February 25, 2024

Political Science Students Present Research Papers

Monroe HallFour University of Mary Washington political science students presented their research papers at the annual meeting of the Virginia Social Science Association, VSSA, in Richmond on April 6. The students were selected to present through a statewide undergraduate social science writing competition.

The selected students and their papers were:

  • Senior Taylor Brannan, “Moral Issues: The Impact Religiosity has on Public Opinion on Abortion”

  • Junior Anna Boning, “Race, Age, and Trust in Government”

  • Sophomore Benjamin Hermerding, “Class in Modern America: How Perceptions of Social Standing Affect Perspectives On Politics”

  • Junior Colin McElhinny, “Partisanship and Foreign Policy: Measuring Public Support for U.S. International Leadership”

Students prepared their papers last fall in Political Science 391, Research and Writing in Political Science, taught by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.