Final year Projects in Political Science at Mary Baldwin College


  1. “China: The Genesis of a Superpower." Elizabeth Agnew. 33 pp.
  2. “Reaching for the Right...the Well-Heeled Republican:  Examining PAC Support for Republican Female Candidates." Sarah Anne Barrow. 21 pp.
  3. “Women in Local Politics." Benita Noffsinger Brake. 34 pages.
  4. “Not a Fun Party to Be In:  A Look at Third Party Candidates and the Tea Party Movement." Courtney Clausi. 33 pp.
  5. “The Changing Faces of Terrorism: Cyberterrorism - The 21st Century's biggest threat?" Ashley Gordon. 39 pp.
  6. “Social Security:  Will it Make the President's 'To Do' List?" Shannon Harris. 40 pp.
  7. “ Hijack!  Women's Health Held Hostage." Rachel Laux. 35 pp.
  8. “Homegrown Terrorism in the United Kingdom and the United States." Teyanda Payne. 30 pp.
  9. “President Hugo Chavez: The Deterioration of Democracy by an Authoritarian Leader." Tabitha Phillips. 35 pp.
  10. “A Critical Analysis of Human Rights: The Conditions and Violations in Liberia under President Charles Taylor." Audra Powell. 25 pp.
  11. “The Censorship of the Videogame Industry.” Yahmilah Berkley. 58 pp.
  12. “Did the Environmental Protection Agency fulfill its statutory and international requirements in the process it followed for registering pesticides?" Ana Espinoza. 25 pp.
  13. “The Effect of the Gender Gap in the 2008 Presidential Nomination.” Dejia Hubbard. 33 pp.
  14. “President Barack Obama’s Influence on the 2010 Virginia Midterm Congressional Elections.” Laura Kleiner. 57 pp.
  15. “The United States' Embargo on Cuba." Candace Klementowicz. 30 pp.
  16. “The Social Contract:  A New Approach to Internet Privacy.” Elisabeth Maddrell. 33 pp.
  17. “Presidential Agenda Setting:  Health Care Reform and the Presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.” Kim Parker. 37 pp.
  18. “What a Wonderful Time to be a Woman.” Naianka Rigaud. 28 pp.
  19. “Was Media Bias Present during the 2008 Candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin?”  Jan Saxman. 36 pp.
  20.  “Politics and Economics of the Housing Market Crash.” Ruth Wallen. 31 pp.
  21. "The Impact of Women in the Judicial Decision Process: A Look at Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor." Yenny Caceres, 28 pages.
  22. "Is Sudan a Failed State?" Blair Harris. 30 pp.
  23. "North Korea: Economic Sanctions." Christina McCloud. 31 pp.
  24. "When Violence Causes Silence: Bloody Sunday and its Impact on Irish Nationalism." Meggan Mercer. 33 pp.
  25. "Uneasy Allies: An Analysis of U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia, 1938-present." Katharine Newman. 113 pp.
  26. "Taking the Initiative: A Case Study of Proposition 8 in California." Erin Paschal. 35 pp.
  27. "A Recipe for Realignment." Liz Vukelich. 50 pp.
  28. "No Child Left Behind. Really?"  Bretagne Ballard.  29 pp.
  29. "Political Capital and the First Lady:  How Rosalynn Carter Used Her Resources."  Hannah M. Guarendi.  36 pp.
  30. "Communism, Nationalism and War: Lessons from the Former Yugoslavia." Joan-Margaret Hodge. 27 pp.
  31. "Moral Minority:  The Relationship between White Evangelical Protestants and the Republican Party."  Lily Kerrigan.  33pp.
  32. "Asses, Elephants, and the Alpha Female:  Women's Struggle for Power in the Executive Branch."  Jacqueline Kilgallen.  30 pp.
  33. "George W. Bush's Presidency:  A Study of Public Opinion, the Rally-Effect, Presidential Power, and Personality."  Lisa Ohta.  36 pp.
  34. "Presidential Authority and the Characterization of Detainees as Enemy Combatants."  Cynthia J. Rodriguez.  32 pp.
  35. "A Political Perspective of Hound Hunting in Virginia."  Casby Stainback.  35 pp.
