Recipients announced for the 2021 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought

May 25, 2021

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought: Akhil Rajasekar, whose thesis was titled “Zero Cheers for Incorporation,” and was directed by Professor Robert P. George, with Professor Keith Whittington as second reader; and Nicolas Wilson, whose thesis was titled “A Neo-Scholastic Perspective on New Natural Law Theory and Its Conception of the Common Good,” and was directed by Professor Greg Conti, with Professor Alan Patten as second reader. We are proud to note both Rajasekar and Wilson 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.