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.

2013-2014 Honors Theses

Non-State Threats in Cyberspace and Implications for U.S. Security Strategy

By RODRIGO BIJOU

Honors Committee: Professor Scarcelli ~ Supervisor, Professor Elias & Professor Laurence

Governmental Efficiency in an Age of Expanding Transparency

By JOSHUA BURGER-CAPLAN

Honors Committee: Professor Franz ~ Supervisor, Professor Martin & Professor Rudalevige

The American Lawgiver: On Founding the Liberal Democratic Republic

By SAMUEL KARSON

Honors Committee: Professor Yarbrough ~ Supervisor, Professor Brooks & Professor Morgan

The Agrarian Tradition in Political Philosophy

By SHANNON GRIMES

Honors Committee: Professor Yarbrough ~ Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Brooks

"The Banner Made All of the Difference": The Tea Party Movement and Its Place in the Republican Party

By ZACHARY MORRISON

Honors Committee: Professor Martin ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor Rudalevige

The Compelled Speech Doctrine: A Libertarian Defense Against Antidiscrimination Law?

By MOLLY RIDLEY

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Heurlin & Professor Rudalevige

The Truth, Perhaps: Pierre Manent and the Nature of Our Political World

By JORDAN GOLDBERG

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Brooks & Professor Yarbrough

2012-2013 Honors Theses

Speech and Security: The Holder Case

By ISABELLE ALBI

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Martin & Professor Yarborough

After the War: Explaining the Effectiveness of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programs in Post-Conflict Societies

By EMILY AUSUBEL

Honors Committee: Professor Henry ~ Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Potholm

Delivering for the District? Members of Congress and their Campaign Promises, 2005-2013

By ELIZABETH CARTER

Honors Committee: Professor Rudalevige ~ Supervisor, Professor Martin & Professor Selinger

In the Shadow of Dayton: International Intervention in the Balkans from 1992-2005

By UCHECHI ESONU

Honors Committee: Professor Henry ~ Supervisor, Professor Heurlin & Professor Springer

Advancing Liberalism: The Influence of Rousseau's Philosophy on Tocqueville's New Political Science

By EMILY KOENIG

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Yarbrough

From Left to Right? White Evangelical Politicization, GOP Incorporation, and the Effect of Party Affiliation on Group Opinion Change

By DEVON SHAPIRO

Honors Committee: Professor Selinger ~ Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Rudalevige

Turkey and the European Union: A Class of Misconceptions?

By HANNAH YOUNG

Honors Committee: Professor Henry ~ Supervisor, Professor Laurence & Professor Springer

2011-2012 Honors Theses

Fear the Black Sheep! Explaining Changes in Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the United States and Switzerland

By MORGAN ANDERSEN

Honors Committee: Professor Laurence ~ Supervisor, Professor Selinger & Professor Toloudis

On Different Tracks: Overt-Covert Foreign Policy in the Middle East

By TARARA DEANE-KRANTZ

Honors Committee: Professor Deane ~ Supervisor, Professor Jaffe & Professor Springer

From Colonialism to Insurgency: Governance and Identity in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas

By TANU KUMAR

Honors Committee: Professor Toloudis ~ Supervisor, Professor Heurlin & Professor Potholm

Changing Perceptions of Terrorist Detainees in the United States: Criminals vs. Enemy Combatants

By ALAIN MATHIEU

Honors Committee: Professor Springer ~ Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Martin

Envisioning the Future of Politics: Nietzsche, "Aristocratic Radicalism," and the Shaping of Humankind

By PETER NEWMAN

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Jaffe & Professor Yarbrough

Child Soldiers: Victims of the Civil War Natural Resource Curse

By TAYLOR TREMBLE

Honors Committee: Professor Deane ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor Potholm

Toward a Concept of Law: Hartian Positivism, Contemporary Natural law, and the Function of Legal Systems

By ALEXANDER PORTER

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Franco & Professor Yarbrough

2010-2011 Honors Theses

"Know Thine Enemy": A Comparison of Hezbollah and the Taliban's Power, Policy, and Political Participation Decisions

By CAITLIN CALLAHAN

Honors Committee: Professor Deane ~ Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Henry

U.S. Immigration Policy since 1952: Congressional Will, Executive Power and Public Opinion

By MARTHA CLARKE

Honors Committee: Professor Selinger ~ Supervisor, Professor Henry & Professor Springer

Reflection of the Nation: Voting Rights, Racial Politics, and Governance in the District of Columbia

By JOHN CONNOLLY

Honors Committee: Professor Selinger ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor John

Equatorial Guinea: Oil and Authoritarianism in "The Land of Miracles"

By JONATHAN DILL

Honors Committee: Professor Albaugh ~ Supervisor, Professor Deane & Professor Henry

The WikiLeaks Controversy: The Conflict Between the Government and a Free Press in the Realm of National Security Law

By DARIA HEFNER

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Jaffe & Professor Selinger

Without Borders: a Reflection on the "Reasonableness" of a Secular Public Sphere

By ALEX HASKINS

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Jaffe & Professor Morgan

The Clause that Ate the Constitution: Cabining the Commerce Power

By KYLIE HUFF

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor Potholm

2009-2010 Honors Theses

A Defense of Tocqueville's Majority Tyranny

By MARK BELLIS

Honors Committee: Professor Yarbrough ~ Supervisor, Professor Franco & Professor Laurence

Governmental Efficiency in an Age of Expanding Transparency

By JOSHUA BURGER-CAPLAN

Honors Committee: Professor Franz ~ Supervisor, Professor Martin & Professor Selinger

Playing with the Joints: An Examination of the Implications of the Free Exercise Clause for School Voucher Programs in Maine

By CHRISTINE CARLETTA

Honors Committee: Professor Morgan ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor Selinger

German Nuclear Energy Policy and the Atomic Energy Law-- The Role of the Federal Environment Ministry

By SALLY HUDSON

Honors Committee: Professor Henry ~ Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Laurence

New Thinking and Old Thinking: Franz Rosenzweig and Leo Strauss on the Erotics of Return

By ROSS JACOBS

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Yarbrough

The Intimations of Individuality: Michael Oakeshott Contra Friedrich Nietzsche

By DANIEL JOSE

Honors Committee: Professor Franco ~ Supervisor, Professor Morgan & Professor Yarbrough

An Examination of the Sino-American Defense Policies on East Asian National Alignment

By JEFFREY LIN

Honors Committee: Professor Potholm ~ Supervisor, Professor Deane & Professor Laurence

From the Cold War to the 21st Century: A Comparative Look at the U.S. Policymaking Process Toward Allende's Chile and Chávez's Venezuela

By ALEXANDRA REED

Honors Committee: Professor Springer ~ Supervisor, Professor Albaugh & Professor Deane

Transparency Not Secrecy: A Better Recipe for Avoiding the Trichinosis of Congressional Pork-Belly Earmarks

By JAMES ROWE

Honors Committee: Professor Martin ~ Supervisor, Professor Franz & Professor Selinger