  36. "Russia: A Failing Democracy." Anja Stickley. 28 pp.
  37. "Making News and History:  Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Presidential Primary."  Cytha D. Stottlemyer.  31 pp.
  38. "Latino Voters in the 2008 Presidential Election."  Erika Delilah Torres.  33 pp.
  39. "Campaign Finance Reform:  The Past, Present, and Future for Presidential Elections."  Karen V. Torres.  50 pp.
  40. "Setting the Policy Agenda:  A Case Study of Megan's Law in Virginia." Kathryn E. Campbell. 39 pp.
  41. "Women and the 9/11 Attacks:  Motivated to Make a Difference." Kimberly Shumaker Clark. 41 pp.
  42. "Turkey: An Islamist state battling for Democracy." Jawuan Hall. 26 pp.
  43. "Building an Empire:  Marion Barry and Politics in the District of Columbia ." Charmice L. Hardy. 39 pp.
  44. "The Changing Nature of Civic Engagement:  A Study of Voter Turnout and Participation in Political Interest Groups." Emily S. Hunt. 31 pp."Chile and the C.I.A." (Amanda Silvers). 25 pp.
  45. "Environmental Policy Implementation:  A Case Study of Blacks Run in Harrisonburg, Virginia ."  Samantha Sipe. 31 pp.
  46. "Lobbying in State Politics:  A Case Study of the Gardasil Vaccine." Mallory Showalter. 31 pp."How has Hamas hindered the democratization process in the Palestinian Territories?" Tiffany Updike. 25 pp.
  47. "The Mighty Over the Underlings: A Study of Power in Salisbury, Maryland ." DeLayne Baker. 35 pp.
  48. "Has the South African state made adequate policies against the AIDS epidemic: a study on public policy" Brittany Bledsoe. 45 pp.
  49. "Political Behavior, Elections, and Gender:  A Study of Women in Congress and the Electorate, 1992-2006." Catherine C. Charles. 43 pp.
  50. "Has the political ideology of Sayyid Qutb been the front runner of modern day terrorism?" Ashaunti Kinchen. 28 pp.
  51. "The Politics of Weekday Religious Education." Jessica Ann Leccadito. 35 pp.
  52. "What International Trends Influence Gender Bias in Capital Punishment?" Samantha Majors. 40 pp.
  53. "A Country in Turmoil: The Role of Islam in Sudan." Fran Slattery. 31 pp.
  54. "Has Post 9/11 National Security and Social Reform Helped to Protect Australia against a Future Terrorist Attack?" (Elizabeth Tucker). 47 pp.
  55. "Explaining Levels of Voter Turnout in Elections in Staunton, VA." Kendall Bristow. 40 pp.
  56. "Democracy Building in Colombian Civil Society: Lessons about Combating Terrorism." Angela Gonzalez. 40 pp.
  57. "A Case Study of Sandra Day O'Connor: and Her Influence as a Woman over the U.S. Supreme Court."Joanna Hernandez. 30 pp.
  58. "Feminist Voices in a Post Feminist Environment." Maize Jacobs-Brichford. 36 pp.
  59. "Women Running for Congress: A Case Study of Five Women Incumbents and the 2004 Senate Elections." D'Shana Jones. 31 pp.
  60. "Do we always support our troops?  An analysis of public support for the Military in America." Terry Landin. 37 pp.
  61. "A Study of Gender Inequality in City Council; a Case Study Staunton, VA." Gwen Miller. 36 pp.
  62. "Constitutional Interpretations and Applications: A Case Study of the Lemon Test and Other Establishment Related Cases." Christy Noe. 42 pp.
  63. "No Child Left Behind: An Analysis." Evelyn Pratt. 35 pp.          
  64. "The Role of Partisanship in the Supreme Court:  McConnell vs. FEC." Takneisha Boatright. 30 pp.
  65. "The President Who Didn't Become a Lame Duck:  An Analysis of Bill Clinton's Public Approval Ratings." Sarah J. Butler. 30 pp. "The Equal Rights Amendment Since 1982:  Are the Recent Advancements of Women Reasons Enough for the dormant Amendment?" Stephanie Hatlem. 34 pp.
