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The TRUSST Lab advances the cross-boundary social science of trust by supporting PhD student-led research projects that advance the theory and practice of trust. Potential lab projects are evaluated by the full lab primarily for fit.


Lab projects are primarily supported through a gift from an anonymous donor. Decisions regarding the use of those funds are made collectively. Lab projects have also been supported directly by a variety of internal and external funding programs.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are not currently leading a project support existing lab projects.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the lab at

Active Lab and Synergistic Projects

Exploring Power, Vulnerability, and Trust in Public Governance through a Feminist Lens

Project Lead: Katie Darcy

Status: In revision


Student Experienced Harm at Higher Education Institutions: A Qualitative Study

Project Lead: Amanda Osuna

Status: Preparing manuscript


Disentangling Trust and Risk as Drivers of Compliance with a Governance Agency

Project Lead: Jenna Van Fossen

Status: Preparing manuscript


Military Sexual Trauma Among Female Veterans in Michigan: Exploring Experiences, Dynamics, and Responses

Project Lead: Makayla Burden

Status: Conceptualizing project


Mobilizing the Law: The Role of Vulnerability and Court Process in the Decision to File a Small Claims Suit

Project Lead: John Ropp

Status: Preparing manuscript

Links: Report

Student Trust and Sense of Belonging in Higher Education Institutions

Project Lead: Amanda Osuna

Status: Preparing manuscript


Evaluating the Self-Reinforcing Relationship 
between Trustworthiness and Trust

Project Lead: Jenna Van Fossen

Status: Preparing manuscript


Lab Students

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Olatayo Bakare

Dept. of Political Science


Travis Olson

Dept. of Educational Admin


Makayla Burden

School of Criminal Justice


John Ropp

School of Criminal Justice


Antonia Gordon

Dept. of Political Science


Tiffany Williams

Department of Sociology


Vincent Liu

School of Criminal Justice

Lab Alumni


Katie Darcy

Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn

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Amanda Isabel Osuna

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Tampa


Jenna Van Fossen

Department Psychology, Clemson University

External Advisory Board


Michelle Chambers

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Bill McEvily

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Collaborating Faculty


Justin Pickett

School of Criminal Justice, University of Albany


Sarah Prior

Department of Sociology, Michigan State University


Adam Zwickle

Dept. of Comm. Sustainability, Michigan State University

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