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Faculty/Student Collaboration

The Department of Political Science is committed to providing students with the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in their research. This commitment is rooted in a belief that participation in research can deepen the student's understanding of important debates in the field and can enhance the student's ability to engage in rigorous research and effective communication. Linfield often supports these collaborative projects with summer stipends and conference funding. Here is a sampling of some of the ongoing research being done by faculty and students in the department:

Current Collaborations:

Professor Patrick Cottrell and students Morgan Christiansen, Bridget Grant, Kole Kracaw, Leanne McCallum and William McHenry - 2012
Professor Cottrell and students are currently working on a project titled: Governing the Stateless: New Perspectives on the Plight of Burmese Refugees in Thailand.  The team recently received a student-faculty research grant from the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation, which will allow them to return to Thailand this summer and conduct field research.  With the help of Professor Cottrell, students hope to produce a minimum of two conference papers to be submitted for publication in scholarly or undergraduate journals, and present their research findings at several political science conferences.

Professor Dawn Nowacki and Students - 2012
Professor Nowacki and students continue to work on a project focused on the election of women to parliaments in Muslim majority states.  They are focusing upon the factors that explain the variation in women's election to parliament in 50 countries, which ranges from 0 to 30%.  They found that quotas for women were the best explanation for a relatively high percentage of women in parliament, but beyond that other political system factors such as electoral rules, and societal factors such as women's participation in the labor force, education, and urbanization had the greatest effects.  Interestingly, the institutionalization of Islam in the constitution of the state did not have the impact that they had anticipated (they hypothesized that the greater the reliance on Islam as the foundation of state law, the fewer the women in parliament). 

Most recently, Professor Nowacki has been working on this research collaboratively with student Reilly Everaert. Data that Reilly collected on media coverage of women in recent uprisings throughout the Arab world and beyond have helped the pair to make sense of their quantitative data.  Reilly's findings were used in a paper that Professor Nowacki presented at the Middle Eastern Studies Association conference in Washington, DC, Dec. 5, 2011.  The pair are hoping to submit another paper to the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in April, 2013, in Chicago, and co-present the paper. 

Professor Patrick Cottrell and Nelly Evans - 2011
Professor Cottrell and Nelly are currently working on a project titled: Exclusive Europe: Human rights and the case of the Roma.  There is no final product yet, however, the two plan on presenting a conference paper sometime next year.

Professor Nick Buccola and Braden Smith - Summer 2010
Professor Buccola and Braden worked together during the Summer of 2010.  Braden assisted Professor Buccola in the revisions of his book manuscript, In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass, which is under contract with New York University Press. The book is a comprehensive analysis of Douglass's political thought. Professor Buccola explores matters such as his views on individual rights, virtue, democracy, and community.  His hope is that the book will be released some time in 2011. 

Examples of Past Projects:

Not Just a Game?  Sport, Protest, and International Politics: 
Professor Pat Cottrell and Ashley Price - Summer 2009

Professor Cottrell and Ashley worked on a research project involving international sports, politics, and protest. Over the summer the two explored a case study of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, the history of Korean protest, and the possibilities of North and South Korea using the common field of competition as a conduit for reconciliation.

The Election of Women to Regional Parliaments in the Russian Federation:
Professor Dawn Nowacki, Chipo Dendere, Rebekah Shrader, Mike Stead, and Ashley Price

Professor Nowacki and several Linfield students examined the topic of women candidates for regional elections in Russia over a two year period (2008-2009). The students’ coded election data of thousands of candidates from Russia’s 22 provinces.  Professor Nowacki will use this data in an upcoming publication on Russian elections.

In Defense of Judicial Prudence:
Professor Nick Buccola and Aila Wallace

The two sought to co-author an essay in legal theory, which was tentatively called "In Defense of Judicial Prudence."  The essay's goal was to show what the classical Greek and Christian doctrine of the cardinal virtues might teach us about the practice of judicial review in the American political system.  

In Defense of Judicial Prudence: What the Cardinal Virtues teach us about Judicial Philosophy:
Professor Nick Buccola, Carly Kummerlowe, and Craig Sinclair


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