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Celebrating the Class of 2020


Levitas Award Winners 

Andrew Kliewer & Madhumitha Baby Kumar

2019-2020 Political Science Honors Students

Madhumitha Baby KumarHighest Honors
“State Sponsorship of Terrorism in Territorial Conflicts: A Game-Theoretic Approach”
Advisor: John W. Patty
Committee: Dan Reiter, Patrick Allitt (History), Le Chen (Mathematics)

Hannah FleischmannHighest Honors
"Gender-Based Asylum: Public Perceptions of Asylum Seekers and the Role of Gender"
Advisor: David R. Davis
Committee: Danielle Jung, Dabney Evans (Public Health)

Cameron HallHighest Honors
"Why Power Corrupts Some More Than Others: Explaining Variation in State Capture in the Post-Communist World"
Advisor: Hubert Tworzecki
Committee: Eric Reinhardt, Matthew Payne (History)

Jacob HicksHigh Honors
“Candidate Ideology and Electoral Outcomes in the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives Election: Evidence from Primary Elections and Twitter Ideal-Point Data”
Advisor: Alan Abramowitz
Committee: Andra Gillespie, Michael Elliott (English)

Andrew KliewerHighest Honors
“How Political Factors Shape Spillovers from Quantitative Easing”
Advisor: Eric Reinhardt
Committee: Michael Rich, Stephen O’Connell (Economics) 

Jaden LessnickHigh Honors
“Principled Formalism: The Hart/Dworkin Debate’s Lessons for Judicial Adjudication”
Advisor: Judd Owen
Committee: Danielle Jung, Andrew Kazama (Psychology)

Gabriel MoranHighest Honors
“Do China’s Belt and Road Initiative Projects Boost Incumbent Electoral Success?: An Examination of Electoral Effects in Three African Countries”
Advisor: Eric Reinhardt
Committee: Renard Sexton, Sam Cherribi (MESAS)

Elias NeibartHighest Honors
“Our Mixed Regime: ‘An Institution That Blends Stability with Liberty’”
Advisor: Judd Owen
Committee: Andra Gillespie, Donald Verene (Philosophy)

Sienna NordquistHighest Honors
“The Effects of Targeted Foreign Aid on Clientelism: The Case of the European Recovery Program in Italy”
Advisor: Thomas D. Lancaster
Committee: Jennifer Gandhi, Simona Muratore (French & Italian)

Lillian PangHigh Honors
“Winning Hearts and Minds: The Role of Rebel Service Provision in Civil Conflicts”
Advisor: Danielle Jung
Committee: Dan Reiter, Elizabeth Kim (Psychology)

Senior Accomplishments 

Madhumitha Baby Kumar (Mathematics & Political Science joint major)
  • 100 Senior Honorary by the Alumni Association
  • Selected as a Woman of Excellence by the Center for Women
Morgan Brandewie (Business-International Studies major)
  • Admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma,  the international honorary society for business students 
Michael Cerny (Political Science major) Justin Cohen (Political Science major)
  • Graduating with High Honors from the Economics Department
  • Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society
Kay Nilest (International Studies major)
  • Received the Emilia Navarro Award for Excellence in Spanish from the Spanish & Portuguese Department
Sienna Nordquist (International Studies major)
  • Recipient of Phi Eta Sigma's Continuing Excellence Scholarship
  • Won the Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award
Madison Rousseau (International Studies major)
  • Co-founded the international politics magazine, The Atlas Sentinel
  • Graduated from the two-year Ethically EnGaged Leaders Program
  • Received a fellowship from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs 
Adesola Thomas (Political Science major)