Several members of the UConn community attended the Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. Thanks to Claire Simonich for the photos:
Prof. Michael Morrell presented a paper using an experimental method to examine the effects of empathy and winning and losing on citizens’ perceptions of their experiences in deliberating the issues of same-sex marriage and the death penalty, a panel which included current APSA President Jane Mansbridge. He was also the discussant for a panel on Deliberation in Theory and Practice and for a poster session on Punishment and Obligation.
Prof. Jeremy Pressman presented a paper, “The Ambiguity of Force: The Implications of Israeli-Palestinian Disagreement.” He also chaired a panel on drones in international relations. In addition, he led an MPSA “dine-around” on the Arab Spring. The dinner included participants from Libya, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and elsewhere.
Wes Renfro (UConn POLS PhD 2009) and Marc O’Reilly (UConn POLS PhD 2001) presented a paper, “Empire by Any Other Name: America’s Continued Primacy in the Persian Gulf,” at MPSA. Wes is currently an assistant professor of political science at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.
Claire Simonich ’13 presented a poster entitled “Gender Wage Gap Policies in the US: Equal Access or Equal Treatment Rights?” based on my honors thesis within a panel of posters all revolving around policy, women’s rights, and the US. She writes: “I also attended a few interesting paper panels and enjoyed a bit of downtown Chicago. I enjoyed sharing my research with the other poster presenters and learning from their research at this large, national conference.”
Prof. Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh chaired a panel on “Intellectuals and Political Activism.” At a second panel, he presented a paper entitled “Can We Escape the Cave? Paul Ricoeur, Slavoj Zizek, and the Challenge of Seeing Ourselves Honestly.” The paper was an expansion of a talk that he delivered in fall, 2013 at a meeting of senior Honors students in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.