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Hatfield Happenings: An Update from Prize Recipient Seth Billingsley

Seth Billingsley graduated in May of 2021 with Bachelor’s of Business Administration in international business and a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science from John Brown University. Seth’s research focuses on COVID-19’s impact on food insecurity in Northwest Arkansas and explores how faith communities, government, and other civil society institutions responded to meet the unprecedented need. Listen as Seth shares about his research and what he has learned through the research process. 

Seth is advised by John Brown University associate professor of political science Daniel Bennett, Ph. D. Dr. Bennett values CPJ’s hands-on engagement that has helped turn the Hatfield Prize research process into an enriching experience.


The Hatfield Prize is awarded annually to three student-faculty pairs from Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) schools. Recipients conduct research on social policies that impact vulnerable children, families, and communities, and explore the impact of these policies in their local communities. This semester-long research project culminates in three policy reports that make recommendations for both government and civil society institutions in contributing to policies that promote flourishing communities. The Prize honors the legacy of the late Senator Mark O. Hatfield, who served as a United States senator from Oregon for three decades. Hatfield was known for his principled Christian faith and for his commitment to working across difference to find common ground.


Shared Justice is an initiative of The Center for Public Justice. The Center for Public Justice (CPJ) is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, we seek to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God’s call to do justice. Our mission is to equip citizens, develop leaders, and shape policy in pursuit of our purpose to serve God, advance justice, and transform public life.


The Hatfield Prize is made possible through the generosity of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. We thank them for their support, but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in the research are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of these foundations.

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