  66. "Back Into the Closet:  Why the Proponents of Same-Sex Marriage Have Lost Significant Ground." Amanda Patricks. 38 pp.
  67. "Partisanship and Gender: The Influence on Voting Behavior." Ashley Short. 30 pp.
  68. "Political Socialization of Mary Baldwin Students and Their Opinions on Reproductive Policy." Leah A. Snitwongse. 39 pp.
  69. "Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat and Response." Marie Cadenhead. 32 pp.
  70. "Are States Making Adequate Laws to Regulate Childcare and Protect the Rights of Children?" Shelley Dawson. 43 pp.
  71. "Child Efficacy: Comparison of the Boy Scouts of America and the US Public" Whitney Gallagher. 21 pp.
  72. "Women in Sports: Why Title IX?" Shaniece Gathers. 40 pp. 
  73. "U.S. Foreign Aid: Is It Going Where Americans think it is?" Paige Griffin. 27 pp.
  74. "Do Women on the Supreme Court of the US Reach Different Decisions than Men in Cases Termed 'Feminist?' " Shannon Ivey. 34 pp.
  75. "Welfare Reform: Examination of the Goals of the Welfare Law of 1996 in Virginia and New York" Krystal Jimmerson. 40 pp.
  76. "The Budget Battle of 1996: Clinton Against Gingrich" Kimberly Kern. 33 pp.
  77. "No Child Left Behind: A Step Into the Future or a Leap Into the Past?" Erin Kimble. 32 pp.
  78. " 'I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar' " Lindsey Lieberman. 31 pp.
  79. "Campaign Finance Reform." Nicole Martin. 19 pp.
  80. "How do the Strategies, Ideologies and Development of Al Qaeda and the Baath Party Compare?" Kaomie McKenzie.  30 pp.
  81. "The Affect of Voters' Age on Local Incumbency Success." (Sarah Sayre). 28 pp.
  82. "Trans-boundary Environmental Law in the European Union: What Problems are Posed by the Concepts of Liability and State Responsibility in an Adversary-Based International Dispute Resolution System." Kayla Smith. 47 pp.
  83. "A Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." Michelle Smith. 25 pp.
  84. "Terrorist Organizations of Jihad." Lea Thompson. 27 pp.
  85. "Evolution of the Gender Gap" (Betsy Torres). 27 pp.
  86. "Colombia and Democracy." Abigail Wiedmeier. 26 pp.
  87. "Pseudo Republicanism in the Maghreb Democracy and Civil Society in Tunisia." Claire Wulf. 38 pp.
  88. " 'We would have to fight the world': Black Women's Unique Perspectives, Experiences, and Social Movement Involvement: 1800s through the present." Carnell Cherry. 43 pp.
  89. "Environmental Interest Group Influence During the Bush Administration." Brandy Clark. 27 pp.
  90. "The Tamil Minority: Defining Terrorism Within the Sri Lankan Ethnic Conflict." Kendra Clarke. 29pp.
  91. "Variation of the Gender Gap at the State Level." Lauren Eggleston. 33pp.
  92. "A Case Study of the City of Staunton and Augusta County." Leah Griffith. 30 pp.
  93. "Is the National Trust for Historic Preservation Effective?" Blake Hite. 30 pp.
  94. "The Big Picture: Assessing the Progress of Women Candidates since the 'Year of the Woman'." Meredith Norris. 27 pp.
  95. "Childcare in America: The Past, Present and Future." Julie Schmidt. 28 pp.
  96. "Gender Attitudes on War." Greta Trotter. 33 pp.
  97. "A Case Study in Presidential Agenda Setting: Bill Clinton and the Crime Bill of 1994." Brenna Zortman. 26 pp. "Domestic Violence in the Legal System." Catie Austin.  28 pp.
  98. "The Forgotten American." Christina Rose Clitso. 39 pp.
  99. "Ideology and Its Effects on Affirmative Action." Shauna Davis. 38 pp.
  100. "How the Pilot Truck Stop Came to Be." Amanda Homes.  27 pp.
  101. "How Have the Courts Limited the Executive Privilege Power of the President?" Hollie Lee. 30 pp.
  102. "Women in Congress:  Do They Influence the Legislative Agenda?" Sarah Small. 32 pp.
