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Political Science Independent Research Showcase

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The Political Science Independent Research Showcase (PIRS) features the research, scholarship and creative activity of TCNJ Political Science students. The Showcase highlights significant work that results from deep engagement in the scholarly or creative process. Students present work that they have already prepared or presented for another purpose such as Independent Research, a Capstone course, a conference presentation, or some other outstanding scholarly/creative experience. In many cases, this will be work done in collaboration with a faculty mentor, but the student is the primary author and presenter of the work at the Showcase.

The Department of Political Science hosted the 2022 Political Science Independent Research Showcase (PIRS) on December 7 2022. Congratulations to all the talented students. some of whom are shown here, who participated and presented their projects & research, showcasing a semester of hard work. 

Students with poster

student with poster

student with poster

students with poster

2022 Political Science Independent Research Showcase Schedule

Title Presenter Faculty Sponsor
12:00pm - 1:00pm
SSB 227
Global Perspectives on Political Regimes and Social Movements
How Regime Type affects State Perceptions Christopher Rosati Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
Term Limits and Autocratic States Tre Scott Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
Contested Languages: Intersection of Linguistic Social Movements and Secession in Catalonia and The Basque Country Nancy Bowne Dr. Nicholas Toloudis
Colonized Culture: A Study of Anti-Colonial Movements Courtney Strauch Dr. Nicholas Toloudis
1:15pm - 2:15pm
SSB 227
Consequences of U.S. Federalism
Republican Reactions to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Extensions Alexander Xenakis Dr. Adam McMahon
The Children That Were Left Behind: Understanding Federalism’s Role in the Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act Jenny Marcinkowski Dr. Adam McMahon
How Federalism Hurt the Judiciary: Barriers in Desegregation Zaniah Anderson Dr. Adam McMahon
1:15pm - 2:15pm
SSB 228
War and National Security
Ideology & War Aamoré Richards Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
How have the challenges of intelligence acquisition improved since 9/11? Tyler Boyd Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
Escalation: What's the Cause? Tyler Swartz Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
Bureaucratic Politics and Sprinting Strategies: United States and Nuclear Proliferation Kelly Capraun Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho
2:30 - 3:30pm
SSB 227
Identity, Culture, and Politics in the U.S.
African American and US History According to K-12 Textbooks Jenna Azeez Dr. Max Burkey
Respectability as Cultural Racism: Hip-Hop and White Reaction in the 1990s Anushka Vishahan Dr. Max Burkey
Policy Recommendations for Island Beach as a Coastal Gateway Community David Roberts Dr. Dan Bowen
Performance Artists in the Queer Rights Movements of US and UK Henry Nolan Dr. Nicholas Toloudis
2:30 - 3:30pm
SSB 228 or SSB second floor hallway
Poster Session
Measuring Legislative Session Length Dylan Chidick, Frank Davis and Tre Scott Dr. Dan Bowen
Disruption or Facilitation: The Effects of Administrative Decentralization on Social Movement Repertoires Christopher Sotiro Dr. Nicholas Toloudis
Chemical Industrial Air Pollution in Philadelphia Lex Steigelman Dr. Brian Potter
Legislative Professionalism and Descriptive Representation Yuliia Sul, Yarden Mach, Aamore Richards Dr. Dan Bowen
Why Do Americans Dislike Professional Legislators? Amanda Bilek and Justin Drayton Dr. Dan Bowen

Click here to see the Political Science Independent Research Showcase Archive of past presentations.