Hena Mehta: Hena Mehta’s thesis, entitled “Clearing the Rape Kit Backlog: A Case Study of Partisanship and Legislation on Sexual Assault in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas”, confronts partisan support for addressing a pressing social and legal issue, namely, prosecuting sexual assaults through eliminating rape kit backlogs, was excellent in its formulation, execution, and defense.

Favour Imhomoh: Favour Imhomoh’s thesis, Gender and Political Theory: Political Inequality in Nigeria,” is an interdisciplinary work, integrating scholarship from political science, women’s and gender studies, Africana studies, and international relations. Prof. Alexander Floyd describes it in these terms: Favour Imhomoh’s thesis assesses gender politics in Nigeria. She identifies three mechanisms of social constraint, including patriarchy, elitism, and gender-based violence that account for gender inequality in Nigeria. Of particular note is her exploration of godfatherism, or authoritarian, symbolic political fatherhood that directs elections and every part of public life. 

Matthew Kim: Matthew Kim's thesis, "Regional Political Affiliations and the Decline of Senate Moderates", discusses the intensification of partisanship among voters on a regional basis.  The work is meticulous, the data is presented with clarity, and the emphasis on the mass origins of polarization, rather than the usual focus on elite mobilization, tracks well with and adds to existing scholarship. The work is meticulous, the data is presented with clarity, and the emphasis on the mass origins of polarization tracks well with work done by Nolan McCarty and other respected scholars in the field. Particularly impressive is his evidence that the seismic shift among Southern Democrats was undoubtedly triggered by the three major civil and voting rights acts of the 1960s which made the South not only inhospitable to moderate Democrats but practically all Democrats of any stripe.      


Katherine King, a senior Political Science major, was awarded “Best Poster” for the social sciences section of the Undergraduate Research Symposium organized by the Aresty Research Center for her poster “Factors Influencing the International Targeting of Journalists, 1992-2002.” Katherine’s poster was based on research assistance she conducted on violence directed against journalists, and was under the supervision of Geoffrey Wallace, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Liz Kantor's poster received one of 12 honorable mentions from amongst all Aresty posters in all fields. Liz is an intern with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, responsible for maintaining the EagletonPoll archives, as well as working on various projects for the poll and for outside clients. She is a class of 2016 SAS Honors student, pursuing a double major in Statistics and Political Science.