Student and Faculty Work

Students who wish to be considered for departmental honors must complete a senior thesis. Theses take a year to research and write, and are generally at least 80 pages in length. For a list of past theses, as well as a list of recipients of selected departmental awards, click on the links to the left.

Recent Thesis Topics

THESES WITH NEUROSCIENCE ADVISORS
(Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy faculty)
Neurophysiological correlates of self-referential activity in meditators and non-meditators (Brendan Haggerty Cullen, 2015)
What's Good, What's Bad, and What's Ugly? The Impact of Stress on our Perceptions of Morality (Evan Gallagher, 2015)
Expressive Writing and Language Fluency: Implications for First-Year College Students (Rita Elizabeth Pfeiffer, 2015)
The Long Road Home: Evaluating Perceptions of Combat Veterans – An IAT/EEG study (Cade Gabriel Schreger, 2015)
Effect of Testosterone and Age on Spatial Memory and BDNF in Male Rats (Chloe Super, 2015)
Examining negative expectancy biases in PTSD using the N400 ERP response (Sara M. Sobolewski, 2014)
The effect of an α2 subunit selective GABAA receptor agonist on cognitive flexibility in a rat model of schizophrenia (George Kyle Harrold, 2013)


 

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Current Thesis Topics

 

Factors Affecting Internal Parasite Abundance in Morgan Horses (Ann Carpenter, 2015)

Developing a SloR:SRE Binding Model in S. mutans: A DNA Footprinting Approach (Will Daly, 2015)

Sub-lethal effects of imidacloprid (IMI) associative and reverse learning in foraging bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) (Sarah Guth, 2015)

Potential memory restorative effects of an ependymin mimetic in an aged, transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (Lauren Honican, 2015)

Polarization Contrast Vision and Predatory Behavior in Octopus bimaculoides (Sydney Larkin, 2015)

Effect of glyphosate on furanocoumarin production in wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa): interplant rhizosphere translocation in ecological and agricultural contexts (Nicholas Dragone, 2014)

Influences of feather structure and carotenoid pigmentation on sexual dichromatism in the ultraviolet spectrum among passerines (Jake E. Nonweiler, 2014)

Evidence for stream insect community resilience following tropical storm Irene (Samouel John Beguin, 2013)

 

Click HERE for a list of all student theses with Biology faculty advisers

 
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Theses Archives

 

