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Student Exceptionalism in Political Science Research

This semester, Julia Reilly-Edwards, C '18, and Amanda Beal, Ph.D., department chair of the Political Science Department, carried out a research project with co-authors from the University of North Alabama. The project included statistical analysis of survey research on rising feelings of economic and political alienation in Europe and how this is affecting vote choice.

julia-reilly-edwards.jpgJulia, a math major, data science and political science minor, presented the results at the national Midwest Political Science Association conference on the weekend of April 5 through 8 with one of her co-authors from the University of North Alabama. The panel also included presentations from graduate students and professors, so this is an impressive achievement. Julia has been accepted with funding for a M.A. in computer science at William & Mary. She plans to turn this research project into a publication and submit it over the summer, at which point she will also be moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. for her graduate studies in operational research.

bethany-carter.jpgAdditionally, Bethany Carter, C '18, researched the relationship between the rise in nationalist party voting and the refugee crisis in Europe. The project included original statistical analysis using the University of Maryland Terrorism Database, European Union data on asylum applications, and political party data from the Party Manifesto Project. Bethany, a political science, German, and international studies triple major, presented her research at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association Conference on April 13 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Bethany presented her research while on an international relations panel with students from Shippensburg University, University of Scranton, Rosemont College, Muhlenberg College and Wilkes University. Bethany has been accepted with funding for a Ph.D. in political development at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Next year she will continue her studies as a graduate student who will be specializing in development economics.