Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

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

The Perfect Storm: Climate-Induced Migration to the United States

By Katelin Wright – Executive Summary – In the year 2020, climate change has proven itself a threat multiplier, amplifying risks to U.S. security today, and well into the future. Warming global temperatures affect not only the environment but also …

The Perfect Storm: Climate-Induced Migration to the United States

Gods versus Titans: Ideological Indicators of Identitarian Violence

By Christopher Adamczyk – Executive Summary – Identitarianism is a complex anti-liberal ideology based on the desire to preserve traditions, culture, and ethnicity against the perceived tide of ethnic replacement, globalism, and liberalism.[1] While certain identitarian leaders have moved away …

Gods versus Titans: Ideological Indicators of Identitarian Violence

The Last Responders: Approaching the Disaster after the Disaster through Community-Led Long-Term Recovery Coalitions

By Alana Tornello – Executive Summary – Recovery is the disaster after the disaster. The claim has been whispered around the proverbial campfires of emergency management (EM) for decades.[1] Scholars, practitioners, and survivors provide evidence to support this claim, particularly …

The Last Responders: Approaching the Disaster after the Disaster through Community-Led Long-Term Recovery Coalitions

Civil Rights Auditors: Defining Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions on First Amendment Activities

By Gary Cummings – Executive Summary – In recent years, police officers across the country have increasingly encountered citizens who challenge the constitutional boundaries between civil rights and police power. These so-called “civil rights auditors” and “copwatchers” record government officials, …

Civil Rights Auditors: Defining Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions on First Amendment Activities

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