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International Political Economy

Senior Theses

Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study.

Here is a look at recent projects by Carthage international political economy majors:


  • Wartime Administrators: Political Economy of Mobilization and Defense — Michael Arient ’21
  • Mexico’s Political Economy Before and After NAFTA — Daniel Flores ’21
  • The Economic Development of Mongolia: Modern Themes and Ancient Practices — Emily Jones ’21
  • Japanese Terrorism in the Late 20th Century — Actions of Groups, International Response, and Global Impact — Megan Miles ’21
  • The Xinjiang Uyghurs and the Global War on Terror — Briana Parks ’21


  • The Development and Evolution of Neoliberalism: The United States, Great Britain, and the World Stage — Madeline Anderson ’20
  • The Energiewende Initiative: A Political Economy Analysis of What Led Germany to Pursue Renewable Energy — Shawn P. Klein ’20
  • The Belt and Road Initiative: Furthering Interdependence in the Global Economy — Levi Latoz ’20
  • The World Trade Organization and Its Influence on Trade Multilateralism — Zach Schoonaert ’20


  • What Are the Economic Impacts of Undocumented Workers in the United States Labor Market? — Maham Ali ’19 
  • Venezuela’s Economic Freedom – Examining Which Structures Promote Growth — Jackson Bailey ’19
  • The Influence of Religion on the Politics, Economics and Foreign Affairs of America — Dallas Clevenger ’19
  • A Curse in Disguise: The Resource Curse, Impacts on Algeria and Venezuela — James Durdan ’19
  • The Sun Rising in the East: Regional Development and the Need for Regional Cooperation — James Meason ’19


  • The Political Economy of The Dragon’s Ascent: An Expansion on China’s Economic Rise and Threat to U.S. National Security Interests — Owen Myers ’18
  • Modern Nationalism and Undocumented Immigration in the United States — Margaret Wixted ’18


  • Making Somalia Safe Again – State-Building in the Horn of Africa — Carlos Daez ’17 
  • Responsibility to Protect: The European Union and Syria — Stephanie Flores ’17 
  • The Deal of the Future: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Impact on Asia-Pacific Trade — Logan Frank ’17
  • Assessing the African Union’s Global Influence — Monica LaFaive ’17 
  • Stuck on Oil: A Case Study on the Venezuelan Oil Crisis — Lorena Retana ’17


  • The Two Sides of Energy Security: Political and Economic Implications for Nuclear Power in Japan — Victoria Dillinger ’16
  • International Governmental Organizations’ Role in the Growth and Crisis of South Korea — Isaac Smith ’16


  • Energy Deregulation in the United Kingdom and United States — Sean Connelly ’15
  • Germany’s Economic Miracle — Ben Ertl ’15
  • Roles of Women in China — Cecilia Hernandez-Ruiz ’15 
  • Economic Bubbles — Ian Johnston ’15
  • Guatemala and Political Economy of Civil War — Katherine Schlinder ’15
  • Colombia and the Drug Economy — Kaitlin Theobald ’15
  • Education Deregulation: United Kingdom and United States — Allison Von Borstel ’15


  • Singapore‘s Economic Development — Michael Hoefler ’14
  • Economic Development in Meiji Japan — Erika Larsen ’14
  • Economic and Political Effects of the One Child Policy in China — Jacque Lunney ’14
  • Global Agricultural Efficiency: Diet on the World Stage — Ashley Mikkola ’14
  • United States Trade Policy: The Present and Expansion for the Future — Lauren Waligorski ’14
  • The United States and Germany: A Comparison of Financial Regulation and the Great Recession — Jennifer Weiss ’14


  • Failed Transition and the Way Forward for Ukraine — Lexi Neumann ’13
  • The Economics of Food Aid and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa — Katie Niemeyer ’13
  • The Causality of Interventionist Policies: The United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran — Megan Neacy ’13
  • Turkish Immigration in Germany: an Institutional Examination on the Success of Turkish Immigration in Germany — Adam Marshall ’13
  • The Case of a Disappearing Nation: A Critical Review of International Environmental Politics — Megan Phelps ’13


  • Regional Trade and Latin America — Mike Gillespie ’12
  • China and Study in the United States — Jason Hartfield ’12
  • The Reagan Administration’s Economic Policies — Austin Krueger ’12
  • China and the World Trade Organization — Kaitlin Lowry ’12
  • Turkey and the European Union — Lauren Schoepke ’12
  • Russia and the World Trade Organization — Adam Sachs ’12
  • Greece, Financial Crisis and the European Union — Kirsten Thomas ’12


  • China and Foreign Investment — Jenessa Puno ’11


  • Globalization and Women in India — Charlotte Finch ’10
  • Brazil Ethanol Program — Kate Frese ’10
  • International Monetary Regimes and a Central Bank — Jared Fryksdale ’10
  • The Military-Industrial Complex — Cody Hilton ’10
  • Past and Present Comparative Advantage — Chumley Hodgson ’10
  • Impediments to Economic Development in Afghanistan — Adeeba Karimi ’10
  • Laws and Statutes as Means of Development — Josh Lamers ’10
  • China’s Economic Development — Trevor Lipsett ’10
  • Ethics and Corporate Governace — Amy Santiago ’10
  • Balkanization and Regionalism in Spain — Ana Soskic ’10
  • Human Trafficking or Role of Women in the Middle East — Nicole Elise Victoria ’10
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