Winning essays from 2002 and later are available for download in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader); previous papers are available as html documents.
- Undergraduate: Miriam Shestack, History; Consumer Activism as a Human Rights Enforcement Mechanism in the Global Garment Industry
- MA / Professional: Samantha Cook, MAPPS; Humanitarian Politics: Implications of Agamben's "bare life" for the African Great Lakes Refugee Crisis, and vice versa
- Doctoral: Tejas Parasher, Political Science; Legal Rights and Structural Inequality: Reading Human Rights Historiography through Fanon
- Undergraduate: Emmaline Cambell; Laws, Letters & Society; Conflicted Colleges: Why American Universities Have Not Effectively Addressed the Campus Sexual Assault Crisis
- Undergraduate: Russell Hathaway; Public Policy Studies; Systems of Exclusion in Uganda: The Problem of Enforcing and Expanding LGBT Human Rights
- Undergraduate: Elena Sakopoulos; Political Science; Unionization as a Human Right
- PhD: Thomas Snyder; History; Protecting the “Right to be Let Alone”: Privacy as a Human Right in the Twenty-First Century
- Undergraduate: Heather Lyon, Anthropology; "Breaking the Silence: Transitional Justice in Chicago"
- MA/Professional: Alexander Bergerson, Law; "Incorporating the ICESCR into the WTO: Challenges and Opportunities"
- MA/Professional: Valerie Strattan Guerra, MA-School of Social Service Administration; "Child Soldiers, Gang Members: Reconceptualizing Urban Violence in America"
- PhD: Jonah Rubin, Anthropology; "Transitional Justice Against the State: Implications of the Local Interpretations of Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation"
- Undergraduate: Vanessa Bernick, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; "The Anfal Campaign: A Politically Feasible Atrocity"
- Undergraduate: Michael Kenstowicz, Law, Letters, and Society; "Establishing Expectations for the Genocide Convention's Use: Politics as Usual?"
- MA/Professional: Erin Bradley, MA - School of Social Service Administration; "What Happened to the Woman with the AK-47? The Transformation of Women's Rights in Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua"
- PhD: Jeffrey Kahn, Anthropology; "Border Laboratories: Lawfare and the Rights of Haitian Asylum Seekers in the United States"
- Undergraduate: Nurjannah Ahmat, Economics; "The Bibik in Malaysia: A Human Rights Perspective"
- Undergraduate: Sela Cowger, Political Science; "The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Dominican Republic: The Problems of Implementation and Enforcement of Human Rights Standards"
- MA/Professional: Matthew Lebrato, MA - Latin American and Caribbean Studies; "Autonomy and Integration: Indigenous Rights in Southern Mexico"
- PhD: Gabriel Mares, Political Science; "Torture's Discourse and the Liberal State in Crisis"
- Undergraduate: Samantha Wishnak, Political Science; "Slums, the Environment, and the ‘Public Interest’: Right or Recreation?"
- MA/Professional: Liz Austermuehle, Law; "CEDAW, the Universal Declaration, and Their Interaction with Single-Sex Public Transportation"
- Doctoral: Patrick Kelly, History; "'When the People Awake': The Transnational Solidarity Movement, the Pinochet Junta, and the Human Rights Moment of the 1970s"
- College: Sean Dickson, Public Policy; "The Failure of Human Rights in Healthcare: Why a human rights framework leads to inefficient distribution of healthcare in the era of HIV"
- Masters/JD Level: James Tierney, Law School; "Sovereign Power, Human Rights, and Hypocrisy Costs"
- Graduate: Rachel Feinmark, History; "Pure But Decidedly Not Simple: the American Federation of Labor and its Quest for International Human Rights, 1939-1950"
- College: Tyler Zoanni, Political Science; "For, Against, and With Gewirth and Rorty: An Effort to Rethink Foundationalism and Non-Foundationalism in Human Rights Philosophy"
- Graduate: Rocío Magaña, Anthropology; "Desolation Bound: The Enforcement of the Border on Migrant Bodies in the Arizona-Mexico Desert Region"
- College: Grant Gordon, African and African-American Studies and Public Policy; “The Boundaries of Violence”
- Graduate: José Angel Hernández, History; “Historicizing Contemporary Deporation Raids, 1836-2006”
- College: Adam Lebovitz, Political Science "The Gospel According to Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on Homo Sacer and the Rights of Man"
- Graduate: Mike Monteleone, East Asian Languages and Civilizations: "Knocking from Within: Contemporary Social Unrest and its Consequences for a Stable China"
- Kristin Greer Love "The Xenophobic Frustration of Rights: The Trouble with Locating Non-Citizens in South Africa’s New Constitutional Human Rights Regime"
- Ana Raquel Minian "Researching Beyond Explicit Goals: The Political, Social and Cultural by-products of the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Movement”
- Abra Pollock "The Power of Taking a Risk: Human Rights and the Seeds of Peace”
- Maureen Tracey-Mooney "Carving Out Economic and Social Rights in the U.S.: The Transformation of Hill-Burton and the Right to Health Care”
- College: Kristin Greer Love, BA History (Human Rights), and Law, Letters, and Society "The Constitutional Right to Food in the Republic of South Africa: A Critical Examination of the History of Section 27 and an Evaluation of its Enforcement"
- Masters/JD Level: Holning Lau, JD Candidate, Law School "Sexual Orientation: Testing the Universality of International Human Rights Law"
- Doctoral: Ann Schneider, History "The 1910 Sailors' “Revolt Against the Lash”: The Military, Politics, the Body, and Rights in Brazil"
- College: Margaret Darin Hagan, BA Comparative Literature "Human Rights Melodrama: A literary analysis of reports on police violence against Hungarian Roms"
- Masters/JD Level: Victor Boutros, JD Candidate, Law School "Punishing Sex Crimes Perpetrated During the Rwandan Genocide:The Case of Akayesu"
College: Michael Murphy, BA English Language and Literature, 4th Year
"Shitting Words: Dirty Protests. Dirty Wars, Dirty Civilization"
Masters/JD Level: Victor Boutros, JD Candidate, Law School
"Victory in Rwanda: An Analysis of US Decision-Making in Rwanda"
Doctoral: Shane Greene, Anthropology
"Intellectual Property, Resources or Territory? Reframing the Debate over Indigenous Rights, Traditional Knowledge, and Pharmaceutical Bioprospection."
- Undergraduate: Lea Bishop - "Anti-Nicaraguan Xenophobia and Newspaper Editorial Policy in Costa Rica: Analysis and Suggestions"
- Graduate: Andrew Sandoval-Strausz - "Travelers, Strangers, and Jim Crow: Law, Public Accommodation, and Civil Rights in Nineteenth-Century America."
- Undergraduate: Tanja Bubbel, "Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights."
- Graduate: Devin O. Pendas, "'Law Not Vengeance': Human Rights, the Rule of Law and the Claims of Memory in German Holocaust Trials."