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Dr. Reese, Dr. Warner chosen to
present research at international conference
Arkansas State University Political Science faculty members have been
chosen to present their research at the 5th International
Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Cambridge, England,
Dr. Catherine C. Reese, associate professor of Public Administration,
and Dr. Barbara Warner, visiting assistant professor of Public
Administration, plan to present a paper on “Pay Equity for Women: Why
Does the United States Lag So Far Behind Other Countries?”
The research they will present is focused on the fact that despite legal
changes, such as the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Lilly
Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, median full-time annual earnings for
women are still 77%
of men’s, indicating that systemic progress is lacking. The United
States ranks only 31st in the Global Gender Gap 2009 rankings
published by the World Economic Forum, behind such countries as Latvia,
Lesotho, and Mongolia. The authors plan to survey members of the U.S.
Congress, leaders of major U.S. women’s groups, and executives of U.S.
Fortune 500 companies to assess why they believe the United States
continues to lag behind numerous countries in the gender wage gap.
Dr. Reese teaches public budgeting and finance, public human resources
administration, public policy, and state and local government courses.
She received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2005 in public
budgeting and finance, public policy, and public administration. Her
research interests include state- and national-level public policy and
women’s issues. Her previous research has been published in the journals
Public Administration Review, Politics & Policy, and Public Budgeting &
Finance. She also co-authored a book chapter in the forthcoming
“Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government.” Dr. Reese’s
recent research also includes how tobacco settlement funds are used by
Dr. Warner teaches courses in U.S. and comparative politics, public
administration, legislative processes, environmental policy, women in
public policy. Her research interests include presidential war rhetoric,
including how presidents try to talk us into war. She graduated from
the University of Arkansas in August 2009 with a PhD in public policy.
She earned her Master of Science in Journalism from the University of
Kansas and a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
For the past six years, she has also written columns focusing on
political and cultural issues. Her monthly columns appeared throughout
northwest Arkansas in the Northwest Arkansas Times, the Benton County
Daily Record, and the Siloam Springs Herald Leader. She has won 45
writing awards in her journalistic career, which included working for
the Associated Press and the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal.
The 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social
Sciences addresses interdisciplinary practices across the social
sciences, and between the social sciences and the natural sciences,
applied sciences, and the professions. The conference will include
plenary speakers from among some of the world’s leading thinkers in the
sciences, as well as numerous paper, colloquium, and workshop
--Molly Carpenter, senior public relations student intern in the
Office of Public Relations, researched and wrote this release.
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