2022 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought

May 24, 2022

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought: Alexandra M. Buzzini, whose thesis was titled “The Lost Liberal Ethic: Love and Toleration in the Political Thought of the New England Puritans." Buzzini's thesis was directed by Professor Robert P. George, with Professor Keith Whittington as second reader. We are proud to note she is also an Undergraduate Fellow of the James Madison Program. 

"Alexandra's thesis on love in Puritan political thought is among the best I’ve advised in thirty-six years as a faculty member at Princeton," Professor George notes. "Her work is deeply thoughtful, informed by a sound knowledge of pertinent historical facts and circumstances, and analytically compelling. Her thesis is a model of dispassionate, truth-seeking scholarship."

The Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought is an endowed University prize awarded by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. It is awarded to a senior whose thesis in the area of constitutional law or political thought is judged to be of superlative quality. Nominations are accepted from all disciplines.