  103. "Can the Current Women's Rights Movement Be Termed a Social Movement?" Dionna McIntyre.  37 pp.
  104. "Is the Human Rights Campaign a Successful Social Movement?" Amy Purcell.  33 pp.
  105. "The Odyssey of State-Level Judicial Selection." Amy Warren.  40 pp.
  106. "The Meddling Media and their Influence on the American Voter." Christina Bleeker. 23 pp.
  107. "Predicting Presidential Elections Using Economic Indicators: An Analysis of the 1992 and 2000 Elections." Lori Bowman. 36 pp.
  108. "Antitrust Law and Microsoft's Monopoly Maintenance." Kim Gabriel. 43 pp.
  109. "Battle for Power: The Role of the Media in the Budget Train Wreck of 1996." Joy Hull. 30 pp.
  110. "Party vs. Candidate: Do Political Party Platforms Influence Presidential Candidates and the Stances they Take on Campaign Issues?" Erin Kelly. 53 pp.
  111. "Whose Monetary Influence is Being Targeted and who is this Benefiting?" Jae-K Kwon. 32 pp.
  112. "The Changed Face of Abortion Based Interest Groups." Allison McCray. 39 pp.
  113. "Over-Representation of Minorities within the Juvenile Justice System: Is this a form of Discrimination?" Erica McElroy. 40 pp.
  114. "China: A Potential Threat to the United States in the 21st Century" Beth Plewes. 52 pp.
  115. "The Gubernatorial Power of Executive Clemency and How it Influences Capital Punishment Across the United States" Catherine Singleton. 28 pp.
  116. "Blacks and the Republican Party: Oxymoron or Revisited History?" Shana Thurman. 44 pp.
  117. "Individualism in America." Heather Worley. 25 pp.
  118. "Are Current U.S. Proposals against Terrorism effective against the new threat?" Kelly Baughan. 44 pp.
  119. "The Standards of Learning in the States." Donna-Marie Ciacci). 20 pp.
  120. "The American Presidency: Facing Global Terrorism." Erin Collin). 25 pp.
  121. "Justice Hugo Black and the First Amendment." Sabrina A. Cutlip. 25 pp.
  122. "Public Opinion Toward Capital Punishment." Alicia A. Goldsmith. 25 pp.
  123. "The Equal Rights Amendment: A History and Outlook on Its Future." Ashley Gordon. 24 pp.
  124. "The Changing Use of Strict Scrutiny in Affirmative Action Cases at the Supreme Court Level." Ranyne A. Herbert. 24 pp.
  125. "Then and Now: Abortion in America." Lale Mamaux. 26 pp.
  126. "Assessing the Invincibility Myth: Evaluating the National Rifle Association's Power in American Government." Elizabeth McGeehan. 29 pp.
  127. "The Gender Gap in the 1996 Presidential Election." Jennifer Nering. 25 pp.
  128. "Public Opinion and NATO: The Case of Kosovo." Crystal Newcombe. 23 pp.
  129. "Mexico on the Path to Democratization: Values and Obstacles to the Mexican State's Democratization Process." Tiffany Parker. 27 pp.
  130. "Implications of the Clinton Impeachment on Representative Government." Shanice N. Penn. 26 pp.
  131. "Do the Events of 1989-99 Represent a Valid Attempt at Democratization of Algeria?" Heather Roddenberry. 33 pp.
  132. "Was the War Against Iraq a 'just war' ?" Laura Skinner. 49 pp. 
  133. "Under the Guidance of Margaret Sanger: The Birth Control Movement as a Successful Social Movement." Emily B. Stewart. 42 pp.
  134. "Steps Towards an Appropriate Interpretive Theory of the Constitution." Emily White. 29 pp.
  135. "What are the effects of Divided Government on a President's legislative proposals and passages?" Adrienne Barnes. 35 pp.
  136. "The Past, Present and Future of U.S. China Foreign Policy." Jennifer Colson. 25 pp. 
  137. "Why Grant Most Favored Nation Status to China?" Pamela Curtis. 31 pp.
  138. "Has the level of public involvement with American Democracy declined to an extent that endangers the system?" Lauren Dyson. 43 pp. 
