Thesis in Dialogue

In 2015, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs launched Thesis in Dialogue. The series features the previous year’s International and Global Studies Thesis Awardee and the International Politics and Economics Thesis Awardee. Each semester, one of these alumni returns to campus to present his or her research publicly and to engage in dialogue with a faculty expert from an outside university and a Middlebury College faculty expert.

International Thesis Awards

2018 International and Global Studies Award

Mari Tanioka (International and Global Studies): "The Collective Memory of the 'Ianfu' System in Mainland China"

2018 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Eleanor Eagan: "The Banality of Trafficking: Exploitation in Migrant Labor Markets in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates'"


2017 International and Global Studies Award

Oakley Haight (International and Global Studies): "Fictions of Human Rights: Power, Intervention, and Universality in Arab Novels"

2017 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Jennifer Sundstrom: "Immigration and the Swedish Welfare State: A Test of a Modified 'Progressive Dilemma'"


2016 International and Global Studies Award

Timothy Fraser (International and Global Studies): "Restarting the Sendai Reactor: Japanese Civic Activism Post-Fukushima"

View photos from this year's IGS and IPE Senior Reception!


2015 International and Global Studies Award

Hannah Reeve (History): "Soccer of the Secluded: Race, Triumph, and Tragedy in the 1950s World Cup in Brazil"

2015 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Forest Jarvis: "Information and Exclusion as Barriers to Development in the Peruvian Andes"


2014 International and Global Studies Award

Caroline Ruth Kahlenberg (History) and Julia Nalbandian Madden (International and Global Studies)

2014 Seniors Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Catherine van der List

Check out photos from this year's reception!


2013 International and Global Studies Award

Anil Menon (Economics and History)

2013 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Kaveh Waddell


2012 International Studies Award

Tucker Van Aken (International Politics and Economics): "Decentralized Experimentation: Adaptation and Noncompliance in the Making of Modern China"

2012 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Pui Shen Yoong (International Politics and Economics): "Brazil's Bolsa Família: Do Local Governments Matter?"


2011 International Studies Award

Casey W. Mahoney (Russian): "Putting Local 'Self' Government In Its Place: The authoritarian Russian state's capture of local autonomy, 200-2011"

2011 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Agnes Hevér: "Foreign Currency Borrowing in Transition Economies: Causes and Policy Implications"


2010 International Studies Award

Daniel Langfitt (International Studies): "Perceptions of Political Legitimacy in the Franco-Russian Encounter of 1814"

2010 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

David Becker: "An Analysis of the Determinants of Riot Intensity"


2009 International Studies Award

Jessica Clayton (International Studies): "The Development Impact of Remittances in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis of Panel Data and Household Surveys"

Elizabeth Herron-Sweet (International Studies) "The right to Memory and Truth: Evaluating the Consequences of Transitional Justice Policy in Brazil"

2009 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Daniela Fiedler: "Islamic Finance--Complement or Substitute?--An Empirical Analysis"


2008 International Studies Award

Amy Beck
 (International Studies): "El legado de Tupak Katari" (The Legacy of Tupak Katari)

2008 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

Eric Lonstein: "The Markets and Media in China: An Event Study"


2007 International Studies Award

Laura Kuhl (Sociology and Anthropology, and Environmental Studies): “Losing a Stigmatized Commons: Identity and Community Solidarity for Ecuadorian Concheros

2007 Senior Honors Thesis Award in International Politics and Economics

David Restrepo: “W(h)ither Coca? Drug Policies, Insurgencies, and Their Effects on the Andean Drug Trade”