This page collects the digitized full text Masters Theses of the Department of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University.

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Theses from 2021

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“Yes, My Career Would End”: How the Existence of Illicit Digital Media May Inhibit Women from Participating in Politics, Esther Afrakoma Appiah Dwaah

Theses from 2020

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How Thick is the Stained-Glass Ceiling?: An Exploration of Heteronormativity in Religious Circles, Hannah Rae Smothers

Theses from 2019

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Vote Choice of Minority Groups: Emphasizing Their Issue Preferences, Md Kamrul Islam

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I Am a Citizen: An Examination of the Civic Lives of Adults with Cognitive Disabilities, Jihed Ncib

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Authoritarianism Both in Venezuela and Turkey, Furkan Burcu Yildiz

Theses from 2018

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Parody of Power: Determining the Violence Levels of Hegemonic Transitions, Dane R. Ecton

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Blurring the Spectrum: Exploring Queer Conservatism, Austin P. Mejdrich

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War Spin: How U.S. Politicians, the President and the Media Frame Foreign Intervention, Samantha White

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Fighting Poverty with Passion: AmeriCorps VISTA as a Replicable Solution to Local Poverty, Jonathan M. Williams

Theses from 2017

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Welcome the Stranger? Recent History of American Christianity and Refugee Policy, Brenda Edith Cuellar

Theses from 2016

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Modeling the "Gravity" of Foreign Aid: A Dyadic Panel Analysis on the Impact of Bilateral Aid Commitments on Bilateral Immigration from 1994 to 2011, Miles D. Williams

Theses from 2015

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Not Just Blowin' Smoke: Marijuana Legalization Initiatives and the 2012 Presidential Election, Steven Anderson

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Ghana's E-zwich System and the Characteristics of Innovation, James T. Arthur

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Political Intolerance in the 21st Century: The Role of Ideology and Emotion in Determining Intolerant Judgments, Matthew Cain

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Going Solo: A Study into the Framing and Salience of International Terrorism, Arianne Gouveia

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Age Is Just a Number: Using Economic and Social Models in the Millennial Generation to Predict Policy Support and Political Beliefs, Lindsey E. Juszczak

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Human Trafficking and National Security - Policy Responses, Douglas V. Peterson

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The State of the Union: The State of Applause, John Proffitt

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From the Jungles of Washington to the Wilderness of America: The Effects of Federal Grants on Wildlife Conservation in the States, Kayla Samuelson

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Gendered Pathways to Office for Members of the 112th U.S. House of Representatives, Samantha Sarich

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Changing Hispanic Demographics: The Shift to Democratic Support, Trevor Wayne Schoonover

Theses from 2014

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Implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States, Luke J. L. Eastin

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Online Social Networking and Political Participation: The Role of Social Media and Students' Engagement in Politics, Ellen M. Eckert

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Breaking into the House: An Analysis of Freshman Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Aaron R. Hacker

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Public Wars, Private Warriors: An Analysis of Private Military Contractors in American Foreign and Domestic Policy, Phillip Andrew Roughton

Theses from 2013

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Is Nigeria's Conflict Ethnic or Religious?: Resolving the Escalating Conflict in Nigeria, Ejikeme Nonso Alo

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The Advancement of European Security Integration, Rachel Anne Dicke

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A Decade of Aid: The Increase, Impact and Alternative to Foreign Aid, Ryan Piers

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Examining the Relationship Between Environmental Policy and Economic Competitiveness in the United States and the European Union, Scott A. Trail

Theses from 2012

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Polarization in Congressional Committees, Andrew Age

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Understanding French Foreign Policy After the Second World War, Christophe D. Amegan

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Winning the Un-Winnable in Afghanistan? Counterinsurgency and Ethnic Strife, Joseph P. Bell

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Advocacy Coalitions in Iowa and Illinois: Examining Same-Sex Policy Subsystems, Heather (Aiden) Ethington

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Barack Obama: The Inevitable Nominee, Bradley M. Forsythe

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Foreign aid: Addiction, weaning, recovery?, Peter Foster

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Regional voting patterns in contemporary presidential elections: The effect of race, income and abortion viewpoint, John W.T. Megson

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Sources of media bias in coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The 2010 Gaza flotilla raid in German, British, and U.S. newspapers, Michael Neureiter

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United Nations military interventions and democracy: Factors for success, Nathan M. Polak

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IR theory and state cooperation on blood diamonds, Holly Thomas

Theses from 2011

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Why does the United States give foreign aid?, Abalo Awesso

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Issues in the 2008 presidential election: Perceptions of the candidates and their links to vote, Justin T. Cross

Theses from 2010

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Evaluating the vice presidency using the effective model: A look at Gore and Cheney, Trisha Miller

Theses from 2009

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Deconstructing liberalism: Are the criticisms associated with neoliberal economic policies universal?, Jeremy Bowling

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Coercion in U.S. foreign policy: Evaluating the utility of the Jentleson and Whytock model, John D. Hamilton

Theses from 2008

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Women candidates and television advertising: An examination of the 2006 mid-term elections, Sharlin Aldao

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Voting rights for felons: An analysis of felon voting rights restoration laws in Illinois and New York and the factors that affect an elections official's willingness or reluctance to implement the law, Barbara Dongu Smith

Theses from 2007

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Off the welfare rolls and back into poverty: A look at 11 years of Illinois welfare reform, Amber Williams

Theses from 2006

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An issue of extraordinary circumstances: The House of Representatives and the riddle of drug policy, Richard D. Caldwell

