Three political science students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently presented papers containing original research at the 40th annual Arkansas Political Science Association Conference in Arkadelphia. 

Courtney Thrower of Monticello, Hunter Fowler of Glenwood, and Reba Worthen of Warren each presented papers to the ArkPSA, a professional association of university and secondary political science educators, graduate and undergraduate students, practitioners, and others interested in the scientific study of government and political behavior.

Thrower, a senior majoring in political science and criminal justice, presented a paper entitled “The International Eugenics Movement: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Eugenic Programs in the United States and Nazi Germany.” This paper, a finalist for the 2013 Arkansas Political Science ‘Best Undergraduate Paper,’ discussed the moral, legal and political implications of international eugenics movements by comparing historical programs carried out in the United States and Germany. UAM faculty members Dr. Carol Strong and Rejena Saulsberry served as research supervisors for this paper.

Hunter Fowler, a sophomore political science major, presented a paper entitled “Legitimate or not Legitimate? That is the Question: A Reappraisal of Legitimacy in Authoritarian Regimes,” which considered different ways of interpreting the generation of legitimacy in non-democratic regimes around the world.

Reba Worthen, a junior majoring in political science, presented a paper entitled“Something’s Got to Give: Recidivism Rates and Rehabilitations (or Lack Thereof) in the Criminal Justice System,” which considered current policies found within the legal and criminal justice system and analyzed whether or not they could realistically rehabilitate criminal offenders to ensure that they would not become repeat offenders.  The research supervisor for Fowler and Worthen was Strong, associate professor of political science.

“UAM was again been well represented at the Arkansas Political Science Association conference,” said Strong. “I am extremely proud of the dedication that these three students already show towards their academic work and look forward to their future achievements.”