Mount Mercy’s Assistant Professor of Political Science Sam Whitt, Ph.D., will present “Unity or Partition for Bosnia? A Look at Social Preferences,” during a faculty forum held Monday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Whitt will explore to what extent people who have experienced a history of violent ethnic conflict ever find reconciliation, as he considers prospects for Bosnia’s future by examining respondent preferences for unity and partition in a survey.
Whitt holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in political science from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and German languages from the University of the South, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee.
Whitt’s recent scholarship includes “The Dictator Game, Fairness and Ethnicity in Postwar Bosnia,” published in American Journal of Political Science in 2007, and “Public Goods in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston,” published in the Southern Economic Journal. He also published a short paper on “Public Opinion in Russia,” in the Encyclopedia of Public Opinion in 2004.
Whitt has been awarded several grants and fellowships, most recently a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Grant in 2003-2004, and a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2003-3004.