Senior Thesis Awards

Best Thesis 2022

Keck Center Best Thesis in Political Economy

“In Search of Unicorns: An Analysis of Japan’s Startup Ecosystem”

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Kaito Komoriya

Keck Center Best Thesis in U.S. Foreign Policy

“A Critical Analysis of American Policy in Syria During the Syrian Civil War”

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Sydney Heath

Keck Center Best Thesis in Foreign Affairs

“The War Made the Guards, and the Guards Made War: The Role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Iran”

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Elena Neff

Best Thesis in Comparative Politics

“The Impact of Social Movements on Austerity Measures: An Analysis of Argentina’s Piquetero Movement and Greece’s Anti-Austerity Movement”

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Katrina Frei-Herrmann

Keck Center Best Thesis in International Security

“Environmental Degradation Caused by Turkish Activities and Policies

in Kurdish Areas” 

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Yara Ismael

Keck Center Best Thesis on International Institutions

“The Exclusion of Cultural Genocide from International Criminal Law and China's Uyghur Genocide”  

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Kelsey Clarke

Best Thesis 2021

Best Thesis in Comparative Politics  

“Making the Connections: Gender Quotas, Representation, and Critical Mass in Latin America

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Katherine O'Neill

Best Thesis in International Security

“Stronger as One? Examining US-Saudi Relations Since 9/11”

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Caroline Jenkins

Best Thesis in International Human Rights

“Safe Third Country Concept: A Poor Instrument of Refugee Governance"

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Sahib Bhasin

Best Thesis in Contemporary International Policy

“The Chinese National and Subnational Governance During the Public Health Crisis of COVID-19"

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Xinyi Zhang

Best Thesis in Foreign Affairs and International Diplomacy

“The Sri-Lanka-China-India Triangle: A Regional Power Transition"

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Nandeeni Patel

Best Thesis in U.S. Foreign Policy 

"U.S. Government Responses to Genocide: A Comparison of the 20th and 21st Centuries"

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Tallan Donine

Best Thesis 2020

Best Field Work 

"Industrial Policy for Regional Development in Lithuania.”

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Guoda Terleckaite

Best Thesis in International Political Economy 

“Buying Influence? An Analysis of the Political and Economic Impacts of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union.”

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Ethan Kable

Best Thesis in Comparative Politics  

“Nearly Halfway There: The Future of Hong Kong, China,

and One Country-Two Systems.”

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Lery Hiciano

Best Thesis in Comparative Political Economy 

“The US-China Race for AI Leadership: Why Smart Industrial Policy can Make a Difference?”

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Jenifer Hanki

Best Original Idea in an IR Thesis 

“Hong Kong Identity on the Rise: Understanding the Role of Subnational Identity in the 2019-2020 Hong Kong Protests”

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Gemma Sykes

Best Thesis 2019

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Recipients are... 

Megan Blomberg Best Thesis in Comparative Politics 2019

Title: How do Democracies Address Malnutrition?: A Synthetic Theory to Explain Brazil and Peru’s Success

 

Natalie Coffin Best Thesis in International Political Economy (co-winner) 2019

Title: Assessing and Addressing Threats to the US from Sovereign Wealth Funds: Case Studies on the Russian, Chinese, and Saudi Arabian Funds.

 

Samuel Fraser Becker Best Thesis in International Political Economy (co-winner) 2019

Title: Leveraging Trade Agreements to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Accordance with the Paris Agreemen

 

Charlotte Reinnoldt Best Thesis in Comparative Political Economy 2019

Title: Asserting Indigenous Identity to Substantiate Customary Forest Claims: A Case Study of the Dayaks of

West Kalimantan, Indonesia

 

Seoyoon Choi Best Thesis in Original Idea 2019

​Title: The Ghost of Modernity: Normative Power of Modernity as Propaganda

 

Ruiyang Reyna Wang Best Thesis in International Security 2019

Title: A Slight Re-telling of the David and Goliath Story: Surprising Power Dynamics in Proxy Relationships

Madeline Lee Best Thesis in Field Work (co-winner) 2019

Title: Accounting for Intermediaries and Transnational Linkages in the Multi-Level Perspective: Mongolia’s Renewable Energy Transition

 

William Cullen Best Thesis in Field Work (co-winner) 2019

​Title: A Comparative Analysis to Understand the Subnational Motivations for Renewable Energy Development in India