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EIU Political Science Undergraduate Research

Achievements, 2011-2014*

An important part of the applied learning experience for political science students is active engagement in scholarly research and writing, and our majors and minors definitely are doing great things in these areas.  The following summary from the last three academic years not only highlights prominent examples of our undergraduate students’ achievements in research and writing, but also recognizes the important role of our professors in mentoring students toward conference papers, poster presentations and a range of publications.

 *If co-authorship, the undergraduate’s name is underlined.

 AY 2013-2014

  • Beltran, William. 2013. “Jonestown: A Paradise Lost—An Investigation of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.” EIU Political Science Review. 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Burge)
  • Cain, Matthew. 2014. “Media Use and Public Opinion Toward the ACA.” Presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. (mentored by Dr. Richard Wandling) COS SURE Award recipient, and presented at Showcase EIU, Sigma XI Banquet, College of Sciences Advisory Board Meeting.
  • Cruikshank, Jack. 2014. “Very Varying Viewpoints: Stifling Strife or Delaying the Destruction of the Doomed?” Presentation at the Illinois Honors conference. (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller).
  • Harfmann, Courtney. 2014. “Women’s Role in South-East Asian Politics.” Presented at Showcase EIU. (mentored by Dr. Lilian Barria).
  • Juszczak, Lindsey. 2014. “Personal Roots of Representation: Applying Burden’s Model to Female Leaders in State Legislatures.” Presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller), and presented at Showcase EIU.
  • Juszczak, Lindsey. 2013. “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Cleaning Up Punctuated Equilibrium.” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Dicke, Rachel, Ryan Hendrickson, and Steven Kutz. Forthcoming. “NATO’s Mafia Ally: The Strategic Consequences of Bulgaria Corruption.” Comparative Strategy (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)
  • Proffitt, John. 2014. “Youth and Political Motivation.” Presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Shula, Ashley. 2014. “The President and the Supreme Court.” Presented at Showcase EIU. (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller).
  • Shula, Ashley.  2013. “Do Women Justices Matter?” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Wagoner, Ciara. 2014. “Myanmar? A Correlation Between Education and Democracy?” Presented at Showcase EIU. (mentored by Dr. Lilian Barria).
  • Wallace, Mariah. 2013. Book review of “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)

 
AY 2012-13

  • Anderson, Steve. 2012. “Consolidation of Power: The Use of Executive Orders, Proclamations and Signing Statements During the George W. Bush Presidency.” EIU Political Science Review 1(2) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Cain, Matthew. 2013. “This I Believe Essay” published in Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies. By Richard Jones. Flatworld Knowledge.
  • Cain, Matthew. 2013. “Using the Issue-Attention Cycle to Analyze the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act.” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Freer, Ryan Freer. 2013. “Justice for All?: Reevaluating the Limits of Justice.” Presented at the 21st Annual Conference for Students of Political Science, Illinois State University, 2013 (mentored by Dr. David Carwell and Dr. Richard Wandling)
  • Freer, Ryan. 2012. “CIA: The Critical Years.” EIU Political Science Review 1(2) (mentored by  Dr. Dave Carwell)
  • Freer, Ryan. 2013. “The Vatican in the Streets: Catholic Influence on Public Policy Since 1963” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Burge)
  • Hall, Brett, Nathan Polak and Ryan Hendrickson. 2013. “Diversionary American Military Actions? American Military Strikes on Grenada and Iraq.” Comparative Strategy 32(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)
  • Harrington, Ashley. 2013. “A Mission of Divine Calling: A Chosen Nation’s Crusade Against Evil.” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Burge)
  • Moore, Samantha. 2012. “LGBT Adoptions in the U.S. and South Africa.” EIU Political Science Review 2(1) (mentored by Dr. Barbara Poole).
  • Parker, Jack. 2013. Book review of “Stalin’s General: The Life of George Zhukov.” Journal of Slavic Military Studies 25: 669-671 (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)
  • Roughton, Phillip. 2013. “NATO Burden Sharing in Libya: Understanding the Contributions of Norway, Spain and Poland to the War Effort.” Presentated at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2013 (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)
  • Roughton, Phillip. 2013. Book review of “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” Journal of Slavic Military Studies 26:350-351 (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)

 AY 2011-2012

  • Anderson, Steve. 2012. “European Drug Policy: The Cases of Portugal, Germany, and the Netherlands.” EIU Political Science Review 1(1) (mentored by Dr. Steven Roper)
  • Baumiller, Tuesday. 2012. Book review of “Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in Iraq.” EIU Political Science Review 1(1) (mentored by Dr. Ryan Hendrickson)
  • Matthew Cain, presentation at the Illinois Honors conference, 2011 (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Eastin, Luke. 2012. Article critique of “Shifting Winds: Explaining Variation in State Policies to Promote Small-Scale Wind Energy.” EIU Political Science Review 1(1) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)
  • Harrington, Ashley. 2012. “Googalization: The Response to a ‘Friend Request’ in the Workplace.” EIU Political Science Review 1(1) (mentored by Dr. Jeff Ashley)
  • Stevens, Eric. 2012. “A New Electoral System for a New Century.” EIU Political Science Review 1(1) (mentored by Dr. Melinda Mueller)