Cameron University Department of History and Government launches inaugural issue of CHiPS, an undergraduate research journal

The Cameron University Department of History and Government have released CHiPS: The Cameron University Undergraduate Research Journal of History and Political Science.  The inaugural volume features the research of three Cameron undergraduates and can be viewed online at

“CHiPS was created to foster and reward independent student research in political science, history, and geography,” says Dr. Wendy Whitman-Cobb, Assistant Professor of Political Science and editor of the journal. “Student editors Courtney Barden and Josey Dennis provided invaluable insight and assistance as we prepared the first volume.”

Student submissions underwent a peer review process and were reviewed by both faculty and students before being accepted for publication in the journal. Support for the publication of CHiPS was provided by the James O. “Diz” and June Pursley Barnett Endowed Lectureship in History and the Katherine D. Lacy Endowed Lectureship in History.

“The first issue of CHiPS will feature research projects by Pedro Ramos, Mackenzie Daley and Kelly High,” says Whitman-Cobb. “The thoroughness of their research is evident in their work, and we are pleased to share it with the public.”

Ramos, a political science major from Lawton, is the author of “Polarization and Its Effects on American Politics.” His findings indicate that, contrary to expectations, when polarization increases, the economy as measured by the GDP performs better.

Daley’s research article is titled “Turkish and Jordanian Treatment of Syrian Refugees.” She asserts that Turkey’s desire to be accepted as a European country has caused that nation to treat Syrian refugees better than Jordan has. Daley is a political science major from Lawton.

A history major from Lawton, High’s research is titled “From Overman to Palmer:  The Inclusion of Anarchists in the First Red Scare.” She examines how anarchists and communists were connected in the views of America and their politicians immediately following the end of World War I and details how investigations like the one performed by the Overman Committee made no distinction between the two groups.




April 6, 2016

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