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Student Research Conference

William V. Moore Student Research Conference - Friday, April 4, 2014

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About the conference

The conference is an opportunity for advanced high school and undergraduate students to present research on a variety of topics, including Southern and South Carolina politics, civil rights, political extremism, educational opportunity and economic development, political communication,human geographies and world politics. The conference is held in honor of William V. Moore, Phd., and reflects Professor Moore’s passionate commitment to undergraduate education and improving political discourse and educational and economic opportunities for all South Carolinians. This year's conference will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Stern Center at the College of Charleston. Please see schedule for details.

For the past three years, more than twenty-five students representing a half-dozen majors and several high school seniors presented their research to peers, colleagues, students, and community members each year as part of the William V. Moore Student Research Conference held in late March or early April. Several student panels were moderated by political science professors.  The panels were held on campus in the Stern Student Center.  Each year the conference closes with a luncheon where all participants are recognized and a few are presented with best paper awards. In April 2011, Dr. Luther F. Carter, President of Francis Marion University served as our keynote.   Watch the 2013 Moore Student Research Conference video.  In 2012, Dr. Gibbs Knotts, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University at the time and now the Chair of the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston delivered the keynote message.  At last year's conference, Dr. Scott Huffmon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social & Behavioral Research Laboratory at Winthrop University was our keynote speaker at the luncheon.


Can I attend an event if I am not giving a paper?

Absolutely, parents, friends, faculty advisors, and students who might be consdering a seinor thesis or undergraduate bachelor's essay are invited to attend the sessions.

Conference Schedule

9:00 - 10:00    Conference Registration (Stern Center Ballroom Lobby)

10:00 - 11:15  Session 1: Concurrent Panels


Panel 1 Gender Politics
Location: SSC 205
Moderator: Dr. Kendra Stewart, Department of Political Science
o    Emily Henderson “Corporate Social Responsibility: Implications for Female Corporate Lawyers” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. John Creed)
o    Lauren Divinagracia “Counter Media: Combating the Superwoman Ideal Through Visual Media” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Ms. Gracie Aghapour)
o    Emma Drobina “Women in speculative fiction: gender roles and representation in Steampunk” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Dr. Doryjane Birrer)
o    Amy Schlepphorst “‘Losing My Religion’: An Examination of the Representation of Female Christian Characters on Television” (Communication, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus)
o    Paige Fraiser “A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: Change Will Eventually Come to the US” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Dr. Paul Roof)

Panel 2 Southern Politics
Location: SSC 409
Moderator: Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus
o    David Ahnen “The Prospects of Hispanic Mobilization in the South” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o     Courtney Alexander “Voter Contact in the Deep South: Are Parties Strategic?” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Kaitlin Foran “Moderates in the South: Who are they and how do they vote? (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Katherine Curley “Southern Women, Social Identity, and Political Involvement in the American South” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Emily McElveen “Belles of the ball” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Alexandra Keane “Post- Colonial Indigenous Identity and Community Development” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Annette Watson)

Panel 3 Developing World Politics
Location: SSC 206
Moderator: Dr. JoAnn Ewalt,Department of Political Science
o    Hannah Duffy “The Great Hunger: An Analysis of the Political and Biological Factors Leading to the Irish Potato Famine” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Kendra Stewart)
o    Morgan Johnson “Bread Riots as a Challenge to Autocratic Regimes in the Middle East” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. John Creed)
o    Colton Naval “Community Based Ecotourism in Rural Cambodia: Benefits and Limitations” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Helen Delfeld)
o    Courtney Treco “Untangling the power of gender in Caribbean politics” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Hollis France)
o    Nina Wiersma “Applaud or Flawed? The Participatory Constitution-Making Process in Tanzania” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Claire Curtis)

Panel 4 Politics of Education
Location: SSC 201
Moderator: Dr. Kevin Keenan, Department of Political Science
o    Elizabeth Works “Problems that Propagate Sexual Violence on College Campuses” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    James Koval “The Combined Effects of College Football and Title IX on Low-Profile Men’s Sports” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Rachel Fowler “Marine Conservation: Science, Ethics, and Policy” (Biology, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Ned Hettinger)
o    John Murdy “Improving awareness and opportunities for dual enrollment programs at AMHS” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Ms. Dorinda Harmon)
o    Elizabeth Burdette “College Students' Experiences with Religion and Community Service” (Sociology and Anthropology, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Deborah McCarthy Auriffeille)

11:15 Break

11:30-12:45    Session 2: Concurrent Panels

Panel 5 New International Politics
Location: SSC 201
Moderator: Dr. Jordan Ragusa, Department of Political Science
o    John Berdux “Dynamics of the Strategic and Economic Relations of the US and China” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Guoli Liu)
o    Brian Doheny “Energy security in the Asian Pacific and its Effects on Sino-US Relations” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Guoli Liu)
o    Jenny Powell Conservation in the Southern Cone (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. John Creed)
o    Sarah Sheafer “Civil Service: Addressing Civic Integration in Israel” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Claire Curtis)
o    Taylor Rea “China and the United States: Global Dynamics of Renewable Energy” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Guoli Liu)

