CSEM Faculty Research Fellows come from a variety of social science and business disciplines. They work jointly or independently on exploring an innovative research question that focuses on ways to investigate causes (and possible solutions) to low economic mobility in Forsyth County, North Carolina. Many are active in the community through workshops, lectures and presentations as well as publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals.
The Fellows are chosen based on the likelihood that their research proposal will have community impact down the road. Each fall, WSSU faculty submit research grant proposals to the CSEM Advisory Group, which then makes recommendations to the Director of CSEM. Final decisions are made based on the Advisory Group’s recommendations as well as the overall needs of Forsyth County.
CSEM Faculty Fellows mentor WSSU students, present their work at academic and community settings as well as publish their work in respected peer-reviewed journals.
Faculty Fellows 2019-2020
Research question: Time spent in prison: How does it impact economic mobility for convicted felons in Forsyth County, NC?
Research question: What are the hurdles to economic mobility for African American women with disabilities in Forsyth County, NC?
Faculty Fellows 2018-2019
Research question: Can youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) promote upward economic mobility for adolescents during transition to adulthood?
Research question: Does urban form influence economic mobility in the poorest communities in Forsyth County, NC?
Faculty Fellows 2017-2018
Research question: Are optimal decision-making and motivation compromised by poverty? A cultural neuroscience framework for emancipation and empowerment.
Research question: Place prosperity vs. People Prosperity: An investigation into changing industrial and occupational structures in Forsyth County.