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Faculty and students to present panel at GPSA conference

Dr. Thomas Nisley, associate professor of international studies and political science, and four students will present papers and Dr. Nisley will take part in a panel discussion at the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA) Conference, Nov. 9-10 in Savannah, Ga.


Dr. Nisley will chair the panel on “The international relations of the Americas.” He will present a paper titled “The popular perception of the United States in Latin America and the role of the Peace Corps and economic and military aid.”


The following SPSU students will also present papers:


• Andrew Hansen (international studies), “Forgetting the ditch: A constructivist analysis of the transfer of the Panama Canal”;


• Patrick Sumner (political science), “Realism and anarchy, structuralism and institutionalism”;


• Elizabeth Lehner (international studies), “Venezuelan foreign policy: Hugo Chavez and the enlightenment of the Bolivarian dream”; and


• Andrew J. Gifford (political science) “China in Latin America: A new threat in the Western Hemisphere?”


“It is truly gratifying to see the scholarship of our faculty and students recognized in this manner,” said Dr. Tom Nelson, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.


The GPSA is a professional association for political science practitioners and educators in Georgia.