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Public Policy Honors Thesis Program

Class of 2023 Honors Thesis Papers

Welcome to the Public Policy honors thesis page. The projects presented here are the result of a year-long process begun by our honors students in January of 2022. These students have produced 20 projects that cover topics as diverse from The Cannibalization of Lottery Revenues through the Expansion of Online Sports Betting to An Undeniable Link: The Impacts of Immigration Policy on the American Agricultural Industry. Students have done everything from interviewing policy experts, crunched databases, and analyzed Tweets. The result is an important array of studies that are both though provoking and intellectually rich. We recognize their hard work and dedication, and thank their thesis advisors for helping students complete their projects.

Peter ConnollyThe Battle for Chips: Semiconductors Crucial Role in AI Development and its Implications for U.S.-China Strategic Competition

Nicholas DattoA Net Negative: the Impact of Internet Access on Voter Turnout in U.S. Elections

Devan DesaiUnequal Burdens: Ethnic and Racial Differences in Low Back Pain Management and Treatment

Sabene FigueroaThe Mental Healthcare Access Crisis Among the Homeless Population

Kyle GrayNegotiating with “Terrorists”: When is Diplomacy an Effective Way to End a Conflict?

Alex HoffmanSecuring the Right to Work: The History of Job Guarantee Programs and Lessons for the United States

Finn HossfeldUsing Media to Understand Public Discourse on Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization Technology: A Qualitative Frame Analysis of US Media Coverage of the Petra Nova Project

Gautam IyerRemembering… and Forgetting: What Durham Communities Decide to Remember About Themselves, and How They Do It

Dan KingAn Undeniable Link: The Impacts of Immigration Policy on the American Agricultural Industry

Payton LittleThe Health Policy Puzzle of Gender Affirming Care: Healthcare Policies In North Carolina as a Case Study

Leah Markbreiter Social Connectedness, Altruism, and Vaccine Behavior: Improving Policy for Future Pandemics

Mary Monti No Such Thing as a Textbook Case: Comparing Interstate Differences in High School Government Textbooks

Vaneesha PatelPlanning for Better Communities: Exploring the Relationship Between New Urbanism in Citys’ Comprehensive Plans and Social Capital

Taalin RaoShah Cheaper & Cleaner? A Case Study of Boston’s Community Choice Electricity

Leah RoffmanExploring the Distribution of Utility-scale Renewables and Anti-renewable Sentiments Across Communities in the US

Hailey RossThe Impact of Pay-as-You-Throw Programs on Compost Contamination Rates in Colorado

Jonathan Schachter The Cannibalization of Lottery Revenues through the Expansion of Online Sports Betting

Tri Truong The Birth of a New China: How the U.S. – China Trade War Affected the Economy and Foreign Policies of Vietnam in 2016 – 2020

Neha VangipurapuA Comprehensive Analysis of Hindu American Politics and its connections to Indian Hindutva


Past Honors Thesis

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Class of 2019

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Class of 2014