Department of Political Science “Outstanding Students” (2016-2017)

The UCA Department of Political Science announced its “Outstanding Students” for 2016-2017:  Danielle Casey (Political Science program), Bryce Moore (Public Administration program), and Jean Francois Adoupo & Mallory Walker (International Studies program).  Dr. Clay Arnold, Chairperson of the UCA Department of Political Science, presented the awards to the students during the UCA College of Liberal Arts’ Academic Honors Convocation held in Doyne Health Science Center held on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Dr. Steven Runge, UCA Provost, and Dr. Peter Mehl, Associate Dean of the UCA College of Liberal Arts, spoke at the honors convocation, which included undergraduate and graduate student recipients of outstanding student awards and scholarships from the Departments of English, History, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, Sociology, and Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures.

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Political Science Student Presents Research Paper at National Honor Society Convention, April 6-8, 2017

Danielle Casey, a senior double-majoring in Political Science and International Studies, presented a research paper at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky on April 6-8, 2017.  The research paper was titled, “Race, Republicanism, and Realignment: Analyzing Arkansas’ Shift in Party Loyalty.”  The faculty advisers for the UCA Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society are Amber Wilson, Torreyson Library, and Mary Beth Sullivan, Department of Political Science.

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Presidential Election “Teach-In” – September 20, 2016

Several members of the UCA Department of Political Science participated in a Presidential Election “Teach-In” on the lawn in front of McAlister Hall on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  The “Teach-In” was sponsored by the Campus Election Engagement Project and UCA’s Learning Communities.  A total of 15 UCA professors participated in the “Teach-In”, including Dr. Mark Elrod, Dr. Heather Yates, Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh, and Dr. Mark Mullenbach.  Retired political science professor, Dr. Gary Wekkin, also participated in the event.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks at UCA – February 23, 2012

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, spoke to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on UCA campus on February 23, 2012.  The speech was part of UCA’s Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series.  Several faculty members and students from the Department of Political Science, including Dr. Tom McInnis, met with Rev. Jackson during his visit to UCA.

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James Carville Speaks at UCA – November 21, 2011

James Carville, a well-known political consultant for several Democratic Party candidates including Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in 1992, spoke to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of UCA on Monday, November 21, 2011.  The speech was part of UCA’s  Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series.  Several faculty members, including Dr. Gary Wekkin, and students from the Department of Political Science met with James Carville during his visit to UCA.

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Faculty and Student Research (2012-2013)

Several faculty and undergraduate students from the UCA Department of Political Science published or presented research during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Dr. Joseph Howard‘s co-authored manuscript (with Dr. Keith Nitta), “Helping Students Become Civically Engaged through Service Learning,” was published in the Midsouth Political Science Review (MPSR).  Dr. Mary Beth Sullivan‘s manuscript, “The Polybian Moment: The Transformation of Republican Thought fron Ptolemy of Lucca to Machiavelli,” was published in the international journal The European Legacy.  Dr. Joseph Howard and Dr. Kim Hoffman presented “Raising the Funds: The Use of Voluntary Taxes by Local Governments” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  Dr. Mark Mullenbach and Willis Arnold, International Studies student, presented “Elections, Election Monitoring, and Political Stability in Developing Countries, 1990-2010″ at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA), Arkadelphia, Arkansas on March 1-2, 2013.  Blake Brizzolara, Political Science student, presented “Voter Identification Laws and Voter Turnout in the 2010 Mid-term Election” at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA), Arkadelphia, Arkansas on March 1-2, 2013.  Dr. Gary Wekkin presented “Gender Trap: Elite Frames of Power and the Foreign Policy Presidency,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, Illinois.