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Students Present at Political Science Conference

April 19, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm politics majors present research at conference in ChicagoTwo politics majors presented research at the annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference in Chicago, Ill., April 6 - 9, accompanied by politics professor, department chair and conference panelist, Peter Josephson.

Liam Anderson '17 and Katherine (Kate) Cole '17, presented their senior theses through the conference's undergraduate poster session. Anderson, of Charlotte, N.C., also a Russian area studies minor, spoke about the use of ancient techniques of political problem solving in Somaliland. Cole, of Bedford, N.H., discussed her research on the effects of gender on public judgments of a candidate's competency.

"Overall, it was a great experience to be in a hall with so many undergradate researchers who had worked as hard as we had on original research, and were passionate about their topics, which were often fascinating and obscure," said Anderson.

The conference also gave the students the opportunity to develop and improve their original theses. Toward the end of the senior thesis process, the politics department identifies students whose work they believe might be represented well at the conference. Faculty advisors then work with the students on the proposal and application. In addition, during the conference, each undergraduate was assigned a person who had read the student's work and was able to provide feedback.

"The undergraduate portion of the conference was based on improving our papers and posters, which was a very informative experience," Anderson said.

This is the third year that Saint Anselm students have been accepted to present at the conference.

Professor Josephson also presented at the conference. His paper on "Locke's Historical and Biblical Hermeneutics" was part of a panel on seventeenth century perspectives on the relation between religion and politics.

Additionally, Josephson chaired a panel on "Virtue, Ancient and Modern" with five other presenters that included presentations on Xenophon, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Kant, and compared approaches to problems of political stability and political prudence across centuries.

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