Prize essays for 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2017-18
Alexis Lefft (Winner, Spring 2017): "'If Black Lives Matter, they deserve to be in paintings:' Kehinde Wiley's Lamentation as Ontological Resurrection." Instructor: Jamie O'Keeffe
Jasmine Liu (Honorable Mention, Spring 2017): "From E Pluribus Unum to E Pluribus Plures: Examining Assimilationist and Nationalist Narratives in American History Textbooks." Instructor: John Peterson
Sydney Westley (Winner, Fall 2017): "Conversing with Silence: Destabilizing Understandings of the Linguistic Reverberations of the Japanese Internment Camps." Instructor: Tesla Schaeffer
Lucas Sato (Honorable Mention, Fall 2017): "Not with a Bang but a Computer: An Investigation in Promoting Safe AI Research Based on Lessons Learned from the History of Nuclear Technology Development." Instructor: Jennifer Johnson
Roxy Bonafont (Winner, Winter 2018): "Push Factors: The Complicity of Traditional News Organizations in the Age of Ambient Media." Instructor: Chris Kamrath
Rishabh Kapoor (Honorable Mention, Winter 2018): "'For My Old Kentucky Home, Far Away:' A Case for the Psycho-Sociological Dimension of Rural Brain Drain." Instructor: Lisa Swan
Prize essays for 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2016-17
Julia Sakowitz (Winner, Spring 2016): "'We're A Lot More Than Gospel Singing:' Small Tourism Businesses in Harlem and Policy Proposals for the UMEZ." Instructor: Irena Yamboliev
Alex Maben (Honorable Mention, Spring 2016): "Crafting CRISPR Fantasies: Flaws in Current Metaphors of Gene-Modifying Technology." Instructor: Jennifer Johnson
Xinlan Emily Hu (Winner, Fall 2016): "Endangered Languages: Rescuing the World's Invisible Libraries." Instructor: Irena Yamboliev
Vienna G. Kuhn (Honorable Mention, Fall 2016): "Fighting for Choice." Instructor: Lindsey Felt
Nicholas Branigan (Winner, Winter 2017): "Michelle K. Lee v. Simon Shiao Tam." Instructor: Paul Bator
Veronica Kim (Honorable Mention, Winter 2017): "'It's My Mom's Recipe, and She Got It From a Video: How Food Videos are Changing Home Cooking Culture" Instructor: Brian Kim
Prize essays for 2015-2016
Boothe Prize essays for 2015-16 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2015-16
- John Sholar (Winner, Spring 2015): “Bitcoin as Currency and Catalyst, or Why Bitcoin Will Fail, Why YouShouldn’t Care, and What We’re Missing” Instructor: Eric Vanden Bussche
- Eleonora Pinto (Honorable Mention, Spring 2015): “Demythologizing the TransMilenio: Why the Bus Rapid Transit Systemin Bogotá, Colombia has Underserved the Urban Poor” Instructor: Luke Parker
- Ho Kyung Sung (Winner, Fall 2015): “Declaring Amnesty on Prostitution: A Marxist Feminist Defense ofAmnesty International’s Call for Decriminalization of Sex Work” Instructor: Ben Wiebracht
- Wyatt Mullen (Honorable Mention, Fall 2015): “Imagining the Infinite:The Evolution of Space in the American Visual Imagination” Instructor: Meg Formato
- Joan Creus-Costa (Winner, Winter 2016): “Beating a Dead-And-Alive Cat: Perspectives of Quantum Mechanics Popular Science” Instructor: Jennifer Johnson
- Claudia Hanley (Honorable Mention, Winter 2016): “Eight Hands Up: Re-Evaluating the Meritocratic Nature of College Admissions” Instructor: Becky Richardson
Prize essays for 2014-2015
- Boothe Prize essays for 2014-2015 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2014-15
- Gloria Chua (Winner, Spring 2014): "Salvaging the Self: The Selfie’s Reclamation of the Unified Self in a Postmodern World" Instructor: Wendy Goldberg
- Diego Hernandez (Honorable Mention, Spring 2014): "Humanization and Dialogue in El Sistema and American Adaptations: Socially Minded Music Education through a Freirian Lens" Instructor: Hillary Miller
