April 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Political Science Students Sarah Strinka and Alissa Iwaniuk Win Paper Awards

Sarah Strinka, outdoors portrait

Sarah Strinka

Political Science students Sarah Strinka and Alissa Iwaniuk are winners of the Karen Jenkins-King undergraduate and graduate paper awards for 2018.

Iwaniuk, a second-year student completing the M.A. in Political Science, received this year’s Jenkins-King Award for best graduate essay. Her essay, “When Worlds Collide: The Intersection of Eurasian Regionalism, Security, and Human Rights,” addresses the roles played by illiberal regional intergovernmental organizations in domestic human rights norm adherence and their effect on ground-level human rights violations.

Strinka, a double-major in Political Science and War and Peace Studies, received the Jenkins-King Award for best undergraduate essay. Her essay, “Moving Away from Authoritarian Regimes: Journalists’ Rights Violations in Insecure Democracies,” addresses the impact of regime type on human rights compliance, focusing on the human rights of journalists.

The Jenkins-King Award offers scholarships to the best submitted undergraduate and graduate essays that deal with international relations or U.S. foreign policy. It was created by Judge Rufus King in memory of his wife Karen who, after graduating from Ohio University in 1963, established a long and successful career in politics and foreign service.


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