  139. "International Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction: How it Affects the United States." Sandra Frazer. 55 pp.
  140. "Supreme Court Rulings on Affirmative Action." Anni Hill. 40 pp. 
  141. "Women in the 1999 Virginia General Assembly: How Have they Made a Significant Impact?" Jessica Johnson. 26 pp.
  142. "Do Interest Groups Take Away from the Democratic Process?" Angela Reade. 24 pp.
  143. "The Supreme Court's Use of Judicial Review in the Maintaining of the Separation of Powers." Jennifer Umphlet. 30 pp.
  144. "A Study of Russia: A Democracy in the Works?" Jennifer Vergne. 39 pp.  
  145. "Singapore: A Democracy or an Authoritarian State?" Karen Zeliznak. 33 pp.
  146. "Will Term Limits Make a Difference?" Emily Alexander. 38 pp.
  147. "What Factors Influence Supreme Court Decisions? The Decline of 'Separate but Equal' Doctrine." Annie Andrews. 35 pp.
  148. "Who Cares? The affect of personal characteristics on Presidential Job Approval Ratings." Jennifer Deeds. 44 pp.
  149. "Basque Nationalism: The Awakening of an Old, Latent, Dormant Force?" Meredith Leigh Hamilton). 41 pp.
  150. "Gender Bias: Its Significance in an Incumbent's Reelection Ability." Kate Langlois. 25 pp.
  151. "Virginia Welfare Reform Legislation: Was it a Bipartisan Effort?" Angela Maxey. 36 pp.
  152. "Bosnian War Crimes: Assessing the Hague Tribunal." Kelly Pike. 28 pp. 
  153. "Puckering Up at Lemon: The Rebellious Behavior of the Reagan Four." Suzanne Ray. 37 pp.
  154. "The Effects of Campaign Finance Laws on Competition in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1992." Jane Townsend. 29 pp.
  155. "Federalism Doesn't Matter: Federalist Legislation and Congressional Voting Patterns." Caitlyn Walz. 31 pp.
  156. "Article 231 of the Versailles Treaty: The Question of War Guilt." Gregory Watts. 79 pp.
  157. "Turning Point or Just another Election? The Potential Partisan Impact of the National Voter Registration Act." Aimee Aceto. 66 pp.
  158. "The Change in the International System and its Affect on the Balance of Power between Israel and Syria." Heidi Baugus. 33 pp. 
  159. "Women Legislators: Their Path to Congress and their Impact on Federal Welfare Legislation." Beth Brown. 27 pp.
  160. "Crisis Management in the Korean and Persian Gulf Crises." James Darb). 29 pp.
  161. "Emerging Allies: U.S.-Canadian Relations." Stephanie Duprey. 52 pp.
  162. "The Republican Contract with America: Campaign Tactic or Agenda for Change." Francesca Rusk. 25 pp.
  163. "Presidential Character: Richard Nixon." Susan Smith. 24 pp.
  164. "The Fall of the Marcos Regime and the Rise of a People." Maggie Snyder. 27 pp.
  165. "The Christian Coalition in Virginia." Anne Wagner. 39 pp.
  166. additional thesis by Susan Nichols
  167. "Militias in America." Lori Cochran. 25 pp.
  168. "Did the U.S. Really Win the Cuban Missiles Crisis?" Melanie Entsminger. 40 pp.
  169. "The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev." Jeni Gordon. 24 pp.
  170. "Term Limits." Amy Griffith. 30 pp.
  171. "The Stranger Within My Gate: Perspectives on Nationalism and Religion." Emily Hancock. 28 pp.
  172. "Restructuring Federalism: The Question of the Medicaid Public Health Insurance Program." Joanna Vickery. 36 pp.
  173. additional thesis by Anabel Ochoa
  174. "Blockading a Woman's Right to Choose and her Doctor's Right to Life: The Legislative Process behind Abortion Clinic Accessibility." Sandra Davis. 29 pp.
  175. "Euskadi ta Asktasuna, Spain's Unnecessary Evil." Selene Gorman. 24 pp.
  176. "The Sandinista Revolution and Socio-Economic Change." Gina Perez. 29 pp.