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Unilateral executive power: Bush push or congressional cave? An examination of executive-legislative relations during the first term of President George W. Bush, 2001-2004, Erika N. Cornelius

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Women mayors: An examination of leadership style, Sherikia Lavette Humes

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Interest groups power and politics in Decatur, Illinois, Melissa Trueblood

Theses from 2005

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Cultural and individual influences on foreign policy, Emine Sunduz Demir

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Determining the outcome of secession: The cases of East Timor, West Papua, and Aceh, Christopher K. Micks

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Ethnicity and religion: An inquiry into the origin and nature of conflicts in Nigeria, Ugochukwu Chrys. Nwabueze

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Great expectations: An examination of the defense spending and military modernization of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic form 2002-2004, Kyle Raney

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The civic development and political socialization of high school students: An in-depth look at one southern Illinois school district, Jamie Bolander Weitl

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Don't forget about the me in AFSCME: An analysis of collective bargaining in municipalities, Michael L. Woods Jr.

Theses from 2004

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Women Representing Women's Interests in Congress, Carmen R. Allen

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The Impact of Congress, Public Opinion, and the Media on United States Foreign Policy: The Case of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Matthew Bergbower

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Small-State Foreign Policy: An Analysis of Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Mauritius, Thomas M. Ethridge

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U.S./NATO Relations After 9/11: U.S. Contributions to NATO Missions, David E. Heinz

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Proportional Representation Electoral Systems and Indigenous Representation: Case Studies from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, Arne Romanowski

Theses from 2003

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Nuclearization of Pakistan: Motivations and Intentions, Rabia Akhtar

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Apples, Oranges, and Grapefruit: A Comparative Analysis of Private Enterprises, Nonprofit Organizations, and Local Government Agencies, James W. Arndt

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Conflict Resolution in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of the Demilitarization Process in Burundi and Rwanda (1993-2003), Victoria Chipoka

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Corporatist Features of the Security Sector in Democratizing Countries: A Cross-Regional Analysis of Brazil and Romania, Sebastian Huluban

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Manager's Role in Recruiting, Motivating and Retaining Employees in Latvia, Anda Peipina

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Factors that Affect Party Institutionalization: Ethnicity, Electoral Systems, and Economics in East Europe, Joe Robbins

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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe, Michael Rudy

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Political Leadership and the Quest for Unity and Development in Africa, Thierno Thiam

Theses from 2002

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The Effect of Electoral Systems on Voting Behavior and Party Development: The Case of Canada, Chris Andrews

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A Ghost in Europe: Right-Wing Extremism and Its Metamorphoses, Raluca Viviana Stireanu

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Framing the War: Government Strategies Used During the Kosovo Conflict, Jocelyn Tipton

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Clinton's Democratic Expansion: An Analysis of U.S. Foreign Aid to Africa, Corey F. Wilson

Theses from 2001

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Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action, John Summerhill Morris

Theses from 1998

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The Future Relationships Between Mainland China and Taiwan, Tian Li

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How West Germany's Ostpolitik Contributed to German Unification, Lothar J. Noetzoldt

Theses from 1997

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Closing The Door: A Roll Call Analysis of Immigration Voting in the 99th and 104th Congresses, Murray Stewart Leith

Theses from 1996

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Greece and NATO: A Study of Policy Divergence and Alliance Cohesion, John G. Hatzadony

Theses from 1995

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The three republics of Ghana: The failure of three attempts at democracy, Otis Benefor

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Angola: A victim of the Cold War cross-fire, Johnson Kofi Kuma

Theses from 1992

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Federalism, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Illinois State Division of Safety Inspection and Education, William E. Darrell

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Perestroika from Below: Civil Society and Informal Associations in the Soviet Union, Jerry James Sheehan

Theses from 1990

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Causes of Political Revolution, Alazar Gebil

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Is Democracy A Feasible First Step Toward The Political Modernization Of Third World Countries? The Case Of Nigeria, Alfred Oruwariye

Theses from 1989

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Female Representation Among State Legislative Elite: The Illinois General Assembly 1922-1986, Juliana J. Helmke

Theses from 1988

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Social Dependency and Chinese Political Economic Reform, Jiang Li

Theses from 1987

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How revolutionary was the American Revolutionary War?: An examination and analysis of two schools of thought and the causes and political impetus behind the American Revolution, James R. Decker

Theses from 1984

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The Fragmentation of the Ulster Unionist Party, Declan Lawson George Hall

Theses from 1983

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North Korean Relations with China and the Soviet Union: The Impacts of Changes in the Leadership of the Two Communist Powers on North Korea, Myung-Ork Park

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Political Socialization And Citizenship Education, Richard E. Stickann

Theses from 1982

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Social Democracy in North America: A Canadian Example, Rodney Lavern Johnson

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A Multivariate Analysis of the Effects of Money in Congressional Elections on Incumbents and Challengers, Larry Summary

Theses from 1981

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The Politics of Repression: Argentina, 1976-79, Nattasin Chongsanguan

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The Dependent Development of Brazil: 1822-1980, Robin Guy-Michel Romans

Theses from 1980

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James D. Barber: "The Presidential Character": An Attempt of Applicability, Renate Irene Ahlers

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An Analysis of Israeli Domestic Political Characteristics and Their Affect on the Middle East Conflict, David Hight

Theses from 1979

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The Military as Agents of Development: The Nigerian Case-Study, 1970-1979, William Ross Ennenbach

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Problems of Political Development in Bangladesh, Haroon-ar-Rashid Khan

Theses from 1978

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The Failure of the Peaceful Road to Socialism: Chile 1970-1973, Trevor Andrew Iles