- Victoria White (Winner, Fall 2014): "Changing the Brothers: Constructions of Masculinity, Sexual Assault, and How to Fix the Frats" Instructor: Karli Cerankowski
- Grace Klein (Honorable Mention, Fall 2014): "Queer Christina of Sweden: How Evolving Accounts of a Long Dead Queen’s Sexuality Reflect More Upon Us Than He" Instructor: Robert Stephan
- Elisa Vidales (Winner, Winter 2015): "Time to Welcome Chaos: The Intersection of the Trickster, Creativity, and the Math Classroom" Instructor: Hillary Miller
- Antariksh Mahajan (Honorable Mention, Winter 2015): "The Emergence of Konfrontasi in Singapore’s National Narrative" Instructor: Magdalena H. Gross
Prize essays for 2013-2014
- Boothe Prize essays for 2013-2014 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2013-14
- Brian Do (Winner, Spring 2013): "Immediate Healthcare Interventions: A Path to Prosperity in Sub- Saharan Africa" Instructor: Jennifer Stonaker
- Brian Hie (Honorable Mention, Spring 2013): "Gene Transfer to Remix: A Search for Copyright Reform in a Digital World" Instructor: Chris Gerben
- Ruizhe (Thomas) Zhao (Winner, Fall 2013): "Word for Word: Culture's Impact on the Localization of Japanese Video Games" Instructor: Christine Alfano
- Virginia Rose La Puma (Winner, Winter 2014): "On the Brain and Accountability: The Role of the Neuroscience in the Courtroom" Instructor: Kathleen Tarr
- Sam Kurland (Honorable Mention, Winter 2014): ""Red Lines" and the Syrian Civil War: The Power of a President" Instructor: John Lee
Boothe Prize essays for 2012-2013
PWR Winners for 2012-13
- Kirstin Wagner (Winner, Spring 2012): "Managing the Mean Girl: California's Incomplete State Policy on Social Aggression" Instructor: Sarah Peterson Pittock
- Charlotte Geaghan-Breiner (Honorable Mention, Spring 2012): "Where the Wild Things Should Be: Healing Nature Deficit Disorder through the Schoolyard" Instructor: Sarah Peterson Pittock
- Kat Gregory (Winner, Fall 2012): "Wanted in Every Sense of the Word: Deconstructing the Romanticized Outlaw Hero" Instructor: Donna Hunter
- Kaitlyn Williams (Honorable Mention, Fall 2012): "When Gaming Goes Bad: An Exploration of Videogame Harassment Towards Female Gamers" Instructor: Christine Alfano
- Amy Bearman (Winner, Winter 2013): "The Soul of a New Machine: The Social Psychological Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction" Instructor: Ryan Zurowski
- Ansh Shukla (Honorable Mention, Winter 2013): "The Four-Year Plan: A Reframing of Contemporary Debate Regarding the "Death" of American Undergraduate Liberal Education" Instructor: Mark Taylor
Boothe Prize essays for 2011-2012
PWR Winners for 2011-2012
- Tina Roh (Winner, Spring 2011): "Gaming Through Glitches: How Glitches Open New Experiences to Players" Instructor: Christine Alfano
- Kima Uche (Kevin U. Imah) (Honorable Mention, Spring 2011): "Yaoi and Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Identity, Divergence, and Discourse." Instructor: Rhiannon Lewis
- Adam Perelman (Winner, Fall 2011): "Child's Play: Historical Agency and the New York City Playground Movement" Instructor: Sarah Pittock
- Emma Dohner (Honorable Mention, Fall 2011): "Putting a Price on Nature" Instructor: Erik Ellis
- Jake Sonnenberg (Winner, Spring 2012): "Legend and Legacy: A Rhetorical History of Lewis and Clark" Instructor: Gabrielle Moyer
- Oriekose Idah (Honorable Mention, Spring 2012): "BB Me Najia: The 'Forgotten Nigerian Man' and the Blackberry Phone" Instructor: Sohui Lee
Boothe Prize essays for 2010-2011
- Boothe Prize essays for 2010-2011 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2010-2011
- Clarice Nguyen (Winner, Spring 2010): “Advertising Antidepressants: The Rhetoric of Pharmaceutical Marketing”
- David Wu (Honorable Mention, Spring 2010): “Virtual Property or Virtual Service?”
