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Government and Legal Studies

Independent Study and Research

The Honors Project

Students seeking to graduate with Honors in Government and Legal Studies must receive grades of A in at least half of their Government courses and have no more than one C in the major. They must also prepare an honors paper, which is normally the product of two semesters of independent study work, and have that paper approved by the Department. The Department considers the honors paper an important challenge and stimulation to its students. A committee of faculty works closely with students in assisting them to pursue manageable topics and to obtain necessary research materials. The student will be expected to defend the thesis orally in the spring. Details of the honors program are provided at a meeting of interested seniors in early September.

2008-2009 Honors Theses Titles

Structured Disorder: An Empirical Examination of the Causes Behind State Failure
By CHRISTOPHER SCOTT ADAMS
Honors Committee: Professor Henry - Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Potholm

NATO Expansion: Georgia and Ukraine?
By ANDREW STEVEN EDWARDS
Honors Committee: Professor Springer - Supervisor, Professor Henry & Professor Laurence

The Rise of the Shia Crescent: US Policy on Iran, Iraq and Lebanon
By ROBERT JOSEPH HALLIDAY
Honors Committee: Professor Springer - Supervisor, Professor Laurence & Professor Potholm

Signing Statements: Contextualizing this Presidential Tool in the Modern Era
By PETER DEV MARTON
Honors Committee: Professor Martin - Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Selinger

Reason, Passion, and Politics in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra
By BENJAMIN MICHAEL STERN
Honors Committee: Professor Franco - Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Yarbrough

Immigration, Identity and Difference: The Paradox of American National Identity in a Transnational Age
By REBECCA CAITLIN VAN HORN
Honors Committee: Professor Franco - Supervisor, Professor Henry & Professor Yarbrough

2007-2008 Honors Theses Titles

The Communitarian Critique of Liberalism: The Philosophies of Michael Sandel and Charles Taylor
By JORDAN MATTHEW BROWNING
Honors Committee: Professor Franco - Supervisor, Professor Schneider & Professor Yarbrough

Civic Engagement and America's College Youth
By ALEXANDER MASON DUENAS CORNELL DU HOUX
Honors Committee: Professor Franz - Supervisor, Professor Martin & Professor Selinger

Imagining the Diaspora: The Politics of Displacement
By ANNA ELIZABETH KARASS
Honors Committee: Professor Deane - Supervisor, Professor Springer & Professor Toloudis

The Politics of Memory: Historical Revisionism and the Peace Processes in Ireland and Israel
By HOBART PATRICK HEATH KROPP
Honors Committee: Professor Deane - Supervisor, Professor Schneider & Professor Toloudis

Click Here to Contribute: The Impact of the Internet on Campaign Fundraising
By MAXWELL BENJAMIN PALMER
Honors Committee: Professor Franz - Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Selinger

The Selfish Life of Selflessness: Lessons from Rousseau's Criticism of Liberalism
By PATRICK JEAN-MARIE PIERCE
Honors Committee: Professor Franco - Supervisor, Professor Schneider & Professor Yarbrough

The Dream and the Reality: Freedom of the Press inthe Absence of a Constitution
By ASYA PIKOVSKY
Honors Committee: Professor Franz - Supervisor, Professor Deane & Professor Morgan

Transatlantic Cooperation in the War on Terror:Europe and the CIA's Secret Rendition
By SARAH SWAN PODMANICZKY
Honors Committee: Professor Springer - Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Potholm

The Lost (and Found) Guide to Defeating Insurgencies: A Case Study Analysis of the U.S. Marine Corps Small Wars Manual
By NATHANIEL BENJAMIN TAVEL
Honors Committee: Professor Potholm - Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Yarbrough

2006-2007 Honors Theses Titles

Nick Adams, '06
The Paradox of Peaceful Conquest: Enforcement of European Union Privatization and Administrative Reform Interests during its Fifth Enlargement

Sam Chapple-Sokol, '07
Balancing Modernization and Tradition in the United Kingdom: Constitutional Reform and the Threat to Parliamentary Sovereignty

Emma Cooper-Mullin, '07
Nostalgia for Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia

Casey Dlott, '07
State Governance, Internally Displaced Persons, and Refugees

Mark Hendrickson, '07
Nietzsche’s Theory of Morality: Glad Tidings of a Crisis without Equal on Earth
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Jocelin Hody, '07
Islam and Modernization in Dubai

Curtis Isacke, '07
Against the Calm and Tideless Sea: The Political Ideas of Sir Isaiah Berlin

DeRay McKesson, '07
The Philosopher-King Remembered: Plato and Nietzsche on Political Leadership

Erica Michel, '07
No-Good NGOs? The Role of NGOs in Transitional Divided Societies

Jordan Schiele, '07
Rally Round the Constitution: Designing a Thesis in Divided Societies

Jason Tsoutsouras, '07
Indonesia: A Developing State’s Response to Political Violence

Phillip Valka, '07
Bureaucratic Politics and the Formulation of Disengagement Strategies: Successes, Failures and Lessons of Vietnam, Somalia, and Lebanon