Pi Sigma Alpha

Past Scholarship Recipients

Clara Cullen, Brigham Young University 

Elizabeth Sharpe, Meredith College

Joshua Chun, Temple University

Sandi Abdelshehed, University of South Florida

Shay Hafner, Monmouth College

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Griffin Petty, Valdosta State University

Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus

Margie Albizures, Marquette University

Society of Public Health Education

Saher Shafiq, Hofstra University

The Washington Center

Sophia Gerth, Elon University

National Immigration Forum

Veronica Uribe-Kessler, Smith College

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Christina Walker (Oakland University)

PhD Program, Purdue University

David Westby (Tufts University)

PhD Program, University of Chicago

Lyndi Tsering (Wheaton College)

MA Program, Georgetown University

Margaret Poulos (Macalester College)

MPP Program, Duke University

 

Not awarded.

Sarah Aldrige (Appalachian State University)

MA Program, American University

Jessica Budlong (Cornell College)

MA Program,  University of Denver

Michael DeBarge (Providence College)

MA Program, London School of Economics

Ghazi Ghazi (Oakland University)

MA Program, Harvard University

Sean Jankowski (Valdosta State University)

PhD Program, University of Georgia

Abby Korb (Ripon College)

MA Program, American University University

Daniel Soucy (Saint Joseph’s University)

MA Program, Tufts University 

Anna Weissman (Tufts University)

PhD Program, University of California, Berkeley

Abby Korb, Ripon College
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Summer 2019

Brooke Marie Hebb, Oakland University
Office of Senator Gary Peters

Summer 2019

Sara Oros, Gannon University
The Washington Center
Fall 2019

Kaitlyn Steinhiser, Valparaiso University
Office of Rep Peter Visclosky
Fall 2019

Caitlyn Kelleher, Adelphi University
TWC
Fall 2019

Kadijatou Diallo (Temple University)

MA Program, Harvard University

Aleana R. Smith (Brigham Young University)

PhD Program, Stanford University

Daniela Rojas Medina (Penn State University)

MA Program, Georgetown University

Sydney D. Samples (Simpson College)

MA Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Austin Barraza (California State University, Fullerton)

PhD Program, Northeastern University

Richard Williamson, Oakland University
Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Summer 2018

Joseph Nolan, Hartwick College

 

Amanda Leigh Botts, Oklahoma State University

Lillian Clark Haddock, Middle Tennessee State University

 

Alexander Johnson, Utah State University
House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Summer 2018

Amy Benner, University of South Florida

Zoe Bouras, Illinois Wesleyan University

Joshua Koss, Oakland University

Jennica Saunders, Morgan State University

Alexander Trubowitz, Tufts University

Maryam Sarhan, Stockton University
Office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Summer 2017

Katie Deutsch, Wichita State University
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Summer 2017

Amy Gilmore, Walsh University
iACT (student activism organization), Fall 2017

Kiana D. Daw, Texas Christian University
Office of Congressman Marc Veasey, Fall 2017

Courtney Blackington, College of William & Mary

Rachael Houston, Coastal Carolina University

Will Freeman, Tufts University

Emma Keiski, St. Olaf College

Luka Klimaviciute, University of Richmond

Sierra Bulson, Grand Valley State University
Office of Congressman Dan Kildee, Summer 2016

Soren Schmidt, Brigham Young University
Office of Senator Jeff Blake, Summer 2016
Charlotte Nichols, University of Mississippi
Office of Senator Lamar Alexander, Summer 2016

Lea Carroll, Walsh University
The Washington Center, Fall 2016

Makayla Cheyenne DePoy, Valparaiso University
Center for American Progress, Fall 2016

Jia-Siang Leong, Jacksonville University

Kumar Ramanathan, Tufts University

Sean Leong, Rice University

Amanda Robinson, Hartwick College

Molly Lawrence, Temple University
Urban Institute, DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative, Summer 2015

Laura Rose Donegan, University of New Hampshire
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Summer 2015

Catherine (Katie) Simons, Oakland University
National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs, Summer 2015

Elizabeth Rilling, Adelphi University
Washington Center Internship Fall 2015

Briana Bills, University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina Washington Semester Program, Fall 2015

