At the end of Block 7, Rocky Mountain State Fellows Izzie Hicks ’22 and Dova Castaneda-Zilly ’23 traveled with Rocky Mountain State Project Director Dr. Kat Miller-Stevens to the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, Illinois. Hicks and Castaneda-Zilly presented a 2021 State of the Rockies Project Summer Fellowship paper titled “How Anger and Fear Influence Policy Narratives: Advocacy and Regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling in Colorado”. The article was co-authored with Miller-Stevens and Dr. Jonathan Pierce and two other Rocky Mountain State Fellows, Evan Rao ’23 and Saigopal Rangaraj ’23. Fellow Rockies Greta Forseth ’23 also helped gather data for the newspaper.
Hicks and Castaneda-Zilly presented the paper at a panel along with three other scholarly papers applying the narrative policy framework to a variety of political arenas. Feedback from the conference will be used to revise the article for submission to an academic journal. The 2022 State of the Rockies Summer Fellows are continuing the project and will produce a second paper to be presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Volunteer Action’s annual conference in the fall. 2022.