Year

Name

Thesis Title

2014  Bragg, Lucia  Scandal and the Public-Private Divide
2014 Drennen, Zachary Getting to "Yea": Explaining and Predicting Support for Energy Policy Mechanisms in the United States Senate
2014 Hall, Matthew Affirmative Action in America:  The Case in Higher Education
2014 Kagan, Max Cruelties Well Used?  The Efficacy of Indiscriminate Violence in Counterinsurgency
2014 Kallas, Ben Broader Horizons, Blurred Lines:  Asymmetric Warfare in the Information Age
2014 Kogan, Rachel Freedom, Firearms, and the Constitution:  The Effect of the Expanding Individual Right to Bear Arms on Firearms Regulation
2014 Klos, Felix Understanding European Integration:  The Power of Politics
2014 Lynch, Tom Intervention, the State, and the United Nations:  The Effects of Reputation on Unilateral vs. Multilateral Interventions
2014 Morse, Brianna Assessing the Determinants of Gun Ownership in Vermont
2014 Nutt, Caroline The Booms and Busts of the Brotherhood:  Navigating the Waves of Dissolution
2014 Parrish, Mitchell Transparency and Trust in Government
2014 Peisch, Sam Are Good Samaritans Good for Development?  The Impact of NGOs on Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
2014 Perry, Mikaela Sex and Stigmatization:  Explaining Variations of HIV/AIDS Rates Across Sub-Saharan Africa
2014 Sans, Nathaniel General Dysfunction:   Closer to a Theory of Civil-Military Punishment
2013 Ament, Michael State Building in the Pacific:  An Historical Institutionalist Analysis of the Political Development Palau
2013 Arnowitz, Charles China's Great Firewall:  Internet Censorship and Regime Durability
2013 Brooke, Jason To Intervene or Not to Intervene?  Examining Motivations for Humanitarian Intervention in the Post-Cold War Era
2013 Esten, Anna The Power Beside the Throne:  An Analysis of First Ladies' Independent Power in Modern American Politics
2013 Guiterman, Carina Social Segregation and Community Cohesion:  A Theoretical Perspective on Immigrant Integration in Western Europe
2013 Hamilton, Zoe Hate Speece:  Judicial Decision-Making in the French High Courts
2013 Hurwitz, Marissa Give Peace a Chance:  How Peace Can Last in Sub-Saharan Africa
2013 Pfander, Sarah Women and the World Wide Web of Political Campaigning:  Examining the Communication and Self-Presentation Decisions of Female Senate Candidates Through Campaign Websites
2013 Smoller, Michelle "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do":  A Case Study of the Casual Processes of Group Fragmentation in Self-Determination Movements
2013 Wagman, Emily Reevaluatinh the Buckley Standard:  Determining the Constitutionality of Campaign Finance Legislation
2013 Witek, Owen The Politics of Wave Elections
2012 Cherezova, Oksana History, Memory and Politics in Russia under Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin and Dmitriy Medvedev
2012 Cutler, David UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees:  Evaluating 62 Years of Temporary Relief and Development
2012 Edes, Cullen Ethniticy, Trade, and Inequality:  Implications for Civil War Onset and Duration
2012 Foster, Alison Grace Learning from the Past?  Analogical Reasoning in the Decision to Intervene in Libya
2012 Hunter, Kyle Present at the Creation:  Norm Promotion and LGBT Rights in South Africa and International Politics
2012 King-Musza, Emilia Left, Right and Center:  The Effects of the Radical Right on Socialist Immigration Policy and Rhetoric in France
2012 Moreau, Madeleine A Decade After 9/11:  The Evolution of Al-Qaeda's Use of Violence
2012 Polebaum, Michael A Mandate to Regulate:  The Constitutionality of the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision of the Affordable Care Act
2012 Schaffer, Adam Prosecute or Pardon:  Explaining Divergent Outcomes in Transitional Justice
2012 Strangfeld, Kate Policies Addressing the Obesity Epidemic:  What's Effective?  Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Policies on Consumption Rates of Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar, and Saturated Fat
2012 Wemyss-Dunn, Charlie The  Youngest Generation Forced to Fight:  Causes of Child Soldier Recruitment and Lessons for Reintegration
2011 Brown, Harrison Urban Politics and Disaster Management:  Nashville's 2010 Flood
2011 Brown, Logan The Importance of Public Space in the Reconstruction of a Shattered Cambodian 'World'
2011 Davis, Austin "Islam is the Solution" is a Meaningless Oversimplication:  Connections Between and Objectives Behind Multifunction Sub-national Islamist Groups
2011 Fuller, Jaime "An Orchestration for the Administration's Multiple Voices"  The Path-Dependent Evolution of the White House Office of Communications
2011 Garofano, Jeffrey The Politics of Merit Pay in the American Federalist System
2011 Henderson, Stephanie Controlling a Social Disease:  A Normative Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention
2011 Hoar, Samuel The Incumbency Advantage, Perquisites of Office, and Congressional Communications in the Age of Email
2011 Khalil, Jahd The Political Arsenal:  Hezbollah's Contentious Repertoires
2011 Lowe, Amanda Seeds for Success:  Applying Counterinsurgency Strategy to Counterdrug Efforts in Source Countries
2011 Mackey, Wil Identity and Revolt in the Verandah of Mecca: The House of Islam and the Free Aceh Movement in Aceh, Indonesia
2011 Moslander, Margaret The First Amendment of National Security:  An Examination of the Pentagon Papers Case and Wikileaks
2011 Parshley, Lois Cooperation and Conflict in Times of Scarcity:  An Investigation of the Jordan River Basin
2011 Peduto, David The Taliban Insurgency in Post-2001 Afghanistan Reasons for Expansion
2011 Quisol, Ashley Natural Gas and Neo-Mercantilism:  The Impact of Russia's Evolving Energy Strategy on Foreign Policy
2011 Rowell, Annie The Formation of Policy Change in Small Communities
2011 Singh, Ruchi Poverty Alleviation North & South of the Himalayas:  Why has China Alleviated More Poverty than India? 
2010 Ackerly, Nathan Taming the Dogs of  War:  A Bureaucratic Analysis of Contracting in the War on Terror
2010 Baumann, Peter Projecting the Future:  The Youth Vote in Presidential Elections as a Predictor for Subsequent Election Cycles
2010 Goodrich, Christopher Arctic Resources and the Northern Passages Governing the Polar North
2010 Gubb, Jesse Unilateral Politics and George W. Bush:  Bargaining Channels, Executive Orders, and Legislative Proposals
2010 Huusko, Saila In the Shadow of Pinochet:  A Study of the Presidential Elections of 2009-2010 and the Persistence of the Right in Post-Authoritarian Chile
2010 Lim, Leslie Kay The Decay of Consent:  Why Belligerents Withdraw Cooperation During UN Peacekeeping Operations
2010 Mody, Vrutika How to Win Friends and Influence People:  Chinese Non-Coercive Power Strategies in South Asia and the Impact on Indian Foreign Policy
2010 White, Avery An Empire of Tolerance:  John Stuart Mill and the Ethics and Conduct of Intervention
2009 Blum, Abigail Overcoming the Hollow Ring:  The Implementation of Socioeconomic Rights Rulings in South Africa
2009 Fallon, James Political Violence in Post-War Lebanon
2009 Fox, Harriet Will of the People:  NGO Strategy and the Progressive Realization of Human Rights in South Africa
2009 Hackett, William Dangerous Liberty:  An Examination of How the Supreme Court Erred in Heller and What that Error Means for Gun-Control in the United States
2009 Johnson, Dane Water Chaos:  The Endangered Species Act, Collaboration, and Changing United States Water Policy
2009 Murali, Michael The End of War:  Comparative Peacemaking in Israel and Northern Ireland
2009 Pentifallo, Caitlin Going for the Gold:  Explaining Motivation for Olympic Games Bidding
2009 Putz, Emily The Road to Community-Based Malaria Control:  The Importance of Local Micro-Variables in the Success of Prevention and Control Programs
2009 Sahin, Emre Romani Political Mobilization in Spain and Turkey
2009 Saito, Garrett Winning Congressional Campaigns:  Eleven Case Studies in 2008
2008 Colodny, Aaron Emanuel Lifting Supranational Goals:  The Strength of Judicial Activism in the European Union
2008 Eliot, Emily Evangelical Political Behavior: Why do American Evangelicals Vote Republican?
2008 Goodwin, Amanda Ethnic Minority Voting Behavior Explained:  Resources, Mobilization, and Motivation in Context of the 2005 British General Election
2008 Goodwin, Andrew The Economic Logic of Political Reform in China:  Institutional Capacity and the Enduring Problem of Local Noncompliance
2008 Kenna, Olivia The Third Wave of Transitional Justice in Argentina
2008 Nardini, Thomas Maxwell Compassion vs. the Constitution?  The Tension Between Government Funded Faith-Based Social Service Providers and the Establishment Clause
2008 Shaw, Conor Marcus Lincoln and the Republican Dilemma:  Executive Power and the Rule of Law
2007 Babin, Kathryn Party Competitiveness and Social Service Spending in 3 Upstate NY Counties

