Call for Papers: Compass Undergraduate Conference

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1st Annual Compass Conference: “The Intellectual Roots of American Ideals”


Co-sponsored by the Center for Political Thought and Leadership (within the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership) at Arizona State University and the Tocqueville Forum at Northern Illinois University


March 22, 2019 • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


Applications are now being accepted for the first annual Compass undergraduate research conference, to be held on March 22, 2019 on the sunny campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The one-day conference will feature research presentations by select participants, a workshop on writing for publication, and a keynote address by Professor Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown Law School. All travel and lodging costs, as well as all meals on the day of the conference, will be covered for participating students. Participants will arrive on Thursday, March 21 and depart on Saturday, March 23.

Interested students should send an unofficial transcript, a one page statement of interest, and one letter of recommendation to the conference co-directors, Profs. Andrea Radasanu ( and Adam Seagrave ( Letters of recommendation can be sent under separate cover (also by email). Students wishing to apply to present a paper at the conference should include a Word version of the paper they’d like to present. It should follow the Compass publication guidelines as closely as possible.* The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2018.



Compass: An Undergraduate Journal of American Political Ideas ( publishes essays by undergraduates at colleges and universities anywhere in the world on American political issues understood in the broad contexts of political philosophy, history, literature, and culture. The journal encourages submissions from across academic disciplines and welcomes the use of various historical, philosophic, and empirical methods of analysis. This online journal aims to provide a space for the work of talented undergraduates who have original and well-articulated insights on important ideas and issues relating to American democracy.

Compass publishes essays of 1500-2000 words in length. We encourage a lively style that is highly readable. The journal is a venue to relate original work, whether using interpretive textual analysis, archival work, quantitative findings, comparative historical analysis, or other methodological approaches. However, we ask that these findings not be delivered or expressed in the manner of a term paper to specialist professors but in a more journalistic fashion to a wider audience of readers eager to glean what’s interesting from your findings.



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