Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Political Science Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2023

Evangel Anyiwe, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Justice: Political Structure’s Effect on Sentence Length

Jancyn Appel, Political Science (POSC), Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Equality isn’t the Goal, but the Expectation: An Investigation of the Constitutionality of Racialized Policies through the Lens of Thurgood Marshall’s Supreme Court Opinions

Juliana Bachulis, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Xi’s China and Trong’s Vietnam - The Emergence of Populism in the Authoritarian Context

Harper Brooks-Kahn, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, "The 90 Minute Patriot": Sports and Secessionism through Time-Series Regression Analysis

Abraham Faber, Political Science (POSC) 2023, Who Defends Democracies in Crisis? Discerning How Groups Advocating Electoral Reform React to Democratic Backsliding

Ryan Flanagan, Political Science (POSC) 2023, The Olympic 'City of Exception' and the Subversion of Pluralism: Observing Convergence between Beijing and Rio de Janeiro

Emma Freedman, Political Science (POSC) 2023, #Academic: The Legal Struggle to Apply Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech to Digital Scholarship

Bjorn Holtey, Political Science (POSC), Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Considering the Court: A Content Analysis of Online News Coverage of the Supreme Court and the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Hana Horiuchi, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, It's What They Call the Rise & Fall

Christian Irons, Political Science (POSC) 2023, Brexit Voting Inconsistencies Throughout the Celtic Fringe: Analyzing the Interplay of Pro-Brexit Populist Movements With Devolved British Systems of Multi-Level Governance

Falagbenne Kombate, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Place-Based Identities and Political Party Preferences: Urban and Rural Place Identities in Electorate Party Preferences & Federal Welfare Spending Attitudes

Madeleine Parr, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Mothers and Monsters: Nationalism, Religious Extremism and Gender Norms

Mikhalina Solakhava, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Por Las Familias y La Revolución, #CóDigoSí: Imagining the National Family in Cuba

Maya Stovall, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, We Need to Save Us: Climate Justice as Revolution

Julian White-Davis, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2023, Dwelling in America

Submissions from 2022

William Bausch, Political Science (POSC) 2022, Analyzing Variation in US NATO Policy: A Role Theory Approach to the Clinton and Trump Administrations

Anne Bensen, Political Science (POSC) 2022, #SheikhJarrah: Gendered Modes of Palestinian Digital Resistance Amid Violent Ethnic Displacement

Carly Campana, Political Science (POSC) 2022, The Green Machine: Urban Greenspaces, Environmental Gentrification, and the Modern Growth Machine

Leander Cohen, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Progress or Power Grab? Gender Reform and Protest Masculinity in the Saudi-Iran Proxy Conflict

Edwin Driver, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Rioting For Change: Effectiveness of Violent Protest in Sparking Policy Reform

Anna Gwin, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Politics in Partnership: Economic & Epistemic Positionality in North-South NGO Working Relationships

Anna Hori, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Minnesota Television Coverage of Female Candidates in 2008 and 2016

Rahul Kirkhope, Political Science (POSC), Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, A Descent into the Dissident Right: How White Victimhood and the "Great Replacement Theory" Went Mainstream

Kapani Kirkland, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Fatal Eggs, Mad Scientists, and Carnival Galore: Satirical Narrative as Political Expression

Logan Knutson, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, A Foregone Conclusion? Race, Wealth, and the Modern Application of the American Death Penalty

Carl Marvin, Political Science (POSC) 2022, The Best of Both Worlds: Making the Most of the Middle Ground Between the US and China

Kristin Miyagi, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Conflict and Hope for a Better Life: Transformative Gender Roles and Women’s Economic Empowerment During the Syrian Civil War

Yicheng Shen, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2022, Justified Cause? Assessing the Humanitarian Outcomes of U.S. Foreign Aid and Intervention Since the Cold War

Submissions from 2021

Sonja Borgmann, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, Reframing Gender in War: Syria through the eyes of Arab Women Journalists

Maddie Bryant, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, "Partisan Spillover and the Political Frames of Super Bowl Advertisements After the 2016 Election"

Annaliese Gould, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, Depictions and Narratives of Religious Women in Post-Revolution Iranian Propaganda

Ishmael Maxwell, Political Science (POSC) 2021, We May Disagree, but We All Love the BJP: Populists' Targeting Strategies on Twitter

Alli Palmbach, Political Science (POSC) 2021, New Political Opinion Leaders: Applying Previously Established News Repertoires to a Liberal Arts College and the American Public

Noah Rosenfield, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, Resisting Totalitarianism: A Critical Humanistic Sensibility in the Work of Hannah Arendt and Tzvetan Todorov