2007

Boeve, May Interest Groups and Municipal Policy:  Automakers in Detroit
2007 Campbell, Liz The EU and Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovo
2007 Kuipers, Jake Influences on Presidential Decision-Making at Times of International Conflict
2006 Campbell, Doug Federal Judicial Confirmation Process
2006 Coriell, David Presidential Agenda-Setting and Legislative Outcomes
2006 Davies, Annie Refugee Policy and Internal Conflicts in African States
2006 Doorley, Katherine The Fighting Edge?  An Examination of the Impact of War on Presidential Legislative Success
2006 Fisher, Christine Interest Group Politics and Government Actions Related to Obesity
2006 Garner, Calvin Russia's Strategic Relationship with Iran
2006 Hayes-Rusnov, Sasha U.S. Policy Toward States in the Caspian Sea Region
2006 Kayani, Uzair Ethical Government and the War on Terrorism:  The Case of Detentions
2006 Kehl, Phil Why Did Spain Remain Neutral During World War II?
2006 Messing, Maren Media, Press Freedom, and Globalization in the Middle East
2006 Schwesinger, Stephanie If He is Free, He Must Believe:  Tocqueville, Religion and American Democracy Today
2006 Smith, Andrew Comparative Study of Church-State Relations in EU Nations
2006 Snyder, Zach Electoral Participation of Islamist Parties
2005 Belanich, David The New Political Science of Alexis de Tocqueville
2005 Eriksen, Gregory It's Not Unusual to be Attacked by Anyone:  counter-Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
2005 Lartey, Leslie Examining the Link Between Democracy and Decentralization in West Africa:  A Case Study of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire
2005 McAlpine, Kiernan The Politics of Death and Innocence in the Realms of Political Philosophy, American Constitutionalism, and Contemporary Criminal Proceedings
2005 Siegel, Elizabeth The Media and Presidential Campaigns
2005 Stauch, Jeffrey Popular Monopolies:  A Study of Separatist Violence and Restraint in Western Europe Since 1945
2005 Tigner, Teal Popular Music a Form of Political Communication:  A Musical Case Study of Apartheid-Era South Africa and Vietnam-Era America

2004

Areshidze, Giorgi

Moral Relativism &  Modern Liberalism

2004

Dye, Sarah

Islam & Democracy

2004

Eriksen, Gregory

Terrorism & Failed States

2004

Everly, Jillian

Reforming the Education Bureaucracy

2004

Farquhar, Margaret

Judicial Reform in Latin America

2004

Larson, Jessica

UN Rapid Deployment Force:  Problems and Prospects

2004

Lowell, Brian

UN & Iraq:  Limits of Collective Security

2004

Tiao, Jesslyn

French and American Views on the Iraq War

2003

Amin, Samia

Machiavelli's Prince:  Dictatorships in the Modern Era

2003

De Silva, Shihani

Creating Peace:  Negotiating with Terrorists

2003

Kido, Rika

International Institutions:  An Arena for Proactive Japanese Foreign Policy?

2002

Beyer, Stefanie

Genes, Justice and the Death Penalty:  Evaluating Influence on Federal Capital Punishment DNA Legislation

2002

Caragliano, David

On the Associational Threshold:  State-Society Relations in the People's Republic of China

2002

Donnan, Elizabeth

Sounds of Silence:  Understanding the Conditions under which American Presidents Claim Executive  Privilege

2002

Michaels, Johanna

Challenges to Change:  The Political Process of Innovative State Health Care Reform

2002

Nestor, Peter

Affirmative Action, Higher Education and the Courts

2002

Rahman, Wasim

Clash of Civilizations?  Islam and the West

2002

Syed, Abdur-Rahim

Rural Development in South Asia:  An Inquiry into the Political Economy of Local Participation

2001

Cohen, David

Locke, Jefferson, and Madison on Religious Freedom:  As Applied to Primary and Secondary Public Schools in American Constitutional Jurisprudence

2001

Coll, Kevin

Taiwan Stands Up:  The Politics of Taiwanese Nationalism

2001

Dettman, Samuel

A Commentary on Rousseau's Emile

2001

Husain, Adil

Blind Man's Bluff:  Nuclear Weapons in the India-Pakistan Rivalry

2001

Mitchell, Megan

An Evaluation of Economic Sanctions in the 1990s:  US Policies Towards Iraq, Iran, Haiti, and Pakistan

2001

Wood-Smith, Phillip

The Intersection of Public Forum Doctrine and the Establishment Clause in Public School Forums

2000

Areshidze, Irakly

American Federalism, Commerce and the Constitution

2000

Condliffe, Kate

Ambitious Reform; Little Resolve:  Community, Coalitions, Leadership and the Limits of City Government

2000

Deese, Brian

The Fate of Regional Integration in Argentina:  Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects

2000

Dougherty, Toby

Saving the Privileges or Immunities Clause from the Slaughter-House

2000

Ferguson-Cradler, Greg

Primordialism or Manipulation:  The Origins of the Ingush-Ossetian Conflict in the North Caucasus

2000

Hattan, Andrea

Problems, Policy and Politics:  Understanding the Current High-Stakes Testing Craze in America

2000

Jankowsky, David

In Mussolini's Shadow:  The Ebb and Flow of the Radical Right in Italy

2000

Sands, Darin

Dying in America:  Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century

2000

Stoll, Alison

The Role of Public Environmental Education Programs for Endangered Species Recovery

2000

Winmyint, Nicholas

Deepening and Widening:  The Politics of European Integration

1999

Block, Benjamin M.

Impermissible Burdens:  The Independent Counsel and Executive Accountability

1999

Chapman, Ginette

Citizen Participation in College Town Planning

1999

Culley, Grace B.

The U.S. War on Drugs in the Andes:  Cocaine Politics and Policy Failure

1999

Dixon,  Andrew

European Monetary Union:  The Forces Behind its Implementation

1999

Zarakol, Ayse

Arguing for Democracy:  Why Turkey Should Allow for More Freedom of Speech

1998

Andrejevic, Slavko

The Western Involvement in the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution

1998

Baldwin, Brandon

Third Party Politics in the American Two-Party System

1998

Clark, Caleb

Developing with the Market:  Institutions, Capital and the Struggle for Autonomy

1998

Dubin, Elizabeth

The Phenomenon of Leadership and its Importance in Democratizing Regimes: Understood through a Case Study of Nelson Mandela

1998

Harter, Ryan

Argentina, Menem and Economic Reform

1998

Hosford, Katie E.

Homosexuality and the Constitution: An examination of Bowers v. Hardwick and Romer v. Evans

1998

Kang, Ana

Corruption in Developing Countries

1998

Krea, Adam

Why the Individual Matters:  Reagan, Bush, and Clinton's Reassertion of Presidential Power in Foreign Policy

1998

Nottberg, Peter

Pacific Tides: The Ebb and Flow of U.S.-Japanese Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations from 1945-1997

1998

Portny, Caroline

The Quality of Chilean Democracy:  Institutional Shadows of the Pinochet Regime

1998

Rosenthal, Paul A.