Panel 6 Research from a Political Science Capstone Class
Location: SSC 206
Moderator: Dr. Claire Curtis, Department of Political Science
o    Leah Cockerham, “Political Fear in McCarthyism and after 9/11” (Political Science, CofC*)
o    John Cullen, “Surrendering the Ego? Radical Hope and the Processes of Education in America” (Political Science, CofC*)
o    Hannah Kuzminski, “Graduating Fears: Going Forward After Earning a Degree” (Political Science, CofC*)
o    Roysean Philson, “Emergent Hope Among Minorities in the Wake of Diminishing White Privilege” (Political Science, CofC*)
o    Rebekah Trice, “Political Fear and Growing Economic Disparities in America” (Political Science, CofC*)
* Students studying in the Political Fear and Radical Hope capstone with Dr. Creed in spring 2014

Panel 7 Domestic Politics
Location: SSC 409
Moderator: Dr. Arthur Felts, Department of Political Science
o    Hunter Adams “Resistance of Supreme Court Case Law by State Legislatures: Analyzing the Contextual Factors of Restrictive State Abortion Policies" (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Claire Wofford)
o    Jackson Carter “Evaluating the Effectiveness of The Electoral College in Current Presidential Elections in The United States of America” (Academic Magnet; Advisor: Dr. Kendra Stewart)
o    Lance Cooper “Trust in Government v. Trust in Smith & Wesson: A look at the interrelated issues of government distrust and firearms possession” (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Gibbs Knotts)
o    Harsh Sharma “Analyzing metaphor in the 2012 presidential debates” (Academic Magnet High School; Advisor: Dr. Brian McGee)
o    Aiden Gilbert “Youth, Racial Minorities, and Low-Income Voters: A Consideration of Voting Patterns and Political Realignments in the Modern American Electorate" (Political Science, CofC; Advisor: Dr. Jordan Ragusa)



1:00 - 2:30     Luncheon, Keynote, Awards for participants and invited guests (Stern Center Ballroom)

Keynote Speaker:  Chris Jankowski

Chris Jankowski

Chris Jankowski is a leading Republican strategist in state elections, state policy issues, and state government. Drawing from experience gained over the last two decades, Chris continues to help elect Republicans to state office up and down the ballot and advise them once they are in office. In addition to this commitment to elect candidates, Chris works with issue groups and organizations that are engaged in policy efforts and political campaigns in states across the country.

During 2013 and throughout the 2012 election cycle, Chris served as President of the Republican State Leadership Committee in Washington, DC. In 2010, Chris served as the Executive Director of the REDMAP Project at the RSLC- a strategic effort to win Republican control of state legislatures immediately prior to the decennial redistricting process for Congressional district lines. REDMAP focused resources on critical state legislative races in states projected to gain or lose congressional seats in reapportionment. Chris directed over $20 million in expenditures resulting in the Republican pick-up of twenty legislative chambers and a net gain in state legislative seats (over 700 seats)- setting a record for any political party in U.S. history. REDMAP is widely credited with providing a strategic advantage in the 2012 Congressional elections which resulted in a 33-seat Republican margin in the 113th Congress.

From 2002-2010, Chris founded and managed a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia providing government relations, issue management, and political consulting services. From 1998 to 2002, Chris served as the state political director for the American Council of Life Insurers under the leadership of then CEO & President Carroll Campbell, former Governor of South Carolina. Chris began his career as an Assistant Attorney General under South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon from 1996-97. Jankowski is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and the College of Charleston. He has been quoted in numerous publications regarding politics including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC.


Directions to Campus and conference

http://www.cofc.edu/visit/drivingdirections.php

The conference will be held in the Stern Center on the corner of Coming and George Street.

Conference host

  • The conference is made possible by donations to the William V. Moore Memorial Fund, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

2013 Moore Student Research Conference video



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2011 Moore Student Research Conference video

 

William V. Moore Student Research Conference Best Paper Awards

  2013 Moore Student Research Conference Photo slide show

 

 

 

 2011 Moore Student Research Conference Photo slide show

About Bill Moore

In his 37-year career at the College of Charleston, Dr. Moore was a devoted teacher and mentor.  He was a true renaissance man, but he always identified himself as a teacher. He advised a large number of political science students and took on special responsibilities for student athletes, always mindful of the special challenges posed by pursuing both athletic and academic achievement.

Dr. Moore earned his B.A. and Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He was a well-known expert on South Carolina politics, Southern politics, and political extremism. He was the author of Political Extremism in the United States and co-author of South Carolina Politics and Government as well as numerous scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries and publications on Southern and extremist politics, civil rights, electoral politics, campaign spending, and intergovernmental relations.