Political Science faculty have received several grants and awards for research from National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Ford Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, Kentucky Development, and US Institute for Peace to name a few.


Faculty: Kirk Randazzo & Richard Waterman
Grant: NSF
Funding: 68,795.00
Grant starts 09/01/2007 and ends 08/31/2008

Kirk Randazzo and Rick Waterman received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $68,795 to study the effects of statutory constraint on judicial behavior in federal and state courts. Their previous research demonstrates that judges decide cases according to their individual ideological preferences, contingent on the level of discretion afforded by the law. Therefore, legislatures (either Congress or state legislatures) can pass detailed statutes which significantly constrain behavior or they can pass vague statutes which provide increased discretion to judges. The financial support from the NSF will continue their research at the state and federal levels.

Faculty: Richard Fording
Funding: $60,000
January 2005-December 2006
“Putting Sanctions into Practice: Devolution, Privatization, and Caseworker Discretion in the Florida TANF Program,” with Sanford Schram and Joe Soss. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Grant # 205.0059). Awarded to conduct field research in Florida one-stop centers, in support of larger project on sanction implementation.

Faculty: Mark Peffley
Funding: $14,448.00
March 2008-August 2008
“Testing the Public's Responsiveness to News about Changes in Welfare Policy.” Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Competitive award funded through University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Internal Grants Program).

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