Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students interested in conducting original research should consider the political science honors program. During their senior year students in the honors program write a thesis on a topic of their choosing while being supervised by a political science faculty member.

2017-2018 Thesis Projects

Thesis Title Author (Student) Faculty Advisor
The Violence of Religious Difference: A Study of Civil War Onset Ljubica Basica Alyssa Prorok
The Effect of Party Turnover on Government Corruption Thomas Bishop Matthew Winters
Economic Interdependence and Probability of Conflict: Territorial Disputes as a Moderating Factor Chase Bloch John Vasquez
Investing in Science: Professionalization Effects on the Provision of Constituent Service Thomas Dowling Jake Bowers
Hierarchical Capture: Bridging the Gap in Analyses of the Bureaucracy Stephen Duginger Gisela Sin
The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Immigration Reema Ghabra Avital Livny
Cooperation with International Environmental Agreements -- The Role of Regional Forms of Government Gina Gonnella Robert Pahre
Ideological Drift and the Personal Lives of Supreme Court Justices Granger Gridley Alicia Uribe-McGuire
Media Influence on Public Opinion: Civil Liberties vs. National Security Cordelia Grob Thomas Rudolph
When More Knowledge is Not Sufficient: Political Sophistication, Motivation & Ideological Constraint Shawn Kim Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz
Ethnic and Religious Discrimination: Is there a Difference Autumn Langdon Carol Leff
Going Viral: Characteristics of Newsworthy Tweets Julia Nusgart Scott Althaus
Racial Bias in Sentencing and Courts Kanishk Patel Alicia Uribe-McGuire
Revisiting the Effect of Presidential Approval: Observing the President Leveraging His Popularity Christoper Piper Gisela Sin
Personality's Role within the World's Greatest Deliberative Body: How the "Big Five" Factors Drive the Rise of United States Senators to Legislative Success Matthew Rice Jeffery Mondak
Who Would Have Won: Electing the President Through the Direct Vote, 1980-2016 Jeff Talley Brian Gaines
An Examination of NASA Funding: Causal Factors, Funding Trends, and the Implications of These Findings Kevin Wenzel Nicholas Grossman