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Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Jaime Chen, "Muted Voices: Toward an Understanding of the U.S. Asylum Program at the Southwest Border" (master’s thesis, cohort 1903/1904, Naval Postgraduate School, 2021).

Christopher Adamczyk, "Gods versus Titans: Ideological Indicators of Identitarian Violence" (master’s thesis, cohort 1901/1902, Naval Postgraduate School, 2020).

Katelin Wright, "The Perfect Storm: Environmental-Induced Migration to the United States" (master’s thesis, cohort 1901/1902, Naval Postgraduate School, 2020).

Alana Tornello, "The Last Responders: Approaching the Disaster after the Disaster through Community-Based Long Term Recovery Groups" (master’s thesis, cohort 1805/1806, Naval Postgraduate School, 2020).

Scott Fenton, "Misinformation Contagion: A View Through an Epidemiological Lens" (master’s thesis, cohort 1803/1804, Naval Postgraduate School, 2020).

Gary Cummings, "Civil Rights Auditors: Defining Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions on First Amendment Activities" (master’s thesis, cohort 1803/1804, Naval Postgraduate School, 2020).

Dione Neely, "Level the Playing Field: Are Law Enforcement Policies and Practices Rigged Against Women and Mothers?" (master’s thesis, cohort 1801/1802, Naval Postgraduate School, 2019).

Kristopher Thornburg, "Disruptive Emergent Systems in Disaster Response" (master’s thesis, cohort 1705/1706, Naval Postgraduate School, 2019).

Ronald Dorman, "Shoot the Horse and Build a Better Barn Door: Exploring the Potential for a Superforecasting Methodology to Strengthen the DHS Leadership Selection Process" (master’s thesis, cohort 1703/1704, Naval Postgraduate School, 2019).

Greta Hurt, "It Takes a Village: Integrating Firehouse Hubs to Encourage Cooperation among Police, Fire, and the Public" (master’s thesis, cohort 1701/1702, Naval Postgraduate School, 2018).

Samantha Korta, "Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, and Lies: An Information Laundering Model for Homeland Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 1605/1606, Naval Postgraduate School, 2018).

Jessica Tripoli, "A New High: A Future Oriented Study of American Drug Policy" (master’s thesis, cohort 1601/1602, Naval Postgraduate School, 2018).

Craig Schwartz, "Big Brother or Trusted Allies? How the Police Can Earn Community Support for Using Unmanned Aircraft" (master’s thesis, cohort 1603/1604, Naval Postgraduate School, 2018).

Hoaithi Nguyen, "Lawful Hacking: Toward a Middle Ground Solution to the Going Dark Problem" (master’s thesis, cohort 1505/1506, Naval Postgraduate School, 2017).

Marcus Sexton, "Forecasting Our Adversaries' Next Move: Trend Analysis and the Department of Homeland Security‚Äôs Role in the Development of Counter-Proliferation Intelligence." (master’s thesis, cohort 1503/1504, Naval Postgraduate School, 2017).

Michelle Tonelli, "Your Criminal FICO Score" (master’s thesis, cohort 1501/1502, Naval Postgraduate School, 2016).

Catherine Ventura, "Flight Plight: An Examination of Contemporary Humanitarian Immigration from Honduras, Cuba and Syria to the United States with Considerations for National Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 1405/1406, Naval Postgraduate School, 2016).

Eric Saylors, "Quantifying The Negative" (master’s thesis, cohort 1403/1404, Naval Postgraduate School, 2016).

Todd Bensman, "The Ultra-Marathoners of Human Smuggling, Defending Forward Against the Dark Networks that can transport terrorists to U.S. land borders" (master’s thesis, cohort 1401/1402, Naval Postgraduate School, 2015).

John Milby, "Preempting Mass Murder: Improving Law Enforcement Risk Assessments of Persons with Mental Illness" (master’s thesis, cohort 1305/1306, Naval Postgraduate School, 2015).

James Ricciuti, "Groupthink: A Significant Threat to the Homeland Security of the United States" (master’s thesis, cohort 1303/1304, Naval Postgraduate School, 2015).

