Associate Professor Presents Research at Midwest Political Science Association Conference

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Shannon Smithey, Westminster College associate professor of political science, presented a research paper at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference April 12-14 in Chicago.

Smithey presented "Crime and Public Support for Democracy in Latin America and Africa." She used survey data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project and the Afrobarometer to analyze the impact of criminal victimization and fear of crime on attitudes toward democracy and willingness to participate in democratic processes. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Mary Malone of the University of New Hampshire.

Smithey also served as chair of the panel "Causes and Consequences of Corruption: Comparative Perspectives."

Smithey, who has been with Westminster since 2003, earned her undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and master's and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Contact Smithey at (724) 946-6247 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Shannon Smithey, associate professor of political science