  177. "Prince Edward County, Virginia: A Political Analysis from the Past to the Present." Kim Peterson. 44 pp.
  178. "The Effects of DNA Testing on Capital Punishment: An Example of DNA Use in the Case of Timothy Spencer." Jennifer Wilkinson. 33 pp.
  179. "The 'Peace People' in Northern Ireland." Jesica England. 14 pp.
  180. "The War Powers Resolution in Theory and Reality." Michelle Herring. 49 pp.
  181. "Sandra Day O'Connor: Expectations and Reality." Tondra Phillips. 35 pp.
  182. "Women in Politics: A Glimpse at the Committee 21." Nicole Baker. 26 pp.
  183. "Equal Access to Education." Jenn Bruce. 29 pp.
  184. "On (Czechoslovakian President Vaclav) Havel." Terri Dersch. 28 pp.
  185. "Women's Routes to, and Experiences in, Political Positions." Meg Kluttz. 103 pp.
  186. "The Central Intelligence Agency and Congressional Relations: Casey versus Gates." Karin Lovelace. 31 pp.
  187. "Partisan Politics and Aid to the Soviet Union." Kristin Miller. 26 pp.
  188. "Educational Opportunities Offered for Women in Prison in Virginia and their Political Implications." Roxanne Rode). 35 pp.
  189. "Dropping the Torch: The Unreliability of Supreme Court Justices as Instruments of Ideology." Joanna Toeppfer. 25 pp.
  190. "The Right to Know and Government Secrecy." Ayten Cibaldak. 27 pp.
  191. "Formulation of U.S. Health Policy in Contraception Services." Kim Fisher. 44 pp.
  192. "Quebec Sovereignty from Canada." Heather Jackson. 44 pp.
  193. "Fourteen Million Magicians: Facing the Problem in the Republic of Ghana." Susan O'Donnell. 34 pp.
  194. "PACS and their Effects on Representation." Gabriela Perez-Pangborn. 30 pp.
  195. "The Winters Doctrine: Do the Indians Really Command the Water?" Amy Sales. 32 pp.
  196. "The Divine Augustus: His Ascension to Power and His Restoration of the Republic." Michelle Smetena. 18 pp.
  197. "George C. Marshall as Secretary of State: The Basis for Victory during the Berlin Blockade." Robin Wilson. 35 pp.
  198. "Can Hong Kong Survive the 1997 Accords?" Tobie Alexander. 32 pp.
  199. "David Duke." Collier Andress. 25 pp.
  200. "The Northern Territories." Christy Moody. 38 pp.
  201. "Soviet Revisionist History: A case study of Polish-Soviet Relations." Angela Perri. 43 pp.
  202. "Religion versus Education." Robin Ray. 32 pp.
  203. "Conflict in Northern Ireland: Yesterday and Tomorrow." Kate Shunney. 39 pp.
  204. "The Greek Civil War." Katherine Smith. 44 pp.
  205. "Constitutional Law, Women and Reproductive Freedom." Heather Smith. 48 pp.
  206. "Local Government and Community Programming: C.A.D.R.E., a case study." Rebecca Briggs. 19 pp.
  207. "American Involvement in Cuba and Nicaragua." Mary Gordon. 25 pp.
  208. "N.A.T.O.: Whose Shield for European Security?" Sayuri Hato. 67 pp.
  209. "King Ronnie and the Knights of the Oval Office: The Iran-Contras Scandal." Laura Langston. 53 pp.
  210. "Local Administration: A Case Study of the Recreation Department of the City of Staunton, Virginia." Janet Ohland. 34 pp.
  211. "The Palestinian Liberation Organization: Ideology and Reality." Nicole Angresano. 30 pp.
  212. "The American Involvement in Lebanon, 1982-1984." Michelle Jackson. 44 pp.
  213. "The Nestle Infant Formula Scandal." Pam Pruitt. 28 pp.
  214. other thesis by: Kristie Odom.
  215. "A Political History of Communism and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan." Lisa Albanowski. 40 pp.
  216. "Spain's Transition to Democracy." Heather Durham. 30 pp.
  217. "Stephen Biko: On the Psychological, Political and Socio-Economic Realities of Apartheid." Faith Hardy. 49 pp.