The Department of Politics and Government of Illinois State University held the 25th annual Conference for Students of Political Science on April 21, 2017, at the Bone Student Center.
The conference was cosponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society of political science. Nearly 30 graduate and undergraduate students representing five colleges and universities participated in the conference and presented their research. The paper topics ranged from political theory, political behavior, international relations, state development, political campaigns, public policy, and political psychology. All the student papers can be viewed at the department conference website.
Professor Niki Kalaf-Hughes from the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University gave the keynote luncheon address entitled “Vegan Pork: Congressional Letter-Marking, Agency Preferences, and the Allocation of Distributive Benefits.” The presentation focused on the influence of letter-writing by members of Congress on benefits received by congressional districts.
The 2017 student conference was organized by Professor Carl Palmer.