UCO Hosts 2015 Oklahoma Political
Science Association Conference

The University of Central Oklahoma will host the 2015 Oklahoma Political Science Association conference at the Nigh University Center on Nov. 5-6, 2015.

This year's conference will feature roundtable and panel discussions and presentations
on a variety of topics, including

  • Lynching
  • Gay Marriage 
  • Native American Issues 
  • Corrections in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Budgeting 
  • Voting 
  • Energy and Water Policy 
  • Economics 
  • Capital Punishment
  • Health Care 
  • Emergency Management

The conference will also feature a keynote address by Dr. Richard Herrera, associate director of the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Herrera has contributed articles to the American Political Science ReviewJournal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Dr. Susan Gooden and Dr. Richard HerreraDr. Susan Gooden, professor of public administration and policy and executive director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University will be the guest speaker at a luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 5. Dr. Gooden She has published books, scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of social equity, welfare policy and post-secondary education. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered academy, and is President-elect of the American Society for Public Administration.

In addition, Pulitzer finalists Friday November 6 at noon Ziva Branstetter and Cary Aspinwall will speak at Friday’s luncheon. Branstetter and Aspinwall were honored for their reporting on Oklahoma’s capital punishment process and the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in March of this year.

The panel discussions and roundtable discussions are free to students. All events will be held on the third floor of the Nigh University Center in the Robert S. Kerr, Mary Fallin and Carl Albert rooms.

For more information on the event or the Oklahoma POolitical Science Association, visit the group’s website at http://cameron.edu/history_government/opsa_conference.