US Foreign Policy Dissertation Topics
In the latter half of the last century in particular, US foreign policy developed at pace, with the US electing to involve itself in events far across the world as a means of maintaining its position as one of the key ‘superpowers’ in the world today. To discuss US foreign policy in your dissertation, you could research one of the following politics dissertation topics.
• In its foreign policy, the US has often talked about as ‘policing the rest of the world’: how could such terminology be construed as mere bullying?
• Are the actions of the US in its international relations with other nations always legitimate under international law?
• How, through the developing relationships of other countries, could the US be said to have overstepped its powers?
• The relationship between the United Nations and the US is increasingly ambivalent: to what extent do the actions of the US undermine the role of the United Nations?
• How does the development of nuclear power in China and other Asian countries serve to reflect the negative aspects of US foreign policy?
• Why does the growth of China as an economic power serve to threaten the US?
• Who actually controls US foreign policy?
• In recent years, why has US foreign policy bordered on bullying?
• What is the most significant potential threat to US foreign policy? How is this likely to change US foreign policy?
• US foreign policy has traditionally been one of liberal internationalism. In an unstable world of rapidly shifting alliances, how can liberal internationalism continue to guide US foreign policy?
• Will the current building of the wall on the border of the US with Mexico have detrimental consequences for the global economy?
• What does the increasing geopolitical power and influence of Russia mean for the future direction of US foreign policy?
• How is the US likely to approach Brexit, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union?
• What does its current lack of strategy in foreign policy mean for the US?
Full text versions of all the dissertations are available via the University's Deep Blue service.
Public Policy & Economics
|Student Name||Dissertation Title|
|Abarcar, Paolo||Essays on the Economics of International Migration and Return.|
|Beam, Emily||Information and Labor Markets in the Philippines.|
|Broussard, Nzinga Harriet||Essays in Labor and Development Economics.|
|Fitzpatrick, Anne||Three Essays in Health and Development.|
|Garlick, Robert||Essays in Development Economics and Econometrics.|
|Godlonton, Susan||Three Essays on Job Trainee and Employee Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Malawi.|
|Goldberg, Jessica Ann||Experimental Evidence about Earning, Saving, and Borrowing Money in Rural Malawi.|
|Goldstein, Daniel Aaron||Three Essays on the Objective Function in Economics.|
|Hernández, Mónica||The Role of Out of School Factors on Student Performance and Educational Attainment.|
|Hyman, Joshua||Three Essays on the Economics of Education|
|Johnson, Erik Paul||Three Essays in Environmental Economics and Applied Econometrics.|
|Lim, Katie||Three Essays on Female Self-Employment.|
|Matsudaira, Jordan D||Three Essays in Education and Labor Economics.|
|McLaren, Zoe||Essays on Labor Market Outcomes in South Africa.|
|Montgomery, Nicholas||Essays on Public Finance and Time Use.|
|Murphy, Daniel||Modeling Demand in International and Macro Economics.|
|Nunn, Ryan Douglas||Three Essays on Estimation with Unpriced Amenities.|
|Pounder, Laurie||Life-cycle Consumption Examined.|
|Ratner, David Diamond||Three Essays on the U.S. Labor Market: Macroeconomic Trends and Cycles.|
|Resch, Alexandra Margaret||Three Essays on Resources in Education.|
|Streich, Francie||Online Education in Community Colleges: Access, School Success, and Labor-Market Outcomes.|
|Theoharides, Caroline||Three Essays on the Economics of International Migration.|
|Thompson, Hope||The Expansion of Renewable Energy Technologies and Their Impact on Household Energy Portfolios and Sustainable Development: A Study Of Nepal|
|Toohey, Desmond||Three Essays in the Economics of Unemployment and Aging.|
|Tulayasathien, Soraphol||Essays on International Taxation.|
|Walsh, F G Elias||Three Essays on the Economics of Education and Labor Economics|
Public Policy & Political Science
|Student Name||Dissertation Title|
|Barnes, Carolyn||Political Learning Revisited: How Nonprofit Service Provision Shapes Political Participation Among the Poor.|
|Benstead, Lindsay Joy||Does Casework Build Support for a Strong Parliament? Legislative Representation and Public Opinion in Morocco and Algeria.|
|Bray, Janna||The Local Politics of Muslim Immigration.|
|Brown, Ashley Reid||Coffee Shop Conversations: An Exploration of How Local Elected Officials Develop and Engage Their Social Networks.|
|Demessie, Menna Aklilu||Navigating the Boundaries of Blackness: Congressional Caucuses U.S. Foreign Policy and African Affairs.|
|Ellis, Cali||Trust and Communication in Cross-Border Counterterrorism Networks.|
|Gause, LaGina||The Advantage of Disadvantage; Legislative Responsiveness to Collective Action by the Politically Marginalized.|
|Gong, Abe W.||What Theories of Political Participation Can Teach Us about the Blogosphere, and Vice Versa.|
|Helfstein, Scott Adam||Predispositions and Foreign Policy Surprises: Assessing the Impact of Rational and Biased Beliefs on Strategic Decision-Making.|
