Illinois State University’s Department of Politics and Government held the 28th Annual Conference for Students of Political Science on May 13. This year the conference was conducted virtually and featured research by 25 undergraduate and graduate students from 11 universities, including colleges from outside the U.S.

The papers presented in the conference covered diverse topics, such as public policy, democratic and authoritarian regimes, the politics of the U.S. Supreme Court, identity politics, judicial decision-making, counterterrorism, political economy of the Middle East and Latin America, racial justice, and social movements. 

Dr. Sibel Oktay from University of Illinois at Springfield delivered the keynote speech titled “Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy: Evidence from Europe and the Middle East.”

Dr. Yusuf Sarfati was the conference organizer.  The Department also expresses its appreciation for the help of Phil Michaels, Jasmine Buckner, and graduate student Dylan Taylor.

The conference program is available at the conference website.