Hinckley Journal of Politics Gives Undergraduates at the U a Voice in Government


Peter Creveling

The Hinckley Institute of Politics publishes the Hinckley Journal of Politics every year.

By Jacqueline Mumford, Managing Editor

The Hinckley Journal of Politics, a publication of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, is currently accepting student-written submissions.

The Hinckley Journal is printed annually by the institute and reviews and publishes undergraduate papers on a variety of political topics. It is then distributed to people in Utah and beyond, including elected officials, like members of Congress, as well as academics and other university undergraduates.

“Since its inception, the Hinckley Journal of Politics has served as a notable platform for undergraduate students that bridges politics and academics,” said Matt Lusty, a spokesperson for the institute. “It solicits scholarly papers that cover relevant issues from politically diverse perspectives. This publication provides insight into the minds of young thinkers and future leaders.”

Papers and articles on almost any subject are accepted, though articles relevant to Utah issues are given preference.

“We look for articles from any major or discipline, as long as the topic has some relevance to politics,” said Anthony Calacino, one of the student editors and a senior in Political Science. “This could be, for example, a paper on social justice, environmental law, local politics, or a history paper that focuses on some political aspect.”

The Hinckley Journal of Politics provides unique opportunities for U students — chances both to lead and to be heard in the political world.

“As one of the few undergraduate run journals of politics in the country, the Hinckley Journal of Politics is very valuable to students at the U and to others around the globe,” Calacino said. “The final works published are top quality and focus on very pressing current issues. Thus, students at the U get a chance to be both a part of global conversations about what matters to them.”

All of the papers published are chosen by the editorial board, which is composed of 12 to 15 undergraduate students at the U. These students engage in debate and discussion prior to selecting final papers.

The authors of the selected articles are awarded a $100 stipend for their submission. The published articles, depending on content, are also considered for the Philo Sherman Bennett Prize, awarded, according to the institute’s website, “to the student with the best essay discussing the principles of free government.”

Submissions to the journal are currently being accepted for next year’s edition. Papers are required to have a cover page, include page numbers, use 12 point font and APA formatting. Submissions are expected to fall between 10 and 30 pages in length.

The submission period runs until Dec. 23. Any undergraduate student at the U can send their article for consideration to [email protected]

“This academic and professional opportunity is unmatched at other universities,” Calacino said. “I would encourage anyone with a quality original research paper to submit to the journal.”

Editor’s Note: The news editor is among a number of staff members at the Daily Utah Chronicle who are on the editorial board for the Hinckley Journal of Politics.


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