The Status and Future of the United Nations Security Council

1998

Salerno, R. Kirby

United States' Role in Legal Transfer to Latin America: 1960-Present

1998

Schowengerdt, John

The Constitutionality of Free Exercise Exemptions

1998

Stewart, Lauren

A Natural Response?  Acting on Environmental Concerns in France and the United States

1998

Weld, Timothy

Anti-Castroism and the Cuban-American Community: The Sources of US Policy Towards Cuba in the 1990's

1997

Adams, Kip J.

With No Help in Sight:  The Transformation of Organized Labor and Presidential Politics at the Hands of the Reagan Administration

1997

Appel, Lauren J.

Explaining Change in U.S. Foreign Policy:  The Development of a Response to Human Rights Violations in Argentina, 1976-1981

1997

Burrell, Jennifer M.

Setting the Agenda:  Chilean Business and the Politics of South American Integration

1997

Cooper, Kathleen

The Judicial Philosophy of the Conservative Court:  The Relationship Between Liberty and Property

1997

Driscoll, Suzanne E.

Factions to Foreign Policy:  Interest Groups and the Involvement of the U.S. in the Middle East

1997

Hallowell, Zachary

Backlash!  A Study of the Causal Factors Behind Periods of Nativism in the United States:  1790-1996

1997

Heckman, Betsy

Fascist Movements of the  Interwar Period:  A Comparative Study of France and Germany

1997

Sartori, Maria E.

Citizens and Non-Citizens:   A Comparative Study of Multicultural Politics in Germany and Sweden

1997

Thompson, Heather B.

Religion in the Public Classroom:  Constitutional and Philosophical Perspectives on Education in a Democratic Republic

1997

Wong, Aran J.

The Tragedy of Yugoslavia:  The Violent Dismemberment of a Multi-Ethnic Federation

1996

Bittner, Jeffrey D.

Financial Institutionalization and the Russian Capital Market

1996

Braunstein, Joshua A.

The Fish in the Sea and the Beached Whale: Failure of American Counterinsurgency Efforts in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam

1996

Clark, William B.

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1996

Figlewski, Brett M.

Modern Liberal Theory and the Common Law Tradition

1996

Flather, Lucie B.

Three Obstacles to International Cooperation on the Global Environment

1996

Hengst, Elias R.

The Chicago Boys and Chile

1996

Herzberg, David W.

Argentina's New Tango: Peronists and Neoliberalism Cheek to Cheek

1996

Khalil, Samy K.

Education, Democratic Citizenship and Political Unity

1996

Lust, Aleksander

Just About Right?: The British Labour Party and the German SPD in the 1990s

1996

Nath, Sameer D.

China, India and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of the Dynamics of U.S. Foreign Investment in China and India 1980-present

1996

Stacker, Nicholas A.

On Democratizing Transition:  The Politics of Point "X"

1995

Albertson, Jeffrey R.

The "Mixed System": Presidential Persuasion in Public and in Congress

1995

Devos, Erica

Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Protest: Anti-Nuclear Movements and Divergence of French and American Nuclear Energy Policy

1995

Fenwick, Toby J.

Imperial Destiny: British Governmental Decision Making During the Suez Crisis

1995

Fogarty, Edward A.

Alliance and Democratic Consolidation: Assessing the Westernizing Powers of NATO

1995

Haley, Daniel P.

The Role of the "Religious Right" in National and Republican Party Politics

1995

Holmes, Lindsey S.

Leftist Guerrilla Organizations and the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo: Tow Forms of Autonomous Protest Under a Bureaucratic Authoritarian Regime in Argentine

1995

Murphy, W. Brendan

Religious Freedom in the Liberal Regime: The Establishment Clause, the Wall of Separation, and the American Founding

1995

Pettibone, Stephen P.

Postmaterialism and the Stagnation of the German Greens

1995

Vreeland, Alison B.

Prospects for Democracy in Central Asia: Language Policies as a Barometer of Success

1995

Waite, Jason M.

A Critical Examination of National Forest Policy in the United States

1994

Blankson, Kojo A.

U.N. Peacekeeping in Africa: Using the Congo and Somalia as Study Cases

1994

Castellucci, Marc A.

The True Nature of the Beast

1994

Chapin, Johanna

Bedfellows Make Strange Politics:  Hillary Rodham Clinton as a "New" First Lady

1994

Chew, Delbert

Ethnic Nationalism and Nation-Building in Malaysia

1994

Garretson, Heather Ann

An Analysis of Tort Reform Prospects in the United States

1994

Laliberte, Peter

Agricultural Reform and Political Development in the Chinese Countryside

1994

Righi, Peter A.

Social Democratic Success Throughout a Decade: The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party

1994

Savodnik, Peter

Realist and Idealist Doctrine and the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina:  A Case Study

1994

Schlesinger, Robert E.K.

Television, the Parties, and the Future of the American Political System

1994

Walter, Nicholas

Risk, Regulation, and Innovation:  California's Proposition 65

1993

Bragton, Heather Garretson

An Analysis of Tort Reform Prospects in the United States

1993

Hoenck, Matthew E.

The Catch-All Dilemma of the German Volkspartei: A Study of Parteienverdrossenheit

1993

Houston, A. Clancey

An Exploration of Conflict Resolution: The Potential for the Reunification of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan

1993

Olson, Nancy L.

A Comparative Analysis of the Media's Role in the 1992 Campaigns:  Britain and the United States

1993

Poftak, Steven M.

Did George Ruin Everything?: The Past, Present, and Future of the Reagan Coalition

1993

Spencer, Jeffrey D.

Teaching Old Mosques New Tricks: Modernization, Political Islam, and the "Woman Question" in Algeria and Tunisia

1993

Summersgill, Michael J.

The Campaign Message

1993

Upham, David R.

The Original Understanding and the Free Exercise Clause:  The Case for Religious Exemptions from Neutral Laws

1992

Donavan, Jake S.

Ongoing Struggle for Basque Independence: Legitimate or Terrorist?

1992

Donovan, Faith J.

