• Passion, Protest, and Politics 2012

The Government Department's 4th Annual Student Research Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Suffolk University Campus

The 4th Annual Student Research Conference, sponsored by the Suffolk University Government Department, supports the designation of Undergraduate Research Week, as celebrated by American Political Science Association and passed by the US House in 2010. The conference recognizes the importance of undergraduate research and providing research opportunities for this country's talented youth, including females and underrepresented minorities. It also encourages institutions of higher education, federal agencies, businesses, philanthropic entities, and others to support undergraduate research and undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors. Finally, it upports the role undergraduate research can and does play in crucial research that serves this country's best economic and security interests.

The conference will culminate with an alumni panel at 5:30pm in Donahue 311, at which all are welcome! Several celebrated alums will be in attendance, including the Mayor of Malden. Details below.

Schedule In Brief

9 AM Breakfast 9th Fl, 73 Tremont
9:30 AM Panels 9th Fl, 73 Tremont
11:00 AM Panels 9th Fl, 73 Tremont
1:00 PM Luncheon & Awards 9th Fl, 73 Tremont
2:45 PM Faculty Roundtable Poetry Ctr, Sawyer Library
5:30 PM Alumni Career Panel Donahue, 311

PANELS, 9th Floor 73 Tremont


Discussants: Assistant Professor Eric Bellone, Lecturers Richard Arenberg, Brad Bannon, and Lawrence Overlan

---Tough to Get In: Accounting for the Female Minority in the US Congress, Ashley McCormack, Senior
---Effect of Strict Gun Regulation, Paul King, Junior
---The Impact of "Jessica's Law" on Conservative and Liberal States, Samantha Keefe, Junior
---Photo Identification and Elections: How do Photo ID Laws Affect the Problem of Discrimination and Voter Fraud in Terms of Voter Participation? Laura Mercurio, Senior
---The Great Debate: The Role of Public Speaking Ability in Campaigns, Lindsey Kreckler, Junior


Discussants: Visiting Professor Baktybek Beshimov, Associate Professor Judy Dushku, Assistant Professor Graham Kelder and Associate Professor Allan Tow

---Conflict Minerals in the Congo: Blood Minerals and Africa's First World War, Sarah Louisa Carpenter, Junior
---Narratives of Hope, Kamolwan Juabsamai, Senior
---Political Economy of Prostitution: Sweden and The Netherlands, Shelby Cole, Junior
---China’s One Child Policy and Its Unintended Consequences, Norelis Popovic, Sophomore
---Shotgun Democracy: The Blood on Jefferson's Tree of Liberty and the Politics of Social Unrest, Jibran Malek, Sophomore


Discussants: Assistant Professor Simone Chun, Assistant Professor Brian Conley, and Visiting Assistant Professor Robert Laffey

---Democratization of the MENA Region: An Analysis of the Causes of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, Cori Simmons, Sophomore
---Privatization of Industries: How they Affect the Global Market, Angela Shuman, Senior
---Iraqi Politics and Economy Post-Troop Withdrawal, Christian Roberts, Senior
---Out of the Cold: How European Union Membership Integrated Poland and Romania from the Eastern Bloc into Western Europe, Gabriela R. Fors, Junior
---Economic Turmoil leads to Violence: The EU’s Response to Grecian Economy and European Wide Protesting, Christina Webster, Junior
---North and South Korean Reunification: Is It Possible? Julie Ritz, Sophomore


Discussants: Professor John Berg, Associate Professor Roberto Dominguez and Associate Professor Judith Dushku

---Exploring the Relationship Between Uneven Economic Development, Racial and Religious Intolerance and Ethnic Cleansing, Julianne Bledsoe, Grad Student
---Rising Above Dictatorships, Lalana Gunaratne, Grad Student
---Swedish Foreign Policy During the Second World War: Neutrality v. Security, Natallia Hetmanchuk, Grad Student
---Why Women Don’t Run: A Case Study of Women Running for Office in Massachusetts, David Capone, Grad Student

Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, 9th Floor 73 Tremont

Welcome, Dr. Rachael Cobb, Chair, Government Department

Remarks, Cheryl Rathbun, ’82, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer for Institutional Clients Group (ICG) Risk Management at Citigroup

Lambda Epsilon Chi Inductees

Pi Sigma Alpha Inductees

Undergraduate Awards

Graduate Awards

Closing Remarks

Cheryl Rathbun, ’82 Cheryl is a member of the senior management team which manages the enterprise credit risk and market risk of the investment and corporate bank. She is focused heavily on regulatory issues and how they impact the functioning of the Bank, including Basel II, IIA, and III and Dodd-Frank Title VII Legislation. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1998, Cheryl spent 11 years at the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with various assignments abroad and in Washington, DC, including assignments to the US Embassies in Vienna and Budapest as well as to the US Mission to the United Nations in New York and the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Cheryl has also been a foreign policy analyst for both the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels, the parliamentarian wing of NATO. Cheryl received her undergraduate degree from Suffolk University; as well as graduate degrees from the University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and the London School of Economics; Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC, the senior school of the US Government.

Faculty Roundtable, Poetry Center Sawyer Library

How Protest Matters: National and Global Perspectives

Professor John Berg
Assistant Professor Simone Chun
Assistant Professor Brian Conley
Assistant Professor Graham Kelder
Associate Professor Judith Dushku
Assistant Visiting Professor Robert Laffey
Moderator, Associate Professor and Chair, Rachael Cobb

Alumni Panel, Donahue 311 (41 Temple St)

Jonas Brunschwig, BA International Affairs, Suffolk University, 2011
Senior Associate, Uncharted Play, Inc and Curriculum Development Coordinator, Peace in Focus

Meaghan Calter, BS in Paralegal Studies, Suffolk University, 2007
Corporate Paralegal, Ropes & Gray LLP

Valentino Capobianco, BS American Government and Politics, Suffolk University, 2011
Legislative Aide for Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

Gary Christenson, BS Suffolk University 1990, MPA Suffolk University 1992, JD Suffolk University 2003
Mayor Gary Christenson, City of Malden.

Kate Ellis, BA, Government and International Relations, Suffolk University, 2010; MPPA, Northwestern University, In Progress (anticipated graduation in 2013)
Publications Assistant at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.; Graduate Student at Northwestern University in distance learning MPPA program.

María R. González Albuixech, MSPS, International Relations, Suffolk University, 2005
Director of Communications and Marketing - Health Care For All

Joseph Guay, BA International Relations, Lehigh University 2009; MSPS, International Relations 2011
Editorial and Research Assistant for Luise Druke; Staff Assistant at the Harvard College Writing Program; Adjunct Lecturer of Government, Suffolk University

Seyed Jalal Hosseini, BA, Siena Heights University, 1996, MSPS, Suffolk University, 2004, MPH, Harvard University, 2009
Associate Director for Educational Programs, United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Harvard School of Public Health

Jennifer Schmidt, BS/ Political Science, Suffolk University, 2009, MPH, Tufts University Medical School, 2011
Health Policy Analyst at Wakely Consulting Group.

Alayna Van Tassel, BS, Suffolk University, 2001, MA in Public Policy, George Washington University, 2006
Chief of Staff, House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight

For more information, please contact the Government Department at 73 Tremont St., Boston MA 02108

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