Undergraduate Research Conference
Conference Overview: Information, Elections, and the Future of American Democracy
The conference, led by Associate Professor of Political Science Chris Chapp, will highlight student research as well as the ways students engaged in civic processes during the 2022 midterm elections.More...
Workshops on facilitating constructive political discourse
Join Gustavus Adolphus professors Hagar Attia and Sarah Wolter for the Deliberation as Democratic Practice workshop.More...
A conversation with Renée DiResta (Stanford Internet Observatory) and Sean Illing (Vox Media & author, The Paradox of Democracy)More...
Undergraduate research panels on the midterm elections, public policy, and political communication
Dr. Chris Chapp is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College. He is author of Religious Rhetoric in America Politics, published by Cornell University Press.
Dr. Tim Collins (‘10) teaches courses on research methods and American politics at St. Thomas University, the University of Minnesota, and St. Olaf College. His book, Hypocrisy in American Political Attitudes: A Defense of Attitudinal Incongruence, was published in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. Kathryn Haglin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minnesota. Her research explores concepts of political identity and scientific attitudes, particularly the role of misinformation in anti-science attitudes.
Dr. Kevin Parsneau is a Professor of Political Science at Minnesota State University – Mankato. Dr. Parsneau’s recent research explores the role of elite endorsements in nomination campaigns, as well as how political elites use social media as a communication tool.
Ashley Sorensen is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is also a visiting instructor at Macalester College and has taught courses on gender and politics, political psychology, and LGBTQ+ politics. Her research examines how social identities like race, class, and gender affect evaluations of parties and congressional candidates.
Workshop on Facilitating a Constructive Political Discourse | 11:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Hagar Attia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has a Ph.D from the University of Maryland and studies fundamentalist argumentation.
Sarah Wolter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota and studies sports discourse and critical pedagogy.
This conference would not be possible without the contributions of the student researchers, panel discussants, and civil dialogue facilitators involved today and throughout the planning process. We would especially like to thank Sean Illing and Renée DiResta for bringing their time and knowledge to St. Olaf. We thank IFC student workers, Kate Linggi and Emma Rezac, IFC Coordinator, Jessica Maddoll, and Director for Academic Civic Engagement, Alyssa Melby for their contributions. Finally, we are grateful for the generous donors who allow us to continue fostering dialogue that opens minds.