2020 Virtual Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Recorded panels can be viewed at the Allacademic Site (login required)

10-11:30 am
Roundtable I: Is Democracy Dying?
Among other things, the electoral victory of the pro-Brexit side in the U.K. and the election of Donald Trump in 2016 caused public concerns about whether democracy was in danger of dying. This roundtable features a diverse group of scholars who will address the state of democracy in specific cases as well as how scholars define and evaluate democracy.  In the past four years, analysts of democracy in the developed world have become concerned with a de-democratization phenomenon which was previously investigated primarily in new democracies.

Chair: Azzedine Layachi, St. John’s University
Discussant: Tony Spanakos, Montclair State University

Sheri Berman, Barnard College
David Stasavage, New York University
Andreas Kalyvas, New School
Carlos Pereira, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

10-11:30 am
Roundtable II:  The 2020 Election: The Parties Respond

The Roundtable will provide a critical analysis of the role political parties played in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, with a special emphasis on party activity in the Northeast.

Chair: Brian M. Conley, Suffolk University

Kevan M. Yenerall, Clarion University
Luke Perry, Utica College
Scott McLean, Quinnipiac University
Rachael M. Cobb, Suffolk University

12:30-1:30 pm
Keynote Presentation
Leverage the Moment: The Role of Higher Education in Combating Institutional Racism
Dr. David Bell, Dean of the School of Education, St. John’s University

1:30-1:50 pm
Meet  the new editorial team of Polity, the NPSA journal
Discussion of exciting plans for the journal

2-3:30 pm
Panel I: Politics and Society in the Time of Corona
In less than a year, Covid-19 has had dramatic political, economic, and social impacts worldwide. It has gone from being seen as “the great equalizer” to revealing deep inequities in societies as governments around the world struggle to respond to the crisis. Bringing together scholars from across the discipline, this panel will explore some of the political and social and economic issues raised by the pandemic.

Chair: Lisa Parshall, Daemen College
Discussant: Adam Stone, Georgia State Univ

Both Hands Tied Behind Your Back: Fighting a Pandemic while Deconstructing the Administrative State
Jim Twombly,  Elmira College
Lisa K. Parshall,  Daemen College

Media Coverage of COVID-19 across Native American Land
Earlene Camarillo, Western Oregon University
Stefanie Kunze,  Northern Arizona University

Assessment of President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy, and Public Diplomacy during the COVID – 19 Pandemic, and Its Consequences on the U.S. National Interests
Ahmed Younis Zohny, Coppin State University

Comparative Analysis: Cognitive Dissonance in Covid 19 and 9/11
Tyeshia L Barfield, American Public University

Policy Diffusion and the Covid-19 Pandemic
Michael Motta, Farmingdale State College

2-3:30 pm
Panel II: Mechanisms and Institutions: Comparative Studies of Race and Capitalism
This panel focuses on empirical studies of multiple private sector and state institutions such as local bureaucracies, the military, and fringe economy financial institutions. One theme the panel will address is how a racial capitalism lens can help us analyze the reproduction of racial inequality at a time when state institutions, financial institutions, and civil society itself are facing multiple crises. The Panel is co-sponsored by Polity and the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Chair: Megan Ming Francis, University of Washington
Discussant: Michael Dawson, University of Chicago

Colonial Soldier System: Explaining the Impact of National Origins Quotas on Immigrant Labor in the U.S. Military
Alfredo Gonzalez, California State University at Dominguez Hills

Neoliberal Populism and the Racial Politics of Mexico’s 4th Transformation
Tania Islas, McGill University
Milena Ang, University of Texas at San Antonio

Lessons of Financial Institutions: Racialized Resource Provision, Regulatory Design, and Political Learning
Patricia Posey, University of Chicago

Race in the American City: Vestiges of the Old Racial Order in the [new] Urban Space
Meghan Wilson, Michigan State University

3:45-5:15 pm
Panel III: Women and Politics Globally

One hundred years have passed since women were finally granted the right to vote in the US.A. Over the past 100 years, much has changed in the role of women in politics globally, but much more still needs to be accomplished. From voter perceptions of female candidates, to gender bias in politics and society, political violence, and more, this panel will examine a number of issues related to women and politics around the world.

ChairFarida Jalalzai, Virginia Tech
DiscussantCourtney Burns, Bucknell University

Falling off the Glass Cliff? Theresa May and British perceptions of female Leaders post BREXIT
Lisa A. Baglione, Saint Joseph’s University
Raeghan Smith, Saint Joseph’s University

Suitable for Men Only: Political Representation of Women in Myanmar’s 2020 Election
Nicole Loring, Rivier University

A Typology of Online Violence against Women in Politics
Rebecca Kuperberg, Rutgers University
Juliana Restrepo Sanin, University of Florida

Black Women’s Opinions on the Importance of Public Policy that addresses bias in AI
Misha Gabrielle Cornelius, Howard University

Gender and Out of Party Voting: Results of a Survey Experiment
Tara Riggs, Binghamton University

3:45-5:15 pm
Panel IV: Theory and Politics Today
Ever since the time of Plato and Aristotle, political philosophers have wrestled with the political, social and economic issues of their days as they sought to define a better polity. Drawing on scholars from ancient and classical political thought, American political thought, and modern political thought, this panel will apply theory to politics today.