- Patricia Ho (Winner, Fall 2010): “Citizen Journalism: Locally Grown, Community-Owned”
- Tonya Yu (Honorable Mention, Fall 2010): "One Laptop per Child: A Need to Help Teachers Help Students"
- Gillie Collins (Winner, Winter 2011): “The Neo-Taliban’s Neo-History: Re-Cognition and Resurgence”
- Kurt Chirbas (Honorable Mention, Winter 2011): “The Social Divide: David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin as Counterpoints in the Dialogue over the Internet”
IHUM Winners for 2010-2011
- Jake Zeller (Winner, Spring 2010): “The Idol of Prescriptive Normativity"
- Lucy Richards (Honorable Mention, Spring 2010): “The Importance of Developing a More Inclusive Role for Archeology in Jerusalem and Ayodhya"
- Kristian Davis Bailey (Winner, Fall 2010): “Empathy vs. Emptiness: An Investigation of Human and Divine Responses to Pain”
- Tyler Haddow (Honorable Mention, Fall 2010): “Art as the Key to an Intellectual Conscience”
- Tiffany Dharma ( Winner, Winter 2011): “And Then There Was Money: The Godliness and Godlessness of Acquisitive Economy”
- Maya Krishnan (Winner, Winter 2011): “Launch out on the story, Muse”
- Gabriele Carotti-Sha (Honorable Mention, Winter 2011): “Caught in the Causal Net: A Reflection on Fichte’s Lecture on Man’s Vocation in Society”
Boothe Prize essays for 2009-2010
- Boothe Prize essays for 2009-2010 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2009-2010
- Fannie Watkinson (Spring 2009 Winner): "The Role of Aesthetics: Green Skyscrapers in the 21st Century"
- Karen Shen (Fall 2009 Winner): "The Paradox of Public Support for 'Quality-of-Life' Policing"
- Lauren YoungSmith (Fall 2009 Honorable Mention): "Communication Beyond Loss: Lorca's Triangular Rhetoric"
- Kris Sankaran (Winter 2010 Winner): "Theater Between Borders: Navigating Cultures in an Interconnected World"
- Alex Ryan (Winter 2010 Honorable Mention): "MMORPGs: A Medium for Utopian and Experimental Genesis"
IHUM Winners for 2009-2010
- Fiona Hinze (Spring 2009 Winner): "An Encounter with Angel Island"
- Mia Newman (Spring 2009 Honorable Mention): "Under the Yoke: The Institution of Marriage in Middlemarch"
- Alex Hertz (Fall 2009 Winner): "A Challenging Invitation to Faith"
- Ben Pittenger (Fall 2009 Honorable Mention): "Trains, Pains, and Automobiles: The Liminal Trek beyond Survival in The Piano Lesson and Maus I"
- Kelly Vicars (Winter 2010 Winner): "Intertwining Art"
- Evan Storms (Winter 2010 Honorable Mention): "Antigone and the Social Contract Theory of the Crito"
Boothe Prize essays for 2008-2009
- Boothe Prize essays for 2008-2009 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2008-2009
- Anna Grummon (Spring 2008 Winner): "In Defense of Human Agency: Protection of Self-Image in the Milgram Obedience Experiments"
- Kyie Tuosto (Spring 2008 Honorable Mention): "The 'Grunt Truth' of Embedded Journalism"
- Jacob Stern (Fall 2008 Winner): "If You Give an Artist an Apron"
- Katherine Disenhof (Fall 2008 Honorable Mention): "Sweet Surprise: Visual Rhetoric and the Flawed Message of the Corn Refiners Association's Sweet Surprise Campaign"
- Rachel Kolb (Winter 2009 Winner): "A Journey into the Heart of Silence: The Rhetoric of Expression, Gesture, and Thought"
- Caitlin Colgrove (Winter 2009 Honorable Mention): "Fugue in A minor for Carbon and Silicon"
IHUM Winners for 2008-2009
- Sarrah Nomanbhoy (Spring 2008 Winner): "Embracing Ambiguity in 'Bartleby the Scrivener'"
- Nicole Gordon (Spring 2008 Honorable Mention): "When a Silent Killer Confronts a Silent Society: Stanford University's Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic from 1980-1989"
- Adam Adler (Fall 2008 Winner): "Wisconsin v. Yoder: Maximizing Religious Choice"
- Rachel Kolb (Winter 2009 Winner): "Thought Aids Acting, Not Action: Laurence Olivier's and Franco Zeffirelli's Versions of Hamlet"
- Jacob Vandermeer (Winter 2009 Honorable Mention): "Identity Manipulation in Candide andThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano as Model for the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"
Boothe Prize essays for 2007-2008
- Boothe Prize essays for 2007-2008 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2007-2008
