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 2012

Damir Kurtagic, The Compatibility of Islamic Theology and the Democratic Process of Reasoned Discourse, 2012, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Dana Brieger Mackey, Multicultural Tokenism: The Strategic Marketing of Urban Diversity in the Cultural Tourism Industry, 2012, Political Science (POSC)

Theodore Isaac Rostow, A Task without Anger: On-the-Ground Learning and Counterinsurgency, 2012, Political Science (POSC)

Kathryn Elizabeth Mall Schmidt, The Complexity of Basic Needs and Its Application in Latin America, 2012, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Peter Dulsky Watkins, Under the Chinese Sun: Convergent Trajectories of Growth in Southeast Asia, 2012, Political Science (POSC)

Submissions from 2011

Jinai Adil Bharucha, Policy Reform in the United States: What Works? A Case Study of Health Care, 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Beth Rachel Budnick, A Door to Opportunity? Comparing Program Design and Outcomes of Three Residential Mobility Policies in the U.S., 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Matthew S. Fink, Chinese Policy-Making Through the Lens of Health Care Delivery: Who's in Charge Here?, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Zaira Gonzalez, Rewarding Voters Through Welfare Transfers in Mexico and Brazil, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

David Abadian Heifetz, Harnessing a Necessary Evil: A Polanyian Examination of the Crises of 1873 and 2008, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Trevor Lundeen Hill, Mobilization in the Wake of Environmental Disaster, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Nicholas Xavier Hud, The Incorporation of Sandy Springs, An American City, 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Kelly Rachel Lovett, Institutional Design and Economic Growth: The Relationship between Bureaucracy and Economic Performance in a Global Economy, 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Joseph John Marren, What Personality Is Best Suited to the Modern Presidency?, 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Courtney Warden Morris, Agro-Food Dispute Participation: A Bleak Outlook for Agricultural Trade Liberalization?, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Kilian Pac Murphy, Rethinking Why Democracies Lose Small Wars: Barbarism, "Hearts and Minds" and US Policy Failures in Afghanistan, 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Eric Nathaniel Reich, In Search of the Moral Engagement behind Nietzsche‘s Critique of Morality: Truthfulness (Wahrhaftigkeit) and Honesty (Redlichkeit), 2011, Political Science (POSC)

Katharine Ilsa Richardson, Multiculturalism in Public Institutions: The Case Study of Deaf Immigrants and the Utilization of Health Care Services in the Twin Cities, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Jesse Rothman, Bending the Arc: Reflections on Justice, Power, and Possibility, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Kelly Soderstrom, From Rebel to Statesman: Political Perceptions and Policy Decisions in Ho Chi Minh's Writings and Speeches, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

William Timothy Treal Taylor, Rally 'round the relic: archaeological repatriation policy and the diversionary theory of war, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Colleen Jenny Tjosvold, An Institutional Analysis of Factories and Freedom in Dongguan, China, 2011, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Submissions from 2010

Ruth M. Aufderheide, When is it Compelling Enough to Act? Mobilization within the Gun Violence Prevention Movement, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Paul David Ellebrecht, Causation and Prevention of Major War, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Kevin Patrick McGrath, Developments in Counterinsurgency: Modeling the Surge, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Alexander Nicholas Popper, When Hawks Cry: Party, Politics, and Paradox in Israeli-Palestinian Diplomacy, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Beth Marie Seraydarian, Implementation: How Local Expectations, once Dashed in Oakland, are Realized Using the Community Reinvestment Act and Public-Private Partnerships to Address Affordable Housing, 2010, Political Science (POSC)

Jane Eleanor Sturges, The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa: An Examination of Political Opportunity Structures, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Elizabeth Jane Weimer, Institutions and Place: A Study of Corn Ethanol Production in Southern Minnesota, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Trent Ward Wells, Because We Said So! An Analysis of Public Opinion's Effects on Foreign Policy, 2010, Political Science (POSC)

Allan Zhang, The Sustainability and Resilience of Indigenous Communities, 2010, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Submissions from 2009

Benjamin Barclay, Mixing oil and blood: oil vulnerability an propensity for militarized conflict after the Cold War, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Andrew BoddySpargo, An embedded market approach to Chile's neoliberal transition, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Colin Bottles, Political bosses or publics: who rules in democracy?, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Matthew Cole, Political evil and the limits of liberal theory, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Michelle K. Deeter, Non-state actors and their effect on policy in China, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Erin Feehan-Nelson, The effects of divisive primaries on national elections, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Masha Finn, The intelligence failure of the Yom Kippur War: how structural faults of intelligence communities intensify psychological perils of analysis, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Timothy Foran, Reforming an ineffective community: how organization theory can rebuild the U.S. intelligence apparatus, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Michelle Gajewski, Religious doctrine with a new court: what effect will a new justice have on religion in America?, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Christopher Gardner, Economic growth and success in Sub-Saharan Africa: is politico-economic realignment enough?, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Hannah Hosotani, Health politics: learning from state models to create national health care reform, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Michael Kern, Dangerous liaisons: dual transitions and institutional transfer in eastern Germany, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Jason Malashevich, The great value of human intelligence, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Michael Martin, An inconvenient solution? An economic and political analysis of global warming policy, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

William Morrison, Strategic economic incentives in counterinsurgency efficacy, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Nicholas Netland, American media in Iraq and the influences of Vietnam, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Myles Radtke, Breaking reciprocity: prospect theory and the EC-121 crisis and Black September, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Reza Rahnema, Violent religious movements: exploring the factors and the elements leading to violence, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Evan Rowe, Out of the "jungle": the rise of the American county as regional power-player, 2009, Political Science (POSC)

Alex Sciuto, Pathway to change: a model of the evolution of the Federal Reserve system, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Natalie Sheneman, Faith, community, and independence: a comparative study of religion and organizational structure in the Tibetan and Uyghur nationalist movements, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Mio Shimma, Merging civilizations: the emergence of Islamic democracy in Indonesia and Turkey, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Danielle Sumita, When commercial interests reclaim racketeering, 2009, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Mena Xiong, The cloak of assimilation: the Chinese in Thailand, 2009, Political Science (POSC)