Student Research Conference

William V. Moore Student Research Conference

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About the Conference

The William V. Moore Student Research 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, held annually in April, is held in honor of Dr. William V. Moore and reflects his passionate commitment to undergraduate education and improving political discourse and educational and economic opportunities for all South Carolinians.

Questions about the conference can be directed to Dr. Mark Long ( or Dr. Briana McGinnis (
The conference is made possible by donations to the William V. Moore Memorial Fund and the Department of Political Science.

About Bill Moore

Bill MooreIn 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 degrees 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.

2022 William V. Moore Conference Awards

Best Papers
First Place: Zachary Kronsberg
Second Place: Emily Duckworth


Best Presentations:
First Place: Jordan Mercer
Second Place: Kaitlyn Victoria


The following political science majors participated in the 11th annual William V. Moore Student Research Conference held on April 8, 2022. Click on a title below and view the presentation.