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2004 - The Law and Society Association Words: 192 words || 
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1. Burgess, Susan. "Queer (Theory) Eye for the Straight (Legal) Guy: Lawrence v. Texas' Makeover of Bowers v. Hardwick" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2004 <Not Available>. 2020-01-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p117323_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper uses the narrative of the popular reality television show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" in which gay men makeover straight men to make them more presentable and desirable, as a model for analyzing the makeover that the U.S. Supreme Court effectuates on Bowers v. Hardwick in the recent case of Lawrence v. Texas. I argue that the addition of "Queer Eye" transforms Lawrence into a more producerly text, complete with all the political potential and pitfalls that broader accessibility and more open construction may entail. My analysis of the five elements that the Justices make over in Lawrence integrates video clips from Queer Eye into a more standard academic analysis of the case, in order to transform the parochial, undesirable and straight Bowers into the worldly, desirable yet still straight Lawrence. In doing so, I hope to integrate a queer performative aesthetic into mainstream constitutional theorizing, and a more playful and parodic aesthetic into the often dreadfully serious and abstract area of queer theory (which, ironically, seems to almost always perform a straight aesthetic, even as it seeks to criticize heterosexual epistemologies and practices).

2007 - Southern Political Science Association Words: 262 words || 
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2. Rivers, Christina. and Foster, Lorn. "The Slippery Sands of Minority Voting Rights: Gomillion v. Lightfoot to Bush v. Vera" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, LA, Jan 03, 2007 <Not Available>. 2020-01-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p143343_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper is co-authored by Lorn Foster, of Pomona college.
In 1960, the Supreme Court ruled in Gomillion v. Lightfoot that a 27-sided electoral district drawn to restrict blacks’ opportunity to elect the candidate of their choice violated the equal protection clause. 35 years later, the Court ruled in Bush v. Vera that an oddly-shaped electoral district drawn to enhance the opportunity of minority voters to elect the candidate of their choice violated the equal protection clause. Looking at how the Court’s interpretation of the 14th amendment has changed, we ask whether it should take a racially neutral or racially affirmative position regarding the ability of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice? We contend that the Court’s application of the doctrines of strict scrutiny and compelling state interest has become increasingly antithetical to the political interests of minority voters. We will analyze approximately twelve pivotal voting rights cases decided between 1960 and 1994. In so doing, we will also consider how periodic strengthening of the VRA, improvements in redistricting technology, and partisan imperatives to protect incumbency have combined to facilitate the crafting of majority-minority electoral district. We will also address the underlying federalism and balance-of-power issues at play: a) how states are wedged between Congress’ intent, the Justice Department’s oversight, and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of key provisions of the VRA, and b) how the VRA itself is buffeted between Congress’ and the Court’s interpretation of it. Here, we argue that minority political power faces erosion by institutional, doctrinal and constitutional battles over the VRA

2016 - 87th SPSA Annual Conference Words: 194 words || 
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3. Dickinson, Matthew. and Robins, Day. "The Impact of Citizens United v. FEC and Speechnow.org v. FEC on Campaign Spending in General-Election Senate Races" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 87th SPSA Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan 07, 2016 <Not Available>. 2020-01-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1051232_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Despite extensive media speculation regarding the impact of the Citizens United and Speechnow.org cases on campaign spending, academic research on this topic remains sparse. In particular, few studies seek to determine the influence, if any, of the two court decisions on independent spending in federal elections. This paper addresses that gap. We hypothesize that the court-ordered loosening of restrictions on independent contributions and expenditures should have a significant, positive effect on levels of independent spending as a proportion of total spending in general-election Senate races. To test this thesis, we examine independent spending on behalf of all Senate candidates running in general election races from 2004-2014, a timeframe that covers both pre- and post-Citizens United and Speechnow periods. Using regression analysis, we assess the substantive effects of Citizens United and Speechnow on independent spending as a proportion of total spending in Senate races, while controlling for variables that previous research indicates should affect levels of political spending, including race competitiveness, incumbency status and party affiliation. How much did Citizens United and Speechnow influence campaign spending in Senate races, and what are the implications for electoral competitiveness, candidate accountability and political participation?

2008 - ASC Annual Meeting Words: 63 words || 
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4. Ryals-Keller, Shawn. "Applying Atkins v Virginia and Roper v. Simmons "Evolving Standards of Decency" to Mentally Ill Defendants." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov 12, 2008 <Not Available>. 2020-01-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270629_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia, there has been a call for the mentally ill to also be excluded from capital punishment. This article re-examines why the mentally ill should be excluded from capital punishment, the “evolving standard of decency” within state statutes addressing mental illness, and ties in the rationale of the newest categorical exclusion case Roper v. Simmons.

2016 - ASEEES Convention Words: 130 words || 
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5. Hoffman, Zachary. "Ten Years in Peking: V. V. Korsakov on Russian Life in the Chinese Capital, 1895-1905" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEEES Convention, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2020-01-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1139183_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The life and writings of journalist and amateur sinologist V. V. Korsakov offer an interesting window into the Russian imperial experience during the height of Russian expansion in Northeast Asia. While staff physician at the Russian Embassy in Beijing he wrote extensively about the peoples and culture of China, as well as his experiences during the Boxer Uprising of 1900 and Russo-Japanese War in a series of memoirs and articles published in the newspapers and thick journals of St. Petersburg. Korsakov gave the Russian reader exciting firsthand accounts of the Boxer siege of Beijing and the Japanese attack on Port Arthur, but, moreover, his sympathetic descriptions of the Chinese people and Russia’s role in their affairs pointed toward a potentially bright future for the region with Russia as its guardian.

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