- Justin Solomon (Spring 2007 Winner): "Programmers, Professors, and Parasites: Credit and Co-Authorship in Computer Science"
- Sophie Theis (Fall 2007 Winner): "Imitation vs. Internationalization: The Rhetoric of Teen Travel-Program Advertising for College-Bound Youth"
- Dixon Bross (Fall 2007 Honorable Mention): "How Interesting: Interest and the Quotidian in Art Cinema"
- Eric Slessarev (Winter 2008 Winner): "Nature Takes New York: A Secret Rebellion"
- Sasha Engelmann (Winter 2008 Honorable Mention): "Breaking the Frame: Olaf Eliasson's Art, Merleu Ponty's Phenomenology, and the Rhetoric of Eco-Activism"
- Keith Schwarz (Spring 2007 Honorable Mention): "Eminent Domain and Anti-Trust: A Proposal to Remedy Kelo's Excess"
Boothe Prize essays for 2006-2007
- Boothe Prize essays for 2006-2007 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2006-2007
- Leslie Georgatos (Spring 2006 Winner): "Brand America: Exploring the Appropriate Role of Marketing Strategies in Public Diplomacy"
- Christine Chung (Spring 2006 Honorable Mention): "'Hello Kitty Noodles' and Ramen Culture in the 21st Century"
- Jessica Galant (Fall 2006 Winner): "Keeping Tableaux Vivants Alive"
- Anne Datesh (Fall 2006 Honorable Mention): " The Decision to Drop the Bomb: Where Hindsight is Not 20/20"
- Jocelyn Jiao (Winter 2007 Winner): "Madama Butterfly Gave Birth to a Monster: Exploring the Internalization of Racial Stereotypes within Asian American Women"
- Annelise Blum (Winter 2007 Honorable Mention): "Hugo Chávez’s Debut: Rhetoric and Petro–Politics in the World Theater A Dramatic Essay in Three Acts"
Boothe Prize essays for 2005-2006
- Boothe Prize essays for 2005-2006 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2005-2006
- Kimber Lockhart (Spring 2005 Winner): "Women in Computer Science: A Skill-Specific Analysis"
- Nick Parker (Spring 2005 Honorable Mention): "The Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell: Mistakes Worth Fixing"
- Jennifer Chin (Fall 2005 Winner): "Reaffirming, Not Redefining: A Look at Rem Koolhass' New Seattle Central Library"
- Matthew Gribble (Fall 2005 Honorable Mention): "Gender, Art, and the Nursing Shortage: The Effect of Gendered Visual Rhetoric on the American Healthcare System"
- Cecilia Yang (Winter 2006 Winner): "The Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre: Rhetoric in the Face of Tragedy"
- Aaron Quiggle (Winter 2006 Honorable Mention): "In Search of an Anorexic Rhetoric: A Theory of Language, Meaning, Society, and Mental Illness"
IHUM Winners for 2005-2006
- Jessica Lee (Spring 2005 Winner): "Death of the Faces of God"
- Julie Byren (Spring 2005 Honorable Mention): "If You're Lost Enough to Find Yourself: Unveiling Nature's Secrets in Robert Frost's 'October' and 'Directive'"
- Patrick Leahy (Fall 2005 Winner): "The Three Furies of Dublin"
- Nathan Pflueger (Fall 2005 Honorable Mention): "Hamlet's Imagined Filial Love"
- Sarah Johnson (Winter 2006 Winner): "Breaking the Watch Along With the Wedding Glass: Conceptions of Time in the Transition from Biblical to Rabbinic Judaism"
- Jason Dunford (Winter 2006 Honorable Mention): "Empowering the Oppressed: The Role of Language in the Struggle Against Apartheid in South Africa"
Boothe Prize essays for 2004-2005
- Boothe Prize essays for 2004-2005 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2004-2005
- Ali Batouli (Spring 2004 Winner): “The Free Internet: An Instrument of Control”
- Shannon Donahue (Spring 2004 Honorable Mention): “How Clean Are Green Ads? Evaluating Environmental Advertising in Contemporary Media.”
- Shivaram Lingamneni (Fall 2004 Winner): “Predicting the Future of Internet Advertising.”
- Emily Dalton (Fall 2004 Honorable Mention): “William Tyndale’s Biblical ‘Translation."
- Eyal Ophir (Winter 2005 Winner): “Kick Ass Culture: Ads Mirror an Anti-Dialogue American Discourse.”
- Molly Cunningham (Honorable Mention): “Colonial Echoes in Kenyan Education: A First Person Account.”
IHUM Winners for 2004-2005
- Wendy Hagenmaier (Spring 2004 Winner): “‘To render it:’ Acts of Structural Passion in Levertov’s ‘An English Field in the Nuclear Age’.”
