Res Publica Undergraduate Political Science Research Journal

Ames LibraryIllinois Wesleyan University’s Department of Political Science and our Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter are pleased to publish Res Publica, a journal of original undergraduate research. Our editorial board selects from among the submitted papers that appear to make the most substantive contributions to the discipline.

This publication reflects our department’s increasing emphasis upon developing each student’s analytical and research skills. We have made great strides toward these ends in recent years by restructuring our curriculum—in particular, the Research Methods and Senior Seminar courses.

Survey Research Project

As part of the requirements in Research Methods, students are involved in all phases of a survey research project analyzing public opinion and attitudes. This includes survey development, design, sample selection, implementation (students do all the calling), data presentation, and data analysis.

Professional Conferences

In order for our students to observe contemporary political scientists presenting their latest research, the department sends students to professional conferences. These include the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Chicago and the national conference of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington D.C.

Students Involved in Faculty Research

Another shift toward the development of professional research skills has come from faculty involving students in their own research projects. For example, our students have worked with us in:

  • Collecting data examining the impact of the line-item veto upon fiscal policies in American cities.
  • Party behavior in the Hungarian parliament.
  • State and presidential voting patterns.

We are pleased with our recent progress and look forward to the continued development of an outstanding and innovative undergraduate political science program.

Editions of Res Publica

The students in the Political Science department publish one Res Publica volume each year.


2020 Edition


2019 Edition

2018 Edition

2017 Edition

2016 Edition

2015 Edition

2014 Edition

2013 Edition

2012 Edition

2011 Edition

2010 Edition


2009 Edition

2008 Edition

2007 Edition

2006 Edition

2005 Edition

2004 Edition

2003 Edition

2002 Edition

2001 Edition

2000 Edition


1999 Edition

1998 Edition

1997 Edition

1996 Edition