Political Science

Undergraduate Research

Some of our Political Science majors choose to complete an Honors project on a topic of their interest. Most or all of the work associated with an Honors project is done in the senior year, though it may be begun earlier, and culminates in a research or critical paper or its counterpart in the creative arts.

Here's a recent sampling of honors projects completed by Political Science majors:


  • Tamilore Areola: "A Tale of the Contest for Citizenship in Nigeria"
    Kevin Dunn, Adviser
  • Nicholaas Honig: "Coming Apart? The State of Geneva, New York"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser
  • Subin Nepal: "Justifying Conflict: Role of Language in Shaping Conflicts in Nepal and Mozambique"
    Kevin Dunn, Adviser


  • Ava D. Pavao: "Why Women Deserve a Chance: Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Politics"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser


  • Sarah A. Tanzer: "Swing or Miss: An Analysis of the Evolution of Campaigning, 1980 – 2008"
    DeWayne Lucas, Adviser
  • William H. Abbott: "Good Kid, Mad City: Public Education under Neoliberalism"
    Jodi Dean, Adviser


  • Caitlin O’Brien: "Toward a Better Democracy: Non Rational Political Engagement and the American Democratic Structure"
    Paul Passavant, Adviser
  • Gideon Porter: "A Perfect Storm: Why America does not do more to Combat Poverty"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser


  • Meghan J. Bowden: "The Truth of the Matter: The Practice of Truth-Telling as a Site for Constituting Liberal Democratic Subjects and Community"
    Paul Passavant, Adviser
  • Eleanor M. Chandler: "Complexity: An Emerging Discourse that Bridges the Natural and Social Sciences"
    Jodi Dean, Adviser
  • Zachary C. Kimes: "Politics and Memory: Revolutionary Organization from Lenin to Hardt to Negri"
    Jodi Dean, Adviser


  • Julie Boardman-Brann: "Libertarianism: The Ideology that can Save the Conservative Movement"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser
  • Kelsey Lagana: "Los Nuevos Republicanos? – An Analysis of the Latino Cohort and Their Relationship with the Republican Party"
    Cedric Johnson, Adviser
  • Shane Simon: "Political Realignment and Contemporary American Politics: Critical Elections, Partisanship and Polarization in the United States"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser


  • Peter M. Van Dellon '09: "The Greatest Success of the Bush Administration"
    Paul Passavant, Adviser


  • Peter Jonathan Gregory '07: "Right Like Their Parents: Conservative, Republican Youth Activism"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser
  • Benjamin Wilson Nichols MacDonald '07: "The Invisible Hand and the Hand of God: Libertarians and Evangelicals and the Unraveling of the Conservative Fusionist Consensus"
    Iva E. Deutchman, Adviser
  • Jasmine Yarish '07: "Gifts and the Ghosts of Recognition: On Death and the Politics of Recognition"
    Jodi Dean, adviser


  • Sarah DeGray '06: "Hip Hop and Authenticity: Navigating the Semilogical, Ideological and Commercial Functions of Authenticity in Rap Music and Culture"
    Kevin Dunn, Adviser
  • Amanda Jantzi '06: "The Immorality of Choice: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Abortion Rhetoric of the Christian Right"
    Cedric Johnson, Adviser


  • Jared C. Klebanoff '04: "The Reterritorialization of the State: A Critique of Hardt and Negri"
    Paul Passavant, Adviser
  • Anthony J. Patrone '04: "The Prospect of Democracy in the Middle East: The Case of Iran"
    Kevin Dunn, Adviser


Get Involved

The William Smith Congress, Hobart Student Government and Progressive Student Union (PSU) are student-run organizations that may be of interest to students studying political science.

For more information about these organizations or to learn about starting your own politically-themed club, contact Kristen Tobey (tobey@hws.edu) in the Office of Student Activities.




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