Recipients announced for the 2018 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought

June 6, 2018

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winners of the Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. This year there are two winners; Elly Brown ‘18 for her thesis on "Politics in the Cave: Worldliness and Plurality in Plato, Augustine, and Arendt," and Mikhael Smits ‘18 for his thesis on "The Stranger is You: A Biblical Framework for a Common Way Forward in the American Migrant Membership Debate."

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. This year, the amount of the prize for each recipient is $1,400. Nominations are accepted from all disciplines.

Pictured (L to R) are Mikhael Smits ’18 and Elly Brown ’18.