Honors Thesis Spotlight: Second-Generation Terrorism: A Phenomenon

Terrorism has proven itself to be a worsening plight, and it continues to broaden world political unrest. Through violence and chaos, terrorism is most often used as a tool to control global political opinions and manipulate social and political processes. After the Al-Qaeda attacks of 2001 on the United States that shook the nation, terrorism…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Prison, The Prophet, and The People: [In]Justice in Senegal

The disrepute of America’s criminal justice system and their endemic issues of police violence have continued to heighten within the past couple of years. However, many activists, politicians, and celebrities in the United States have begun to draw parallels between these egregious systematic acts and Nigeria’s violent Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This comparison proves to…

Research Spotlight: Abortion rights protests have been peaceful. Will that change?

This post originally appeared in the Washington Post. Outraged by the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggesting that Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned, elected Democrats from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, to scores in between have been denouncing the move. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the Supreme Court and courthouses across the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Analyzing the Effect of Trust on Voter Decision to Vote By Mail: Data Collection From the 2020 Presidential Election

Analyzing trust within politics is usually measured through trust in the government, but the goal of this research is to evaluate individual government figures. Trust within the government was centered around individual trust by examining rhetoric and utilizing the Receiving-Accept-Sample Model. Specifically, the relationship is studied through the voters’ trust in Donald Trump by voting…

Research Spotlight: How Will Elon Musk Change Social Media?

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. There’s no shortage of hand-wringing over Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Journalists, progressives and the World Health Organization have sketched out disinformation dystopias that could emerge once Musk takes Twitter’s reins. One tool that Twitter uses to stop the spread of disinformation is banning users who tweet misleading information. Many fear that…

Dissertation Spotlight: Broadening vs. Deepening: The Correlates of Support for European Integration

European integration, or the political, economic, social, and cultural integration of European states, has been deeply investigated for decades through two different processes:  broadening and deepening. Broadening is the enlargement of the membership of a particular international group, while deepening is EU institutional development for those who are already a part of that group. Most…