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Homeland Insecurity: Terrorism, Mass Shootings and the Public

February 10, 2022 by | News

Between 2009 and 2020, 1,363 people in the United States were killed and 947 more were wounded in 240 mass shootings, an average of 20 shootings each year. The number of terrorist attacks on the United States between 1995 and 2019 totals 856, killing 3,492 Americans. Despite these trends, most Americans just don’t know what

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Wilkinson College's Ghost Hunt

October 29, 2021 by Danielle Espiritu | News

Just in time for Halloween,  Sociology Professor and Department Chair Chris Bader, who specializes in studies of fear and the paranormal, led fifteen Wilkinson College students, faculty, and staff  on a tour of the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House, a “haunted” residence of one of Orange County’s first female physicians, who lived and worked there from

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Government Corruption, Fear for Loved Ones, Civil Unrest Top Fears in America

October 14, 2021 by Fear Team | News

7th Annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears By the Fear Team The annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears provides an in-depth examination into the concerns of average Americans, tracking changes and trends over the years. The survey asks about more than 100 topics ranging from government, health, and environmental matters, to crime, COVID-19,

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Fear Factor: What Spooks Americans?

September 28, 2021 by | News

Just in time for Halloween, Wilkinson College Undergraduate Research Fellows in the Henley Lab and Babbie Center have completed research papers based on their participation in the Study of American Fears. Among those, Americans’ Top Fears, Fear of COVID-19 in America, and Fear of Civil Unrest. Students are involved in every aspect of the survey,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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