College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Senior Conference

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Friday, March 29, 2019 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Seniors from the Department of Political Science will present their capstone projects to a campus-wide audience. This capstone experience is meant to be a synthesis and culmination of our student's time at Cal Poly Pomona. We run 14 panels in 5 sessions.

Each panel is moderated and attended by faculty of the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. Students are given 10 minutes to present their projects and we allow a short time for Q&A session. Senior Conference is open to the campus community. Light food and refreshments will be provided.

9:00-10:20am: Session #1

Politics of the Underserved
Panel #1: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major A
Faculty Moderators: Neil Chaturvedi & Robert Nyenhuis

  • Josh AlonzoPrison Reform In The United States  (Abstract)
  • Anthony EspinozaProposition 13: The Effects of Underfunded Education in Communities of Color  (Abstract)
  • Jacqueline JassoPrison Bail Reform  (Abstract)
  • Anazenet OrozcoImmigration Policy and its effects on minority political participation   (Abstract)
  • Barrett TateShould It Stay or Should It Go: An Analysis of Cashless Bail  (Abstract)

Activism and Rights in the United States
Panel #2: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major B
Faculty Moderators: Brady Collins & Mario Guerrero

  • Sarah Alvarado: Assessing Affordable Housing in San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties  (Abstract)
  • David EstradaThe Influence of Activism on Gun Control  (Abstract)
  • Ana LarroqueThe Green Space Paradox: Los Angeles County  (Abstract)
  • Laura Lopez: The Effects of a Brownfield in a South-East Los Angeles Community  (Abstract)
  • Josie Rodriguez: Women's Education and the Rising Decline of Fertility Rates  (Abstract)

The Justice System and Fairness
Panel #3: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major C
Faculty Moderators: Jill Hargis & David Speak

  • Daniel Acosta: The Impacts of Self-Represented Litigants on the Court System  (Abstract)
  • Sammy Alansari: Maintaining an even playing field within the court of law: Does a self-representated litigant truly recieve a fair trial?  (Abstract)
  • Alexandra Porges: Cherry-Picked Liberty  (Abstract)
  • Rodrigo Rivera: Factors That Influence Judicial Custody Decisions  (Abstract)
  • Anthony Ruiz: Self-Representation: Individual Challenges and their Effects on Success in Litigation at the Superior Court Level  (Abstract)
  • Samantha Valencia: Volunteer Retention in NonProfit Organizations  (Abstract)

10:30am-12:00pm: Session #2

The Effects of Media on American Society
Panel #4: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major A
Faculty Moderators: Neil Chaturvedi & David Speak

  • Lawren DonahueMedia Framing and the Resulting Political Effects in the United States  (Abstract)
  • Corey Espinosa: Social Media and Polarization  (Abstract)
  • Andres Galicia: The Role of Media and How It Shapes Attitudes and Opinions   (Abstract)
  • Jeff Groman: Does Mainstream Media Polarize American Politics?  (Abstract)
  • Luis Vaquera: Mass Shootings In The United States   (Abstract)

Race, Rights, and Participation
Panel #5: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major B
Faculty Moderators: Mario Guerrero & Robert Nyenhuis

  • Cynthia Barrera: The Importance of Race and Age in the 2016 Election  (Abstract)
  • Melissa Cornejo: Human Rights: Are NGOs effectively advocating for human rights in the countries they serve?   (Abstract)
  • Benjamin Hunter: Party Affiliation: The Shaping of Views on Free Speech  (Abstract)
  • Abigail Munguia: What affects female representation in Latin American governments?  (Abstract)
  • Samara Renteria: The Effects of Socio-Economic Factors in Relation to Voter-Turnout Rates  (Abstract)
  • Anais Rodriguez: How Race and Age Impacted Political Participation in the 2016 Presidential Election  (Abstract)

Constituencies, Service, and Activism
Panel #6: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major C
Faculty Moderators: Brady Collins, Jill Hargis & Marc Scarcelli

  • Marla Castillo: The Causes of Activism: An Analysis of Bottom-Up Activism on University Campuses and Beyond  (Abstract)
  • Gilberto Juarez: Affordable Housing Policies: The Success and Shortcomings   (Abstract)
  • Jonathon Horton: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: A Look Into Fenno’s Paradox  (Abstract)
  • Jesus Rojas-Vazquez: How Social Media Influences Voter Behavior  (Abstract)
  • Shelby Stueckle: Constituency Service and Incumbency Re-election   (Abstract)
  • Jason Wong: Civic Engagement among College Students   (Abstract)

12:10-1:40pm: Session #3

Political Participation and Engagement in America
Panel #7: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major A
Faculty Moderators: Neil Chaturvedi & Jill Hargis

  • Joshua Desta: The Effect of Compulsory Voting on Political Engagement  (Abstract)
  • Yaren GarciaVoting  (Abstract)
  • Kendall Haun: What Shapes Public Opinion on Climate Change?   (Abstract)
  • Gregory Shatsnider: Is Supreme Court Legitimacy Affected by the Partisanship of Senate Confirmation Hearings?  (Abstract)
  • Daniel Vallejo: How Does Gerrymandering Impact the Incumbency Rate In The House Of Representatives?  (Abstract)

