Senior Thesis Awards

Best Thesis 2020

Best Field Work 

"Industrial Policy for Regional Development in Lithuania.”

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.”

Ethan Kable

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”

Gemma Sykes

Best Thesis in Comparative Politics  

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

and One Country-Two Systems.”

Lery Hiciano

Best Thesis in Comparative Political Economy 

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

Jenifer Hanki

Best Thesis 2019

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