skip navigation
Public Policy Ph.D. Program
340 N. Campus Drive
Ozark Hall 213
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR, USA 72701
Email: policy@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-5865

Student Publications

Student Achievements, Awards, and Conference Activity (Policy students’ names in bold)

Abdullah Al-Shanbri coauthored a conference paper at the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow, March 2012, (with Merry Moiseichik). He also served as a judge at the University of Arkansas Graduate School’s Graduate Student Research Competition, February 2012.

Kalynn Amundson accepted a position as assistant professor of sociology, Labette Community College, Parsons KS.

Kuatbay Bektemirov received a 2011 OMNI International Center Scholarship. He presented coauthored conference papers at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Economics Association, San Diego, CA, April 2012 (with Eric Wailes), the MANRRS National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2012, the Arkansas Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Conway, AR, February 2012 (with Danny Chand, Renee Deshommes, and Leland McQueen), and the International Conference on Sustainable Development of Southern Aral Sea Region, Nukus, Uzbekistan, November 2011 (in Russian). He won second place in the graduate research poster competition, MANRRS National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2012 as well as the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the Arkansas Political Science Association Conference, Conway, AR (with Daniel Chand, Renee Deshommes, and Leland McQueen).

Deborah Brown presented a paper at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Rice Research Technical Working Group, March 2012, Hot Springs, AR. Deborah also presented a paper at the MANRRS Conference, April 2012, Atlanta, GA. The MANRRS Conference paper was awarded 3rd place in the graduate student paper competition.

Danny Chand presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2012, Chicago, IL (with Bill Schreckhise) and a paper at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association, February 2012, Conway, AR (with Kuat Bektemirov, Renee Deshommes, and Leland McQueen). The latter paper won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Arkansas Political Science Association. Danny was elected to the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union for the State of Arkansas and completed his term as president of SPARK, the student association for the public policy PhD program.

Laura Connerly was promoted to Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. She presented papers at one national andthree state conferences. She also won the Extension Excellence Diversity Award. Laura hosts a monthly television segment about personal finance on KARK in Little Rock (also weekly), KNWA Fayetteville, KTVE in El Dorado, and KTAL in Texarkana.

Kristopher Copeland presented two papers at the Central States Communication Association conference, September 2011, and one paper at the conference of the Oklahoma Speech, Theater, and Communication Association, March 2012. He serves as President of the Oklahoma Forensics Association, 2012-2014.

Amanda Crandall presented a paper at the Southern Early Childhood Association Conference, February 2012, San Antonio, TX.

Blake Decker presented a paper at the National Science Foundation Learning Network Conference, January 2012. He also has a coauthored manuscript under review at a peer-reviewed journal.

Renee Deshommes presented coauthored papers at the Arkansas Political Science Association meeting, February 2012, Conway, AR (with Bektemirov, Chand, and McQueen) and the Midwest Political Science Association meeting, April 2012, Chicago, IL (with Kerr, Miller, and Kerr). The former paper won the Arkansas Political Science Association’s Best Graduate Student Paper Award.

Katy Evans accepted a position at Georgia College and State University as Director of Disability Services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 Coordinator.

Carmen Hardin continues to serve as visiting assistant professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Hendrix College.

Angela Hines presented her dissertation research to the Washington County League of Women Voters, 2012, Fayetteville, AR.

Kim Holland presented papers at the 13th Annual Arkansas Conference for Parent Education and Involvement, October 2011, Little Rock, AR and the annual meeting of Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education, February 2012, Little Rock, AR.

Sonia Kapur continues to serve as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare. She presented a coauthored paper at the Health and Wellness Conference, March 2012, Chicago, IL (with John Gaber). Sonia serves as a board member on the Red Web Foundation (USA), a non-profit sector organization working on issues of women’s menstrual health. Sonia taught two courses for PLSC/MEST at the University of Arkansas.

Brenda Kilby presented a coauthored paper at the Arkansas Political Science Association annual meeting, February 2012, Conway, AR (with Bill Schreckhise).

Ranjit Mane presented two papers at Asian Development Bank conferences, one in August 2011, Manila, Philippines, and the other in November 2011, Manila, Philippines. Ranjit also presented a paper at the MANRRS Annual Conference, March2012, Atlanta, GA. He was elected President of MANRRS, an RSO at the University of Arkansas.

Stacey McCullough presented two papers at national conferences and one paper at a state conference. Stacey serves as Southern Region Representative, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, 2012-2013 term, Chair of Member Services Committee, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, 2011-2012 term, Chair of Recognition and Awards Committee, Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists, and Vice President, Pulaski County 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. Stacey won second place in the Fifth Annual Graduate School Research Symposium, February 2012, University of Arkansas. Stacey was also awarded a grant from Winrock International to conduct microenterprise training in Izard, Fulton and Sharp counties.

