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 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Jo Spoden, 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, 2016, Political Science (POSC)

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

Submissions from 2015

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

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

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

Marina Kubisch Montgomery, African States and an Emerging World Order, 2015, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Claire Hannah Willeck, State Funding for Public Schools: An Examination of Public School Funding Formulas on Racial Academic Achievement Gaps, 2015, Political Science (POSC)

Submissions from 2014

Patrick Kevin Burke, Why Don't We Elect One of Our Own? Somali and Hmong Civic Engagement in Electoral Politics in the Twin Cities, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Emilia Lucia Calma, Health Care Provision in Sierra Leone: Answering the trend toward centralization, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Andrew Glen Campbell, Give Me Freedom, or Give Me Death: The Role of Violent vs. Non-Violent Tactics in Separatist Movements, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Kelsey Christina Cox, Do Leaders Really Matter: Understanding Leaders' Impact on World Stability Using an Agent Based Model, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Annie Borg Doubleday, The Impact of News Source on Public Perception of the Affordable Care Act: An Examination of the Format, Framing, and Delivery of Primary News Sources, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Courtney Ruth Dufford, Polycentric Flood Governance: A Case Study of the Greater Northfield Action Arena, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Will A. Gray, Emilean Self-Sufficiency, Or, Rousseau's Education of Cosmopolitan Love, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Jacob Daniel Hamalian, Relief to Reconstruction: Mapping Disaster Response Funding, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Jacob Scott Hoerger, The Structure of Bacon's Scientific Revolution, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Erik Zachary Madsen-Bond, The Capabilities of Parrots: A Theoretical Grounding for the Necessity of Changing the Human Development Index, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Marika Kaitlin O'Connor Grant, Steady Ground to Stand on: Properly Grounding the Right to Abortion in the United States Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Leah Rosenstiel, The Socialization of Party Identification, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Gabriel Rudin, The Conceptual Frontier: Problematizing Security Issues in the U.S. Arctic (And Its Implications for International Circumpolar Relations in the 21st Century), 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Jonah Lee Simonds, Seeing North Korea Cleary: 5 Steps to a Better U.S. Foreign Policy, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Evan Samuel Summers, The Roots of Development: Positive Peace, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Yuki Tominaga, The Power of Public Opinion and Renewables Policy in Japan, 2014, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Winona Weindling, School Choice as a Method of Reducing the Achievement Gap: Comparing the Effectiveness of Desegregation Programs and Charter Schools, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Kyohei Yazawa, Nietzsche's God: Questions Concerning Values in Nietzsche's Philosophy, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Janghun Yun, ¿Qué es el Kirchnerismo?: Interpreting Political Economy of Kirchnerismo (2003- 2013) Based on Elements of Contemporary Populism, 2014, Political Science (POSC)

Submissions from 2013

Hye Mi Ahn, Hegemonic Bullying: Pursuit of Bilateral Immunity Agreements, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

Erik Quirk Anderson, Understanding Negative Agenda Power and Political Parties in the Legislative Process, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

Jacob Allan Cohn, A Future Delayed? Ambitions and Obstacles in Modern Brazilian Foreign Policy, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Molly Elizabeth Curtiss, Cosmopolitanism and Hybrid Identities: The Case of the Pieds Noirs, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Molly Elizabeth Curtiss, Making Islam the Solution: The Influence of Islam on HIV Prevention and Treatment Programs, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Yuvika Diwan, Decentralize Now, Recentralize Later: Institutional Change, Local Actors and Rural Development, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Peter Duggins, Dictatorships for Dummies: Understanding Political Dynamics and Decision-Making in Authoritarian Regimes using an Agent-based Computational Model, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

Paul Steven Hoffer, The China Problem: A Power Transition Analysis of the Rise of China, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Devin Walsh Holewinski, Trojan Horse in Manhattan: The High Line, Post Industrial Mega Projects, and the Neoliberalization of Urban Development, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

Satchel M. Kaplan-Allen, Dollars for Democracy Evaluating the Effectiveness of Democratic-Governance Aid as a US Foreign Policy Strategy, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Rachael Elizabeth Klehm, Value-Action Gap in Hybrid Vehicle Purchases: Implications for Restructuring Institutions to Promote Sustainable Consumption, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Charu R. Kulkarni, Muhammad Iqbal's National Vision for the Indian Subcontinent: An Analysis of the Conceptual Boundaries between Indian and Muslim Nations, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

Fue Lee, Playing Politics at Sea: Comparative Case Studies of China's Offshore Territorial Disputes, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Carin Michelle Postal, Development as Gender Equality: Fitting Women into the Discourse of Incentives and Processes of Tanzanian Development, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Sana Rafiq, Beyond Homo Economicus - Analyzing the Role of Communication in Cooperation, 2013, Political Science/International Relations (POSI)

Andrew Jeffrey Schneider-Adams, The Benefits of Sports Teams for Cities: Positive Externalities of Stadiums, 2013, Political Science (POSC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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