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22nd Annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science

Bone Student Center 
Normal , Illinois 
April 4, 2014

2014 Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Awards


Joseph Wood, Augustana College
Examining Contextual Determinants: Extracting Lessons on Civil War from the Case of Lebanon

Quinn Crawford, Beloit College
Plato, Rousseau, and the Implications of Moral Freedom

Alyssa Buda, Roger Williams University
Reverse the Curse: The Case of Sub-Saharan African Development


Patricia Padurean, London School of Economics
Perceptions of Democratic Legitimacy and Democratic Deficit: Implications for the European Project

Meaghan Gass, Saint Louis University
Women in the Judiciary: An Analysis of Selection Processes

Ashley Toenjes, Illinois State University
This Wall Speaks: Graffiti and the construction of transnational space in Palestine

Links to Papers


Call for Papers
All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers for the 22nd annual Conference for Students of Political Science sponsored by the Illinois State University Department of Politics and Government.  We welcome papers on any topic related to government and/or politics.  All subfields and political perspectives are welcome.   Panelists at the previous conferences included 750 students attending 100 colleges and universities.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please complete the online proposal submission form or submit a cover letter, containing your contact information (including email address), your school, and the name of the faculty member with whom you are working, and a draft copy of your paper (or the actual paper) by March 2, 2014. Final papers will be due by March 24, 2014. 

Note that although only draft papers need be submitted by March 2nd for consideration, the length and completeness of the paper will be a consideration in its acceptance. Please only submit a proposal if you can indeed attend a conference. If you are seeking funding from your department, or if visa requirements require an invitation letter, please email Dr. Klass. 

If you would like to serve as a discussant on a panel, please send a letter stating your interest and main areas of scholarly knowledge. E-mail submissions are welcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email: gmklass @ or call us at (309) 438-8638. 

If you have any questions about the current conference or past conferences, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinators:

Dr. Gary Klass
4600 Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4600.
(309) 438-7852

This conference is sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Undergraduate Political Science Association, The Graduate Student Association, and The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.


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