Past Undergraduate Thesis Writers

If you want to learn more about the thesis process or have questions about the honors program, feel free to reach out to these individuals who successfully completed theses for the Class of 2017 and Class of 2016.

 

Abbie Starker, C’17

abbiestarker@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: ​Let's Talk About Sex: Why the Topic of Sexual Violence Prevention Should be Prioritized in K-12 Sex Education

 

Anna Cho, C’17

annacho1995@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: International Relations

Thesis Title: Regional Organizations and Their 'Responsibility to Protect': A Comparative Analysis of the African Union's Role in Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire

 

Carly Roman, C’17

Roman.carly@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: Hold the Presses: The Limitations of the Power of the Media in the 2016 Election

 

David Scollan, C’17

davidfscollan@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Comparative Politics

Thesis Title: State Security & Territorial Federacy: The Nature of Voluntary Political Union in the United Republic of Tanzania

 

Emma Montoya, C’17

ermontoya@me.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: In the Black: Organized Crime and the Business of Undocumented Migration through Mexico

 

Eryn Hughes, C’17

erynmari@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Politics and Gender

Thesis Title: Shattering the Hire Ceiling: Why Disproportionately Few Women are Partners at Large Law Firms

 

Jamie Brensilber, C’17

Jamie@brensilber.net

Thesis Subfield: International Relations

Thesis Title: Mobilization in the Paris Commune of 1871

 

Peter Herbst, C’17

Psherbst94@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Comparative Politics

Thesis Title: Tearing Down the Tricolore: Integrating Anti-Imperial Armed Resistance in the French Colonial Empire into Contemporary Civil Conflict Literature 

 

Sarah Simon, C’17

sarahxsimon@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: International Relations

Thesis Title: Leviathan Lost: The Impact of State Capacity on Duration and Intensity of Civil Wars

 

Sophia Elliot, C’17

sophiie.e.10@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: Explaining the Empty Booth: An Experiment in Candidate Traits and their Predictive Power on Youth Voter Turnout

 

Trudel Pare, C’17

Trudel.pare@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: When You Part of Section 8 and You Feel Like No One Can Relate: The Death of the American Welfare State and the Social Isolation of the Poor

 

Aidan McConnell, C'16

Email: aidanmcconnell515@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Political Economy

Thesis Title: A Different Kind of Restructuring: Forty Years of Debate and the Prospect of a Formal Sovereign Debt Regime

 

Casey Libonate, C'16

Email: casey.libonate@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: It's Always Sunny in America: Renewable Energy Policy and the Solar Economy

 

Clara Jane Hendrickson, C'16

Email: clara.hendrickson.5@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Political Theory

Thesis Title: Eurozone in Crisis: Liberal and Socialist Critiques

 

Jesse Yoder, C'16

Email: yoderj@sas.upenn.edu

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: An Evaluation of the Effect of the Shelby County v. Holder Ruling on Polling Place Changes and Voter Turnout: Evidence From North Carolina

 

Jordan Dannenberg, C'16

Email: jordan.dannenberg@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: International Relations & Comparative Politics

Thesis Title: Civil Wars, Weapons, and Warriors: Why States Select Different Methods of Military Intervention

 

Laura Sorice, C'16

Email: lauracs24@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: Identity Politics and Offensive Speech: A Study of Public Opinion on Freedom of Expression

 

Lauren Shapiro, C'16

Email: laurenshapiro101526@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: Political Economy

Thesis Title: The Planner in Action: China's Influence as a Developing and Nonmarket Economy on the WTO

 

Sarah Baldinger, C'16

Email: sarahbaldinger@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield:  International Relations

Thesis Title: Lost and Won: A New Empirical Analysis of Economic Power Sharing

 

Sean Foley, C'16 

Email: foleyse@sas.upenn.edu

Thesis Subfield: Political Theory

Thesis Title: A Shield, Not a Sword: The Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

 

Sonja Breda, C'16

Email: sonja.breda@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: Understanding Our Own Cassandra: The Construction of Public Opinion and the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Hearings

 

Yessenia Moreno, C'16

Email: moreno.yessenia@gmail.com

Thesis Subfield: American Politics

Thesis Title: DACA/DAPA and the Relational Conception: An Assessment of Inter-Branch Conflict Over Constitutional Authority in Immigration

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