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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!!

2017 Winners

First Prize

Beatriz Barros, Sociology & Government
“Mind the Gap: A Study of Inequality in Public Transportation Access in Baltimore City, Maryland”
Beatriz’s thesis examines Baltimore City, Maryland as a case study to explore the relationships between neighborhood disadvantage, residential stability, and public transit access. Public transit can provide access to jobs, opportunities, and resources to increase social mobility and reduce inequalities between neighborhoods and individuals. In Baltimore City, Beatriz finds that disadvantaged neighborhoods are connected, on average, to more disadvantaged neighborhoods and socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods had fewer stops and routes than privileged neighborhoods.

Emma Korolik, Sociology & English
“When Diverse College Classes Fall Short Social Class Diversity: Examining the Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Students’ Choice of Undergraduate Major”
Emma’s thesis analyzed recent trends in the relationship between family socioeconomic status (SES) and students’ choice of undergraduate major using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study from 2002 – 2012. Emma finds that student demographics impact their choice of undergraduate major – as SES increases, likelihood of majoring in non-humanities/arts majors increases.

Honorable Mention

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

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

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

Past Winners

First Prize

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

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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