Program

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Friday, March 30, 2012

12:00 – 2:00 pm       Registration, Opening Reception & Welcome

2:00 – 3:30 pm         Breakout Session 1
Session A: State and Local Government
Session B: The Relationship between Democracy & Development in a
Global Context
Session C: Crossing Borders: Identities in Flux and the Impact on
Culture and Politics
Session D: Interpreting the Unexpected: What Can We Expect from
Health Care Reform
Session E: Teaching Politics & Alabama

3:30-3:45 pm                        BREAK

3:45-5:15 pm                        Breakout Session 2
Session A: The United States and China: Historical Perspectives on
Grand Strategy, Statecraft and Empire
Session B: Policy Studies I
Session C: Campaigns, Elections & Public Opinion
Session D: Undergraduate Research in International Relations:
Challenges for US Foreign Policy
Session E: Comparative Politics I

5:15-5:30 pm                        BREAK

5:30 – 6:30 pm         Reception

6:30 – 8:30 pm         Evening Dinner & Alabama Politics Roundtable
Glen Browder, Jacksonville State University
D'Linell Finley, Auburn University, Montgomery & Alabama State University
Gerald Johnson, Auburn University
Bob Schaeffer, University of West Georgia
Bill Stewart, University of Alabama
Chair, Mark Griffith, University of West Alabama

Saturday, March 31, 2012

7:30 – 9:00 am          Founder’s Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am          BREAK

9:15-10:45 am          Breakout Session 3
Session A: The Crisis in Democratic Governance: Japan, India and
Mexico
Session B: Structural Processes in Comparative and International
Relations Studies
Session C: Graduate Student Development
Session D: Teaching & Public Administration

10:45-11:00 am        BREAK

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Breakout Session 4
Session A: Political Institutions
Session B: Policy Studies II
Session C: Comparative Politics II
Session D: Science Fiction and Politics

12:30 -2:00 pm         Business Meeting

 


Draft Breakout Session Listing

 

Breakout Session #1
Session A: State and Local Government in Alabama

Bill Stewart, University of Alabama
"Republican- vs Democratic-controlled Legislatures in Alabama”
Regina Moorer, Auburn University
"Inequality in Alabama: A County-Level Analysis”
Kevin Walker, University of Alabama
"Public Libraries and Civic Engagement in Alabama”
Chair & Discussant, Richard Fording, University of Alabama

Session B: The Relationship between Democracy & Development in a Global Context

Cal Clark, Auburn University an dAlexander C. Tan
"Political Polarization in Taiwan and th eUnited States: A Growing Challenge to Catch-all Parties?”
Zohair Husain, University of South Alabama
"Terrorism: Meaning, Typology and Causes”
Edin Mujkic, Auburn University, Montgomery
"UN Arms Embargo on Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Role of U.S. Foreign Policy: Allies, Historical Ties and the Role of Media”
Mei-Lien Lu, Auburn University
"The Status of Women in Taiwan”
Chair & Discussant, Jill Crystal, Auburn University

Session C: Crossing Borders: Identities in Flux and the Impact on Culture and Politics
Mary Hampton, Air University
“From Euroland to Abendland? Crossing Cultural Borders in Germany and the EU”
Corinna Caudill, Stephen Rapawy and J. Philip Roger, Air University
“The Lemkos of Southeast Poland: A Case Study for Examining Collective Identity Theory”
Dennis Adams, Air University 
“Kemalism, Turkish Identity and the Turkish Officer Corps: Turkish Civil-Military Relations in the Crucible of Islam”
Tom McGuire, Air University
“Border Crossings:  Irish Identity Formation & Language Politics in Seamus Heaney’s Hiberno-English Translation of Beowulf”
Chair & Discussant, Bob Smith, Air University

 

Session D: Interpreting the Unexpected: What Can We Expect From Health Care Reform

Julie Preskitt, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Michael Morrisey, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Rene' McEldowney, Auburn University
Nir Menachemi, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Chair, Paula Bobrowski, Auburn University

Session E: Teaching Politics & Alabama

Laura Hill & Chris Maloney, Encyclopedia of Alabama
"Using the Encyclopedia of Alabama in Political Science Courses: A New Resource in the Arsenal of Pedagogy”
David Adams, Auburn University
"Teaching with Alabama Cases”
Glen Browder and Geni Certain, Jacksonville State University
"Teaching/Practicing Alabama Politics: Reflections about Life as a Professor-Politician”
Chair & Discussant, Randolph Horn, Samford University

 

Breakout Session #2
Session A: The United States and China: Historical Perspectives on Grand Strategy, Statecraft and Empire

Shannon Caudill, Air University
Sebastian Lukasik, Air University
Steven Smith, Air University
Chair, Mary Hampton, Air University

Session B: Policy Studies I

Riley Westmoreland, Samford University
"Leaving States, Scores, and Students Behind: How the State-Developed Assessment Provision of the No Child Left Behind Act has Limited the Effectiveness of the Initiative”
Darryl Roberts, Tuskegee University
"Barack Obama and the American Presidency, Redux”
Dwight Gulley, Auburn University
"State Differences in Gubernatorial Succession Practices”
Chris Kromphardt, University of Alabama
"Shine a Light: Televised Court Proceedings in the US Circuit Courts of Appeal and Diffuse Public Support”
Chair, Cindy Bowling, Auburn University
Discussant, Sharron Herron, Alabama State University

