The Program in International and Comparative Studies invites you to attend the 2019 International Studies Honors thesis defense week. PICS students spent the last year in the Honors Plan working on a Senior Honors thesis in International Studies and starting on April 24, 2019, they will be presenting their work. Writing an Honors thesis is a huge commitment, and we congratulate all students in the 2019 cohort on their achievements. All sessions are open to the public and are held in Room 355 Weiser Hall - 500 Church Street. Students who are considering the International Studies Honors Plan are strongly encouraged to attend a thesis defense.


Program in International and Comparative Studies
2019 Student Honors Thesis Defense Schedule


Cassandra Zavislak
10:00-11:30 am | Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Women in Terrorism: An Analysis of the Patriarchy via Al Qaeda and Hamas

Neil Schwartz
12:00-1:30 pm | Thursday, April 25, 2019
A Historical Institutionalist Perspective on Israel's Basic Law: Nation State of the Jewish People

Courtney Caulkins
2:00-3:30 pm | Thursday, April 25, 2019
Framing the Newcomers: Asylum Seekers and Border Militarization in the US and Australia

Maki O'Bryan
1:00-2:30 pm | Friday, April 26, 2019
Dutiful Daughters: an exploration of kinship politics through Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Keiko Fujimori of Peru

Marielle Dewicki
10:00-11:30 am | Monday, April 29, 2019
Combating Terrorism in the Digital Era: How Facebook and Twitter Can Aid American Counterterrorism Efforts

Aliza Sitrin
1:00-2:30 pm | Monday, April 29, 2019
Managing Histories of Human Rights Abuses: Democratic Transitions and the Manifestation of Transitional Justice in Post-Dictatorship Spain and Chile

Skylar Gleason
10:00-11:30 am | Tuesday, April 30, 2019
'No es tan malo’: Investigating the Effects of Denial of Mass Violence on Perceptions of Justice in Contemporary Argentina

Audrey Gilmour
1:00-2:30 pm | Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Bonds Beyond Borders: the Basis for Black-Palestinian Solidarity from Black Power to Black Lives Matter

Dominika Kocz
3-4:30 pm | Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Israeli Defense Force and Palestine: Examining the Effects of Military Socialization on Inter-group Relations

Chelsea Racelis
10:00-11:30 am | Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Work of Memory: Justice for the Indonesian Genocide of 1965-1966