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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 1, 2017

Northwest hosts international political science conference

Scholars from throughout the world converged Oct. 12-13 at Northwest Missouri State University for the 20th Annual Great Plains Political Science Association Conference.

In addition to presentations by professors throughout the Great Plains region, numerous graduate students and undergraduate students attended the conference. The gathering was highlighted with a keynote address by Dr. David Kimball, professor and graduate director of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Five Northwest students, representing programs in criminology, political science and geography, presented papers based on research they completed at Northwest.

Five Northwest professors representing the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, also presented their research.

Gracey also was a panelist in a session, titled “Missouri Politics in the Age of Trump” and moderated by Campbell.

Casey served as president of the Great Plains Political Science Association (GPPSA) and had oversight of the annual conference.

“It's valuable for students to attend the conference to see more of what political scientists do with research,” Casey said. “They learn about new ideas and how some of the concepts they learn in the classroom are applied. It also provides them with an opportunity to share their research with other scholars and to gain feedback on their papers from other professionals. It also helps them to gain experience with speaking before a diverse audience. Both of these experiences can aid them in their chosen profession, and it’s critical if they plan on going to graduate school in political science or associated disciplines. My hope for students is that they learn from ideas presented and gain confidence in their own research pursuits.”

Campbell was named GPPSA for 2018, ensuring the conference will return to Northwest next fall. Gracey was appointed vice president and Smith will serve as treasurer.  

The Great Plains Political Science Association was created in 1997 to promote the study of political science and public affairs and supports academic study of the topics through an annual conference that serves as a forum for both faculty and student presentations, faculty development and public affairs workshops.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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