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Prize Winning Senior Theses

Each year, the best theses in each region, the best interregional thesis, and the best overall thesis are recognized at the Croft graduation ceremony.  The prize for the best overall thesis, the Terasawa Prize, is named after Dr. Katsuaki Terasawa, the Associate Director of the Croft Institute from 1998 until his retirement in 2005.

Terasawa Prize

Carter Wamp (Latin America) 2006, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson
The Development of Information and communications Technologies (ICTs) in Latin America: A Comparative Case Study of Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Guatemala.

Tabitha Thomas (Europe) 2007, Dr. Krishna Ladha
Protecting the Environment While Growing in India and China: A Case for an Independent Environmental Agency

Anthony Yuen (East Asia) 2008, Dr. Gang Guo
Mainland Chinese Attitudes Toward the United States

Amanda Boozer (Latin America) 2009, Dr. Oliver Dinius
Sex Trafficking and the State in Argentina: Theoretical Perspectives, Government Policies and a Proposal for a Comprehensive

Cooper Rimmer (Interregional) 2010, Dr. John Czarnetzky
The Role of the Supreme People's Court within the P.R.C.: Judicial Interpretation and Judicial Review

Ryan Parsons (East Asia) 2011, Dr. Joshua Howard
The Urbanization of Chinese Citizenship: A Case Study of Shanghai and Suzhou

Kira Thomas (East Asia) 2012, Dr. Noell Wilson
Turning Japanese: How Will the Concept of Japanese Identity Shift to Accommodate the Country's Growing Need for Foreign Workers

Cody LeBlanc (European) 2013, Dr. Olivier Tonnerre
France's Soul-Searching: Finding National Identity In Political Metaphors During The 2012 Presidential Election

William Bumpas (East Asia) 2014, Dr. Joshua Howard
Uncontrolled Enrollment Expansion: Fragmented Authoritarianism in Chinese Higher Education

Maddie Fumi (Latin America) 2015, Dr. Maria Fionda
Death, Maintenance and Revitalization of the Quiechua Language in Peru: A Case Study with A Focus on an Pedro de Cajas

Katie Wright (Latin America) 2016, Dr. Marcos Mendoza
Portrayal of Pinochet: Historical Narratives in Chilean Schools

Alexandra Martin (Interregional) 2017, Dr. Mark Van Boening
Women Empowerment Externalities of the 2004 Moroccan Moudawana Reform: Intrafamily Bargaining and Educational Attainment

East Asian Prize

Andrew Piletz 2006, Dr. Gang Guo
China's Growing Unemployment Problems: Past, Present, and Future

Margot Holland 2007, Dr. Endo
Obstacles to Success that U.S. and European Big Box Retail Chains Face in Penetrating the Japanese Market

Megan Rogers 2008, Dr. Gang Guo
At the Roots of Faith: A Comparative Analysis of the History and Appeal of Buddhism and Christianity in Contemporary China

Anthony Yuen (Terasawa) 2008, Dr. Gang Guo
Mainland Chinese Attitudes Toward the United States

Alecia Waite 2009, Dr. Gang Guo
The Olympics as a Catalyst for Chinese Environmental Regulation: A Theory with Three Case Studies from Beijing

Christina Thompson 2010, Dr. Holly Reynolds
Regime, Society, and Political Transitions: A Case Study of China

Ryan Parsons (Terasawa) 2011, Dr. Joshua Howard
The Urbanization of Chinese Citizenship: A Case Study of Shanghai and Suzhou

Kira Thomas (Terasawa) 2012, Dr. Noell Wilson
Turning Japanese: How Will the Concept of Japanese Identity Shift to Accommodate the Country's Growing Need for Foreign Workers

Tori Thoman 2013, Dr. Gang Guo
The Evolving Benefits of Communist Party Membership in Contemporary China

William Bumpas (Terasawa) 2014, Dr. Joshua Howard
Uncontrolled Enrollment Expansion: Fragmented Authoritarianism in Chinese Higher Education

Kevin Gordon Scott 2015, Dr. Joshua Hendrickson
The Impact of Hosting the Summer Olympic Games on Economic Growth in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the 2008 Beijing Games

Zach Cookston 2016, Dr. Gang Guo
An Industry Giant's Struggles: Google's Relative Failure Within China

James DeMarshall 2017, Dr. Gang Guo
To Donate Is Glorious: The CCP, Chinese Civil Society, and the Wenchuan Earthquake

European Prize

Christine Day 2006, Dr. Kees Gispen
The French Non: The Socialist Party, Relocations, and Economic Concerns

Madeline Goodwin 2007, Dr. Michael Metcalf
European Integration in Norway and Finland: A Question of Identity, Security, Economics, or All of the Above?