The New Hampshire Primary:  Why It is "Always First and Always Right"

1992

Dowgiallo, Mary Beth

Presidential Foreign Policymaking in the Legislative Arena: A Case Study of Presidents Truman and Bush

1992

Mirani, Viraj M.

The end of European Neutrality: Neutral Duties vs. EC Benefits

1992

Richards, Kelsey A.

The Supreme Court's Role as an Unelected Body in a Democratic Government

1992

Scaia, Laureen M.

The Evolution of the 'Evil Empire':  An Analysis of the Reagan Administration's Foreign  Policy Towards the Soviet Union

1992

Schumaker, Jennifer J.

Campaign Finance Reform: An Analysis of its Failure in the 102nd Congress

1992

Tziampiris, Aristotelis

The Emergence of a New Power? An Examination of European Community Power Actualization

1992

Van Orman, Robin

The Political Power of Montana's Natural Resource Industries: A Century of Study

1991

Mattie, Sean

The Contest Between Poetry and Philosophy in Plato's Republic

1991

Moriarty, Kate

The Prospects for Democratic Stability in Plural Societies:  A Comparative Study of the Netherlands and Northern Ireland

1991

Wilcox, Paul S.

Restructuring the International System: The Case of the European Community

1991

Wilson, Ali

The Favorite of the Laws:  Race and the Constitution, the Legal Thought of Thurgood Marshall

1990

Chaplin, John H.

The Dynamics of Soviet Language Policy

1990

Dalmer, Derek C.

Property Rights, The Supreme Court and the Constitutions

1990

Gill, Glennis

The Implementation of Federal Urban Development Programs

1990

Gottesfield, Miriam B.

(Russian & Soviet studies)

Russian Nationalism:  The Contending Ideology in the Soviet Union Today

1990

Northrop, Daniel D.

Race and the Equal Protection Clause:  School Desegregation, Purposeful Discrimination, in Constitutional Law

1990

Sambanis, Nicholas

PA.SO.K's Populism and Socialism:  An Analysis of the Movement's Origins, Structure, Ideology, and Development

1990

Perkins, Jonathan

(Russian & Soviet studies)

The Fault of Soviet Federalism

1990

Vitrano, Victoria J.

Plato and Machiavelli on the Political Education of Rulers

1990

Wiss, Bradford W.

Behind the Lithuanian Secession Crisis Nationalism and Independence in the Soviet Baltic Republics

1989

Ball, Porter

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

1989

Bauman, Patricia

A Search for the Transcendent:  Kant, Augustine and Aristotle

1989

Cahill, Christopher B.

The Regulation of Broadcast Indecency:  F.C.C. v. Pacifica

1989

Carrese, Paul Owen

The Constitution, The Supreme Court, and Substantive Justice:  The Unenumerated Right of Privacy

1989

Latchford, Jennifer K.

Media/Television and its Interaction with Campaigns for the Presidency

1989

Lynch, Margaret A.

Leadership, Communication, and Public Opinion:  The Reagan-Congress Relationship 1981-1989

1989

McDonough, Patrick F., Jr.

The Boston City Council in the 20th century:  The Decline and Possible Resurgency of the City's Legislature

1988

Makridis, Odisseas

The Political History of Thucydides; Peloponnesian War

1988

McCarthy, Kevin T.

Japan's Success:  What America Can Learn

1988

Nionakis, Dimitri J.

The Relationship Between the Executive and the Legislature in the Area of Foreign Affairs

1988

Ricciardelli, Paula

Women and Sex-Based Wage Discrimination

1988

Van Genderen, Sara E.

Petticoat Equality:  The Political History of Women in Wyoming

1987

Barry, Kevin M.

The Establishment of a Two-Party South

1987

Neff, Michael W.P.

The Role of the U.S. Government in the Dairy Sector

1987

Walpin, Edward A.

A Matter of Necessity:  Religion and Freedom in the Thought of Karl Marx

1987

Ward, John P., Jr.

Ghosts in a Machine:  American MIAs in Vietnam

1986

Joyce, Thomas

The Development of Hegel's Theory of the State in his Early Writings

1986

Kahan, Dan Michael

Community in Modernity:  The Political Thought of Alexis de Tocqueville

1986

Maguire, Mary E.

Nicaragua:  United States' Pressure and World Bank

1986

Reilly, Stephen C.

American Federalism Debated, 1787 to 1985:  National League of Cities and Garcia v. SAMTA in Historical Perspective

1986

Schlotman, Laura Baines

Arms Control Decision-making:  A Function of Presidential Dominance or Bureaucratic Politics?

1986

Winters, Christopher V.

Latin American liberation Theology:  Orthodoxy and Marxism

1985

Klinck, John L., Jr.

Pressure Politics in American Government:  Case Study of Interest Groups

1985

Lendhardt, W. Christopher

The Dilemmas of Interdependence:  Changing the Balance of Power Between Congress and the Executive

1985

Wall, Christopher

(American Studies)

Harry S. Truman and the President's Committee on Civil Rights:  Clarion Call in the Fight for Justice

1984

Bayless, Rebecca

Reflections on Education in the American Regime

1984

Daniels, Katherine

Francis Bacon and the Debate on Genetic Engineering

1984

Eide, Lorraine

Military Regimes and Political Development in Africa

1984

Elwell, Peter Bostelman

The Politics of Community Development:  Studies of Citizen Participation in Four American Cities

1984

Giuiffra, Lisa M.

Soviet Moslems on the Russian Chessboard:  An Ethnopolitical Perspective

1984

Hannon, Deborah G.

The Absence of an Anti-Nuclear Movement:  The  Uniquely French Perspective

1984

Hess, Lori Melissa

An Essay Toward the Recovery of  Political Rhetoric

1984

Joseph, Jonathan Mitchell

The United States' National Interest v. United Nations Peacekeeping:  Changing Patterns of Support, 1950-1973

1984

Kammerer, Tracey Claire

The Right of Privacy and the First Amendment

1984

Keenan, Martha A.

(American Studies)

The Native American in the 1830s and the 1980s:  Change and Stagnation in American Literature and Government Policy

1984

Littlefield, Stacy Wildern

Presidential Rhetoric and the Defense Policy Process

1984

Pineault, Melissa

A Question of Tolerance:  Communism in the American Regime:  The Implications of the First Amendment for an Understanding of Political Freedom in the United States

1984

Siegel, Stephen J.

