Political Science Students Present Papers At Regional Conference

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MONTICELLO — Four political science students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello presented original research tv_buzzworthy 10dbpapers to the recent Louisiana Political Science Association’s annual national conference at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Willie “Rex” Davis and Reba Worthen of Monticello, Hunter Fowler of Glenwood and James Trigleth of Lake Village each gave 15-minute presentations of their papers containing original research.

Davis, a senior social work and political science double major, and Worthen, a junior criminal justice major with a political science minor, presented papers that apply a political science perspective to issues grounded in social work and criminal justice. Davis’ paper, entitled: “Veterans Storming the Hill for their Rights: The Innovative IAVA Approach to Lobbying,” addressed issues related to finding effective ways to provide better services to returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Worthen’s paper, entitled: “Something’s Gotta Give: Recidivism versus Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System,” considered innovative ways to reduce the number of repeat offenders returning to prison in the United States.

Fowler, a junior political science major, and Trigleth, a junior criminal justice major and political science minor, each presented papers that focus on international issues related to American intervention and/or influence in the Middle East. Fowler’s paper, entitled: “Intervention in the Name of Peace: Assessing Alternatives to Current United Nation’s Operations,” compares different intervention practices employed by the United Nations and the U.S. military to find better ways to address post-conflict transitions to democracy. Trigleth’s paper, entitled: “Reaping What Someone Else Has Sown: A Regional Assessment of the Impact of Western Influence on the Middle East,” investigates the benefits and consequences associated with western intervention in the Middle East, politically, economically and socially.

“This is the first time that UAM political science students participated in this conference and it will not be the last,” said Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our majors to interact with their peers from surrounding states, whereby the different groups can learn from each other and thereby enhance their own research and presentation skills. It is particularly rewarding to see how competitive UAM students are in these events!”

For more information, contact Strong at (870) 460-1687.

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