Research & Scholarship

Summer Scholars

The Tufts Summer Scholars program funds rising juniors and seniors to pursue ten-week independent research projects during summer break. Students work closely with a faculty mentor and at the end of the summer, they compile their research to share at a two-day conference on campus and create a poster to present at a poster session in the fall. Summer Scholars then present the next stage of their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. Often, the summer project will culminate in one's senior honors thesis. Summer Scholars receive housing stipends and a $1000 research budget to use until they graduate.
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Summer 2018

Lilly Blumenthal A '21
Major: International Relations
PS Faculty Mentor: Nimah Mazaheri
Project Title: Natural Resources, Democracy, and Public Opinion in Africa
Description: This project examines how the legacy of oil and mineral dependence has affected the political attitudes of ordinary citizens in African nations. It analyzes a wealth of public opinion data collected by the Afrobarometer project regarding questions about citizens' attitudes about governance and policymaking, economic conditions, democracy, and related topics.

Summer 2017

Misha Linnehan A'18
Major: Political Science & Psychology
PS Faculty Mentor: Deborah Schildkraut
Project Title: Political Partisanship and the Ultimate Attribution Error
Description: The thesis examines the ways that partisanship biases how citizens make causal attributions for the actions of politicians, incorporating an experiment conducted by Misha to test his hypothesis about partisanship and attributional biases.

Muna Mohamed A'19
Major: Political Science
PS Faculty Mentor: Natalie Masuoka
Project Title: Defining Somali Identity Through Media and Narrative
Description: After taking Immigration Policy with Professor Masuoka, Muna went on to explore Somali identity as it pertains to race, faith, and immigration status during Summer Scholars. She interviewed Somali women in Boston about how they conceptualize their identity, in addition to collecting photographs, videos, and audio recording to create a three-fold multimedia exhibit and thesis on Somali womanhood and identity.

Summer 2016

Alexander Trubowitz
Major: Political Science & Classics
PS Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vickie Sullivan
Project Title: High Treason and Despotism in Montesquieu's THE SPIRIT OF THE LAWS

Summer 2015

Janna Karatas
Major: Political Science and Spanish
Faculty Mentor: Vickie Sullivan
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: "Caesar Says, 'Do this,' and it is Performed": Political Implications of Biblical Allusions in Shakespeare's Plays
Description: Janna's research examines the political and theological significance of Shakespeare's inclusion of Biblical allusions in Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. She focuses especially on the Faith of the Centurion in the New Testament.

Sophie Laing
Major: Political Science and French
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Schildkraut
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: Flip-flopping Politicians: How Voters Punish and Reward a Changing of Opinion
Description: Sophie's research examines the difference in public reception when a politician changes their position on a controversial issue and whether or not that is affected by the candidate's gender.

Umar Shareef
Major: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Malik Mufti
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: Ibn Khaldun's Political Framework
Description: Umar's research examines Ibn Khaldun's political framework of The Muqaddimah. Umar argues that The Muqaddimah provides for a political framework that balances divine law and reason at a time when the Middle East is struggling to balance religion and governance.

Victoria Moore
Major: Political Science and History
Faculty Mentor: Dennis Rasmussen
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: The Role of Society in Adam Smith's Moral Theory
Description: Victoria's research used Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Victoria examines using society opinions of others as a barometer for moral standards.