I have been in Washington, DC for a little over a month now and I have already caught the DC federal bug that everyone warns you not to catch. The opportunities are boundless in this city. I walk down the crowded streets bumping into person after person not realizing that I could be bumping into the chief of staff of a senator or the president of a non-profit. Everyone here knows somebody.
It is one of the most enduring horror stories of all time. Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, inspired by a nightmare, is a cautionary tale. Ingenuity run amok. Progress beyond our control. Creation dominating the creator. Like Shelley, these themes occupy our collective consciousness and haunt our imaginations today.
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Nicole Bachaud is a senior at Seattle Pacific University, majoring in development economics and global development studies. Ms. Bachaud’s research project with the Young Scholars program aims to isolate the impact of sustainable development on economic growth.
Constitutional Durability: The Constitutions of the Order of Friars Preachers and American Constitutionalism
Anne Rodriguez is a senior at Providence College, majoring in political science and theology. Ms. Rodriguez’s Young Scholars research will conduct a study on constitutional durability, reviewing the Constitution of the Dominican Order of Preachers (an order of Catholic priests established in 1216 AD) in comparison to the Constitution of the United States, the Norwegian Constitution, and the Belgian Constitution.
Logan Matthews is a senior at Belmont University, majoring in economics and politics & public law. Mr. Matthews’ Young Scholars research is motivated by a public choice theory known as “fiscal illusion,” which suggests that the less transparent a tax system is to the taxpayer, the more difficult it is for the taxpayer to recognize and understand the true cost of government.
Duncan Voyles is a senior at Hillsdale College, majoring in applied mathematics and economics. Mr. Voyles’ Young Scholars research is motivated by the assessment that small-scale farmers in the Midwest are facing unemployment because they are being displaced by their large-farm counterparts.
Thomas Dowling is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in political science with a concentration in civic leadership and history. Mr. Dowling’s Young Scholars research will examine the effect of state legislature staffing and resources allocation, known as professionalization, on state-level public policy outcomes and governance.
Emma Nyhof is a senior at Hope College, majoring in economics and psychology. Ms. Nyhof’s Young Scholars research will investigate how behavioral economic theory may explain some of the decision-making surrounding the “benefits cliff”—the high effective marginal tax rates faced by benefits program participants when they increase their work hours.