Dennis ’17 Wins Award for Best Paper at All Politics is Local Conference

June 13, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Bridget Dennis ‘17, a recent graduate of the University of Mount Union of Mount Vernon, Ohio, earned the Outstanding Paper award at the 14th Annual All Politics is Local Conference held at Walsh University in April.

Her paper, which she presented at Mount Union’s SCHOLAR Day, is titled “Exploring Links Between Institutional Racism and Party Voting Patterns in Three Ohio Counties, 2008-2016: Influence of Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Infant Mortality, and Education.”

Dennis’ paper focuses on institutional racism and hypothesizes that counties that vote more democratically will have a higher percentage of institutional racism (based on home ownership, infant mortality, and education level). Using data gathered from three different counties between 2008 – 2016 (Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton), she found that institutional racism predicted 74 percent of the voting difference.

This year’s All Politics is Local conference included faculty and students from eighteen colleges and universities from Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Some universities in attendance included, Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University, Cedarville University, Walsh University and Bethany College. 

“I would not have been able to receive the Best Paper Award or even complete this paper, without the help of my faculty sponsor, Dr. Lori Kumler,” Dennis said. “She was more than helpful along the way, meeting with me weekly and staying in contact by email in between meetings. Dr. Kumler made my experience at the University of Mount Union an exceptional one, providing me with wonderful guidance the past few years during my studies. I would encourage other students to present their own work at conferences like this, to share their own findings, and to learn more about what other students are researching.”

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