George Orwell:  The Writer's Attempt to Make a Difference

1984

Stueber, David S.

Economic Decision Making in the White  House

1983

Boucher, Pamela Anne

The Government's Police Power v. Individual Rights:  Two Interpretations

1983

Brown, Edward

(American Studies)

Gun Control in America -- The Lobbies and their Propaganda:  Emotionalizing the Issue

1983

Burroughs, Allison D.

Politics, Literature, and Education:  Reconciling First Amendment Freedoms with the Inculcative Function of Education

1983

Gilroy, Jeanne

(American Studies)

Piety, Politics, and Patriotism:  Three American Figures

1983

Mullin, Stephen F.

(American Studies)

School Desegregation Seattle Style

1983

Shively, George

The Right of Abortion in America Today:  A Study in Traditions and Change

1983

Varnum, Deborah

(American Studies)

Should God Go to School?  A Critical Survey of the Historical Church/State/Education Relationship and its Application to the Current Controversy on Prayer in Public Schools

1983

Webster, Hugh

Dual Federalism

1982

Friedman, Eric H.

Economic Dependency and Foreign Policy:  Cause and Effect?  Mexico, Brazil, and the United States, 1954-1982

1982

Goldman, Brian

The Brezhnev Succession:  Continuity, Crisis, and Change

1982

Haft, William

De Gaulle and Post-War French Foreign Policy:  In Pursuit of Grandeur

1982

Kaufman, Eric

Reflection of a Study of Rawls

1982

Pearce, Elizabeth S.

Religion and the American Republic

1982

Rosen, Caroline

Italian Communism:  A Study in the Development and Behavior of a Western Communist Party

1982

Taylor, David F.

Affirmative Action, The Supreme court and Equality:  Bakke, Weber and Fullilove and the Acceptance of Affirmative Action

1981

Chun, Rosemary S.

The Hostage Crisis in Iran:  The World Response

1981

Harris, Catherine

Interaction of Groups and Government in Energy Policy Decisions:  Implications for Energy Planning

1981

Marderosian, George A.

The Constitutional Veto, The Constitution, and the Administration of Government

1981

O'Connor, Gail A.

Economic Sanctions:  A U.S. Foreign Policy Tool for the 1980's?

1981

Pitney, Henry

United States Recognition Toward Revolutionary Regimes:  Three Case Studies Mexico, Russia and China

1980

Friedhofer, Jan Elizabeth

Chinese Foreign Policy, 1965 to 1979:  From Ideology to Pragmatism

1979

Goodman, John B.

Alternative Détente Strategies:  The Debate over the Jackson Amendment

1979

Weidlin, Mary C.

Peace of Revolution:  Decolonization and Efforts to Achieve a Coalition Solution in Algeria and Rhodesia

1978

Cohen, Cindi

The Due Process Clause:  Hugo Black and the Theory of Incorporation

1978

Figel, Reid M.

The Federal Communications Commission and Media Cross Ownership:  Betrayal of the Public Interest

1978

Fleming, Wendy C.

American Wilderness Consciousness in Literature and in Action

1978

Frankenburg, Victoria Hope

Desegregation and the Courts

1978

Languedoc, Ronald S.

International Protection of Human Rights:  The Role of the Carter Initiative, 1977

1978

Pittman, Craig S.

Political Control of Bureaucracy:  A Comparative Study of France and the United States

1978

Polebaum, Beth Merle

Judaism and Modernity:  Nineteenth Century Germany

1977

Bove, Fredi-Ellen

The Principles of Liberal Democracy Through an Examination of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America

1977

Hebel, Howard

Liberation Theology in Latin America

1977

Hilmer, Abigail

A Study of the American Hero Through the Persons of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt

1977

Holland, Hillary

Cyprus:  From Coup to Crisis in 1974

1977

Jones, Virginia L.

In Defense of Idealism:  The  Political Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

1977

Kritchersky, Barbara

Alexander Meiklejohn and Political Freedom

1977

Larmon, Marcy J.

(American Studies)

Campaign Coverage in the New York Times:  1852, 1876, and 1912

1977

Martyn, Thomas H.

Chinese Foreign Policy Goals and the United Nations:  1971-1976

1977

Peck, Amy

The Crisis of Radical Feminism:  A Case Study in the Tensions and Cycles of a Social Movement

1977

Shapiro, Jay

Bureaucracy:  Analysis and Criticism Through Literature

1977

Slutsker, Gary D.

Pretrial Publicity and Fair Trials:  A Review of Due Process Proposals

1977

Stoner, James R., Jr.

Religion and the Basis of Hobbes' Political Philosophy

1977

Strauss, William Marc

Democratic Party Reform:  A Question of Representation

1976

Marsh, Pamela A.

War Powers and the Constitution:  The War Powers Resolution of 1973

1975

Hackett, Richard Anthony

James Madison and His Changing Views of Federal Government

1974

Anderson, Barbara

Presidential Power and War:  The Original Constitutional Understanding

1974

Anderson, Lisa Loft

Republican Government and the First Amendment:  A Critique of George Anastaplo's Constitutionalist

1974

Athan, Lawrence L.

A Faithful Execution of the Laws?  A Study of War Powers Exercised by Lincoln

1974

Hylander, Sandra

(American Studies)

Southern Agrarians and Politics:  The Meaning of a Metaphor

1973

McGarry, Martha

The School Desegregation Cases and the Paradox of Equal Protection

1972

Polebaum, Elliot

Edmund Burke on Representative Government

1971

Kitner, Michael R.

Robert F. Kennedy and American Politics of the Sixties

1970

Ishiyama, Koichi

Zengakuren:  The Search of a New Identity in Tokyo, 1960

1969

Hitchens, Christy A.

The Enigma of Adam Smith

1969

Mwanamwanba, Amusa K.

The Determinants of  Zambia's Foreign Policy

1968

Goodrich, Gerry E.

Open Housing:  The Constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act of 1966 Under the 14thAmendment

1968

McLoughlin, Philip R.

