My current research focuses on the effects of high-impact practices (undergraduate research, internships, service-learning, study abroad, etc.) on student learning and success. Dr. Kyle Kopko and I presented preliminary findings at the annual meeting of the APSA in September 2015. We’re using national and Elizabethtown NSSE data from the past decade. When the results of the 2017 NSSE at Elizabethtown come in, we’ll update the 2015 APSA paper.
The PPLS faculty and I enjoy involving students in our research. The recent New England Journal of Political Science article on the Presidential Medal of Freedom (http://www.nepsanet.org/#!current-issue/c1pe0) was co-authored with two students, Julia Ward and Jillian Casey. They originally presented the manuscript at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in Orlando. The department and the College provide funding to support independent student research, as well as collaborative efforts with faculty.