De Witt, Little Rock Students Present Papers At National Conferences

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tv_buzzworthy 10dbMONTICELLO — Reva Humphries of De Witt and Micah Perry of Little Rock, both students in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, recently presented research papers to national conferences.

   Perry, a senior political science and modern languages double major, presented her paper at two conferences – the Southern Political Science Association annual conference at Orlando, Fla., Jan. 3-5, and the Georgia Political Science Association annual conference at Savannah, Ga., Nov. 2-10.

   Perry’s paper, entitled “The Double Edged Sword of Recognizing Emergent Parties Internationally: Oppositional Binaries in American Foreign Policy,” explores the consequences that develop “because of the existing realist-idealist dichotomy within American foreign policy,” according to Carol Strong, associate professor of political science who mentored both Perry and Humphries. “Perry’s paper explores how American foreign policy deals with newly formed political parties that have been associated with the use of political violence in the past. The purpose of the project is to create a more holistic approach to current foreign policy debates, one that recognizes minorities and oppositional movements within non-democratic states according to their merits and not mere reputations.”

   Perry received a Student Travel Grant from the Council for Undergraduate Research, a national organization promoting excellence in undergraduate research.

   Humphries, a junior criminal justice and political science double major, presented  at the SPSA conference in Savannah. Her paper, entitled “The Silent Screams of a Forbidden Trade: A Theoretical Exploration of the Power (or Lack Thereof) in the Sex Trade,” applies prominent theories of power to the sex trade in the United States. “The intent of this project is to find a more humanistic approach to criminal codes related to the sex trade that allows for the individual to be protected, not victimized, and thereby maintain power over the only thing possessed at birth, the body,” according to Strong. “Humphries’ intention is to work fighting human sex trafficking in the United States and thereby aid its victims in finding a better life.”

   In Georgia, both students participated as the only undergraduates on panels consisting of graduate students and professors. “Both papers were well received,” said Strong. “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these two worthy students. These ladies truly represent what UAM students can achieve if they are just willing to push their boundaries, work hard and develop their talents.”

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