Faculty Research Day at the University of Bridgeport is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and students to showcase their work. It is the perfect stage where every participant has an equal opportunity to show their skills in academia.

Guest judges from other universities are invited to render their views on the gallery of posters that UB students and professors present. If posters receive encouraging comments, it is a gateway for the presenter to take their study further and perhaps develop their poster into something that could change the world.

Dr. Ward, Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs, said, “I would like to congratulate Professor Robert Riggs, who was responsible for organizing this event with Professor Tarek Sobh and the research council. I am happy with the large number of student participants and so many faculty representatives. One of the poster sessions also included four faculty members. Also, it is nice that publications and conference papers will be developed from many of these posters.”

The following are a selection of Posters presented by CPIA faculty and/or students:

 

1 Authors: Thomas Ward, D.Ed., Dean, College Of Public And International Affairs And Professor William Lay – CPIA

Summary of Topic:

This research concerns the ways in which decisions by American local and county governments can impact inter-state relations. The focus is monuments dedicated to the young Korean women, who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Authorities on the matter estimate that there were between 80,000 and 200,000 victims.

Nature of Research Method:

The research included poring over pre-World War II archives at the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Professor Lay, a Columbia law-trained professor, has undertaken research of the court cases and outlined the key legal arguments raised by both parties.

 

2 Author: Dave Benjamin, Ph.D., Associate Professor Of Global Development

Summary of Topic:

Dr. Benjamin presented two posters at FRD 2015. The first was on “Environmental Governance,” concerning an environmental assessment of the contents of the world’s oceans and recognizing that coastal states are experiencing depletion of fish stocks because of pollution. The second poster considered the threat of a third World War. Dr. Benjamin perceives that certain things that have happened historically are happening again, and warns it would be unwise if these actions go unchecked and if the world’s powerful states fail to regulate their own conduct in international affairs.

Nature of Research Method:

Dr. Benjamin says he is more of a normative thinker in his research methodology. For his first manuscript, he conducted a historical analysis of past trends. With his second manuscript, the research consists of examination of U.N. and General Assembly documents, as well as documents from the Office of the General Secretary.

 

3 Author: Robert J. Riggs, Assistant Professor Of World Religions

Summary of Topic:

Professor Robert Riggs’ poster was based on the chapter of a book he is authoring entitled, “Virtual Ayatollahs,” about globalization gradually diminishing the authority of the leaders or Ayatollahs of the Shia Muslims. The book is rightly called Shiascapes because of the changing landscape of Arab Shiaism. The larger project is related to showing some unique aspects of Arabic speaking communities of Shia Muslims as opposed to Iran.

Nature of Research Method:

Dr. Riggs has conducted mostly qualitative research since 2007; he has applied the “Actor-network theory.”

 

4 Author: Simona Serban ’16, Global Media And Communication Studies

Summary of Topic:

Symone Serban’s research paper touched the subject of how online information affects the voting behaviour during electoral campaigns. Her work analyzed how the demographic variables such as age, income, and level of education are more likely to moderate the way online information is being consumed by the target audience.

Nature of Research Method:

Ms. Serban has researched this topic for more than six months, using quantitative research and three moderation regression models.

 

5 Author: Mai Malkawi ’15, Global Media And Communication Studies

Summary of Topic:

The title of Ms. Malkawi’s poster was “War of Hashtags & Hackers: Who Won the Online Battle?” The focus was the online war between pro-Palestine and Hamas versus pro-Israel supporters who were active on social media networks during the latest war on Gaza in 2014. Ms. Malkawi said, “I chose this topic because of a discussion in class of Cyber War. The class was about how cyber war became stronger every day, and whether it really worked effectively in some countries.”

Nature of Research Method:

Ms. Malkawi has worked on this project since the fall 2014 semester, using a qualitative design method. She specifically gathered data from social media networks and analyzed the media coverage during the Israel bombardment on Gaza.

 

6 Author: Beltina Gjeloshi ’16, Global Development And Peace

Summary of Topic:

Ms. Beltina Gjeloshi’s poster was about the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). Gjeloshi says she chose this topic because, “The conflict is relatively unknown to the international community, even though it has been going on for decades. I thought I would come up with a proposal that addresses the challenges faced by the local population.”

Nature of Research Method:

For about five months, Gjeloshi undertook an investigation that could lead to appropriate and sensitive solutions while reminding audiences of the existence and escalating emergency in the CAR.

 

7 Author: Janaina Bordignon ’15, Global Development And Peace

Summary of Topic:

This research topic was about participatory development. Ms. Bordignon chose to analyse this topic through the case study of post-revolutionary Egypt. Ms. Bordignon says, “I was interested in understanding how participatory projects were affected in a context of political instability.”

Nature of Research Method:

Janaina had been researching the topic for the last six months through case studies.