Recipients announced for the 2019 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought

June 12, 2019

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: Drew Brazer, Politics '19 for his thesis, “The Antifederalist Irony: How the Bill of Rights Opened the Door to the Nationalization of Policy-Making via the Federal Judiciary” and Theodore J. “Theo” Tamayo, History '19 for his thesis, “Fixing a Star in Our Constitutional Constellation: The Influence of Lower Federal Courts on the Application of the First Amendment During the Second Red Scare, 1945-1957."

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 $1,500. Nominations are accepted from all disciplines.

Pictured: Chair of the Politics Department Alan Patten looks on as Professor Robert George presents the Whelan Prize to Drew Brazer '19 at the Politics Department Class Day Reception--June 3, 2019. Photo by Julie Clack, Communications.