Bettie Miller presented research at the Annual Nursing Excellence in Research Practice Conference, April 2012, Fayetteville, AR. Bettie was awarded two distance education grants by the University of Arkansas.

Adele Norris accepted a position as assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, Rochester.

Tammy Overacker serves on the Graduate Dean’s Advisory Board, U of A. She also presented one paper at an international conference and one paper at a national conference (with John Gaber).

Noah Pittman presented a coauthored paper at the College Board Southwest Regional Forum, February 2012, Little Rock, AR (with R. Achhireddy, R. Seubert, and J. Rios). He also served as an Ambassador for the Graduate School.

Paxton Roberts presented a paper at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Annual Meeting, June 2011, University of Maryland College Park, MD (with Brent Smith) and a paper at the Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP) Annual Meeting, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), July 2011, Baltimore, MD. He has submitted the following grant applications: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Title: Geospatial and Temporal Patterns of Terrorists’ Precursor Behavior: A Crime Specific Analysis and National Institute of Justice, Title: Identity and Framing Theory, Precursor Activity, and the Radicalization Process. He is currently working on Creation and Analysis of an Integrated U.S. Security Database (IUSSD), Department of Homeland Security, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’s (START)-Grant Period: 2009-2014 (with Brent Smith).

Caleb Rose presented a paper and a poster at the annual meeting of theAssociation for Education Finance and Policy Conference, 2012, Boston, MA (paper coauthored with Gary Ritter). Caleb served as Emeritus Member, Graduate Dean’s Student Advisory Board, U of A.

Karen Sebold accepted a three-year position as Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas. She also served on the University of Arkansas Teaching Assistance Effectiveness Advisory Committee. Karen presented coauthored papers at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, September 2011, Seattle, WA (with Limbocker, Dowdle, and Stewart) and the Southern Political Science Association, January 2012, New Orleans, LA (with Dowdle and Parry).

Everrett Smith was elected president of SPARK, the PUBP student organization.

Anita Thompson serves as Vice President for Organization, Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the steering committee, Tahlequah City Strategic Planning Project. Anita co-authored literacy grant applications to the Dollar General Foundation and the AT&T Foundation.

Roderick Williams accepted a position as Social Science Policy Analyst with the Congressional Research Service.

Student Publications, 2011-2012 (Policy students’ names in bold)

Abreo, C., Moon, Z., Farmer, F., Miller, W., McCullough, S. (2011). Survey Overview: Entrepreneurial Development Targeting Rural Hispanic Immigrants. (Edited by Judith Killen). Cooperative Extension Service. University of Arkansas—Division of Agriculture, MP495.

Abreo, C., Moon, Z., Farmer, F., Miller, W., McCullough, S. (2011). Latino Immigrant’s Guide to Starting a Business in Arkansas: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs. Cooperative Extension Service. University of Arkansas—Division of Agriculture, MP497.

Abreo, C., Moon, Z., Farmer, F., Miller, W., McCullough, S. (2011). A Resource Guide to Latino Entrepreneurship Training Materials. Cooperative Extension Service. University of Arkansas—Division of Agriculture, MP505.

Bektemirov, Kuatbay and Eric J. Wailes. Integrating Conservation in Arkansas State Water Policy. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Vol. 67, No. 3, May/June 2012, p. 80A-83A.

Hamilton, Leah. 2011. An exploratory investigation of foster parent retention in Arkansas. Midsouth Political Science Review, 12:69-87.

Hunt, Valerie H., Shauna Morimoto, Anna Zajicek, and Rodica Lisnic, Intersectionality and Dismantling Institutional Privilege: The Case of the NSF ADVANCE Program, Race, Class, and Gender, Vol. 19, No.1-2 (2012): 266-290.

Gaber, John and Tammy Overacker. 2011. Arkansas Growing Healthy Communities: A Series of Rapid Health Impact Assessments for Five Arkansas Communities. A report prepared for the Arkansas Department of Health.

Miller, J., McCullough, S., Rainey, D. & Das, B. (2012). “Communications Training Needs in Arkansas' Agritourism Industry,” Journal of Applied Communications. 96(1)

Sebold, Karen and Andrew Dowdle. 2011. The influence of familial, childhood, and peer networks on presidential political personality: Bill Clinton, Hope, Hot Springs and racial attitudes. White House Studies, 11.

Sebold, Karen, Andrew Dowdle, Patrick A. Stewart and Scott A. Limbocker. The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Contributions to 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates. PS: Political Science & Politics. Scheduled for October 2012, 45(4).

Sebold, Karen and B. Warner. Forthcoming 2012. “Civics Instruction in Higher Education in the State of Arkansas.” Midsouth Political Science Review, 13:1.

Zajicek, A., S. Morimoto, A. Terdalkar, V. Hunt., J. Rencis, and R. Lisnic. 2011. Recruitment Strategies for Gender Equity: Lessons from Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 ADVANCE Institutions. American Society for Engineering Education.