Chapman Research Mentor Helps Undergrads Overdeliver

October 21, 2020 by Ann Gordon | News

I’m passionate about undergraduate research because I’ve seen firsthand how it transforms lives. Just as important, I’ve seen how young scholars greatly contribute to successful research projects. The influence of students was central when my co-PI partners Christopher Bader, Edward Day and I first developed the Chapman University Survey of American Fears, an in-depth examination


Panic in the Time of Pandemic

March 20, 2020 by | News

In the past few weeks, students and workers were sent home, stock markets plummeted, and the President of the United States declared a national emergency over a continuing growing number of coronavirus-19, or COVID-19, cases in the world. Yet, one of the least talked about impacts of COVID-19 is the sociological effects—particularly the ways people


An American Horror Story

March 20, 2020 by | POSC

For the past six years, Wilkinson’s Babbie Center for Research has surveyed what keeps Americans awake at night. Now, their ongoing multi-year, empirical “Study of American Fears”  is becoming a book. Fear Itself: The Cause and Consequences of Fear in America examines the prevalent role that fear plays in the lives of daily Americans. The


Fear of the 2020 Elections

March 6, 2020 by Muhammad Karkoutli | Wilkinson College

If just thinking about the upcoming 2020 election makes you feel anxious, you’re not alone. Results from the 2019 Chapman University Survey of American Fears (CSAF) reveal that 47.5% of Americans are ‘afraid or very afraid’ of the outcome of the 2020 election. This fear is the 21st highest fear that Americans have ranking just


Complacency in California

July 25, 2019 by | News

By Muhammad Karkoutli, Babbie Center Undergraduate Research Fellow (’20) and Syd Kotar, Henley Lab Undergraduate Research Fellow (’19) JUST four days following two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 that occurred on July 4th and 5th respectively, we drove to Ridgecrest and Trona. These are two cities in Southern California that were at the epicenter


Wilkinson College Welcomes New Dean

July 9, 2019 by | News

Last week, Dr. Jennifer D. Keene officially stepped into the position of Wilkinson College Dean. “I’m excited to begin, and look forward to working with the faculty and staff to build a bright future for Wilkinson College,” she said. In an email to Wilkinson College faculty and staff, Dr. Keene thanked former Wilkinson College Dean,


Bensussen Distinguished Lecture in Arts

February 1, 2019 by | News

The Bensussen Distinguished Lecture in Arts presents Maria Elena Buszek on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Argyros Forum 209 ABC. This is free and open to the public. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D., is a scholar, critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver, where


America's Top Fears 2018

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 5 (2018) provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In June of 2018, a random sample of 1,190 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about ninety-four different phenomena including crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology


Paranormal America 2018

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 5 (2018) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in aliens and psychic powers to Bigfoot and haunted houses. Paranormal Beliefs Currently the most common paranormal belief in the United States is that places can be haunted by spirits (57.7%), followed closely by

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