Chair: Jonathan Keller, Manhattan College
DiscussantAndreas Avgousti, Simon Fraser University

Forgotten Conservatives: The Liberty League and the Origins of Modern American Conservatism
Aaron Quinn Weinstein, Fairfield University

Aristotle’s Defense of the Multitude, Reconsidered
John Hungerford, Two Six Labs

Religious Toleration or Religious Freedom? John Locke’s Debate with Edward Bagshaw
Tianhong Ying,  Michigan State University

The Mortality of Republics: The Fragility of Freedom in American Republicanism
Christopher Brennan, Columbia University

The Rise of Executive Power: Authoritarian Populism and Unitary Executive Theory
Attila Antal, Eötvös Loránd University

All are available throughout November 2020

Panel V: China and the World
China’s rise as a global superpower has brought it new power and influence on the global stage. How China uses that power, deals with its neighbors, and interacts with the USA politically, economically, and militarily will be a decisive factor in shaping the future. This panel will address some of the major issues surrounding China’s role in the world.

Chair: Vanessa Ruget, Salem State University
DiscussantMark Sachleben, Shippensburg University

Analysis of Shifting Chinese Print Representation of Hong Kong & Taiwan
Christopher Wright Herrick, Muhlenberg College
Jorge Wright Silveyra, Muhlenberg College

An International Order with Chinese Characteristics: Is China on a Path to Radically Transform the World?
Ray Leonardo, Northeastern University

Bipartisan consensus against China in US Congress: trade, human rights, and covid-19

Zheya Gai, Washington & Jefferson College
Gregory Hallenbeck, Washington & Jefferson College

Turkey and China: A Blooming Relationship?
Lenore G. Martin, Emmanuel College

The Myth of China’s Flexible Negotiating Position
Pokai Tsao, Georgetown University, Conflict Resolution Program

Panel VI: Jerry Mileur Panel on the Future of the Parties
This panel brings UMass alumni together to discuss the state of the parties and their future in American politics. It is a Roundtable with a long and important history of lively conversation, and heated debates.

Chair: Alison Dagnes, Shippensburg University

Lonce Bailey, Shippensburg University
Jerold Duquette, Central Connecticut State University
Doug Harris, Loyola University of Maryland
Aaron Quinn Weinstein, Fairfield University

Panel VII: Generational Perspectives on American Politics
The papers for this panel are part of a larger project focusing on the often-understudied ways that a generational lens can add to our understanding of American politics. They demonstrate the range of ways a generational lens can matter.  They offer a comparative study of political activism, the impact a presidential visit can have on the longer term participation of college students and the impact of recent political events and the era of President Trump on millennial participation and attitudes.

ChairSally Friedman, State University of New York at Albany
Discussants: Kenneth Moffett, Southern Illinois University
Scott McLean, Quinnipiac University

The Times They are a Changin’: Lessons Imparted from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Current-Day Climate Movement
Robin Boyle Laisure, St John’s University

Millennial Generation Political Engagement – Democratically Motivated or Disenchanted? Insights from the 2020 Election
Ashley Ross,Texas A & M University
Stella Rouse, University of Maryland

Presidential Candidates on Campus and Civic Engagement among College Students
Kenneth Moffett, Southern Illinois University
Laurie Rice, Southern Illinois University

Generation Z , Populist Politics and the Trump Effect
Scott McLean, Quinnipiac University

Panel VIII: Theorizing Race and Capitalism/Racial Capitalism
This panel tackles theorizing racial capitalism from three perspectives. Historically we analyze the lessons learned from early pioneers of the study of the relationship between race, caste, and class. A racial capitalism lens is also used to analyze the school-to-prison pipeline and its connection to racial authoritarianism. Finally, an alternative theoretical framework to classical racial capitalism theory is offered. The Panel is co-sponsored by Polity and the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

ChairMegan Ming Francis, University of Washington
Discussant:Emily Katzenstein, Oxford University

Oliver Cromwell Cox and modern US racial capitalism
Charisse Burden-Stelly, Carleton College

Hidden in Plain Sight II: Regimes of Articulation—An Alternative Framework
Michael Dawson, University of Chicago

Hardening Schools: Race, Security, and De-Democratization in the United States
Ashleigh Campi, Loyola Marymount University