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Honors Thesis Contest

Every year, CSI holds a contest for the Best Honors Thesis on an inequality-related topic. All seniors completing the minor and writing an Honors thesis in their home department have the opportunity to be recognized with a cash award for best thesis. To be eligible, your thesis must be broadly related to inequality. The deadline for submissions is on the last day of classes. Please email submissions to and feel free to contact us for more details!!

2018 Winners

First Prize

Ruby Bafu, Sociology ’18
“It’s Never Just Hair: Pelo Melo and the Modern Racialization of Black Women’s Natural Hair in the Dominican Republic and the United States”

Morgan Palmiter, Government ’18
“The Reinvention of an Age-Old Truth: An Analysis of Discriminatory State Policies after Shelby County v. Holder.”

Honorable Mention

Lala Xu, Economics ’18
“The Effect of Race and Gender in Risk Assessment Algorithms”

Caroline Markowitz, Government ’18
“A Feminist Analysis of Title IX Enforcement Against Campus Sexual Violence”

Alize Hill, Human Development ’18
“The Context of Race in the Perceptual-Response to Fear and Anger”

Past Winners

First Prize

Beatriz Barros, Sociology & Government ’17
“Mind the Gap: A Study of Inequality in Public Transportation Access in Baltimore City, Maryland”

Emma Korolik, Sociology & English ’17
“When Diverse College Classes Fall Short Social Class Diversity: Examining the Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Students’ Choice of Undergraduate Major”

Michael Sun, College Scholar ’16
“The Cultural Hegemony of Finance Capital: Implications for Financial Reform in the Twenty-First Century”

Samantha Wilhelm, Government ’16
“Is the Roberts Court-ing Business? Class Action in the Wake of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes”

Jessica Barragan, Sociology & Government ‘15
“Hispanic Disadvantage In Criminal Jury Trials: A Multi-Method Study of Juror Bias Against Hispanic Defendants in Four Urban Counties”

Zoe Otedola, Sociology ‘15
“The Impact of Aspirations on Educational Attainment”

Dominique Corley, Sociology & Linguistics ‘14
“Sounding Guilty: African American English and Racial Inequality in the Courtroom”

Fiona McCabe, Sociology ‘14
“Persisting Educational Inequality in a College for All Era: Aspirational Fulfillment of Community College Students”

Patrick Nowak, Government & College Scholars Program ‘14
“Group Positioning and Racialized Drug Policy: The Association of African Americans with Drug Use and Its Implications for United States Drug Law Enforcement”

Kayla Richards, English ‘13
“The Role of Legal Consciousness: A Study of Law through the Experiences and Perceptions of Real and Fictional Everyday Citizens”


Honorable Mention

Kennedi Williams-Libert, Sociology & Government ’17
“Still Linked? Afro-Carribean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation”

Marc Masson, ILR ’17
“The Labor Market Integration of Asylum Seekers in France: An Economic and Social Argument”

Yooha Park, Sociology ’17
“Examining the Contribution of Different Social Relationships to Immigrant Health Inequalities in the United States”

Jocelyn Lee, Biology & Society ’16
“Decentralizing Forest Management and Addressing a ‘Historic Injustice’ in India: Implementation Trends of the Forest Rights Act”

Jingyi Li, Sociology ’16
“The Effects of Neighborhood Context on Life Satisfaction: A Comparative Study of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States”

Shivali Haribhakti, Industrial and Labor Relations ‘14
“The Invisible Workforce”

Jana Wilbricht, Communication & Development Sociology ‘14
“Bridging the Digital Divide: Access and Use of Internet and Mobile Technology for Health Information among Hopi Indians”

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