Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Counterinsurgency Redux? Dutch Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan 2006-2010

By: Andrew Majkut '14
Faculty Adviser: William M. Rose

Sexual Assault and Transitional Justice: How Argentina Can Provide a Voice to its Silenced Survivors

By: Katie Pearson '14
Faculty Adviser: Alex Hybel

Legitimacy in Words and in Actions: The Jordanian Regime's Maintenance of Stability Amid Arab Spring Protests

By: Sarah Huckins '14
Faculty Adviser: Caroleen M. Sayej

The Peruvian Conflict: Policy and Implementation of Changing Counterinsurgency Strategy

By: Michelle Strayer '14
Faculty Adviser: William M. Rose

When Profit Builds Community: African American Businesses as Engines of Economic and Political Development

By: Rasheed Mitchell '13
Faculty Adviser: MaryAnne Borrelli

The Will to Adapt: The Post 2008 US Economic Crisis and its Impact on Refugee Resettlement in the United States

By: Meredith Byrne '13
Faculty Adviser: Tristan Borer

Where democracy concedes: Examining environmental civil societies in China and Japan

By: Raymond Palmer '13
Faculty Adviser: Jane Dawson
(Senior capstone)

Fishy Nightmares and Dairy Dreams: Globalized Markets, Environmental Justice and Gender in Tanzania

By: Bryson Cowan '12
Faculty Adviser: Jane Dawson

U.S. Policy Towards Political Uprisings in the Middle East

By: Nicole Moomjy '12
Faculty Adviser: Caroleen Sayej
(Senior capstone)

Balancing the Process of Democratization and the Continuation of State Stability: The Case of Mexico

By: Elise Dunn '12
Faculty Adviser: Alex Hybel

The Media as a Terrain of Struggle: Navigating Representations of Violence Against Women in South African News Media

By: Megan Reback '12
Faculty Adviser: Tristan Borer
(Senior capstone)

The Identity of Political Support: Personal Constituents, Gender, and Political Ambition

By: Hayley Sullivan '11
Faculty Adviser: MaryAnne Borrelli

Smart People, Stupid Networks: The Internet's Equalizing Influence on Political Discourse and Engagement

By: Joseph Backer '08
Faculty Adviser: William Frasure


Student profile

Andrew Greaves Andrew Greaves


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was struck by the honor code and the accessibility of professors. When I visited as a prospective student, I sat in on Professor Larry Vogel's introductory philosophy course. Not only did he include me in the class discussion and speak to me afterwards, but he also recognized me and remembered my name when I was on campus the next fall.

Q: Why did you decide to study government?
A: I was drawn by the course offerings. Every semester I was presented with classes that fulfilled my major and allowed me to delve into nuanced topics that I had been exposed to in my introductory classes.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in a peace and conflict program in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. I liked the focused curriculum, the opportunity to learn Serbo-Croatian and the program's independent study capstone. I completed an internship in Sarajevo and did research on young Sarajevans who had been displaced during the war. Later I presented my paper at an international conference in the U.K.

Q: Did you complete an internship?
A: I interned at a refugee center in Vancouver. I developed an educational program on the repercussions of the Canadian government's new refugee policies.

Selected courses

  • Middle East Politics
  • The European Union
  • Modern Political Thought
  • U.S. Foreign Policy toward Latin America
  • Terrorism
  • American Political Thought
  • The Politics of Refugees
  • Analysis of U.S. Public Policy
  • The Presidency
  • International Politics of Climate Change
  • Human Rights in World Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Gender and U.S. Politics
  • Chinese Politics


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