Jackson Flower ’25 to Present at the 16th Annual Government, International, and Public Affairs Student Research Conference Jackson Flower will share his research at The Virginia Commonwealth University on April 7.
Jackson Flower ’25 has been selected to present his research at the 16th Annual Government, International, and Public Affairs Student Research Conference, at which he will be the only Washington and Lee University student presenting. The conference takes place on April 7 at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
The annual conference serves as an opportunity for undergraduate and junior graduate students from all over the world to share their research interests with faculty and other students. Through this event, the students gain experience presenting in a professional environment and receive constructive feedback on their work.
“Being selected to present my research at this conference is a truly unique opportunity, and one that attending W&L has certainly prepared me for,” said Flower. “To me, this is a great chance to hone my skills of policy analysis in a constructive environment, all while expanding my horizons by interacting with students from other institutions.”
Flower, a double major in global politics and German, will be presenting on the correlation between the emergence of COVID-19, particularly the responses to the pandemic, and prevailing autocratic symptoms in select Eastern European countries including Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania.
Flower hopes that by presenting his research at this type of event, he will be able to “provide valuable insight into political climates still recovering from the pandemic,” as well as explain how certain COVID-19 policies led to more democratic outcomes while others did not.
This Spring Term, Flower will participate in the “Traces of Empire” German culture and language immersion course in Graz, Austria. Over the summer, he will conduct research in London, England.
“While these are not countries my research focuses on, I hope my research will help to allow me to have a more well-rounded idea of the political environments I may encounter there, or in the future,” Flower said.
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