Food for Peace:  A Study in Administrative Responsibility

1968

Rabinowitz, Michael J.

The Impact of Automation as a Casual Factor on Federal Reserve Employment Trends:  1956-1965

1967

Sheldon, Thomas E.

Political Opinions and Their Relationships to the Backgrounds of American College Students:  A Questionnaire Based Study in the Areas of Civil Liberties and Domestic Economic Policy

1966

Zupanec, Donald M.

The Role of Public Opinion in the Making of Foreign Policy:  Vietnam - A Case Study

1964

Denton, Judith M.

The Individual and Soviet Justice Since the Death of Stalin

1964

Godson, Roy S.

Qualitative Limitations on the Use and Possession of Armaments

1964

Holmes, David R.

Problems of American Foreign Aid: The Vietnam Case

1963

Alexander, James

Council-Manager Government in Perspective:  Ashbury Park, New Jersey

1963

Hasselkus, Julie S.

Political Neutrality and Economic Warfare:  Switzerland, 1914-1945

1962

Riess, Michael D.

Postwar Changes in the Japanese Police Force

1961

Tuttle, George E.

On the Origins of States' Action

1960

Greene, Richard S.

Dean Acheson & NATO:  A Study of Personality in Diplomacy

1960

Smith, Caroline E.

"Complaint of Aggression Upon the Republic of Korea":  A Case Study of the Response of the United Nations Security Council to a Breach of the Peace

1959

Harvey, Charles E.

Massachusetts Executive Council - Retain, Amend or Abolish?

1959

Moody, Henry F.

The Anglo-Iranian Oil Dispute:  A Study in Small Power Diplomacy

1900

Horton, Guy B.

The Economic Influence of Industrial Combinations of Prices

1890

Lavery, Adelbert A.

The Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces of Democracy

1884

Piper, Clarence R.

The Method of the Science of Political Economy

Theses Procedures and Schedule

(Revised July 2014)

 A. General Procedures

Prerequisites: Students must have a cumulative 3.33 grade point average in their regular political science courses taken at Middlebury through the end of the junior year in order to undertake an honors thesis project. ("Regular political science courses" include fall and spring political science courses, plus a maximum of one winter term political science course.) A proposal for an Honors Thesis must be submitted to-and approved by-a student's prospective thesis advisor. No exceptions will be made to these requirements.

A thesis project normally is inspired by a research or seminar paper written during the junior or senior year, often in a 400-level seminar or 500-level independent project. The department strongly recommends that (1) students begin thinking about their thesis project and speaking with potential advisors in their junior year, (2) students enroll in PSCI 0368 before their senior year, and (3) students planning to write a philosophy thesis take a 300-level political philosophy course before their senior year.

A political science honors thesis is a three-term project. Normally, students register for PSCI 0500 in the first term of the thesis process, PSCI 0700 in the second term, and PSCI 0700 (again) in the final term. For the purposes of calculating the 10 course major requirement, a PSCI 500 section taken as part of the thesis sequence counts as a “course,” but PSCI 700 does not. May graduates will normally work on theses in the fall, winter, and spring terms of their senior year, while February graduates will work on theses during the spring, fall, and winter terms.

B. Schedule

Thesis writers should pay close attention to the following schedule and should work with their advisors to establish realistic interim goals and deadlines that will help them to meet the official departmental deadlines.

1. Last term of junior year: Begin discussions with potential advisors about possible topics. Secure a professor’s commitment to advise your thesis. It is the student’s responsibility to select a thesis topic and to find a main thesis advisor from the political science department. A thesis advisor serves as the student’s first reader and guides the student through the thesis process. Thesis writers meet frequently with their advisors over the course of the senior year, both to obtain guidance and to keep their advisors abreast of their progress.

2. Early in the first term of senior year: Enroll in PSCI 0500 - Independent Project. Discuss, develop, and finalize your topic with your advisor. Consult your advisor about a possible second reader. This second reader must also be a member of the political science department; a third reader is optional and can be chosen from outside the department. Second readers should be selected as soon as possible and in no case later than the submission of the final draft of the thesis prospectus (see below). The deadline for declaring thesis advisors is by Friday of the 2nd week of classes of the term. Students declare a thesis advisor by notifying the departmental thesis coordinator (in 2014-15, the departmental thesis coordinator is Associate Professor Amy Yuen).

3. Prospectus and Bibliography in the first term: Students must submit to their advisor a draft of a thesis prospectus and bibliography by the end of the 5th week of classes. After subsequent revisions, students must provide their advisor a final version of the thesis prospectus by the end of the 10th week of classes. The prospectus should also be given to the second reader(s) for consultation with the advisor and student. A late prospectus will not be accepted, and may disqualify a student from the thesis project. The prospectus must be approved by the student's advisor, and only students whose prospectus has been approved will be permitted to continue writing the thesis.

A thesis prospectus should: (a) define the research question(s) to be answered in the thesis; (b) explain the intellectual importance of the thesis; and (c) outline how the project will be completed, i.e., sources and methodology which make it clear how evidence will be gathered and assessed. The prospectus should be 2000-2500 words long.

4. Deadline for First Chapter Draft: Students must hand in their first chapter draft to their advisor by the last day of classes in the first term of the three term project. Failure to submit a chapter draft will, without exception, result in the termination of the thesis project. Students who are unable to complete a first chapter draft in accordance with departmental deadlines cannot be expected to complete a well-developed thesis reliably. Please note that individual advisors may expect more than a first chapter draft as a requirement to continue the thesis project.

5. Second term of senior year: Thesis students register for PSCI 0700 - Thesis Project. Students are expected to meet regularly with their advisors, and may also meet with other reader(s) if appropriate. The absence of competing coursework during Winter Term affords a precious opportunity for research, writing, and consultation with the advisor and reader(s).

6. Third term of senior year: During the third term, thesis students again register for PSCI 0700,. The penultimate draft of the thesis should be completed and submitted to the advisor and reader(s) for comments by the Monday of the 8th week of classes in spring term of the Senior year (May graduates) or the last day of classes in fall term (February graduates). The final draft must be completed, with copies submitted to the thesis advisor and reader(s), by the Friday of the 11th week of classes in the third term (May graduates) or the end of the second week of winter term (February graduates). The final draft of the thesis may not be returned to the student for revisions prior to the oral defense.

