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2012 - Northeastern Political Science Association Words: 234 words || 
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1. Trosky, Abram. "Of the People, by the People, and for other Peoples? Moral violence and the state in the political philosophy of Howard Zinn" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA, Nov 15, 2012 <Not Available>. 2019-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p603312_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Melding libertarian, communitarian, and cosmopolitan sentiments, Howard Zinn’s political philosophy tempers profound skepticism of governmental power with the sustaining hope that popular movements and the action of individual conscience will increase human freedom globally. The rare historian who disavowed objectivity in historical research and writing, he embraced the “bias” of humanism in both the selection and depiction of his subjects.
Zinn’s philosophy of historical change amalgamating Marxist, democratic socialist, and anarchist thought leaves questions regarding these principles’ appropriate application. As an activist, Zinn was adamant that we, the people, should do something. But because his prescriptivism comes primarily in the form of critique and resistance, it is difficult to give a Zinnian answer the basic political philosophic question, “What is to be done?”—How to positively build peace with the state in constant opposition?
This ambivalence is especially evident in the realm of international relations. Zinn was ardently anti-war but disavowed the pacifism and passivity of the political left, without saying much publically about the territory between. As observed in the Occupy and Arab social movements, Zinn remains an icon of both reformists who espouse nonviolent direct action, and revolutionaries who advocate meeting unjust force with force. My contention in this paper is that Zinn’s patchwork allegiances suggest a more nuanced understanding of the morality of violence and the mechanisms of historical change than regularly appreciated.

2016 - AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto Words: 241 words || 
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2. Kamo, Tomoki. "The People’s Liberation Army in the Local People’s Congresses: What do the Delegates of the Local People’s Congresses Represent?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, <Not Available>. 2019-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1099781_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The main purpose of this research is to expose political functions of the delegates to the local people’s congresses in China. It focuses on the local people’s congress delegates selected from the circles of the People’s Liberations Army (PLA).
Earlier research on the delegates of the Chinese local people’s congresses focuses on this function of information gathering and reveals the delegates’ functions as agents, remonstrators, or representatives.
Using the data from the Jiangsu Province Yangzhou City People’s Congress from 1998 to 2015, this research examines how the information gathering function of the local people’s congresses has changed over the last decade or so. In particular, analyzing the contents of the bills submitted to the people’s congress by the delegates selected from the PLA circles, this research depicts how the PLA has gradually started expressing its demands through the people’s congresses over the last decade.
At the end of the 1990s, the PLA never submitted bills to the local peoples congresses. In regards to this reason, an individual familiar with the local people’s congresses responded that “even if the PLA had any demands it did not submit bills since it was able to solve these issues within its own system.” However, in the recent years, the PLA has been submitting its requests to the people’s congresses in the form of bills. This research explores the political meaning of the change in the relationship between the local people’s congresses and the PLA.

2017 - 88th Annual SPSA Conference Words: 302 words || 
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3. Kamo, Tomoki. "How Does the Chinese People's Liberation Army Utilize People's Congresses? Its Changing Relationship with Society" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 88th Annual SPSA Conference, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1204015_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to expose political functions of the delegates to the local people’s congresses in China. It focuses on the local people’s congress delegates selected from the circles of the People’s Liberations Army (PLA).

Previous research argues that in authoritarian regimes democratic institutions carry out three political functions. The first one is the power sharing function to prevent alienation of the elites. The second is the engagement function aimed at suppressing the opposition. The third political function is that of information gathering to enhance government effectiveness. Earlier research on the delegates of the Chinese local people’s congresses focuses on this function of information gathering and reveals the delegates’ functions as agents, remonstrators, or representatives.

Using the data from the Jiangsu Province Yangzhou City People’s Congress from 1998 to 2015, this paper examines how the information gathering function of the local people’s congresses has changed over the last decade or so. In particular, analyzing the contents of the bills submitted to the people’s congress by the delegates selected from the PLA circles, this research depicts how the PLA has gradually started expressing its demands through the people’s congresses over the last decade.

At the end of the 1990s, the PLA never submitted bills to the local people’s congresses. In regards to this reason, an individual familiar with the local people’s congresses responded that “even if the PLA had any demands it did not submit bills since it was able to solve these issues within its own system.” However, in the recent years, the PLA has been submitting its requests to the people’s congresses in the form of bills. This paper explores the political meaning of the change in the relationship between the local people’s congresses and the PLA.

2017 - Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action Words: 311 words || 
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4. Innerarity, Skye Keeley-Shea. "Míw’ïy-a-t-i’ ‘učù: Our people are living: Creating sacred space to remember, celebrate survival, and revitalize a people through traditional Miwok basketweaving" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, <Not Available>. 2019-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1238632_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Roots are essential, but without the proper care and weaving of these roots we are left with fragmented pieces that easily become lost or forgotten- this is true of basketweaving, narrative history, cultural connection, and our ability to make meaning in this world. Skye will share how she engaged in traditional gathering and curing of plant material from Northern Sierra Miwok homelands and in basketweaving sessions with active basketweavers. She will discuss the review of a basket collection from the San Francisco State University’s “Interwoven: Native California Basketry Arts from the Missions Forward” that embodies historical events and ongoing coloniality alike. The overall purpose of these combined activities was to explore the lived experience of California Indian peoples in the healing practices of traditional basketweaving and narrative history, with particular focus and attention paid to the following: 1. the psychological significance of cultural preservation and perpetuation of tradition and 2. the psychological significance of stories of remembrance, stories of celebration of survival, and stories of cultural revitalization. The results of this research suggest that by engaging in traditional Miwok basketweaving, a sacred liminal space is created where narrative histories are naturally shared amongst participants of the basketweaving circle, with the more frequent than not occurrence of generative themes surrounding remembrances of relatives and ancestors, celebrations of survival, and stories involving revitalizing traditional aspects of Miwok culture. This connection across time and space with the land, liwa (language), art of basketweaving, and sharing of narrative histories is an act of individual decolonization and affords the unique opportunity to engage in prolix animism or inter animation (Freeland, 1951, p. 345). Furthermore, enactment in this sacred liminal space allows us to breathe life into our narrative histories, keeping the spirits of our ancestors alive and giving hope for our children’s future.

Keywords: Indigenous psychology, basketweaving, women’s ways of knowing and being, decoloniality, narrative histories, resiliency, healing

2018 - ACJS 55th Annual Meeting Words: 98 words || 
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5. Capellan, Joel. "People Don’t Kill People, Guns Do? Examining the Role Firearms Play in the Lethality of Mass Shootings" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ACJS 55th Annual Meeting, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA, Feb 13, 2018 <Not Available>. 2019-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1327067_index.html>
Publication Type: Paper Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Firearms play an instrumental role in mass shootings. Thus, it is understandable that when a shooting occurs, some policy-makers propose to curtail firearms availability, particularly high-caliber weapons. The premise behind such policies is that shooters without such high-caliber guns would kill less than their counterparts. While intuitive, this premise has never been examined empirically. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect that the number and type of firearm have on the lethality on mass shootings over and above a number of individual, background, and situational factors that may also affect the lethality of these offenders.

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