Undergraduates

Outstanding Senior Thesis Award

The John Roos Award is granted annually to the best senior honors thesis in the area of American politics. To be eligible for the award, senior theses should be submitted to the Department of Political Science Undergraduate Studies office by the announced thesis deadline in early April.

2015-2016

Adam Henderson -- Thesis: "Playing the Catholic Card: Catholic Candidate and Religious Cues"
Advisor: David Campbell (John Roos Prize)

2014-2015

Emily Flores -- Thesis: "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: We the People in Indiana Public High Schools"
Advisor: David Campbell (John Roos Prize)

2013-2014

Tom Mcguire — Thesis: “Trade Policy’s Salience and the RTAA”
Advisor:  Peri Arnold (John Roos Prize)

2012-2013

Michael Massman —“Collective Bargaining and Politics in Public Employment”
(John Roos Prize)

2011-2012

Andrew Hale — Thesis: “Reactions to President Obama and Support for the Tea Party Movement”
Advisor: John Griffin

2010-2011

Patrick Faller — “Horserace: Chasing Strategic Campaign Coverage Cross-Nationally”

2009-2010

(shared by three winners)

Ryan Brellenthin — “For God and Country: Catholicism and Roll Call Voting on Abortion Legislation in the House of Representatives, 1973-2000”

Brian Hagerty — “Groupthink: How Group Participation Shifts Public Opinion”

Benjamin Farley — “Presidential Behavior: An Analysis of the Unilateral Politics Model and Executive Agreements”
 

2008-2009

Caitlin Conway — Thesis: “Home Economics: Investing in a House, Investing in the Community”
Advisor: David Campbell

Internships and Other Opportunities

Students are encouraged to further their knowledge of American politics through internships and other programs on campus and beyond. Please consult:

  • The Washington Program: Courses and internships in our nation’s capital through the Notre Dame study abroad program.