|Hemphill, Portia||Rebel Without a Pause: Discovering the Relationship between Rap Music and the Political Attitudes and Participation of Black Youth.|
|Howard, Tiffiany Ora||State Pressures and the Forced Migrant: Evaluating Global State Failure in an Effort to Ameliorate the Consequences of Forced Migration in the Developing World.|
|Kabo, Valenta||The Political Economy of Property Rights: An Examination Into the Components of Land Laws and Their Effects on Politics and Growth.|
|Katz, Daniel M||Perspectives on Law and Legal Institutions as Complex Adaptive Systems.|
|Kavanagh, Jennifer Erin||The Dynamics of Protracted Terror Campaigns: Domestic Politics, Terrorist Violence, and Counterterror Responses.|
|Loftis, Kenyatha Vauthier||Proprietary Threat and the Participation Paradox in Gifted and Talented Education: A Multi-level Mixed Methods Theory of Resource Distribution.|
|McGee, Heather||Water, International Development and Collective Action: An Impact Assessment of an Irrigation Management Project in Southern Kyrgyzstan.|
|Okwuje, Ifeoma M F||Analysis of the Contribution of the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women to Women's Rights: Statistical Findings and Country Cases.|
|Phinney, Robin Linden||Diverse Interest Group Coalitions and Social Welfare Policy in the United States.|
|Phoenix, Davin||Anger (Mis)Management? Racial Differences in the Emotional Foundations of Political Action.|
|Potter, Rachel||Writing the Rules of the Game: The Strategic Logic of Agency Rulemaking.|
|Ravanilla, Nico||Essays in Political Economy and Governance: Lessons from the Philippines.|
|Reynolds, Molly||Exceptions to the Rule: Majoritarian Procedures and Majority Party Power in the United States Senate.|
|Stephens, Lafleur Nadiyah||The Effectiveness of Implicit and Explicit Racial Appeals in a "Post-Racial" America.|
|Teodoro, Manuel P||Bureaucratic Ambition: Professional Careers, Personal Motives, and Policy Innovation.|
|Tkacheva, Olesya||Federalism and Democratic Consolidation in Russia and Beyond.|
|Ullah, Haroon K||Tug of Faith: Understanding the Emergence and Success of Islamic Parties.|
Public Policy & Sociology
|Student Name||Dissertation Title|
|Cheng, Siwei||Unequal Origins, Unequal Trajectories: Social Stratification over the Life Course.|
|Dinzey, Zaire Zenit||Fighting Crime, Constructing Segregation: Crime, Housing Policy, and the Social Brands of Puerto Rican Neighborhoods.|
|Forbes, Melissa Kay||Climate Change 'Resolution:' Dynamics of Shareholder Engagement between U.S. Firms and Investors.|
|Greenman, Emily Kate||Intersecting Inequalities: Four Essays on Race, Immigration, and Gender in the Contemporary United States.|
|Grieger, Lloyd Dale||Three Essays Examining the Behavioral and Socioeconomic Transition to Adulthood in the United States and Africa: Evidence from Longitudinal Studies.|
|Harris, Angel Luis||Do African Americans Really Resist School: An In-Depth Examination of the Oppositional Culture Theory.|
|Hevenstone, Debra||Labor Market Inequality and Atypical Employment.|
|Johnson, Maria S||Through a Daughter's Eyes: Understanding the Influence of Black Fathers on Their Daughters' Conceptualizations of Fatherhood and Womanhood.|
|Killewald, Sasha (Achen)||What Money Buys and Family Costs: Three Papers on the Work-Family Intersection.|
|King, Katherine E||Biological, Psychosocial, and Social Capital Implications of the Neighborhood Built Environment.|
|Lewis, Ronald L'Heureux||Educational Inequality in an Affluent Setting: An Exploration of Resources and Opportunity.|
|Liu, Airan||Family SES, Non-cognitive Skills and Achievement Inequality in Children's Early Life|
|Morrell, Erica||The Politics of Food Policy: Knowledge, Power, and Participation in two American Cities|
|Paul, Anju Mary||Multinational Maids: Multistate Migration among Aspiring Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers.|
|Pavelle, Bridget Jennifer||Life Course Transitions and Instability in Health Insurance Coverage.|
|Peachey, Everett||State Sponsored Political Socialization and Public Diplomacy Exchange Program Outcomes: The Case of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program|
|Perez, Anthony D||Muddy Waters: The Fluidity and Complexity of Racial and Ethnic Identification in the U.S.|
|Pineda, Daniela||A Federal Intervention to Improve Latino College Participation: Evidence from the Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.|
|Roberts, Christopher Nigel||Exploring Fractures within Human Rights: An Empirical Study of Resistance.|
|Ross, Karen Elizabeth||Charter Schools and Segregation: The Cases of Michigan and North Carolina.|
|Seefeldt, Kristin S||Three Essays on Women Low-wage Work and Economic Well-being.|
|Sternthal, Michelle J||The Social Determinants of Health Disparities: The Role of Social and Temporal Contexts.|
|Wyse ,Jessica Jasmine||Race, Gender and the Administration of Justice in a Community Corrections System.|
|Yarger, Jennifer Lyn Eckerman||Three Essays Examining Social Determinants of Fertility Attitudes and Behavior: Evidence from Longitudinal Studies.|
|Zelner, Jonathan Leigh||Integrating Social and Biological Processes of Infectious Disease Transmission at Three Levels: Household, Community and Region.|
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