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8th Annual DCC Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

AS THE CULMINATION of a year of meetings to refine their research projects, the DCC undergraduate research fellows present their projects in a one-day conference, with topics that range from the decline of an industrial union, Latin American drug policy, the workings of the Chinese legislature, relations between Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka, and the media coverage of women politicians in France and the U.S.

PANEL 1 / 9:30-10:45 am / Resistance Struggles in Latin America

Claudia ACHA (International Relations)
“International Drug Control Under Siege? Power Politics and Bolivia’s Nationalization of the Global War on Drugs”

Abigail KOFFLER (History)
“Pachakutik in the Classroom: Indigenous Revolt and Education Policy in Ecuador”

Discussant: Tulia FALLETI (Political Science and Latin American Studies)

PANEL 2 / 11:00 am-12:30 pm / Representative Systems and Political Efficacy

Shuhao FAN (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)
“Are the Masses Critical? The Influence of Online Public Comments on Legislation in China”

Jessie GOLDMAN (History)
“The Decline of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, 1945-55”

Will MARBLE (Political Science)
“The Effect of Convenience Voting on the Behavior of Voters and Campaigns”

Discussant: Marc MEREDITH (Political Science)

PANEL 3 / 1:30-2:45 pm / The Politics of Identity Construction

Anwar AKROUK (History)
“The Relationship of Early Arab Nationalists with Ethnic and Religious Minorities within the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1918”

Kimberly KOLOR (Religious Studies)
“Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka: An Ethnography of Everyday Interactions”

Discussant: Eve TROUTT POWELL (History)

PANEL 4 / 3:00-4:30 pm / Performing Political Identities on Democracy’s Stages

Dawn ANDROPHY (History)
“Before Liberation: Political Ideology and Self-Expression in the U.S. Homophile Movement, 1950-1965”

Antonios COTZIAS (Political Science)
“On the Relationship between Tragedy and Democracy in the Classical Period”

Madeleine STEVENS (Communications)
“Women Politicians in the U.S. and France: A Comparative Study of Media Coverage”

Discussant: Nancy HIRSCHMANN (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies)