The SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium took place on Friday, April 23, 2021.  This event brought together faculty and students from across SPIA to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and the faculty that facilitate their research.

The Colloquium consisted of two components: a gallery of video poster presentations available for viewing at your convenience in the drop-down menu below, and a series of virtual panel presentations that took place throughout the day on Friday, April 23rd, 2021.

More information regarding both components of the Colloquium can be found below. With any questions, please reach out to spia.urc@gmail.com.

Gallery of Video Poster Presentations

Ayah Abdelwahab’s “Friends or Foes: An Analysis of Individuals Sanctioned Under the Global Magnitsky Act”

Mennah Abdelwahab’s “Isolated Incidents or Troubling Pattern? The Power of Human Rights Data to Strengthen Human Rights Narratives”

Annabelle Cochran’s “Cannabis and the War on Terror: A Qualitative Report on the Impacts of Legalizing Marijuana on Counter-Terrorism Strategies”

Jonathan Lauria’s “National Security Risk Management: Applying the Framework of Enterprise Risk Management to the National Security Context”

Cameron McKelvey’s “Exploring the Possibility of Korean Reunification and its Consequences”

Nusrath Naurin’s “American Immigration Policies and the Rise of Discrimination Against Minorities During the 19th and 20th Centuries”

Audrey Park’s “The Link Between Mental Health Suppression and Organized Crime Groups”

Jaylin Small’s “The Politics of the South”

Emma Traynor’s “Combating Illicit Firearms Trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico”

 

Isabella O’Keefe’s “A Behavioralist Approach to the Radicalization of American Politics During the Trump Era”

 

Sahana Parker’s “Tracking and Comparing Emerging Technology in Cognitive Neuroscience for Security Studies”

Schedule of Panel Presentations

9:10-10:00am

Zoom Room A: “Beefing up Security: CBRN, NSAs, & ACFT”

Dr. Jeff Berejikian, Chair; Thomas Deen, Discussant; with Stephanie Cannon, Katherine Symons, and Xzavior Goeman

Zoom Room B: “Technology and Political Economy”

Dr. Ryan Powers, Chair; Minjin Choi, Discussant; with Sudhan Chitgopkar, Marshall Berton, and Albert Chen

 

10:20-11:10am

Zoom Room A: “Courts and Candidates”

Dr. Rich Vining, Chair; Mariliz Kastberg-Leonard, Discussant; with LeDajah Williams, Vanisha Kudumuri, and Patrick Russell

Zoom Room B: “Democracy and Distribution”

Dr. Marcus Crepaz, Chair; Neil Williams, Discussant; with Zoe Jones, Caroline Johnston, Rachel Jovert, Olivia Bauer, and Emma Traynor

 

11:30am-12:20pm

Zoom Room A: “Analyzing How Gender Shapes Violence”

Dr. Leah Carmichael, Chair; Meridith Lavelle, Discussant; with Emma Traynor, Rosa Brown, and Mennah Abdelwahab

Zoom Room B: “Human Security: FDI, NGOs, & Rebel Leaders”

Dr. Jennifer White, Chair; Charlie Carlee, Discussant; with Buket Urgen, Ayah Abdelwahab, Addie Sparks, and Lindsey Rhyne

 

12:40-1:30pm

Zoom Room A: “Women in Conflict and Diplomacy”

Dr. Danny Hill, Chair; Asia Parker, Discussant; with Jena Jibreen, Alexandra Fabre de la Grange, and Kristen Budsberg

Zoom Room B: “Instruments of State Control”

Dr. Shane Singh, Chair; Shannon Martin, Discussant; with Andrew Zach, Mac Escalante, and Ian Allen

 

1:50-2:40pm

Zoom Room A: “Gendered Violence”

Dr. Cas Mudde, Chair; Morgan Barney, Discussant; with Isabella O’Keefe, Kendall Embrey, and Simi Kolodka

Zoom Room B: “Societal Upheaval: Conflict and COVID”

Dr. Micah Gell-Redman, Chair; Jeff Auerbach, Discussant; with Emma Sorckoff, Christopher Rosselot, and Rehna Sheth

 

3:00-3:50pm

Zoom Room A: “The Congress Project”

Dr. Anthony Madonna, Chair; Allison Vick, Discussant; with Adalberto Solis, Kemper Higgins, Gaby Gagliano, Madison Huberman, and Rhett McCleod

Zoom Room B: “Energy, Environment, and Nuclear Security”

Dr. Josh Massey, Chair; Pedro Goulart, Discussant; with Tricia White, Kayla Moradi, and Nate Shear

Venue and COVID-19 Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is expected that most, if not all, presentations will take place remotely. Participants and visitors will received information for accessing the virtual colloquium.

If, however, conditions allow for a socially distant in-person presentations at the Tate Student Center, participants and visitors will be notified accordingly.

 

Call for Papers & Submission Guidelines (Closed)

The Call for Papers has now closed. Applicants will be notified of acceptances by early March. Full drafts of papers presented will need to be circulated to discussants by April 9. Please send all questions to spia.urc@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium! Students may submit research projects completed or currently in progress, as part of course work, CURO, internships, or independent research. We invite paper and poster presentation submissions on research drawing from all academic concentrations within SPIA including American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is expected that most, if not all, presentations will take place remotely. If, however, conditions allow for a limited number of socially-distanced in-person presentations, those will take place at the Tate Student Center.

Information for Participants & Questions

Students may submit research projects completed or currently in progress, as part of course work, CURO, internships, or independent research. We invite paper and poster presentation submissions on research drawing from all academic concentrations within SPIA including American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration.

Students may apply to present their research as part of a panel or a poster session. If selected to present as part of a panel, students will prepare a 10-minute presentation of their research. Each panel will have three presenters, as well as a discussant who will discuss the three projects collectively, and a chair who will keep time. Full drafts of papers presented will need to be circulated to discussants by April 9. Participants will be contacted to facilitate the sharing of their paper with the discussants.

Students may also request for their research to be considered for the poster session. Students who are selected for the poster session will be given guidelines about how to create a poster when they receive their acceptance. There will be multiple poster sessions taking place.

Any questions that you may have regarding the event can be directed to Elizabeth Carter, Student Assistant, at spia.urc@uga.edu, or Dr. Maryann Gallagher, Coordinating Director, at mgallag@uga.edu.

Contact Information

For additional details or questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Carter, Student Assistant, at spia.urc@uga.edu, or Dr. Maryann Gallagher, Coordinating Director, at mgallag@uga.edu.

2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Online

Thank you to our 2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium participants. To watch the 2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium presentations online, click the links below or find them on SPIA’s YouTube channel here.

Robyn Anzulis (AB ’22) – “Dangers from Below: Security Threats to Submarine Cables”

James Davidson (AB ’20) – “My Terrorist is Better than Your Terrorist: Leadership Decapitation and Outbidding”

Alexa Hernandez (AB ’22) – “Nationalism in the United States: Post 9/11”

Miriam Mokhemar (AB ’20) – “Law and Weapon Sales: Making Human Rights a Condition for Arms Sales is better American Foreign Policy in the Middle East”

Jamie Romano (AB ’22) – “Reform of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil”

Faiz Syed (AB ’21) – “The Prevalence of PTSD of African American Women”

Tricia White (AB ’21) – “The 2003 Invasion of Iraq: Political Simulation”

Alec Zimmerman (AB ’20) – “Involuntary Celibacy: The Face of a New Sexism”