Jessica Kirschbraun, "Farewell to Arms: A Plan for Evaluating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and Its Alternatives" (master’s thesis, cohort 1301/1302, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014).

Jeanie Moore, "DaVinci's Children Take Flight: Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Homeland" (master’s thesis, cohort 1205/1206, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014).

Diana Sun , "High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech: Communications Strategies During Blackouts" (master’s thesis, cohort 1203/1204, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014).

Dan Cain, "Situational Awareness using Crowdsourced #Disaster Epidemiology: Three Cases of Twituational Awareness" (master’s thesis, cohort 1201/1202, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013).

Michael Falkow, "Does homeland security constitute an emerging academic discipline?" (master’s thesis, cohort 1105/1106, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013).

Richard Fleece , "Suicide Terrorism in America?: The Complex Social Conditions of this Phenomenon and the Implications for U.S. Homeland Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 1103/1104, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013).

John Zambri , "Social Media, Social Networking, Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Law Enforcement Undercover Operations" (master’s thesis, cohort 1101/1102, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012).

Chas Eby, "The Nation that Cried Lone Wolf: A Data-driven Analysis of Individual Terrorists in the United States since 9/11" (master’s thesis, cohort 1005/1006, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012).

Kenneth Fletcher, "Aviation Security: A Case for Risk-Based Passenger Screening" (master’s thesis, cohort 1003/1004, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012).

Mike Biasotti, "Management of the Severely Mentally Ill and Its Effects on Homeland Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 1001/1002, Naval Postgraduate School, 2011).

Michael Brown, "Freed: Ripples of the Convicted and Released Terrorist in America" (master’s thesis, cohort 0905/0906, Naval Postgraduate School, 2011).

Brad Deardorff, "Countering Violent Extremism: The Challenge and the Opportunity" (master’s thesis, cohort 0903/0904, Naval Postgraduate School, 2011).

Cynthia Renaud, "Making Sense in the Edge of Chaos: A Framework for Effective Initial Response Efforts to Large-Scale Incidents" (master’s thesis, cohort 0901/0902, Naval Postgraduate School, 2010).

Nicholas Campasano, "Community Preparedness: Creating a Model for Change" (master’s thesis, cohort 0805/0806, Naval Postgraduate School, 2010).

Thomas Rempfer , "Anthrax Vaccine as a Component of the Strategic National Stockpile: A Dilemma for Homeland Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 0803/0804, Naval Postgraduate School, 2010).

Nick Catrantzos, "No Dark Corners: Defending Against Insider Threats to Critical Infrastructure" (master’s thesis, cohort 0801/0802, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009).

Pam Haverkos, "Measuring Preparedness: Assessing the Impact of the Homeland Security Grant Program" (master’s thesis, cohort 0705/0706, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009).

Stephanie Blum, "Preventive Detention in the War on Terror: A Plan for a More Moderate and Sustainable Solution" (master’s thesis, cohort 0703/0704, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009).

William Crosbie, "Public-Private Sector Passenger Rail Intelligence and Terrorism Information Sharing" (master’s thesis, cohort 0701/0702, Naval Postgraduate School, 2008).

Judith Boyd, "Introducing the Future Now: Using Memetics and Popular Culture to Identify the Post 9/11 Homeland Security Zeitgeist" (master’s thesis, cohort 0603/0604, Naval Postgraduate School, 2008).

Nola Joyce, "Can You Lead Me Now? Leading in the Complex World of Homeland Security" (master’s thesis, cohort 0601/0602, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007).

Ron Leavell, "Evolution of Regional Counterterrorism Centers Within a National Counterterrorism Network: Is It Time to Fuse More Than Information?" (master’s thesis, cohort 0503/0504, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007).

James Tindall, "Applying Network Theory to Develop a Dedicated National Intelligence Network" (master’s thesis, cohort 0501/0502, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006).

John Sudnik, ""Dirty bomb" Attack; Assessing New York City's Level of Preparedness From a First Responder's Perspective" (master’s thesis, cohort 0403/0404, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006).