Northwestern professors release third annual volume of 'Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies'

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Northwestern professors release third annual volume of 'Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies'

August 11, 2015

Two Northwestern Oklahoma State University professors are announcing the recent publication of the third annual volume of “Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies.”

The Northwestern Institute for Citizenship Studies (NWICS) and the Department of Social Sciences make possible this academic publication. Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history, serve as Institute co-directors and “Civitas” senior editors.

“Civitas” is an annual, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publishing venue aimed at promoting scholarship concerning the humanities and social sciences as they relate to citizenship matters. The journal draws upon the talents and perspectives of a diverse editorial review board from the United States and abroad. It welcomes both qualitative and quantitative submissions by faculty and advanced undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma’s regional universities, two-year community colleges, and other institutions of higher education and beyond.

“We are breaking some new academic ground in this third annual volume,” Schmaltz said. “In particular, we are excited to showcase for the first time a number of student contributions from both Northwestern and outside academic institutions. In addition, departing somewhat from the previous two years’ greater local and regional focus, this edition covers an even wider range of citizenship-related topics ranging from issues in Oklahoma and Washington, DC, to distant parts of the former Soviet Union.”

Mason added, "We continue to encourage students from interdisciplinary fields, especially at the graduate level, to consider submitting appropriate original research findings or book reviews for potential publication in Civitas. This kind of publishing venue offers many opportunities to younger scholars. It is also a way to help preserve part of our local and regional history.”

At present, Northwestern is the only regional state university in Oklahoma to operate an endowed institute and publishes its own journal.

The link to the journal’s digital copy, as well as submission requirements, deadlines and additional details concerning the journal, is found at

Journal print copies also are available for sale at the Institute for $10 with checks made payable to the Northwestern Department of Social Sciences.

For general information about Northwestern’s Institute for Citizenship Studies, call (580) 327-8525 or email