April 2024 News

Dr. Olufowote and Academy Senior Daniel Yoo Present at MPSA Annual Conference

Friday, April 12, 2024

Last week, Academy senior Daniel Yoo and Dr. Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs, presented research entitled, “No Study, No Job: The Stigmas Associated with South Korean Vocational Schooling” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. This research attempts to investigate how South Korean school choice, among other intervening variables, impacts student mental health and well-being.” Of the two main variables found to hold the greatest explanatory power, the authors finds parental involvement tends to have a negative relationship with mental health-well-being among South Korean students, in general, and that vocational students, in particular, benefit from a stronger support among cohort classmates and peers, positively impacting their mental health and well-being.

Dr. Olufowote also served as a discussant for thee panels: Democratic Backslidings and Coercive Challenges, Mental Health and Sports Policies in Educational Contexts, Democratic Advances and Setbacks, and served as panel chair for Democratic Advances and Setbacks.