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Department ofPolitical Science

Past Winners

2019 Joseph Curran

2018 Nathan George and Katherine Meyer

2017 Sophie Meyer

2016 William Hardy and Sean Werkema

2015 Ramsey Fisher, Caitlin Massey, and Patrick McDonell 

2014 Jesse Caemmerer


Audrey Danciger

American Politics: "A Warning Sign: What Kavanaugh Taught Us about the Supreme Court Confirmation Process"

Steven Marten

Comparative Politics: "The Legacy of Praetoriansm: Guatemala's Fialure to Reform a Consolidated Democracy"

Nick Nagy

International Relations: "The Influence of Islam in Iranian Foreign Policy"

Mackenzie Tobin

AQM: "The Mystery of Political Participation in America Explained"

Madison House-Tuck

Political Philosophy: "The Montage: Beyond What Meets the Eye"

Hassan Said

Political Philosophy: "An Examination of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, The Gay Science, and The Antichrist"


Christine Abrahamians

American Politics: "The First Amendment Jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia."

Paul Becker

Comparative Politics: "Group Rights, Repression, and Assimiliation: The Role of Changing Institutions in the Destruction of the Volga German Identity."

Katherine Meyer

Applied Quantitative Methods: "Confidence in the Police: A Cross-National Study of Africa."

Aly Motzel

International Relations: "Consequences ofa Welcoming State: The Rise of the Radical Right-Wing in Refugee Era Germany."

Anand Purohit

Political Philosophy: "History Doesn't Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes: How Rap Escaped the Modernist's Trap."


Tyler Downing

"That Damn Cowboy: Roosevelt's Precedent of a Powerful Presidency."

Alexandra Hoffmann

"Predicting Pro-Environmental Activity: An Exploration of Variation in Support for the Environmental Agenda."

Jake Belding

"Taking the Road Less Traveled by Sustainable Development: Prospects for One Belt, One Road."

Julia Wood

"David Foster Wallace's This Is Water: A Philosophy of the Future?"

Yesenia Veamatahau

"Nietzsche's Three C's: Creature, Creator, and Cruelty."


Ashley Pascale

Comparative: "The Longevity of Post-Asian Financial Crisis Economic Reforms in South Korea's Developmental State"

William Swanson

International Relations: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Investor State Dispute Settlement"

Ryan Khojasteh

American: "Does Originalism Work: Assessing the Practicality of this Constitutional Interpretive Theory"

Sean Werkema

American: "Ron Wyden: A Study of Interest Group Influencne on Legislative Action"

Ashraf Hammad

AQM: "Opposition to Affirmative Action: Racism or Reasonable Objection?"

Daniel "Roscoe" Escobar

Political Philosophy: "The Bonobo, the Fox, and the Lion: A Machiavellian Criticism of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil"

Andrew McCarty

Political Philosophy: "Preludes to a Philosophy of the Future: Nietsche's Condemnations and Challenges in Beyond Good and Evil and On the Genealogy of Morality"


Ramsey Fisher

Ineffective Assistance of COunsel: The Causes and Remedies of a Constitutional Problem

Randall Scarlett

Camp David Accords: Structuring Communication and Building Trust in Negotiations of International Conflicts.

Luke Koslosky

The Implemtation of the Dayton Peace Accords and its Lasting Failure

Daniel Hunt

All Company is Bad Company: A Nietzscheian Analysis of Costa Bradatan's Wistom of the Exile

William Portnof

Political Participation and Group Membership: Brothers-in-Arms?

Jake Beldling

Urban Development Policy and Sustainable Growth

2019 Beau Scott

2018 Athena Nguyen and Elena Radding

2017 Lidia Diaz-Fong

2016 Anthony Gill

2015 Stephanie K. Goodman

2014 Jose Lujano