ABU students to present at conference

PHILIPPI – Five undergraduate students from the Alderson Broaddus University Political Science Association attended the Midwest Political Science Association Conference, one of the largest political science conferences, with more than 5,000 presenters from throughout the United States and around the world on April 3-6.

Four of the five attending ABU students presented posters at the conference:

Samantha Louden, president of the ABU Political Science Association, and senior Kyle Jordon presented in the U.S. Foreign Policy Posters category. Louden’s presentation was titled “Democracy Promotion in the Middle East” while Jordan discussed “Expanding the Hierarchy of Needs to Include the State.”

Senior Stephen Horacek discussed “Political Change among Contemporary Western European Communist Parties” in the European Politics Posters category.

Devin Johnson, a senior and a student representative of the ABU Political Science Association, presented in the Understanding War and Conflict Posters category on “A Country Divided: A Brief Analysis of The Underlying Cause of the Rwandan Genocide.”

The 2014 conference began with a welcome reception Wednesday evening. The conference featured new elements, including the Empire Lecture Series and a “Politics in Review” section. Other highlights were the Exhibitors’ Reception Thursday night and the President’s Reception Saturday evening. The main component of the conference, the Exhibit Hall, was open Thursday through Saturday.

The national conference takes place in April of each year, traditionally at the Historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

The purposes of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems. As such, MPSA is a nonpartisan association. It does not support political parties or candidates.

The MPSA publishes the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), a premier journal for research in all major areas of political science. To learn more about the MPSA and the annual conference, please visit: