Recipients announced for the 2020 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought

June 1, 2020

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. The winners are: Thomas Koenig, Politics '20, for his thesis, “Forming a More Perfect Union: Past Successes, Present Failures, and Future Opportunities,” and Ben Press, History '20, for his thesis, “‘The Most Grieving Grievance That Ever Was’: Billeting and the Democratization of England's Governance Crisis, 1625-1628." It is with great pride that we note that both Koenig and Press are Undergraduate Fellows of the James Madison Program. 

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.