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Laura D. Phillips
University of Virginia, Corcoran Dept. of History
Gilded Age and Progressive Era in U.S. History; political, intellectual and legal change.
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Russia
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Business History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Fall 2005-present University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D. program ¡V U.S. History
„X Focus: U.S. Political and Legal History
„X History Department Fellowship ¡V tuition, health insurance, and stipend
„X Masters degree earned ¡V August 2006 ¡V Title: ¡§Workingmen¡¦s Employment Contracts: Contested Meanings of Freedom in Late Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania, Godcharles v. Wigeman, 1886¡¨
„X Teaching Assistant Experience: HIUS 355 U.S. Legal History, 1776-1860 (fall ¡¦06 & fall ¡¥07); HIUS 315 Viewing America, 1945-present (spring ¡¦07); HIUS 367 U.S. Civil Rights Movement (spring ¡¦08)
1999 - 2003
Belmont University Nashville, TN
Dual B.A. - Political Economy and History
„X Academic and athletic scholarship recipient
„X Magna cum laude (GPA 3.85)
„X Honors Program graduate
Fall 2004, Spring 2005
George Mason University Fairfax, VA
„X Spanish language classes (201 & 302) in preparation for graduate school
Phillips, Laura. "Altering Public Opinion: The Role of Authorship Framing" The Alpha Chi Recorder. Vol. 47 No. 1, Spring 2004.
„X I designed an empirical study to test John Zaller¡¦s theory of elite-led public opinion. I first gauged preconceived conceptions of genetically modified versus organic agriculture; then, I tested whether this preference could be changed by reading an article by a specialist. I demonstrated Zaller¡¦s theory to be correct, that indeed public perceptions may be significantly altered by expert elites. http://www.harding.edu/alphachi/PDF/ONLINEPUBLISHES/2004Under/AlteringPublicOpinion.pdf
Alpha Chi, National Honors Society, Belmont¡¦s convention chair, 2002-03
„X Coordinated applications to national conference, travel plans and reservations. Petitioned and received funding from student government and regional and national Alpha Chi chapters.
„X Presented overview of undergraduate thesis, Title: The Constitutional Revolution of 1937: An Ideological Shift Concerning Economic Regulation
Southern Political Science Association, annual conference, fall 2002
„X Presented independent research project, Altering Public Opinion: The Role of Authorship Framing in Influencing Public Opinion in America
„X Used SPSS, a statistics computer program, to analyze empirical data.
Midwestern Political Science Association¡¦s annual conference, April 3-6, 2003
„X Presented updated numbers in a poster presentation for the above research paper:
National Conference of Undergraduate Research, spring 2001
„X An Evolution of Women¡¦s Higher Education (I used Belmont¡¦s archives to conduct a case-study.)
National Conference of Undergraduate Research, spring 2002
„X Conceptualizing ¡§Natural:¡¨ An Analysis of Public Policy (I wrote this paper from the research conducted at CEI.)
Fellowships and Awards:
University of Virginia, History Department Fellowship for Ph.D. work, 2005-2008.
„X Awarded full tuition, healthcare and annual stipend.
Institute for Humane Studies, Humane Studies Fellowship, 2005, 2006, 2007.
„X Awarded fellowship for academic years.
Earhart Foundation, nominated for fellowship, summer 2007.
History Department¡¦s Outstanding Research Award for senior thesis, 2003.
Political Economy Major Award, 2002, an annual award for top majors.
Alpha Chi, national honors society for the top 10% of graduating class.
Phi Alpha Theta, national honors society for History majors who have maintained high academic standards and excellent grades.
Phi Eta Sigma, community service organization for freshmen with outstanding GPAs.
Gamma Beta Phi, community service organization for sophomores with outstanding GPAs.
Missouri Valley Conference Women¡¦s Soccer All-Academic Team, 1999, 2000.