Past John Roos Award Winners

The John Roos Award is granted annually to the best senior honors thesis in the area of American politics. 

Past Winners

2016–2017

Matthew Kearney

Thesis: "Betting the House: Tracing the Relationship Between Public Policy and Personal Financial Uncertainty Faced by Mortgagors"
Advisor: Amitava Dutt

2015–2016

Adam Henderson

Thesis: "Playing the Catholic Card: Catholic Candidate and Religious Cues"
Advisor: David Campbell 

2014–2015

Emily Flores

Thesis: "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: We the People in Indiana Public High Schools"
Advisor: David Campbell

2013–2014

Tom Mcguire

Thesis: "Trade Policy's Salience and the RTAA"
Advisor: Peri Arnold

2012–2013

Michael Massman

Thesis: "Collective Bargaining and Politics in Public Employment"
Advisor: Barbara Fick

2011–2012

Andrew Hale

Thesis: "Reactions to President Obama and Support for the Tea Party Movement"
Advisor: John Griffin

2010–2011

Patrick Faller

Thesis: "Horserace: Chasing Strategic Campaign Coverage Cross-Nationally"
Advisor: David Campbell

2009–2010

(shared by three winners)

Ryan Brellenthin

Thesis: "For God and Country: Catholicism and Roll  Call Voting on Abortion Legislation in the House of Representatives, 1973–2000"
Advisor: John Griffin

Brian Hagerty 

Thesis: "Groupthink: How Group Participation Shifts Public Opinion"
Advisor: David Campbell

Benjamin Farley

Thesis: "Presidential Behavior: An Analysis of the Unilateral Politics Model and Executive Agreements"
Advisor: Peri Arnold

2008–2009

Caitlin Conway

Thesis: "Home Economics: Investing in a House, Investing in the Community"
Advisor: David Campbell