7. The thesis advisor schedules the oral thesis defense during the first week of the final exam period, and for February graduates, during the last week of Winter Term.

C. Honors Regulations

1. As indicated above, students must have a 3.33 average or higher in all regular political science courses taken at Middlebury through the end of the junior year in order to apply to write an Honors Thesis; a thesis is required for departmental honors. A student whose departmental GPA falls below 3.33 during the senior year may continue with the thesis project, but is not eligible to receive departmental honors. No exceptions will be made to these requirements.

2. Students must meet all of the deadlines in the above procedures and schedule in all three semesters involved in the honors project. Failure to meet the deadlines for the thesis prospectus or the final draft of the thesis, will result in the denial of honors. Failure to meet the deadline for the penultimate draft of the thesis will mean that the thesis writer will receive no comments from the second reader. Students should note that departmental deadlines can only be extended by the department chair, and will be so extended only in medical or other serious emergencies.

3. The thesis grade is based on the quality of the written thesis as well as the oral defense, with the preponderant weight given to the written work. Grammar, spelling, and typographical errors, or lack thereof, will be included in the evaluation.

4. The determination of awards of Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors is based on (1) the level of the grade achieved on the thesis and (2) the level of the average grade received in other regular political science courses taken at Middlebury (courses taken abroad do not count toward the grade point determination). Honors candidates will have a political science course average of at least 3.33 and a thesis grade of B+ or higher to attain Honors; a political science course average of at least 3.50 and a thesis grade of A- or higher to attain High Honors; and a political science course average of at least 3.67 and a thesis grade of A to attain Highest Honors.

5. Any appeal of a thesis grade, or the award of Honors, or the termination of a thesis project shall be made to the department chair, who will either make the final decision or request an evaluation by another colleague.

D. Research Resources and Thesis Format

1. The department recommends Wayne C. Booth et al., The Craft of Research (University of Chicago Press), Charles Lipson, How to Write a B.A. Thesis, and Stephen Van Evera, Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science (Cornell University Press) and King, Keohane and Verba, Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (Princeton University Press). In addition, the reference desk at the College Library has some useful bibliographic guides for various fields and geographic areas which the student should consult. For more specific and technical matters, students should consult Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, latest edition) or The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, latest edition).

2. The thesis should be printed double-spaced, with adequate margins. Just as books and journal articles vary in length depending on the subject of the research, the method used, and the author’s individual style, theses can have a range of acceptable lengths. Discuss this issue with your advisor for more detailed guidance. Notes may be at the bottom of each page, at the end of each chapter, or at the end of the thesis. The title page should be prepared according to the example available in the department office. You must also provide a 1" x 4" spine label for each reader's copy, stating your thesis title, your name, and the month and year you completed your thesis. One copy of the thesis must be submitted to the departmental coordinator (MNR 213) to be forwarded to the College Library.

3. The department also strongly recommends that students consult Honors Theses [AY1] from prior years for guidance on thesis format, structure, and argument. These Honors Theses [AY2] can be found in the Special Collections department of the College Library.

 

2014-2015 Deadline Schedule

Deadline for:

Fall-Winter-Spring Thesis Writers

 

 

Declaration of Thesis Advisors

Friday, September 19, 2014

First draft of Prospectus & bibliography

Friday, October 10, 2014

Final draft of Prospectus & bibliography

Friday, November 14, 2014

First chapter draft

Friday, December 5, 2014

Penultimate draft

Monday, April 6, 2015

Final draft of thesis

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5pm

Oral defense

No later than Friday, May 15, 2015

 

 

 

Deadline for:

Spring-Fall-Winter Thesis Writers

 

 

Declaration of Thesis Advisors

Friday, February 20, 2015

First draft of Prospectus & bibliography

Friday, March 13, 2015

Final draft of Prospectus & bibliography

Friday, April 24, 2015

First chapter draft

Monday, May 11, 2015

Penultimate draft

Last day of classes, fall 2015

Final draft of thesis

End of second week of winter term, 2016

Oral defense

Last week of winter term, 2016

 

Senior Theses

Students must have a cumulative 3.33 average in their regular Political Science courses taken at Middlebury through the end of the junior year in order to undertake an honors thesis project. (“Regular Political Science courses” include fall and spring political science courses, plus a maximum of one winter term Political Science course.) A proposal for an Honors Thesis must be submitted to—and approved by—a student’s thesis advisor. No exceptions will be made to these requirements.

A thesis project normally is inspired by a research or seminar paper written during the junior or senior year, often in a 400-level seminar or 500-level Independent Project. We strongly recommend that (1) students begin thinking about their thesis project and speaking with potential advisors in their junior year, (2) students enroll in PSCI 0368 or PSCI 0347 before their senior year, and (3) students planning to write a Philosophy thesis take a 300-level Political Philosophy course before their senior year.

A Political Science Honors Thesis is a three-term project. Normally, students register for PSCI 0500 in the first term of the thesis process, PSCI 0700 in the second term, and PSCI 0700 (again) in the final term.  May graduates will normally work on theses in the fall, winter, and spring terms of their senior year, while February graduates will work on theses during the spring, fall, and winter terms.

MiddTags:

Middlebury Theses & Dissertations

It may be helpful to see examples of good quality Middlebury theses and dissertations.  See also the awards section of this guide for links to other examples of high-quality papers.

Digital Senior Theses and Senior Work Archive (Now on Scholarship at Middlebury)

In 2007 Middlebury began adding digital theses to a college-wide digital Institutional Repository. Departments determine which theses and senior work projects are eligible to be included.

See go/scholarship

(Note: to see theses by department, use the advanced search and search the department name in the publisher field. Ask a librarian if you need help).

Students interested in submitting their work should see the submission form (go/submit) - Faculty approval is required.

Older Honors Theses

For many years, print copies of honors theses have been added to the College Archives in Special Collections. College Archive material cannot be taken outside of Special Collections, which has limited hours, so plan ahead.

Index of Honor Theses in College Archives

Language School Dissertations

Also in College Archives.

Breadloaf School of English

Theses are not required for Breadloaf degrees.