The 39th annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA) was held at the University of Central Arkansas on February 24-25, 2012. Dr. Kim Hoffman, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, served as Program Chair for the 2012 annual meeting. Dr. Charles Bullock, the Richard B. Russell Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia, was the guest speaker during the Friday evening dinner on February 24th. Honorable Preston Scroggin, Faulkner County Judge and 1989 graduate of the UCA Department of Political Science, spoke during the Saturday luncheon on February 25th.
Dr. Rebecca Anne Glazier (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and Dr. William J. Miller’s (Southeast Missouri State University) research paper, “Whose ‘Clash’? Comparing Anti-Americanism and Anti-Muslim Attitudes,” was chosen as the Best Faculty Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting. Daniel Chand, Renee Deshommes, Kuatbay Bektemirov, and Leland McQueen’s (University of Arkansas at Fayetteville) research paper, “Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Policies: An Analysis of the 287(g) and Secure Communities Programs in Arkansas,” was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting. Kelly Reed’s (University of Arkansas at Monticello) research paper, “The Rise of the Opposition: A Theoretical Appraisal of the Recent Arab Spring,” was chosen as the Best Undergraduate Student Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting.