Honors in International Political Economy
Many people believe that the most challenging event in the Olympic games is the decathlon. In the decathlon, each athlete must run races at distances of 100 meters, 400 meters and 1500 meters, long jump, high jump, pole vault, heave the 16-pound shot, hurl the discus, toss the javelin and run a 110 meter race over 42 inch hurdles. It is a challenging test of athletic technique, physical stamina and versatility.
International Political Economy is the academic equivalent of the Olympic decathlon. IPE majors must master economics, unravel statistics, interpret foreign languages and encounter foreign cultures. IPE majors must apply history to politics and philosophy to current events and then, at the end of the contest, race to complete a senior thesis while overcoming intellectual hurdles that make the steeplechase look like a walk in the park. And, unlike the Olympic decathlon, they must learn to do it all at once, not one event at a time.
- Daniil Davydoff was born in
Yekaterinburg, Russiabut he now calls his home. In addition to IPE he has also majored in Music – he is concertmaster of the university orchestra – and played on the varsity tennis team. Daniil is one of two student speakers you will hear at convocation events this year – he will give the student address at the Academic Convocation tomorrow afternoon. Danill will move to Boise, Idaho Italynext year to study at the of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Bologna Center
- Casey Dillon completed her degree in December and currently lives in
, where works for the Center for Sustainable Communities at the National Association of Counties. At Puget Sound Casey majored in IPE and minored in Environmental Studies. Her senior thesis examined the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting corporate social responsibility. Washington, DC
- Diana Hawk came to Puget Sound from
. She is an IPE major with an Economics minor. Diana studied in Elk Grove, California , where she also worked for a Member of Parliament on constituency issues. She has been active on campus and was co-founder, with Maggie Arends, of the University’s Slow Food convivium. She plans to return to London Great Britainnext year to pursue a Masters degree in Environmental Politics and Policy although she is also considering an executive fellowship sponsored by the Office of the Governor of the State of . California
- Katherine Ketter has majored in IPE with a minor in Environmental Studies. She came to Puget Sound from
Minneapolis, Minnesotaand studied abroad in Mexicoand and received summer grants and internships to study sustainability and environmental issues. Upon graduation Katherine leaves for Red Lodge, Chile to work as an Outward Bound program leader. She then hopes to return to the Northwest to work with the North Cascade Institute for environmental education. Montana
Susan Strange Award
Professor Susan Strange, who taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and
The Susan Strange award for distinguished achievement in International Political Economy honors her achievements by recognizing a small number of our graduates who also have strong views and who have demonstrated distinct strengths in particular elements of IPE, often although not always through exceptional performance on senior thesis research. They are selected by vote of the IPE faculty.
. Jeff studied in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been active in many campus organizations. His senior thesis examined the roles of states, markets and non-governmental organizations in environmental policies. Jeff is leaving Puget Sound to become a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile Africa, where he will teach science to secondary school children. [present certificate]
- Steve Burckhalter came to Puget Sound from
. At Grand Junction, Colorado Puget Soundhe has studied IPE and Chinese and earned a designation in Asian Studies. Steve studied abroad in Taiwanand . His senior thesis examines the domestic and international implications of China ’s unorthodox responses to the Asian Financial crisis. He plans to return work in Malaysia next year. China
- Spencer Thanhouser came to Puget Sound from
. He has majored in IPE and minored in Spanish. His senior thesis examines the relationship between intellectual property rights regimes and economic development. Spencer will soon leave for Portland Oregon where he has been named a Hansard Research Scholar. Spencer will have the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics and intern in Parliament. London