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Winter 2022

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Foreword by Dr. Brian Edwards
Dean, Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

19 A Different Kind of Welcome Back: How and Why Schools
Reopened During Covid

By Evan Bennett | Tulane University

44 Devolution and Inevitability of Judicial Review in Scotland
By Lauren Emmerich | Washington University in Saint Louis

60 The Belt and Road Initiative: A Response to Capitalist Crisis
By Tony Bodulovic | Columbia University

71 Political Polarization and Democratic Erosion: Israel
By Yael Pasumansky | Tulane University

93 Predictive Priors: Investigating Prior Points and their Use
as Code in North Carolina

By Lucas Cain | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

112 The History, Significance, and Constitutional Dilemmas
of Faith-Based Organizations

By Hannah Kunzman | Stanford University​


Volume 2, Issue 1 - the Journal's second publication - maintains both the editorial rigor and mission of the first edition. Seeking to publish articles that highlight the diverse perspectives of undergraduate students across the country, the Journal received submissions from universities across the world. The articles contained within this edition exhibit the extraordinarily high quality of undergraduate research, as demonstrated through a three-step peer-, faculty-, and executive-review process.



Winter 2021

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19 The Impact of Public Funding Restrictions on Essential Family Planning Services & Fetal Health Outcomes: A Review of Texas, Missouri, and Iowa
By Claire Wynne | Tulane University

44 The ACA’s Dependent Coverage Mandate: An Investigation of its Effects on Mortality with Regard to Race
By Jack Derwin | Oberlin College

69 Online Imperialism: Sovereignty, Telecommunication Vulnerabilities, and Cyber Warfare in Eastern Europe
By Roman Shemakov | Swarthmore College

82 Cyclical Poverty & The Legacy of Trauma: Nuances of Intergenerational Persistence
By Cobie-Ray Johnson | Barnard College

100 The Impact of Education as a Mitigating Factor to Import Shocks
By Jesse LaBelle | Southern Methodist University

124 Beyond Damages: Explaining variation in states’ FDI loss from adverse ISDS rulings
By Connor M. Brennan | Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

143 Peacebuilding and Economic Development: Evidence From East Jerusalem
By Batu El | Tulane University

157 Bond Portfolio Allocation and “Reaching for Yield” in the U.S. Life Insurance Industry
By Mina Atanasova | Yale University

174 Excluding Exclusionary Discipline: How did Limiting Suspensions and Expulsions Affect Minority Student Achievement in DC Public Schools?
By Merrell Guzman | Stanford University

For its inaugural edition, the Journal received 82 submissions from universities across four continents. The nine articles contained within these pages underwent a rigorous multi-step peer- and faculty-review process and were selected for both their exceptional quality and their perceived potential to contribute to greater academic conversations.


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