Session C: Campaigns, Elections & Public Opinion

Byrdie Larkin, Alabama State University
"The Demographics of the American Contemporary Voter; the Possibility for the Re-election of President Barack Obama and Realignment Politics”
John Hall, Auburn University
"Public Opinion and Same-Sex Marriage”
Laura Sojka, University of Alabama
"Campaign Finance and Gender”
Chair & Discussant, Bob Schaeffer, University of West Georgia

 

Session D: Undergraduate Research in International Relations: Challenges for US
Foreign Policy

Joshua Strange, Auburn University
"Nuclear Weapons: Global Secuirty, US National Security Policy, and Nuclear Non-Proliferation”
Abby King, Auburn University
"United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982: Should the US Ratify the Treaty to Avoide the Lost Opportunity in the Arctic?”
Emily Scammell, Auburn University
"Food Assistance and US Food Aid Policy: Challenges and Lessons Learned”
Chair, Sean Vanden Heuvel
Discussant, Annalyse Keller

Session E: Comparative Politics I
Emmanuel Obuah, Alabama A&M University
"The Politics of Corruption in Nigeria: The role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Media in combating Corruption.”
Chanley Rainey, University of Alabama
"Social Movements & Democratization”
Michael Wilman, Troy University
"The Importance of Democratic Quality inAuthoritarian Regimes: Gauging Prospects in The Islamic Republic of Iran and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”
Angela Sevaggio, Samford University
"Ideas, Identity, and Interests: A Study on U.S.-Russian Relations in the Post Cold War World”
Chair & Discussant, Zohair Hussain, University of South Alabama

 

Breakout Session #3
Session A: The Crisis in Democratic Governance: Japan, India and Mexico

Amit Gupta, Air University
Nori Katagiri, Air University
Christopher Carr, Air University
Chair, Jim Seroka, Air University & Auburn University

Session B: Structural Processes in Comparative and International Relations Studies

G. Doug Davis, Troy University
"Resisting Communism through Philosophy: The Story of Polish Intellectual Movement Generated by the Lublin University”
Linda Dennard, Auburn University, Montgomery
"Liberal Populism”
Ishita Chowdhury, University of Alabama
"Is Mediation an Effective Method of Reducing Spoiler Terror in Civil War?”
Hae S. Kim, Troy University
"Regionalism, Globalization and Economic Development in the World”
Alicia Sheares
"Colonialism and Immigration Policy”
Chair & Discussant, Paul Johnson, Auburn University

Session C: Graduate Student Development
Richard Fording, University of Alabama
Curtis Ellis, Auburn University, Montgomery
Theo Arapis, Auburn University
Chair, Cindy Bowling, Auburn University

 

Session D: Teaching & Public Administration/Non-Profit Organizations

Margaret Purcell, University of Alabama
"Eta-teaching Techniques in the Undergraduate Nonprofit Management Classroom”
Cathleen Erwin, Auburn University
"Teaching Fundraising & Philanthropy”
Stacey Gay, Samford University
"The Ties That Bind: The Relationship Between Alumni Giving and Student Involvement”
Chair & Discussant, Shawn Schooley, Auburn University

 

Breakout Session #4
Session A: Political Institutions

Cade Cannon
"Theocratic Privatization: Thesis, Antithesis and the Church as the State of Exception”
Stephen Phillips, Belhaven University
"Privileges and Immunities”
Tammy Laughlin, Auburn University
"The Effects of Social Capital on Local Government Performance and Economic Development”
Robert White, Alabama State University
“Occupy Politics: Emerging Legal Issues regarding Governmental Intervention in Peaceful Protest “
Chair & Discussant, Gerry Gryski, Auburn University

Session B: Policy Studies II

Tim Smith, University of Alabama, Birmingham
"Gay-friendly polices at the state level: A political inevitability”
Cameron Lippard, Appalachian State University
"Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South”
Brad Moody & Hua Xu, Auburn University, Montgomery
"Federalism, Southern Politics, and the Policy Process in State Government: The Case of Alabama’s Immigration Reform”
Jessica Gratz, Auburn University
"Collaborative Models for Aging Policy”
Chair & Discussant, Curtis Ellis, Auburn University Montgomery

 

Session C: Comparative Politics II

Zhang Qung Ming, Auburn University
"America's Response to Energy Demand of China and Sino-US Relationship in 21st Century: Empirical Study of CNOOC’s Failed Unocal Bid”
Lindsey Crider, Samford University
"Rape as a War Crime and Crime Against Humanity: The Effect of Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda on International Law”
K. Hudson, Troy University
"How Free is Free Trade: A Case for China’s Economic Policy to Free Trade and the International System”
Aaron Garner, Troy University
"The Russo-Japanese War”
John A. Tures, LaGrange College
“Not ‘Taken’ for Granted: An Analysis of National Responses to Human Trafficking”
Chair & Discussant,  Kalu Kalu, Auburn University Montgomery

Session D: Science Fiction and Politics

Mark Duckenfield, Air University
"The Cold War Politics of Star Trek”
Amit Gupta, Air University
"Doctor Who and Race”
Dakota Fox, Auburn University
"An Analysis of the Theme of Escapism in Dystopian and Utopian Novels”
Chair & Discussant, Jim Seroka, Air University & Auburn University

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