Christine Foster 2008, Dr. Susan Grayzel
Martine's World: Examining Gender Roles, Girlhood and Nostalgia in Modern Day France

Ann Kirk Jacobs 2009, Dr. Ahmet Yukleyen
Turkey and the European Union: Why Europe Doesn't Want a Taste of Turkey

Jessica Beck 2010, Dr. Matthew Loveless
Challenging EU Solidarity? : German-Russian Relations

Emilie Dayan 2011, Dr. Alice Cooper
Papy Boom and Public Pensions: Achieving Fiscal Sustainability and Intergenerational Solidarity within the French Public Pens

Elizabeth Younger 2012, Dr. Joshua First
Organized Crime in Post-Soviet Russia: A Comprehensive Threat Analysis

Cody LeBlanc (Terasawa) 2013, Dr. Olivier Tonnerre
France's Soul-Searching: Finding National Identity In Political Metaphors During The 2012 Presidential Election

Martina Cotelo 2014, Dr. Corina Petrescu
My Grandmother's Story: A Study of Post-Holocaust Identity

Mellie McGehee 2015, Dr. Anne Quinney
Vivre en Travaillant: Exploring the Economic and Social Effects of the 35-hour Workweek in France

Erica McGraw 2016, Dr. Benjamin Jones
Political Underrepresentation and Domestic Terrorism: The Deficiency of Minority Descriptive Representation as a Causal Factor of Violent Radicalization in Western European Democracies

Steven Wild 2017, Dr. Joshua First
Refugees Welcome? A Discursive Analysis of German Willkommenskultur in Crisis

Latin America

Jessica Bryant 2007, Dr. Oliver Dinius
Elusive Peace: A Comparative Analysis of Civil Wars and Conflict Resolution in El Salvador

Benjamin Jackson 2008, Dr. Oliver Dinius
Reaping the Benefits of Globalization: The Case of the Argentine Soy Economy

Amanda Boozer (Terasawa) 2009, Dr. Oliver Dinius
Sex Trafficking and the State in Argentina: Theoretical Perspectives, Government Policies and a Proposal for a Comprehensive

Joe Batemen 2010, Dr. Miguel Centellas
Conflict in the Peruvian Amazon: A Study of Political Protest in Bagua

Stephen Worley 2011, Dr. Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez
The Wrath of Grapes: Globalization, Economics, and the Rapid Rise of the Chilean Wine Industry

Erin Mauffray 2012, Dr. Katherine Centellas
Disaster Community: La Cultura Sismica of Chile

Emily Wrigley 2013, Dr. Katherine Centellas
Indigenous Justice: Bolivian Community Justice and its Role in the State

Julie Magee 2014, Dr. Oliver Dinius
Coca Policy in 21st-Century Peru: An Exercise in Contradiction

Maddie Fumi 2015, Dr. Maria Fionda
Death, Maintenance and Revitalization of the Quiechua Language in Peru: A Case Study with A Focus on an Pedro de Cajas

Katie Wright 2016, Dr. Marcos Mendoza
Portrayal of Pinochet: Historical Narratives in Chilean Schools

Madeleine Achgill 2017, Dr. Marcos Mendoza
Argentina's contemporary multicultualism and its implications for Chinese identity in Buenos Aires

Middle East

Elise Luers 2014, Dr. Vivian Ibrahim
Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice: The Role of Youth in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011

Amir Aziz 2015, Dr. Vivian Ibrahim
Al-Arabiyyah, Le Fran├žais, and the Soul of Algeria:  The Language Tango between Arabic and French in Algerian Education Policy and Defining Post-Colonial Algerian National Identity

Connor Somgynari 2016, Dr. Yael Zeira
Their Brothers' Keepers? Ethnicity, Rebel Diplomacy, and State Support for Insurgency

Andrew Czuzak 2017, Dr. Vivian Ibrahim
9/11 and the American-Saudi Alliance: A Pragmatic Relationship Between Two Unlikely Partners

Interregional Prize

Katie Swain 2009, Dr. Gang Guo
China's Role in the Darfur Crisis: An Inquiry into Global Ethics

Cooper Rimmer (Interregional) 2010, Dr. John Czarnetzky
The Role of the Supreme People's Court within the P.R.C.: Judicial Interpretation and Judicial Review

Luke Schwalm 2011, Dr. Minjoo Oh
Bridge over the River Kawaii: Examining the Consumption of Anime and Manga in the United States

Vihara Dharmaratne 2012, Dr. Timothy Nordstrom
Oil Wells and Well-Oiled Guns: The Resource Curse and Government-Directed Violence During the Arab Spring Uprisings

Jessica Sewell 2013, Dr. Gang Guo
Sharing Space With the Middle Kingdom: Analyzing Barriers To U.S.-China Space Cooperation

Walker Messer 2014, Dr. Hendrickson
The Currency Union Effect on Trade: The Role of Financial Development

Murray Miller 2015, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson
A Global Perspective on Ethical Consumerism: A Study of Advertisements from Social Enterprises to Identify the Ethical Consumer

Maggie Hall 2016, Dr. Milorad Novicevic
Intentions to Purchase Genetically Modified Foods in the United States and Germany: The Impact of Consumer Knowledge and Attitudes

Alexandra Martin (Interregional) 2017, Dr. Mark Van Boening
Women Empowerment Externalities of the 2004 Moroccan Moudawana Reform: Intrafamily Bargaining and Educational Attainment

Latin American Prize Thesis Defense
East Asian Prize Thesis Defense
European Prize Thesis Defense
Middle Eastern Prize Thesis Defense
Terasawa and Interregional Prize Thesis Defense