Jean Laponce Prize for Top BA Honours Thesis

On November 28, 2016, our friend and colleague, Professor Emeritus Jean Laponce, passed away. Jean joined our department in 1956, as the first Full-Time political scientist, and taught here until 1991. Jean left an indelible mark not only within our own community, but on the broader Political Science community, particularly the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

To honour his legacy, the Jean Laponce memorial prize was created, which recognizes a senior honours student for the best thesis in the Department of Political Science, 4th year program.

The first recipients of the prize are:

Alberto Alcaraz Escárcega, for his honours thesis, “Realest Negus Alive:” Hip-Hop and its Interrelated and (Potentially) Emancipatory Politics of Language and Identity”.

Rachel Garrett, for her honours thesis, “The Language of Sexism: The Impact of Gendered Terms in Media on Candidate Trait Assessments”.

Congratulations Alberto and Rachel!