Civil Rights and New Frontiers
Panel #8: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major B
Faculty Moderators: Mario Guerrero & David Speak

  • Stephanie Barrow: Gender Bias: How it Influences Supreme Court Decisions on Reproductive Rights   (Abstract)
  • Martin Calderon: Interest Groups and American Politics  (Abstract)
  • Matt Bryan: Social Media: Is it Creating a More Apathetic Future?  (Abstract)
  • Paulina DarrettHow does social media use affect the political participation and voting behaviors of American voters?  (Abstract)
  • Marissa IbarraThe Role of Gender in The Senate   (Abstract)
  • Genesis Gonzalez: The Procedural Justice of Self-represented Litigants in Family Law Courtrooms  (Abstract)

Issues in Comparative Politics and International Relations
Panel #9: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major C
Faculty Moderators: Brady Collins, Robert Nyenhuis, & Marc Scarcelli

  • Lauren Berg: The Final Frontier: Exploring the Emerging Rule of Law in Outer Space  (Abstract)
  • Frank Huntington: History and impact of current immigration policies on the rise of the far-right in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom  (Abstract)
  • Jeffrey KontorovskyWhy Do Revolutions Succeed  (Abstract)
  • Joshua MontanezThe Rise of Digitial Authoritarianism  (Abstract)
  • Amy StubblefieldPolicies to Mitigate the Consequences of Groundwater Depletion in Southern Asia  (Abstract)
  • Juliette Wander: The exploration of terrorism and its causes amongst states in the Middle East  (Abstract)

1:50-3:20pm: Session #4

Security, Immigration, and Foreign Policy
Panel #10: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major A
Faculty Moderators: Neil Chaturvedi & Jill Hargis

  • James Cordova: What is the Best Ways to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States?  (Abstract)
  • Ayham Dahlan: Iran and the United States: Foreign Policy Options  (Abstract)
  • Marianna GarciaProposition 187 impact in the Latino and Immigrant population in regards of representation in politics and future legislation  (Abstract)
  • Shiraz Lampwalla: A President’s War on Terror: An analysis of President George W. Bush’s Rhetoric and Influence on the War in Iraq  (Abstract)
  • Ryan Sanchez: The Growing Negative Attitudes  Towards Federal Agencies  (Abstract)

Education and Political Participation
Panel #11: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major B
Faculty Moderators: Mario Guerrero & David Speak

  • Caroline HernandezHow Gender Representation in Political Education Affects Student Involvement  (Abstract)
  • Marvin MoralesThe Latino High School Experience in the L.A.U.S.D.  (Abstract)
  • Oscar SilvaPolitical Knowledge: Which Socioeconomic Factors affect Knowledge amongst High School Seniors?  (Abstract)
  • Evelyn VazquezPolitical Engagement in High School Students  (Abstract)
  • Jiwoo YongCelebrity Endorsements during Elections  (Abstract)

The Military Industrial Complex & Policy in America
Panel #12: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major C
Faculty Moderators: Brady Collins, Robert Nyenhuis, & Marc Scarcelli

  • Nathaniel ChunWhat is the best policy the United States can implement to transition to clean energy?  (Abstract)
  • Hunter GrahamWhat are the best policy solutions to the challenges persented with artificial intelligence and the work force?  (Abstract)
  • Alexander MehtaHow can the US military industrial complex be improved to creater broader societal benefits?  (Abstract)
  • Charlie RamirezHow effective are mobilization strategies in promoting voter turnout?  (Abstract)
  • Matthew VazquezSmall cogs in the Military Industrial Machine  (Abstract)

3:30-5:00pm: Session #5

Comparative Politics around the World
Panel #13: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major A
Faculty Moderators: Mario Guerrero, Robert Nyenhuis & David Speak

  • Stephanie AnayaWhy is Mexico's war on drugs failing?  (Abstract)
  • Usman Baba: What are the major factors that influence government corruption?  (Abstract)
  • Fernando Herrera: State Capacity Across the Middle East  (Abstract)
  • Mike Lopez: Post-colonialism in Ecuador and Peru  (Abstract)
  • Diego Rangel-Lopez: Introducing Entomophagy in Developing Countries  (Abstract)
  • Crystal TovarWhat policies are most effecitve in combating religious extremism in the Middle East?  (Abstract) 

Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism, and Civil War
Panel #14: Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major B
Faculty Moderators: Jill Hargis & Marc Scarcelli

  • Abdelrahman Ashraf Eigendy: Is religion the major factor in war? Fault in the religion or the religiouss  (Abstract)
  • Ujala Batool: Why do Levels Conflict Between Shia and Sunni Muslims Vary in the Middle East?  (Abstract)
  • Marlon Kobulnicky: What influences the Use of Terrorism in Civil Wars?  (Abstract)
  • Edgar Orozco: What explains the difference of Sikh's Stability in India and Pakistan?  (Abstract)
  • Damian Rodgers: Ethnic Conflict Theory in Minority Populations: Which Main Theory of Ethnic Conflict Best Describes Kurdish Minority Experiences in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran?   (Abstract)
  • Sami Saad: Is the US Foreign Policy Effectively Stabilizing Syria and Eradicating Terrorism?  (Abstract)