Joshua Cooper, Brigham Young University
Office of Senator Mike Lee, Fall 2015

Andew Podob, University of Maryland

Jamel Love, CUNY-John Jay College

Elizabeth McGuire, Brigham Young University

C. James Peranteau, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Madeleine E. Bailey, Texas Christian University

Henry “Cole” Hassay, John Carroll University
Intern, Office of Congressman Bill Johnson, Summer 2014

MacKenzie A. Gailey, Florida Southern College

Oksana M. Carlier, Winona State University

John Curiel, Ohio Northern University

Taylor Feenstra, College of William & Mary

KaLeigh White, University of Northern Iowa

Robert Puckett, Transylvania University

John Curiel, Ohio Northern University
International Economic Development Council, Fall 2013
Daniel Badalamente, Winona State University
Finance Intern, Office of Delegate Heather Mizeuer, Summer 2013

Brian Roberts, Adelphi University

Brody Garland, Montclair State University

Jose Torres, California State University, Fullerton
League of United American Citizens, Summer 2013

Michael Zeller, University of Louisville

Dana Berardi, Cabrini College
Patricia Donahoe, University of New Hampshire

Emma Land, Texas Christian University
Ani-Rae Lovell, College of William & Mary
Jacquelyn Rogers, Millikin University

Jacob Brown, Emory University

John DiIulio, University of Pennsylvania

Valeriya Kamenova, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Nicole Yadon, University of Michigan

James Gibbons, University at Buffalo

Ashley Holst, Drury University
Kristen Morrow, Adelphi University
Terez Varkonyi, Temple University
Talley Wood, Wake Forest University

David Anderson, Eastern Kentucky University

Caroline Sutliffe, Smith College

Seth Sykora-Bodie, Slippery Rock University

Michael Alilionis, Hofstra University

Kelly Lynn Boles, Vanderbilt University

Andrea Forward, SUNY Cortland

Fallon (Kortmann) Szczur, Rutgers University

Jessica Lamendola, SUNY Oneonta

Matthew Wiseman, Ohio Northern University

Cyrus Aghamolla, University of Maryland-College Park

Stefanie M. Costa, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Elizabeth M. Livengood, Emory University

Emily E. Toops, University of Pennsylvania

Bryan O’Brien, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Patrick Pratt, Middle Tennessee State University

Sally Anne Stenzel, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Benjamin Bohr, University of California-Irvine

Lesley Cole, Whittier College

Stephen Herzog, Knox College

David Waterman, George Washington University

Juli Digate, Ball State University

Samuel Michaelson, Towson University

Noah Schwartz, Vanderbilt University

Ryan Stillion, Capital University

Christina Chauvenet, Wake Forest University

Benjamin Pasquale, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ashley Pichon, Hofstra University

Joshua Potter, Creighton University

Timothy Ryan, Tufts University

Hollie R. Blake, Winthrop University

Erica L. Smith, Arkansas State University 

Jonathan I. P. Yaseem, Northern Arizona University

Jordan Mosiah Bradley, Boise State University

Jessica Lynne Guiney, Fitchburg State University

Jaime Elizabeth Settle, University of Richmond

Ashley Pichon, Hofstra University

Adam Reiser, University of Utah

Devin Rhinerson, Emory University

Meggin Rutherford, Austin College

Luke Wake, Elon University

Stephanie Burchard, University of New Orleans

Kristen Hudak, Mercyhurst College

Michael Woodruff, Emory University

Matthew Fischer, Loyola College of Maryland

Mike Kung, University of California, San Diego

Mary-Kate Lizotte, Providence College

Medlir Mema, Utah State University

Andrea Morrison, University of Houston

FIRST YEAR

Ryan Thomas Balis, Mary Washington College

Daniel Mark Butler, Brigham Young University

Agnes Judit Csicsai, Knox College

Delynn Nicole Davidson, Austin College

Anna Marie Manasco, Emory University

SECOND YEAR

Sara Jackson, Emory University

Gönül Tol, Florida International University

FIRST YEAR

Francisco Manuel Gomes, Denison University

Emma Geismar Greenman, George Washington University

Jennifer Lee Gullingsrud, University of Idaho

Sara Jackson, Samford University

SECOND YEAR

Michael G. Findley, Utah State University

Jim Kessler Tomtania, East Carolina University

FIRST YEAR

Lisa Marie Carroll, Purdue University

Todd Patrick Fox, Le Moyne College

Anna Maria Krasniewska, University of the South (Sewanee)

