Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Beyond the Border: The Impact of Flawed Migration Strategies in South and Central America on U.S. Immigration

By Bobby Garcia – Executive Summary – The rising volume of irregular migrants poses a significant challenge for the U.S. government. Although irregular migrants were once composed predominantly of Mexican and Central American nationals, the makeup of contemporary migrant flows […]

Beyond the Border: The Impact of Flawed Migration Strategies in South and Central America on U.S. Immigration

Laundering Love: A Multi-Case Analysis of The Evolution of Romance Scam Victims Into Co-Offending Money Mules

By Christopher Huhn – Executive Summary – “Honey this our opportunity to be together mylove, i will never do anything that will hurt you, mylove noting bad is going to happen, i promise the money there is my money and

Laundering Love: A Multi-Case Analysis of The Evolution of Romance Scam Victims Into Co-Offending Money Mules

Reconstruction Terror: Origins, Applications, and Implications

By Matthew Davison – Executive Summary – Electoral violence was a common occurrence during Reconstruction (1865-1877). The concentrated terror around voting rights and elections was not random. Nearly every local and national election during the decade after the Civil War

Reconstruction Terror: Origins, Applications, and Implications

Defeating and Deterring Domestic Terrorists Through Evidence-Based Policymaking

By Eric M. Cooper – Executive Summary – Both the executive and legislative branches of government have mandated that evidence-based policymaking be implemented in federal governmental decisional processes.[1] Evidence-based policymaking is the theory that governments should develop “public policies, programs,

Defeating and Deterring Domestic Terrorists Through Evidence-Based Policymaking

The Space Between: Policy Implications for the Conceptualization of Cyberspace as a Domain

By Jonathan Miller – Executive Summary – The objective of this thesis is to identify the extent to which defining cyberspace as a domain will affect the formulation of homeland security enterprise (HSE) policy related to cyberspace in the future.

The Space Between: Policy Implications for the Conceptualization of Cyberspace as a Domain

A Surge on the Horizon: Improving U.S. Foresight Capacity to Anticipate Mass Migrations

By Katie Riesner – Executive Summary – Mass migrations arriving at the southwest border of the United States are increasingly overwhelming the U.S. government’s ability to respond. When these events overwhelm U.S. immigration authorities, they can exacerbate security vulnerabilities. For

A Surge on the Horizon: Improving U.S. Foresight Capacity to Anticipate Mass Migrations

Strategic Communications and the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration Policies, Mixed Messaging, and Information Fratricide

By Jonathan Graham – Executive Summary – Many Americans disapproved of the immigration enforcement policies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Trump administration. This thesis begins by asking what can be learned about DHS’s communications strategy during

Strategic Communications and the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration Policies, Mixed Messaging, and Information Fratricide

Policing for the 22nd Century: A Complexity Theory-based Approach

By Brian Hollan – Executive Summary – The dominant model of professional policing in the United States is the so-called “standard model,” which coalesced during the 1960s and 1970s.[1] Weisburd and Eck have identified key characteristics of the standard model

Policing for the 22nd Century: A Complexity Theory-based Approach

Muted Voices: Toward an Understanding of the U.S. Asylum Program at the Southwest Border

By Jaime Lier Chen – Executive Summary – The U.S. asylum program at the Southwest border is the locale of a dynamic, contentious crisis. The number of asylum seekers at the Mexico-U.S. border began to soar in 2014 as families

Muted Voices: Toward an Understanding of the U.S. Asylum Program at the Southwest Border

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