Tuomas Sivula, Political Science (POSC) 2021, Subsistence in a Changing World: How Smallholder Farmers in Myanmar’s Central Dry Zone Autonomously Adapt to Climate and Social Change

Shane Zerr, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2021, Scared into Submission? Hardly: The Unusual Affects of Economic Anxiety on Support for Authoritarianism

Submissions from 2020

Erica Cagliero, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Forgotten and Invisible Refugees: A Policy Evaluation Targeting Refugees Living with Disabilities

Lydia Field, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Identifying Threat: A Quantitative Study of the Influence of Identity on National Security Threat Perception in American Public Opinion

Jonah Fisher, Political Science (POSC) 2020, To Be Taken Seriously, but Not Literally: An Analysis of Memes as a Unique Form of Political Humor and Expression on Social Media

Jen Fonder, Political Science (POSC) 2020, The Tribal Sovereignty Doctrine and the State of Indigeneity in the United States

Jonas Lindholm, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, A Caring Ethos for a World of Global Risk: Living in the Age of Climate Change

Emika Otsuka, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Beyond Contested Wartime History in East Asia: The Logic of Nationalism and The Potential for Cosmopolitan Memory

Olivia Powell, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Modeling the Impact of Systemic Shocks on the Radicalization Process

Amie Salem, Political Science (POSC) 2020, Development as Freedom, A Case Study: Examining Rwanda's Development Status Using Sen's Development Framework

Anna Shao, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Transcending the Self and Daemonic Philosophers in Plato’s Symposium

Milena Silva, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Cities and Solidarity: The Potential of the Local as a Site for the Provision of Hospitality to Refugees

Kathleen Stoughton, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Notions of the Nation: Nationalism and Role Theory

Alexander Swafford, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, Contradictions Between Rhetoric and Reality: Institutional Analysis of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative

Adin Zuck, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2020, The White Immigrant’s Racial Values and Structural Preferences: Case Studies of Rupert Murdoch, Arianna Huffington, Henry Kissinger, and Madeleine Albright

Submissions from 2019

Jen Chan, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Kymlicka's Aporia: Arguing for a Culturally Adaptive Model of Multicultural Liberailsm

Shelby Jones, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Making Space or Tacking Space: A Study on Allyship at Carleton College

Calvin Lundy, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Military Interventions by Authoritarian States: A Comparison of Cuba in Angola and Zimbabwe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Charles K. Lutvak, Political Science (POSC) 2019, "Devils With a Cause": How Rural and White Working Class Resentment Made Trump President

Sam Sauerhaft, Political Science (POSC) 2019, Political Humor for the Mobilized Masses: Late-Night Comedy and Political Participation in the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Elections

Justine Seligson, Political Science (POSC) 2019, The Role of National Memory: Understanding Slovakia and Bulgaria's Migration Policies

Adam Throne, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Beyond the Water’s Edge: Understanding the Impact of Public Pressure upon the Composition of United States Foreign Policy Decisions (1993 – 2004)

Elyse Wanzenried, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2019, Evolving Equality: Gender Quotas, Female Parliamentary Representation, and Peace

Submissions from 2018

Damali Nzinga Britton Collman, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2018, When the Stranger is No Longer Imaginary: An Argument for an Ethos of Care

Roy Lee Cady-Kimble, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Tocqueville and Trump: Democracy Unleashed

Nick Cohen, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2018, Beyond Emergency Measures: Normative Politics after a Sucessful Securitization

Ian Carroll Doherty, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Atomic Aggrandizement: Considering the Role of Nuclear Weapons on Inter-State Rivalry and Conflict

Abe Eichner, Political Science (POSC) 2018, From Moderates to Militants: Building a Model for Social Movement Organization Tactical Choice on a Moderate-Radical Axis

Declan Robert Falls, Political Science (POSC) 2018, The Aum Shinrikyo Puzzle: Explaining the Rarity of Chemical Weapons in Terrorist Attacks

Kayla Renae Frank, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Educational Exchange Programs as a Soft Power Strategy: Testing the Relationship between the US and Countries of Foreign Fulbright Alumni Turned Heads of State

Moliang Jiang, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Iterate Rights Across Particularities: A Cosmopolitan Vision for Refugee Protection

Bomi A. Johnson, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Tsai Ing-wen and Park Geun-hye: Female Power and the Shaping of Political Movements in Countries with Confucian Roots

Guillermo Julian Palmer, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Peacekeeping and the Keeping of Peace

Juan Sebastian Tovar Montanez, Political Science (POSC) 2018, The Effects of a National Embrace of Africanness on Afro-Descendant Communities in Latin America: A Study of Brazil and Colombia

Benjamin William Votroubek, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Secessionary Movements, Too Weak to Succeed: An Examination of Secessionary Theory and its Applications, as it Pertains to Iraqi Kurdistan