Neelesh Laxmikant Nerurkar, University of Oklahoma

Heather Louise Ondercin, Eastern Michigan University

SECOND YEAR

Cara Lynn Allison, Maxwell School/Syracuse University

Sarah Elizabeth Croco, University of Michigan

Cara Allison, Mary Washington College

Mark A. Lynch, Illinois State University

Asher Rivner, University of Georgia

Bethany Lynn Spencer, Capital University

Brent Whitaker, Stephen F. Austin State University

Gladys Annette Ganiel, Providence College

Aaron Zachariah Hale, Texas A&M University, Commerce

Jennifer Lee Hildreth, University of Notre Dame

Neil G. Ruiz, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Andrew Weiss, University of Pittsburgh

Benjamin Deufel, Wabash College

Kirk Greer, Kenyon College

Magda Hinojosa, University of Texas at Austin

Wesley Hussey, University of California, Irvine

Rachel Seher, The College of William and Mary

Susan L. Blewett, University of Louisville

Justin M. Harrison, West Virginia University

Laura B. Jaworski, Syracuse University

Kevin M. Scott, University of Oklahoma

Anthony L. Zuco, Hofstra University

Erin Kaheny, New Mexico State University

J. Quin Monson, Brigham Young University

Marie A. Witting, Purdue University-Calumet

Allison Spitzer, Florida Atlantic University

2021 Best Undergraduate Honors Theses

FIRST PLACE:

The Impact of Institutions on Access to Voting on US Reservations and Tribal Lands

Sela Dragich, Georgetown University

RUNNER-UP:

Social Capital and Disasters: A Study of Post-Hurricane Behavior & Attitudes in the United States

Lee Hughes, University of Vermont

Instrumental vs. Expressive: A Study of Voter Behavioral Models Through the Lens of Identity in the 2016 Presidential Election

Kaitlyn Fales, Bryant University

2021 Best Undergraduate  Paper

FIRST PLACE: 

Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

Dillon Schweers, University of Mary Washington

RUNNER-UP:

Fiscally Floundering or Credibly Conscientious? Are the States Living Within Their Means?

Christopher Alhorn, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Implied Consent: A Review of Judicial Process and Constitutional Law

Brendon Camp, Lamar University

2017 Best Undergraduate Honor Theses

FIRST PLACE:

To Trust or Not to Trust? Is That the Question?

John Miller, Georgetown University

RUNNER-UP:

Exploring ‘The Compassion Gap:’ An Analysis of Gender and Support for Foreign Assistance in Congress

Emily Breakell, College of the Holy Cross

Dixiecrats and Republicans: The Changing Political Landscape of the Florida Panhandle

Georgia Pevy, University of South Florida

2017 Best Undergraduate Class Papers

FIRST PLACE:

A Curious Trinity: War, Media, and Public Opinion

Laura Olson, US Air Force Academy

RUNNER-UP:

Ideological Magnetism, or Recoiling” Are Votes Influenced by Alignment or Opposition

Eric Burgess, Oakland University

A Comparison of Female Conscription: Israel versus the United States

Kendall Parker, University of Mary Washington

2016 Best Undergraduate Honor Theses

FIRST PLACE:
When Does Counterinsurgency Work? An Analysis of Counterinsurgency Campaigns After 1945
Maryum Alam, Hofstra University

RUNNER-UP:
Flip-Flopping Politicians: How Voters Punish and Reward Changing Opinion
Sophie Laing, Tufts University

Exploring ‘The Compassion Gap:” An Analysis of Gender and Support for Foreign Assistance in Congress
Mallary Taylor, Furman University

2016 Best Undergraduate Class Papers

FIRST PLACE:

Why Intervene: Influences on US Military Intervention
Elizabeth Kafer, Creighton University

RUNNER-UP:

Holding Culture Close: How Immigration Faciliates the Rise of the European Right
Christopher Dopuch, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Explaining the Emergence of Populism: Political Parties, the State, and the Crises of Representation in Venezuela and Chile
Will Freeman, Tufts University

2015 Best Undergraduate Honor Theses

FIRST PLACE:
User Not Found: The Dynamics of Egyptian Political Parties and Islamist Groups on Twitter
Dennis Quinn, Georgetown University

RUNNER-UP:
Uprooted and Unsettled: A Comparative Analysis of the Protracted Displacement of Azerbaijanis and
Palestinians
Matej Jungwirth, Beloit College

Explaining Support for Authoritarianism in New Democracies
Andrew Goss, University of Vermont

2015 Best Undergraduate Class Papers

Award not given

2009 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis

FIRST PLACE:

Beyond Modernization Theory: Democracy and Development in Latin America

Peter Johannessen, University of Vermont.

