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Political Science Master’s thesis prize 2022: the nominees

Tradition has it that at the end of each academic year, the best master’s thesis in Political Science is awarded a prize. For 2021-2022, the jury is considering six nominations. All of great quality, but on different topics. These range from political party bans to questions regarding commitment within alliances, from migration to the EU to post-colonial conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, and from contemporary feminism to questions of redistribution. On 14 October 2022 we will know who will be added to our Hall of Fame.

The jury, consisting of Martijn Mos and Michael Sampson, is currently examining the following theses. The winner will be announced during the master’s graduation ceremony on 14 October 2022 in the Academy Building in Leiden.

The shortlist

  • Ramsey Albers, Verbannen dissidenten radicaliseren: Een onderzoek naar het veranderende discours van uitgesloten partijen (supervisor: Peter Castenmiller; second reader: Simon Otjes)
  • Casper Leander Djerf, The Justification of Illegal Pushbacks at the EU’s External Borders: Beyond the “General (In)securitized Context” Understanding of the (In)securitization of Migrants in EU Politics (supervisor: Rebecca Ploof; second reader: Marco Verschoor)
  • Merle Giehler, Empowering Sluts: The Manosphere and Feminism, an Analysis of Contemporary Movement-Countermovement Dynamics (supervisor: Hilde van Meegdenburg; second reader: Katharina Natter)
  • Elizabeth de Jager, Pre-Colonial Statehood and Post-Independence Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analysis of Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana, and Zambia (supervisor: Leila Demarest; second reader: Jonathan Phillips)
  • Wonjung Kim, Change of Power and Alliance Commitment: The Impact of the Time-Inconsistency Problem on Alliance Reliability (supervisor: Juan Masullo Jimenez; second reader: Roos van der Haer)
  • Martine Schaap, Recognition vs. Redistribution: A False Dichotomy? (supervisor: Frank de Zwart; second reader: Petr Kopecký)
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