Miko Nathaniel Zeldes-Roth, Political Science (POSC) 2018, Jewishness and Zionism, Justice and Forgiveness: Approaching Binationalism in Israel/Palestine

Submissions from 2017

Peter Anthony Bruno, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2017, The Role of Globalization in Latin America's Social Policy Expansion: Evaluating the Linkages of the Compensation Hypothesis in Argentina and Costa Rica

Lucas Gregory Curtis, Political Science (POSC) 2017, A Dictator’s Guide to Keeping Power: An Institutional Approach to Understanding How Autocrats Prevent Transitions to Democracy in the Face of Nonviolent Resistance

Benjamin Fischer, Political Science (POSC) 2017, Do the Poor Soak the Rich?: Explaining Variations in Individual Attitudes towards Redistributive Taxation in Contemporary China

Malcom Halpern Fox, Political Science (POSC) 2017, Buying Elections in a Post-Citizens United World: The Effect of Campaign Spending in House Elections Since 2010

Jacob Levi Frankel, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Politics of No Technical Solution Problems: The Sustainability of Social Enterprise in the Context of Complex Adaptive Systems

Jacob Robert Gunderson, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Gatekeeper of the Welfare State: The Role of the Political Left in the New Politics of the Welfare State

Shannon Clare Holden, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2017, Democratic Responses to Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis of the 2004 Madrid Bombings and the 2015 Paris Attacks

Katin Pilialoha Liphart, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2017, Fueling the Pariah: Using Ethnic Manipulation to Flaunt International Norms

Zizi Li, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Road Toward An Inclusive Civil Society in China: On-screen Representation and Institutional Design

Nicole Alexandra Nipper, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2017, ISIS and al-Qaeda: Understanding and Differentiating Worldviews

Noriega Alondra Rodriguez, Political Science (POSC) 2017, Power in Positive Advertising? Spanish Political Campaigns Say Sí

Zayn Saifullah, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Effects of Nationalism on Learning in Recurring Crises: Evidence from India's Changing Kashmir Strategy

Anna LeMay Schmiel, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2017, Herding Cats: The Process of Statebuilding and Challenging the Market in the Modern Era

Owen Rourke Solis, Political Science (POSC) 2017, Justice and Punishment: Problematizing Our Reliance on Retribution

Isabel Sophia Storey, Political Science (POSC) 2017, The Effects of Partisanship on Police Killings of African-American Youth

Submissions from 2016

Jackson Thomas Pollan Bahn, Political Science (POSC) 2016, An Examination of the Effects of Uneven Labor Migration on Informal Village Insurance in Myanmar

Eric Michael Bauer, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Ethnic Stacking: The Key Indicator in the Suppression of Popular Uprisings

Joseph Roche Burson, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2016, Law and Order: Strategic Considerations and Legal Development Assistance

Brian Noah Engelstein, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Twitter Terrorism: Understanding and Combating The Islamic State's Use of Twitter For Recruitment and Information

William Keith French, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Media, The Public, & The Westboro Baptist Church

Taylor William Gee, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2016, Identity, Immigration, and Islam: Radicalization in the Twin Cities

Claire Anne Kelloway, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Cows, Colleges, and Conservation: How Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges managed erosion and promoted biodiversity on their rented agricultural lands

Ian George Mercer, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Extracting Plato from Platonism: Beyond Good and Evil as a Response to Republic

Emma Adrienne Rossby, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Sub-State Nationalism and Social Welfare Policy in Belgium: Unravelling Flemish and Walloon Narratives of Institutional Reform

Reilly Anne Simon, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2016, The Perfect Storm: The Role of Military Decision-Making in the Success or Failure of Arab Spring Democratization Movements

Emily Jo Spoden, Political Science (POSC) 2016, The Making of an Undocu-Friendly State: Partisanship and Issue Framing in the Passage of Post-Secondary Education Benefits for Undocumented Students in Minnesota and Wisconsin

SeungJoon Yoo, Political Science (POSC) 2016, Skills-Mismatch in Republic of Korea: Consequences of Unbalanced Skills Among College Graduates on Growing Youth Unemployment

Submissions from 2015

Dilara Akgunduz, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2015, Indecision 101: Exploring the Effects of Cultural Fractionalization in the New Middle East on Foreign Policy Behavior

Carly Anne Davidson, Political Science (POSC) 2015, Beyond Benghazi: Understanding the American Response to Attacks Against US Diplomatic Facilities

Connor Shane Jackson, Political Science (POSC) 2015, Rectifying Individualistic Models of Justice: Uniting Distinct Paradigms of Individual Perception and Institutional Perspective