Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Crude Measures: Analyzing the Success and Failure of Economic Sanctions

By Dillon Schweers Faculty Mentor: Professor Jason Davidson The Trump Administration implemented a series of intense economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government in 2019 and 2020 in an effort to oust autocratic President Nicolas Maduro. After two years of the U.S. targeting the Venezuelan oil industry with these measures, Maduro remains entrenched in power. Alternatively, …

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Catechism and Constitution: The Role of Faith in Recusal on the Supreme Court

By Hanna Carey Faculty Mentor: Professor Emile Lester This project explores the role of Catholicism on the decisions of Supreme Court Justices in capital, high-profile cases, and what role religion plays on recusal of Justices from the Court. The research covers Catholic doctrines and teachings on capital punishment (among other life-or-death issue areas) and the …

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Where there is land, there is wealth

by Olivia Mason-Lucas Faculty mentor: Professor Melissa Martínez This presentation serves to capture the relationship between two variables, an increase in extractive industries and unrest over land reform, with the dependent variable, indigenous land (in)security. Two groups in South America: the Guaraní and the Yanomami, serve as case studies for this intersection.

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This is America: Examining the International Press’ Coverage of American Foreign Policy Officials

by Nina Burges Faculty mentor: Professor Surupa Gupta There is universal recognition that the foreign policy making talent in the United States is woefully unrepresentative of America’s vibrant minority populations, and more is required to attract minorities to pursue public service careers representing the United States abroad and accurately reflect its diversity. However, little attention …

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