Stephen F. Austin State University

Joint Conference

Politics in the United States: Perspectives on the Presidency

Joint Student Research Conference

Sponsored by Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Stephen F. Austin State University
Baker Pattillo Student Center
Friday, April 8, 2016


Note: names appearing in italics indicate association with Stephen F. Austin State University.

8 a.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Welcome and Remarks from Conference Organizers
Dr. Dana Cooper, Associate Professor of History, SFASU
Dr. Janet Adamski, Professor of Political Science, UMHB
Dr. Claire Phelan, Assistant Professor of History, UMHB

8:15-9:15 a.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Panel 1: Hard and Soft Power in US Foreign Policy
Chair: Dr. Kwame Badu Antwi-Boasiako, Department Chair of Government and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, SFASU
Emily Simon, Carrots, Not Sticks: JFK and the Peace Corps
Erica Lynne, The Iraq War: Miscalculations of President
Ashley McAbee, How Superpowers Affect Terrorism
Dalila Ventura, Behind the Scenes of the Rise of the Islamic State of Iraq

LadyJack Room
Panel 2: The Politics of Science
Chair: Kerron Joseph, Science Program Director, Academic Assistance and Resource Center
Brenna Campbell, Science and History
Kassandra Avilez, Politicization of Stem Cell Research

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Panel 3: Early Presidential Perspectives
Chair: Dr. Janet Adamski, Professor of Political Science, UMHB
Makenzie Smith, Making America Great, Part I: George Washington's Policy of Neutrality
Terrance Livingston, Jefferson's Gunboat Navy: Sound Practice or Ruinous Folly?
Joshua Irons, Crossing the Line: Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
Daylon Mitchell and Claire Phelan, James Madison and Impressment: A True Case for the War of 1812?

LadyJack Room
Panel 4: Media, Perspectives, and Politics
Chair: Lisa Bentley, Adjunct Instructor, SFASU
Grace Scott, Ronald Reagan: From Democrat to Republican Icon
Cheyenne Gibbs, The Effects of Media on Politics
Kenzie Promes, The Effect of Pop Culture on Politics

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Twilight Ballroom, Morning Refreshments

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Panel 5: A Woman's Touch: Women and Politics Chair: Dr. Dana Cooper, Associate Professor of History, SFASU
Star Jackson, The Obamas' Marriage: Positive Light on a Political Partnership
Shelby Becker, Breaking the Glass: Women in Politics Taylor Young, The First Ladies: How They Shaped the Lives of Others

LadyJack Room
Panel 6: Politics - Ideas, Ideologies and Actors
Chair: Dr. Claire Phelan, Assistant Professor of History, UMHB
Billy-Anthony Pacaccio, Andrew Jackson and the Force Bill of 1833
Charis Brumbaugh, President James Buchanan: A Study in Weak Leadership
Harrison Weddle, Abraham Lincoln: The Development of a Political Ideology
Stephanie Keller and Janet Adamski, Carter, Arafat, and Begin Go to Camp

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Regents Suite B
Luncheon for Conference Panelists

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nancy Beck Young
Professor and Department Chair, University of Houston
"The Lady Bird Special: Race, and the 1964 Presidential Election"

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Panel 7: Politics, Presidents, and Prices
Chair: Dr. Ken Collier, Associate Professor of Political Science, SFASU
Dawson Dowdy, House of Cards
Alec Bartlett, How to be POTUS for Dummies
Parker Lambes, Recessions Through the Ages

LadyJack Room
Panel 8: Race and Politics in the United States
Chair: Dr. Dianne Dentice, Associate Professor of Sociology, SFASU
Alexxis McBride, Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act of 1830
Mary Hediger, The Political Legacy of the Confederacy
Jessica Halsell, Us vs. Them: Political Fear Mongering and Racism
Jacob Garcia, Home is Where the Tacos Are: Mexican- American Perspectives on Politics

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Panel 9: Prejudice and Politics
Chair: Brandon Fox, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Makayla Mason, Race and the Olympics
Kendyll Barnett, The Prejudice behind Executive Order 9066
Ryan Manz, Jackie Robinson: How Break the Breaking the Baseball Color Barrier Sparked the American Civil Rights Movement

LadyJack Room
Panel 10: The "Youth Perspective" and Politics
Chair: Dr. Allen Richman, Professor Emeritus, Department of History and the School of Honors, SFASU
Dominic Pereyra, Targeting the Young Vote
Brianna Dial, Youth Disengagement vs. Aged Engagement

3:45 p.m.

Twilight Ballroom
Closing Remarks and a Word of Thanks