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 2013

Danielle Dougnac Smogard, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2013, The Evolution of International Criminal Justice: A Hybrid Solution is Born

Brian Daniel Spisiak, Political Science (POSC) 2013, Architect of Architects: Cartesian Ethics and Platonic Virtue

Brian Daniel Spisiak, Political Science (POSC) 2013, Spiritual Illumination: Milton and Blindness in Paradise Lost

Doil Wang, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2013, Lessons of History: U.S. China Policy after the Vietnam War

Berett Alexa Wilber, Political Science (POSC) 2014, Lesser Known Marine Mammal's Lesser Known Love Songs

Julian Senuta Wyss, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2013, Muslim Mobilization in Mali: An Examination of Religious Social Movements and Underdevelopment

Submissions from 2012

Ariana Shirin Abadian Heifetz, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2012, Iranian Women in Times of Great Contention: A Comparison of Women's Mobilization in the Iranian Revolution and the 2009 Election Protests

Samir Soni Bhala, Political Science (POSC) 2012, Just Enough for the City? The Politics of Economic Development in Richard M. Daley's Chicago

Robin Burrell, Political Science (POSC) 2012, School Desegregation's Future: Contradictions in Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court's Culpability in the Retrenchment of Segregated Schools

Clay J. Dewey-Valentine, Political Science (POSC) 2012, Protecting Human Rights and Resisting Dictatorship in Chile: A Study of Moral Pressure from the Catholic Church

Justin Alexander Freeze, Political Science (POSC) 2012, Sublimation through Subjugation: The Dangerous Freedom of Nietzsche's Political Philosophy

Dylan Wolf Gessner, Political Science/International Relations (POSI) 2012, Fun at the Ballot Box: A Mediational Approach to Predicting Vote Choice

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khant Khant Kyaw 2011, Framing Perspectives: Calibrating the Parallax of Development through Participatory Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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