… more »

When City Challenges Are a Call to Serve

Posted On April 14, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student
Categories News

A devastating year for the Gulf region and the coastal town of Gautier, Mississippi, compelled city manager Samantha Abell to come on board as its economic development/planning director in 2010. Abell, a public administration and urban studies alumna from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, has worked to help cities prosper after they’ve been… more »

Homicide Detectives Face Unique Stressors

Posted On April 6, 2015
Categories News, Publications

Homicide police work captures the public’s curiosity, as exemplified by the abundance of mystery novels and crime shows on prime time television. That same enthralling drama led associate professor Dean Dabney of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology on a close investigation of the inner workings of a homicide department in Atlanta.

His… more »

Alumna Shapes K-12 Education Policy

Posted On April 6, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student
Categories News, Publications

Rebecca Kaye was an MPA student at the Andrew Young School and a research associate at the South Regional Education Board when she completed a project that ultimately shaped education policy in the state of Arkansas.

“I was approached by a representative from Arkansas. He had proposed a bill that would require high schools to… more »

Pridemore Drives AAAS Panel on Information Innovations in Crime and Justice Policy

Distinguished University Professor William Alex Pridemore recently organized and moderated a panel of prestigious scholars at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, Calif. The session, “Creating and Using New Information to Promote Innovations in Crime and Justice Policy,” examined how scholars and the federal… more »

Noted Rights Activist Joins Georgia State University to Finish Atlanta History Project

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University will welcome Andrea Young to campus April 1 to complete her work on Ambassador Andrew Young’s book, documentary film and archive project about the city’s history of policy choices that constitute the “Atlanta Way” – from the administration of Mayor William Hartsfield to… more »

Charter Schools Foster Long-Term Student Success Gains Appear in Graduation Rates, College Attendance and Earnings

Posted On March 30, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student

Charter schools continue to grow in popularity since they were established in 1992 as an alternative to traditional public K-12 schools. Currently, more than 6,000 charter schools in 40 states serve over two million students. But research looking at whether these schools improve student test scores has revealed conflicting results.

So economist Tim Sass,… more »

At Risk at the Crisis Center

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people may face discrimination when attempting to access domestic violence and rape crisis services according to a recently published study by Kristie Seelman, an assistant professor of social work in Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

And they face this challenge despite being at greater risk than the general… more »