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Undergraduate Honors Students

William Bannick

William Bannick is a Senior who grew up in the bay area. Will is deeply interested in processes of democratization and democratic consolidation, with regional foci on the Middle East and Africa. He is excited by the nexus of data science and political science, and enjoys using statistical coding softwares to explore his research questions. Will is currently working on a thesis titled "Designing an Accountable and Robust Democratic Government in the Wake of Conflict." He has worked as research assistant with Professor Lisa Blaydes and has interned with Global Integrity and CDD Ghana.

Matthew Cohen

Matthew is a freshman from Orange County, California. Within the field of political science, he is interested in American political institutions. Outside of class, he is a political columnist for The Stanford Daily and part of the Society for International Affairs. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano and running.

Kayla Economou

Kayla is a senior from Kahuku, Hawai’i. Her coursework and research interests are primarily in the fields of American Politics and Political Methodology. Her thesis, The Power and Rhetoric of Vulnerability: Explaining a Structural Paradox, examines how Small Island Developing States speak and negotiate in UN climate change conferences. On campus, she has worked for The Stanford Daily, served as a Stanford in Government board member, and provided research assistance in the department.

Elise Kostial

Elise Kostial is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri. Her interests in political science center on American politics, specifically elections and electoral policy. Elise has been engaged in politics since the age of 10. In the past, she has served as a lobbyist for a policy organization, worked as a campaign manager and interned for a campaign consulting firm in Washington, DC. At Stanford, she serves as president of Stanford College Republicans and Vice-President of the Stanford Conservative Society.

Brett Parker

Brett is a sophomore interested in studying state judiciaries.  His past research has tried to evaluate the effects of judicial selection method on criminal sentencing, and he is looking forward to further studying the behavior of state court judges.  In the past, Brett has worked as a field organizer for the Maine Democratic Party, and during the summer of 2015, he will be a Fellow at the National Labor Relations Board.  On campus, Brett is the incoming Managing Editor of the Stanford Political Journal, the Membership Director for the Stanford Democrats, and a member of the editorial board for Stanford’s undergraduate philosophy journal.

James Stephens

James is a transfer student planning to graduate in 2017. He was born in Hawaii, raised in Japan, and has lived in New York and California. He plans to pursue a concentration in American Political Institutions and is interested in various research opportunities, studying abroad, studying in Washington D.C., and participating in interdisciplinary coursework in mathematics and philosophy.