RUNNER-UP:

Manly Women: A Look at the Effects of Masculine Qualities on Women’s Political Progress

Audrey Curtis, Dominican University of California.

The Bench or the Benjamins:  An Analysis of Judicial Recruitment and the Effects of Inadequate Compensation on the Federal Judiciary

Joseph Hack, Georgetown University.

2005 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis

FIRST PLACE:  

UnderstandinG Civil Liberties Judgments after September 11: An Experimental Study

Chase Samples, Furman University

RUNNER-UP:

Affecting Citizen Satisfaction: Transitions to Mixed-Member Electoral Systems in Latin America and the Effects on Citizen Satisfaction

Jason Eichorst, Texas A&M University

Amoral Liberals, Liberal Democrats, and  Moral Republicans: Some Explanations for the Democratic Party’s Apparent Debility

Jacqueline Chattopadhyay, University of California-Irvine

2000 Best Undergraduate Class Papers

FIRST PLACE:  

The Determinants of Labor PAC Allocation to Incumbent Congressional Candidates 1996-1998

Brandon Fitzsimmons, Creighton University

RUNNER-UP:

Political Women: Participation, Orientation and Party Identification

Sara Barokas, University of Mary Washington

A Breath of Fresh Air in Northeast Asia/A Proposed Revision to US-Japan Defense Guidelines

Cadet Guyton Lee Robinson, U. S. Military Academy

2000 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis

FIRST PLACE:  

The Silent Constitution: An Argument Toward Developing a Conception of our Silent Constitution

Christopher Joseph Roche, Johns Hopkins University

Better Bitch than Mouse: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Feminism, and VMI

Carey Olney, Centenary College of Louisiana

RUNNER-UP:

At the Will of the Party: A Study of Political Liberalization in China during the 1990’s

Michael Mell, Connecticut College

1999 Best Undergraduate Class Papers

FIRST PLACE:  

Early Warning: A Collective Measure for the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict

Amy Nelson, Moorhead State University

RUNNER-UP:

Has the Shooting Begun? A Test of the Culture War Theory on the Issue of Gay Rights

Mari K. Bonthius, St. Olaf College

Gaining Support through Casework: A Quantitative Study of Contractors and the Support They Give Their Representative

Edwin W. Egee V, Mary Washington College

1999 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis

FIRST PLACE:  

A Living Past, a Dying Present: An Analysis of Nationalism, National Identity and Ethnopolitics in the Conflict between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jennifer L. Tate, Southwestern University

RUNNER-UP:

The Effect of Political Factors, Economic Conditions, and PAC Contributions on U. S. Senate Votes Concerning Chinese MFN Status in the Post-Tianamen Square Era

D. Michael Nardis, Georgetown University

Secular vs. Spiritual: The Development of the State in Medieval Political Thought

Julia Tyurina, University of Arkansas

1996

FIRST PLACE:  

Responding to Hate Speech: The Appropriateness of Discriminatory Harassment Codes in College Communities

Mary Carolyn Harris, University of the South (Sewanee)

RUNNER-UP:

The Role of the Speaker, the Chair of the Education Committee, and Other Mechanisms Involved in the Legislative Journey of School Choice Through the North Carolina House of Representatives

Brian Christopher Castrucci, North Carolina State University

Breaking Gender Barriers: Women’s Committee Assignments in the House from the 90th to 104th Congresses

Shari Knoerzer, Nebraska Wesleyan University

1997

FIRST PLACE:  

The Cultivation of the Soul and the Just Society: The State of the Self in Maslow and Plato

Michael Todd Sansbury, The University of the South (Sewanee)

RUNNER-UP:

Feminists and Conservative Women: From the Time of ERA to the Present

Anne E. Daugherty, University of Mary Washington

Educating Tomorrow’s Citizens

Iara Duarte Peng, Rollins College

1995

Need There Be a Taming of the News? How the Mass Media Affect U. S. Foreign Policy

David Campbell, Brigham Young University