Episode 15

15 - Current Events Roundtable

In this episode, Emily and James invite some of their colleagues from Rose State College to discuss their thoughts on issues in American society and politics. Their guests are Dr. Joe Campbell, professor of political science, Tara Hall, professor of Sociology, and Craig Dawkins, associate dean of the Business & Information Technology Division.

The panel discusses their views on whether or not Millennial parents are doing a good job with Generation Alpha, why marriage and birth rates are falling both in the U.S. and globally, and what will impact how voters choose between President Biden and former President Trump.


Here is the Los Angeles Times article regarding Millennial parenting of Gen Alpha discussed early in the podcast: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-03-22/generation-alpha-millennial-children


Here is an analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation on the global trend of declining birth rates: https://www.healthdata.org/news-events/newsroom/news-releases/lancet-dramatic-declines-global-fertility-rates-set-transform


Here is a discussion by Dr. Melissa Kearney, an economist whose recent book, "The Two-Parent Privilege" discusses the impact of declining marriage rates in the U.S.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8cjYEbyXnA


Here is a conversation with Dr. Claudia Goldin, professor of economics at Harvard University and recent Nobel Laureate, whose new book James references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XNX_hIk7pg


Here is a look at the state by state polling for the 2024 Presidential election provided by 270 to Win: https://www.270towin.com/2024-presidential-election-polls/


For more information on Dr. Campbell, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/campbell-joseph/


For more information on Professor Hall, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/hall-tara/


For more information on Associate Dean Dawkins, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/business-information-technology-division/dawkins-craig/


To learn more about Dr. Emily Stacey, click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/stacey-emily/


To learn more about Professor James Davenport, Click here: https://www.rose.edu/staff/social-sciences-department/davenport-james/


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Dr. Emily Stacey

Emily Stacey is a Political Science professor and Program Coordinator for Political Science at Rose State College. Dr. Stacey has the privilege of coordinating events, including the Great Debate panel series, Liberal Arts and Sciences colloquia, and the Political Science book club. Dr. Stacey was honored as a DaVinci Institute Fellow in 2023, an award given for innovative teaching in higher education. She successfully completed her dissertation defense in November 2016, and formally graduated with her doctorate in July 2017 from Swansea University (Wales, UK). Emily’s dissertation research focuses on the necessity of bureaucratization in contemporary social movements, namely those using digital technologies to mobilize and sustain dissent. She has participated in the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (2013) and Oxford University’s Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program (2014).



Emily has published multiple works thus far, Combatting Internet-Enabled Terrorism (2017), which focuses on the use of digital technologies and the internet by terror organizations, with emphasis on the Islamic State. Nationalism, Social Movements, and Activism in Contemporary Society was published in 2018, and analyzes the rising tide of nationalist politics around the world, with emphasis on U.S. politics (the rise of the Tea Party, election of Donald Trump and juxtaposing that against the Black Lives Matter movement). Emily’s most recent work (2023) focuses on deglobalization and the shifting world order. You can follow Emily on Twitter at: @politikphd.
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James Davenport

James Davenport is the Associate Dean for Social Sciences and a professor of political science at Rose State College. He is a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma Political Science Association's (OPSA) "Teacher of the Year" award and a recipient of OPSA's "Excellence in Public Service" award. He has also earned the Rose State College "Excellence in Teaching" award.
James brings practical experience in politics to his academic training as a political scientist. He has worked for a member of Congress, a county commissioner, a public opinion research firm, and owned a public relations and campaign consulting firm. In addition, he has also be the host of a radio talk show.
In 2023, James founded the Center for Civic Engagement, which fosters positive conversations on challenging issues and builds bridges of communication between the academic community, policy makers, and the general public.
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