- Lia Hardin (Spring 2004 Honorable Mention): “Hear the Thunder: Isolation and Emotional Power in Kafka and Eliot.”
- Salvatore Bonaccorso (Fall 2004 Winner): “Self-Discovery through Language in Omeros andWalden.”
- Anne Wyman (Fall 2004 Honorable Mention): “Art Refracts Life.”
- Yun Chu (Winter 2005 Winner): “The Analysis of Rational Violence in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Goethe’s Faust across Three Mediums: Literature, Music, and Art.”
- Emily Dalton (Winter 2005 Honorable Mention): “Poetic Justice, Memory As A Moral Force."
Boothe Prize essays for 2003-2004
- Boothe Prize essays for 2003-2004 (complete book - PDF)
PWR Winners for 2003-2004
- Joshua Smith (Spring 2003 Winner), "Conflict Diamonds: Resolving Africa's Worst Resource Wars."
- Jennifer Cribbs (Spring 2003 Honorable Mention), "Darkness in the Vicious Kitchen: An Analysis of Feminist Themes and Suicidal Imagery in Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath's Poetry."
- Rui Xiong Kee (Fall 2003 Winner), "Exploring the 'Communist' in the Communist Insurrection in Malaya."
- Jasmine Hanifi (Fall 2003 Honorable Mention), "Belonging to America: Rhetoric of the Second Generation"
- Andrew Leifer (Winter 2004 Winner), "Harry Potter and the Battle of International Copyright Law."
- Hammad Ahmed (Winter 2004 Honorable Mention), "Grafting Cuba Onto the American Body Politic: The Intersection of Natural Science and Foreign Policy in the Annexationist Era."
IHUM Winners for 2003-2004
- Steph Abegg (Spring 2003 Winner), "Rome: The City of Gods."
- Gloria Nguyen (Spring 2003 Honorable Mention), "In Search of the Perfect Love."
- Anne Kalt (Fall 2003 Winner), "Perspectives on the Human Good."
- Bob Hough (Fall 2003 Honorable Mention), "Faith in Death."
- Patrick R. Callier (Winter 2004 Winner), "Matter, Systems, and Alternatives from the Americas by Borges."
- Annie Kalt (Winter 2004 Honorable Mention), "Male and Female Love Worlds: Inherently Separate Landscapes?"
Boothe Prize essays for 2002-2003
PWR Winners for 2002-2003
- Mari Hayman (Spring 2002 Honorable Mention), “Adoption Issues in Latin America: Behind the Silence and the Secrets.” Instructor: Carolyn Ross.
- Jennifer Kong (Spring 2002 Honorable Mention), “Fulfilling Stanford's Commitment to Diversity: Eliminating Gender Bias and Increasing the Number of Tenured Women Faculty.”
- Prabhu Balasubramanian (Fall 2002 Winner), “Pharmaceutical Patents: Life Savers or Profit Makers?"
- Andre de Alencar Lyon (Fall 2002 Honorable Mention), “The Question of Textual Ideology in Changing Lanes.”
- Eric Adamson (Winter 2003 Winner), “Malleability, Misrepresentation, Manipulation: The Rhetoric of Images in Economic Forecasting.”
- David Craig (Winter 2003 Honorable Mention),“Instant Messaging: The Language of YouthLiteracy.”
IHUM Winners for 2002-2003
- Heather MacKintosh Sims (Spring 2002 Winner), "Reflections of an Empire: The British Celts as Indicators of Roman Self-Perception."
- Jason Glick (Spring 2002 Honorable Mention), "Trading Land for Cultural Power: Anazaldua's and Cardenal's (Re)constructions of Mestiza Identity."
- Andre de Alencar Lyon (Fall 2002 Winner), “Traversing the Gap Between Reality and the Individual in Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse”
- Liang Dong (Fall 2002 Honorable Mention), “State and Empire: (De)Construction of the National Identity.”
- Luke Lindley (Winter 2003 Winner), “A Heap of Broken Images: Conflicting Narratives of Nature in Milton's 'Lycidas.'”
- Brian Caliando (Winter 2003 Honorable Mention) “Don't Spazz: It's Not Rational and It's Not Moral”
Boothe Prize essays for 2001-2002
- Boothe Prize essays for 2001-2002 (complete book - PDF)
Boothe Prize essays for 2000-2001
- Boothe Prize essays for 2000-2001 (complete book - PDF)