Honors Projects

You can read our students’ honors projects in the Digital Commons.


Paul Cosme ’22, “King behind colonial curtains: Kasilag and the Making of Filipino National Culture” (Advised by Prof. A. Samatar)

Katherine Herrick ’22, “Breaking Things: Origins and Consequences of Racialized Hate Speech on Facebook” (Advised by Prof. James von Geldern)

Maya Sobchuk ’22, “Information Imperialism as Hybrid Warfare: The War on Ukraine” (Advised by Prof. James von Geldern)


Ana Gvozdic ’21, “Memorialization of Children in War in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo” (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)

Claire Hamerlinck ’21, “Killed for Country: A Transitional Justice Approach to the Ongoing Genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia” (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)


Peter Jarka-Seller ’20, “The Effects of Highly-charged, Civilian-centered Events on American Cold War Policy and the Soviet-American Relationship Between 1945-1950” (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)

Nicole Pires ’20, “Reproductive Rights are Democratic Values: Constructing Reproductive-Rights Legislation in Post-Authoritarian Spain and Chile” (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)


Emily Bowler ’19, “Tracing Trypanosoma Cruzi: A Case Study of the Chagas Disease Elimination Campaign in Chile” (Advised by Prof. Kata Chillag)

Yaqing Lan ’19, “Disruptive Innovation: The Rise of the Knowledge-Sharing Market in China” (Advised by Prof. James von Geldern)

Garrett Schoonover ’19, “One Nation, One Race: An Analysis of Nationalist Influence on Japanese Human Rights Policy” (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)


Ariana Hones ’18, On Community: Rural Places and the Constitution of Belonging (Advised by Prof. Nadya Nedelsky)

Abigail Massel ’18, Narrating a Relationship: Holocaust Education in the United States and Early U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel (Advised by Prof. Zeynep Gürsel)

Kaleb Mazurek ’18, Kissingerism and Iranian-American Relations: Prospects for Reconciliation and the Establishment of a New Order (Advised by Prof. A. Samatar)

Milo R. Ventura ’18, Arms Control and Disarmament: Legitimacy, War, and Peace (Advised by Prof. A. Samatar)


Jacob Bessen ’17 (Media, Pa.), “Narrative and Belonging: The Politics of Ambiguity, The Jewish State, and The Thought of Said and Arendt”

Ashley Dunn ’17 (San Antonio, Texas), “Desconocido: Conversion to Islam in México”

Dagmara Franczak ’17 (Suwałki, Poland), “Solidarity starts at home: An analysis of the Polish perception of social inclusion and exclusion of migrants”

Elizabeth Hallgren ’17 (Monkton, Md.), “Forging New Possibilities for Journalism: Syrian “Refugee Journalism” in Emerging European Contexts”

Pia Mingkwon ’17 (Albany, Calif.), “Theoretical Analysis of Significant Pilot Study Findings on the Abuse and Harassment of Women with Disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam”

Nicola Morrow ’17 (Bellingham, Wash.), “Defining Biometrics: Toward a Transnational Ethic of Personal Information”

Eliza Ramsey ’17 (Olympia, Wash.), “Rabid Response: Unpacking the history of the rabies virus to examine resource allocation”


Elizaveta Bekmanis ’16 (Hannover, Germany), “The State of the Union: What Future for African Integration in a Globalizing World”

Hawi Tilahune ’16 (Minneapolis, Minn.), “The Ethiopian State: Perennial Challenges in the Struggle for Development”

Jolena Zabel ’16 (Hastings, Minn.), “The Humanitarian Narrative: Defining and Problematizing an Emerging Literary Genre”


Brittany Landorf ’14 (Eau Claire, Wis.), “Female Reverberations Online: An Analysis of Tunisian, Egyptian, and Moroccan Female Cyberactivism During the Arab Spring Revolution”


Aimee Mackie ’13 (Mosinee, Wis.), “Violence through Bureaucratic Secrecy: the US and Belgium’s Co-Colonization of the Congo”

Dragana Marinkovic ’13 (Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina), “Making Connections: Transitional Justice and Development — Examining Land Distribution and Property Rights through Transitional Justice Lens”

Hana Masri ’13 (Verona, N.J.), “Submission and Silence: Rape Trees and the Greater (Lack Of) Discourse on Violence Against Migrant Women”