Jacob L Felson
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My career in social science spans over two decades. In that time, my research interests have varied considerably. My BA thesis considered the factors underlying headquarter location choices of major companies. My MA thesis was about the relationship between religious identity and attitudes about economic distribution. And my PhD dissertation was about the nature versus nurture question, specifically an analysis of assumptions underlying twin studies. Most recently, I first-authored papers on changes in attitudes about marijuana and university administrative decisions about reopening after COVID and wrote a report for The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey that gathered data to identify key factors associated with park visitation.
As disparate as my research has been, all of it has involved quantitative data analysis, a subject I also teach every semester.
Data science, applied statistics
Research methods, data analysis, attitude change
How and why have attitudes about cannabis legalization changed so much?; Social Science Research; Volume
Notable Courses Taught
Data Analysis, Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Social Stratification